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Man dies after being slapped by employer 1 held

first_imgKolkata: A person was killed after allegedly being slapped by his employer at Simlai area under Chitpore police station on Friday night. The duo had a heated altercation over some dues when in a fit of rage, the accused slapped him hard just over his ear. He soon felt pain in his chest and was rushed to RG Kar Hospital, where he died a few hours after admission. Police have arrested the employer and slapped a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against him. The victim Samir Sadukhan (36) was a resident of Chakdah in Nadia and used to live on rent in Dum Dum. He used to work as a tailor in the readymade garment business of his employer Laltu Poddar. Samir’s family alleged that Laltu had been delaying his payment. On Friday night, Samir had an urgent need of Rs 35,000 which he asked from his employer. He refused to pay the money and a heated quarrel ensued between them.last_img read more

Ride-hailing drivers expose financial unrest before Uber IPO

NEW YORK — As Uber prepares for its stock market debut Friday, its long-term success or failure will largely depend on the nearly 4 million drivers who serve as the backbone of the company’s network.The ride-hailing company will need to convince drivers to stick with it as it grapples with complaints over wages and the way it classifies drivers as contractors instead of employees.Lyft is dealing with similar issues and on Wednesday, drivers for both companies participated in strikes across the country, pledging to turn off their apps for hours to call attention to their plight.“The drivers are the one who helped Uber to be $100 billion, nobody else, and the drivers are the ones who are suffering,” said Inder Parmar, 54, an Uber driver in New York City.Cathy Bussewitz, The Associated Press read more

Meeting on UN desertification treaty encourages practices that stem tide of land

The third session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) ended Wednesday in Bonn following a series of discussions aimed at harnessing best practices to help countries improve environmental sustainability, one of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Ten years after the Convention was adopted, there is growing evidence that the risk of desertification will increase considerably around the planet. The conference encouraged stakeholders to “upscale” successful practices made through the rehabilitation of degraded land, such as reforestation, integrated farming and animal husbandry, rain water catchments, alternative renewable energies and the banning of slash and burn practices.”The Convention to Combat Desertification is moving from planning to action,” UNCCD Executive Secretary Hama Arba Diallo said. “National action programmes, the core objective of the Convention, are now being linked to poverty reduction and investment strategies. But this mainstreaming trend is still more formal than operational. The UNCCD policy tool should be better integrated to existing environmental policies.”The meeting also focused on capacity building and called for enhanced community participation in environmental management. Delegates echoed the recent call of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to foster women’s empowerment as the best tool for development.”Advocacy for community-based organizations and strong local initiatives is the backbone of the Convention,” Mr. Diallo said. “Enabling support and awareness-raising need to be nurtured at the grassroots level, particularly for women, to promote integrative natural resources management.”The next international negotiations on desertification will take place in October at the Seventh Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention (COP 7) in Nairobi. read more

April 2015 – EV registrations

SMMT has published Electric Vehicle (EV) registration figures for April 2015 and the year-to-date.Plug-In Car Grant: Since the launch of the Plug-In Car Grant in January 2011, there have been 29,983 eligible cars registered. Please note: this data includes only new car registrations and not commercial vehicles. For questions about these figures, or to enquire about more detailed data sets, e-mail to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

International partnership results in new program

Brock University and the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, have partnered to create a new master’s program in Canadian-American studies.Brock University and the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, have teamed up to create a graduate studies program that transcends borders.The two universities, which will renew a partnership to foster joint research and educational initiatives, have established a master’s program in Canadian and American studies that will start in September.The partnership is an obvious one for the two border universities, said Carol Merriam, the Faculty of Humanities’ Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research. The University at Buffalo (UB) is also a leader in international and Canadian studies.“This is good for students and faculty to participate in programs that bring new perspectives, international perspectives,” Merriam said. “It has the potential to be a very stimulating program.”Six students from each university will be part of the program’s initial cohort. They’ll take classes and seminars, which include programming in English, history, child and youth studies, fine and performing arts, politics, economics and geography, on both sides of the border.Some are touting it as the “absolute ideal grad program,” said Gregory Betts, the program’s director.“It allows students to engage with a broader perspective than most disciplinary programs. By confronting a specific border topic, from tourism to literature, from a multidisciplinary perspective, students get a much more realistic and holistic vantage than they might otherwise,” Betts said.“Sitting in a classroom with students from here and there already adds such a rich complexity to the classroom discussions, but throw in cutting-edge faculty from both schools to supervise and teach in the program and you start to get a sense of the great opportunity we are developing.”When students graduate, they’ll receive a degree from both universities.Establishing a cross-border program has been the ultimate goal of both institutions since they originally signed their partnership agreement – the first of its kind between a Canadian and American university – in 2007.Betts said he’s surprised there aren’t more such partnerships, though one other Canadian university has since developed a joint MBA program with an American institution.“The only other similar joint degree in Canada is an MBA program that costs over $90,000. Our students, in the meantime, will get access to everything that Brock and the State University of New York has to offer, and all for regular Brock domestic tuition rates,” Betts said.The partnership agreement formalizes longstanding ties between Brock and UB, which included collaboration between Brock and UB’s School of Architecture and Planning on regional and public policy planning for the Niagara region.Both Brock and UB also alternate hosting the annual Crossing Borders conference, in which students share ideas and discuss cross-border issues.The two universities will renew their partnership agreement in a signing ceremony at the Peace Bridge on Feb. 1. read more

How Our NFL Predictions Work

Related ArticlesThe Complete History Of The NFLMay 1, 2018Introducing NFL Elo RatingsSept. 4, 2014The Best NFL Teams Of All Time, According To EloSept. 18, 2015Did The Packers Squander Aaron Rodgers?Dec. 5, 2018The Browns Are A Hot Super Bowl Pick For 2019. (Wait, What?)July 15, 2019 Multiply all of those factors together, and you have the total number of Elo points that should shift from the loser to the winner in a given game. (Elo is a closed system where every point gained by one team is a point lost by another.) Put another way: A team’s postgame Elo is simply its pregame Elo plus or minus the Elo shift implied by the game’s result — and in turn, that postgame Elo becomes the pregame Elo for a team’s next matchup. Circle of life.We also adjust each starting quarterback’s rating based on his performance in the game, adjusting for the quality of the opposing defense. (Read on for more details about how that process works.)Elo does have its limitations. Aside from changes at quarterback, it doesn’t know about trades or injuries that happen midseason, so it can’t adjust its ratings in real time for the absence of an important non-QB player. Over time, it will theoretically detect such a change when a team’s performance drops because of the injury, but Elo is always playing catch-up in that department. Normally, any time you see a major disparity between Elo’s predicted spread and the Vegas line for a game, it will be because Elo has no means of adjusting for key changes to a roster and the bookmakers do. (But this should be much less frequent after the addition of our QB adjustments, since oddsmakers don’t tend to shift lines much — or at all — in response to changes at non-QB positions.)The quarterback adjustmentNew for 2019, we added a way to account for changes in performance — and personnel — at quarterback, the game’s most important position. Here’s how it works:Both teams and individual quarterbacks have rolling ratings based on their recent performance.Performance is measured according to “VALUE,” a regression between ESPN’s Total QBR yards above replacement and basic box score numbers (including rushing stats) from a given game, adjusted for the quality of opposing defenses.The formula for VALUE is: -2.2 * Pass Attempts + 3.7 * Completions + (Passing Yards / 5) + 11.3 * Passing TDs – 14.1 * Interceptions – 8 * Times Sacked – 1.1 * Rush Attempts + 0.6 * Rushing Yards + 15.9 * Rushing TDs.3For seasons before game-level sack logs are complete (pre-1981), the sack term is zeroed out.This metric is also adjusted for opposing defensive quality by computing a rolling rating for team QB VALUE allowed, subtracting league average from the VALUE an opponent usually gives up per game, and using that to adjust a QB’s performance for the game in question. So for example, if a team usually gives up a VALUE 5 points higher than the average team, we would adjust an individual QB’s performance downward by 5 points of VALUE to account for the easier opposing defense. The DetailsFiveThirtyEight has an admitted fondness for the Elo rating — a simple system that judges teams or players based on head-to-head results — and we’ve used it to rate competitors in basketball, baseball, tennis and various other sports over the years. The sport we cut our teeth on, though, was professional football. Way back in 2014, we developed our NFL Elo ratings to forecast the outcome of every game. The nuts and bolts of that system are described below.Game predictionsIn essence, Elo assigns every team a power rating (the NFL average is around 1500). Those ratings are then used to generate win probabilities for games, based on the difference in quality between the two teams involved, plus adjustments for changes at starting quarterback, the location of the matchup (including travel distance) and any extra rest days either team had coming into the contest. After the game, each team’s rating changes based on the result, in relation to how unexpected the outcome was and the winning margin. This process is repeated for every game, from kickoff in September until the Super Bowl.For any game between two teams (A and B) with certain pregame Elo ratings, the odds of Team A winning are:Pr(A)=110−EloDiff400+1Pr(A)=110−EloDiff400+1ELODIFF is Team A’s rating minus Team B’s rating, plus or minus the difference in several adjustments:A home-field adjustment of 55 points at base, depending on who was at home, plus 4 points of Elo for every 1,000 miles traveled. This means the Giants get a 55-point Elo bonus when “hosting” the Jets (despite both teams calling MetLife Stadium home), while the Patriots would get a 65-point Elo bonus when, say, the Chargers come to visit. There is no base home-field adjustment for neutral-site games such as the Super Bowl1Unless a team somehow makes the Super Bowl in its host year. or international games, although the travel-distance adjustment is included for the Super Bowl.A rest adjustment of 25 Elo points whenever a team is coming off of a bye week (including when top-seeded teams don’t play during the opening week of the playoffs). Our research shows that teams in these situations play better than would be expected from their standard Elo alone, even after controlling for home-field effects.A playoff adjustment that multiplies ELODIFF by 1.2 before computing the expected win probabilities and point spreads for playoff games. We found that, in the NFL playoffs, favorites tend to outplay underdogs by a wider margin than we’d expect from their regular-season ratings alone.A quarterback adjustment that assigns every team and each individual QB a rolling performance rating, which can be used to adjust a team’s “effective” Elo upward or downward in the event of a major injury or other QB change. (See below for more details about how this adjustment works.)We also tested effects for weather and coaches (including both head coaches and coordinators) but found that neither improved the predictive value of our model in backtesting by enough to warrant inclusion.Fun fact: If you want to compare Elo’s predictions with point spreads like the Vegas line, you can also divide ELODIFF by 25 to get the spread for the game. Just be sure to include all of the many adjustments above to get the most accurate predicted line.Once the game is over, the pregame ratings are adjusted up (for the winning team) and down (for the loser). We do this using a combination of factors:The K-factor. All Elo systems come with a special multiplier called K that regulates how quickly the ratings change in response to new information. A high K-factor tells Elo to be very sensitive to recent results, causing the ratings to jump around a lot based on each game’s outcome; a low K-factor makes Elo slow to change its opinion about teams, since every game carries comparatively little weight. In our NFL research, we found that the ideal K-factor for predicting future games is 20 — large enough that new results carry weight, but not so large that the ratings bounce around each week.The forecast delta. This is the difference between the binary result of the game (1 for a win, 0 for a loss, 0.5 for a tie) and the pregame win probability as predicted by Elo. Since Elo is fundamentally a system that adjusts its prior assumptions based on new information, the larger the gap between what actually happened and what it had predicted going into a game, the more it shifts each team’s pregame rating in response. Truly shocking outcomes are like a wake-up call for Elo: They indicate that its pregame expectations were probably quite wrong and thus in need of serious updating.The margin-of-victory multiplier. The two factors above would be sufficient if we were judging teams based only on wins and losses (and, yes, Donovan McNabb, sometimes ties). But we also want to be able to take into account how a team won — whether they dominated their opponents or simply squeaked past them. To that end, we created a multiplier that gives teams (ever-diminishing) credit for blowout wins by taking the natural logarithm of their point differential plus 1 point.MovMultiplier=ln(WinnerPointDiff+1)×2.2WinnerEloDiff×0.001+2.2MovMultiplier=ln⁡(WinnerPointDiff+1)×2.2WinnerEloDiff×0.001+2.2This factor also carries an additional adjustment for autocorrelation, which is the bane of all Elo systems that try to adjust for scoring margin. Technically speaking, autocorrelation is the tendency of a time series to be correlated with its past and future values. In football terms, that means the Elo ratings of good teams run the risk of being inflated because favorites not only win more often, but they also tend to put up larger margins in their wins than underdogs do in theirs. Since Elo gives more credit for larger wins, this means that top-rated teams could see their ratings swell disproportionately over time without an adjustment. To combat this, we scale down the margin-of-victory multiplier for teams that were bigger favorites going into the game.2Special note: In the case of a tie, the multiplier becomes 1.525, or 2.2 times the natural log of 2 (which, based on the formula above, effectively assumes the absolute margin of victory in any game must be at least 1). The rolling rating represents the VALUE we’d expect a quarterback (whether at the individual or team level) to produce against a passing defense of average quality in the next start. To convert between VALUE and Elo, the rolling rating can be multiplied by 3.3 to get the number of Elo points a QB is expected to be worth compared with an undrafted rookie replacement. Preseason QB ratings are also assigned at the team level. These consist of one-third weight given to the team’s previous end-of-season rolling QB rating and two-thirds weight given to the preseason rolling rating of the team’s projected top starter.Pregame and preseason ratingsSo all of that is how Elo works at the game-by-game level and what goes into our quarterback adjustments. But where do teams’ preseason ratings come from, anyway?We use two sources to set teams’ initial ratings going into a season:At the start of each season, every existing team carries its Elo rating over from the end of the previous season, except that it is reverted one-third of the way toward a mean of 1505. That is our way of hedging for the offseason’s carousel of draft picks, free agency, trades and coaching changes. We don’t currently have any way to adjust for a team’s actual offseason moves, aside from changes at quarterback, but a heavy dose of regression to the mean is the next-best thing, since the NFL has built-in mechanisms (like the salary cap) that promote parity, dragging bad teams upward and knocking good ones down a peg or two.For seasons since 1990, we also use Vegas win totals to help set preseason Elo ratings, converting over-under expected wins to an Elo scale. (This addition to the model helped significantly improve predictive accuracy in backtesting, by a little more than half the improvement that adding the QB adjustment did.) As a side note, this is partly why we mix the projected startIng QB’s rolling rating into the preseason team QB rating — we assume that changes at quarterback are “baked into” Vegas over/unders and must be adjusted for to avoid double-counting the improvement added by an upgrade at QB.These two factors are combined, with one-third weight given to regressed Elo and two-thirds weight given to Vegas-wins Elo. This blend is what forms a team’s preseason Elo rating.Note that I mentioned “existing” teams when mentioning end-of-season ratings from the previous year. Expansion teams have their own set of rules. For newly founded clubs in the modern era, we assign them a rating of 1300 — which is effectively the Elo level at which NFL expansion teams have played since the 1970 AFL merger. We also assigned that number to new AFL teams in 1960, letting the ratings play out from scratch as the AFL operated in parallel with the NFL. When the AFL’s teams merged into the NFL, they retained the ratings they’d built up while playing separately.For new teams in the early days of the NFL, things are a little more complicated. When the NFL began in 1920 as the “American Professional Football Association” (they renamed it “National Football League” in 1922), it was a hodgepodge of independent pro teams from existing leagues and opponents that in some cases were not even APFA members. For teams that had not previously played in a pro league, we assigned them a 1300 rating; for existing teams, we mixed that 1300 mark with a rating that gave them credit for the number of years they’d logged since first being founded as a pro team.InitRating=1300×23YrsSince1stSeason+1505×(1−23)YrsSince1stSeasonInitRating=1300×23YrsSince1stSeason+1505×(1−23)YrsSince1stSeasonThis adjustment applied to 28 franchises during the 1920s, plus the Detroit Lions (who joined the NFL in 1930 after being founded as a pro team in 1929) and the Cleveland Rams (who joined in 1937 after playing a season in the second AFL). No team has required this exact adjustment since, although we also use a version of it for historical teams that discontinued operations for a period of time.Not that there haven’t been plenty of other odd situations to account for. During World War II, the Chicago Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers briefly merged into a common team that was known as “Card-Pitt,” and before that, the Steelers had merged with the Philadelphia Eagles to create the delightfully monikered “Steagles.” In those cases, we took the average of the two teams’ ratings from the end of the previous season and performed our year-to-year mean reversion on that number to generate a preseason Elo rating. After the mash-up ended and the teams were re-divided, the Steelers and Cardinals (or Eagles) received the same mean-reverted preseason rating implied by their combined performance the season before.And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens. Technically, the NFL considers the current Browns to be a continuation of the franchise that began under Paul Brown in the mid-1940s. But that team’s roster was essentially transferred to the Ravens for their inaugural season in 1996, while the “New Browns” were stocked through an expansion draft in 1999. Because of this, we decided the 1996 Ravens’ preseason Elo should be the 1995 Browns’ end-of-year Elo, with the cross-season mean-reversion technique applied, and that the 1999 Browns’ initial Elo should be 1300, the same as any other expansion team.Season simulationsNow that we know where a team and quarterback’s initial ratings for a season come from and how those ratings update as the schedule plays out, the final piece of our Elo puzzle is how all of that fits in with our NFL interactive graphic, which predicts the entire season.At any point in the season, the interactive lists each team’s up-to-date Elo rating (as well as how that rating has changed over the past week and how any changes at QB alter the team’s effective Elo), plus the team’s expected full-season record and its odds of winning its division, making the playoffs and even winning the Super Bowl. This is all based on a set of simulations that play out the rest of the schedule using Elo to predict each game.Specifically, we simulate the remainder of the season 100,000 times using the Monte Carlo method, tracking how often each simulated universe yields a given outcome for each team. It’s important to note that we run these simulations “hot” — that is, a team’s Elo rating is not set in stone throughout the simulation but changes after each simulated game based on its result, which is then used to simulate the next game, and so forth. This allows us to better capture the possible variation in how a team’s season can play out, realistically modeling the hot and cold streaks that a team can go on over the course of a season.Our simulations also project which quarterback will start each game by incorporating injuries, suspensions and starters being rested. For example, we might know that a quarterback is out for Weeks 1 and 2 but back for certain in Week 3. Or our forecast might have some uncertainty around a quarterback’s injury and project that he has only a 10 percent chance of playing next week but a 50 percent chance of playing the following week, and so on. In cases where we don’t know for sure which quarterback will start a game, the team’s quarterback adjustment is a weighted average of the possible starting quarterback adjustments.Late in the season, you will find that the interactive allows you to experiment with different postseason contingencies based on who you have selected to win a given game. This is done by drilling down to just the simulated universes in which the outcomes you chose happened and seeing how those universes ultimately played out. It’s a handy way of seeing exactly what your favorite team needs to get a favorable playoff scenario or just to study the ripple effects each game may have on the rest of the league.The complete history of the NFLIn conjunction with our Elo interactive, we also have a separate dashboard showing how every team’s Elo rating has risen or fallen throughout history. These charts will help you track when your team was at its best — or worst — along with its ebbs and flows in performance over time. The data in the charts goes back to 1920 (when applicable) and is updated with every game of the current season.An important disclaimer: The historical interactive ratings will differ from the ratings found in our current-season prediction interactive because the historical ratings do not contain our quarterback adjustments. (If you’re interested in looking at the historical QB adjustment data, it’s available on our data homepage.) The quarterback Elo adjustment is applied before each game by comparing the starting QB’s rolling VALUE rating with the team’s rolling rating and multiplying by 3.3.For example: when Aaron Rodgers was injured midway through the 2017 season, he had a rolling VALUE rating of 66. The Green Bay Packers’ team rolling VALUE rating was 68, and backup Brett Hundley had a personal rating of 14. So when adjusting the Packers’ Elo for their next game with Hundley starting instead of Rodgers, we would have applied an adjustment of 3.3 * (14 – 68) = -1764After rounding. to Green Bay’s base Elo rating of 1586 heading into its Week 7 game against the Saints. This effectively would have left the Packers as a 1409 Elo team with Hundley under center (before applying adjustments for home field, travel and rest), dropping Green Bay’s win probability from 63 percent to 39 percent for the game despite playing at home. In cases like these, the QB adjustment can have a massive effect! Version History2.0Quarterback adjustments are added, along with special adjustments for travel distance, bye weeks and playoff rating spreads.Sept. 4, 20191.1Ratings are extended back to 1920, with a new rating procedure for expansion teams and other special cases. Seasonal mean-reversion is set to 1505, not 1500.Sept. 10, 20151.0Elo ratings are introduced for the current season; underlying historical numbers go back to 1970.Sept. 4, 2014 ReferencesPro-Football-Reference.comAutocorrelation / Elo rating / Monte Carlo simulations / Regression to the mean / ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating You can track these quarterback ratings on a team-by-team and division-by-division basis using this interactive page, which shows the relative quality of every QB in the league. The average team QB VALUE rating going into the 2019 season was about 49.5 (or about 163 Elo points), a leaguewide number that has increased substantially over the history of the NFL as passing has become more prevalent and efficient. So a rolling rating that would have made a QB one of the best in football in the 1990s would rank as only average now, even though the zero-point in our ratings remains the replacement-level performance of an undrafted rookie starter.One last note on these ratings involves how they are set initially. We’ll explain preseason team Elo ratings below, but here is how preseason ratings are set for the quarterback adjustment:Before a season, each starting quarterback is assigned a preseason rating based on either his previous performance or his draft position (in the case of rookies making their debut start).For veterans with between 10 and 100 career starts, we take their final rating from the end of the previous season and revert it toward the rating of the average NFL QB start by one-fourth before the following season.For players with fewer than 10 or more than 100 starts, we don’t revert their ratings at all.For rookies making their starting debuts, we assign them initial ratings based on draft position. An undrafted rookie is always assigned a rating of zero for his first start. The first overall pick, by comparison, gets a rating of +113 Elo points before his first start. Model CreatorsNate Silver The founder and editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight. | @natesilver538Jay Boice A computational journalist for FiveThirtyEight. | @jayboiceNeil Paine A senior sportswriter for FiveThirtyEight. | @Neil_Paine For individual QBs, the rolling rating is updated every 10 games. (i.e., Rating_new = 0.9 * Rating_old + 0.1 * Game_VALUE ).For teams, the rolling rating is updated every 20 games.This implies that short-term “hot” and “cold” streaks by individual QBs have predictive value, which can trigger a nonzero pregame QB adjustment even when a team has had the same starter for each of its previous 20 games. read more

Ohio State mens hockey kicks off CCHA tournament against Notre Dame

It’s a new season. That’s the attitude the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team has heading into the postseason. OSU (15-13-5, 11-12-5-1 CCHA) is the No. 9 seed in the upcoming CCHA tournament and will face No. 8-seed Notre Dame (17-16-3, 12-13-3-0 CCHA) in a best-of-three series in South Bend, Ind., starting Friday. “We talked about it right away at the beginning of the year. We talked about the only thing that really matters is the playoffs,” said OSU coach Mark Osiecki. The Buckeyes ended the regular season on a 1-9-4 skid after being in first place in the CCHA with a 14-4-1 record and No. 2 national ranking in early January. OSU, tied for the No. 18 ranking in the PairWise with the Fighting Irish, which helps select and seed schools for the 16-team NCAA Tournament, likely needs to beat Notre Dame and possibly their second-round opponent in the conference tournament, to have a chance to compete for a national championship. “It’s a new season now, what happened in the regular season doesn’t matter at all,” said OSU senior defenseman and co-captain Sean Duddy. “So we’re just kind of throwing the win-loss record out of there, and we’re 0-0 right now.” Along with wanting to start fresh, OSU has developed an “us-against-the-world mentality” with its postseason life on the line. “I think it’s great for our players,” Osiecki said. “Certainly you’re not going to get great bounces and probably not going to get the reffing to go on your side, especially when you’re on the road. I think our team likes that challenge. I think being the underdog, being as young as we are, I think they relish that.” Duddy said the key to success this weekend will be the team playing to its strengths. “The games where we tried to get too fancy are the game’s where we didn’t have success,” he said. “We’ve got to play the way that we can play, the way we need to play, which is being physical and keeping it simple.” Getting off to a fast start in the first period could help OSU as well. The Buckeyes have given up the first goal of the game in each of their past four losses, and have only led after the first 20 minutes in three of their past 14 games. Duddy said scoring early and being able to play with a lead would be a major emotional lift for the team. “Playing with a lead, especially in playoffs where the games are all so tight, it’s really defensive minded … if you can get that first goal, it’s huge for momentum. It’s huge playing with a lead. We’d definitely like to do that,” he said. Duddy himself and his fellow teammates are looking forward to giving everything they have on the ice this weekend. “It’s lose and you’re done basically. So everyone’s putting it all on the line,” he said. “There’s nothing to save it for.” The Buckeyes and Fighting Irish will drop the puck at 7:35 p.m. Friday in South Bend and play again Saturday at the same time. If necessary, game three of the series will be played Sunday at 7:05 p.m. read more

University viceChancellor boasted to exwifes new husband I had her in her

Prof Hughes, an expert in theoretical physics, took up the post of vice-Chancellor at Bangor University in 2010 and the following year, his wife Dr Wu was hired as Director of International Development. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He added: “The messages attached to this email dating from 2016 have been doctored and, whilst I do not want to go into details regarding what is clearly a very personal matter, I wanted to assure you that the messages are not what they seem.”Following his apology, the university confirmed that he would be relinquishing his role as vice-chancellor at the end of the month, rather than as originally planned at the end of the academic year in 2019.A Bangor University spokesman said that university faced a number of challenges “many of which affect its strategy, direction and long-term success”.They went on: “It was agreed that it would be in the university’s best interests for those issues to be dealt with by a team which will be able to see through the changes, not only during the forthcoming months, but crucially also into the next academic year.“As a result, Professor Hughes agreed to step aside sooner than announced, and will be leaving at the end of December.” At the time, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers called for an investigation into the appointment, saying it is “miraculous coincidence that these two people should find two highly paid jobs at the same institution at the same time…It seems extraordinary that a new post is being created at this time.”The university defended the appointment, saying the role had been advertised in 2009 but they were unable to find a suitable candidate. Dr Wu worked at the university until 2015, when she left to take up a post at Michigan State University. Prof Hughes was previously the President of Maynooth University in Ireland, where Dr Wu also worked as the director of international development, according to her LinkedIn profile.Earlier this month, several members of university staff were sent a tranche of personal emails he had sent to his ex-wife and her new husband.Prof Hughes issued a statement to staff, saying that the emails had been “doctored” and apologising for any “distress or unease” caused. A university vice-Chancellor boasted to his ex-wife’s new husband that “I had her in her youth and beauty…have you seen how Chinese women age!”, it has been claimed.A series of personal messages sent from Professor John Hughes, who earns £252,000-a-year as head of Bangor University, were leaked to staff last week.These included one sent from Prof Hughes’ Bangor University account to his ex-wife Dr Xinyu Wu, which shows a picture of him with his new partner and an accompanying message that read “10 years younger than you”, according to the BBC.One message sent from Prof Hughes’ Linkedin account to Dr Wu’s new husband said: “Well done mate. I had her youth and beauty, you will have her menopause and her old age (have you seen how Chinese women age!).”–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Dr Wu claimed that the messages she and her new husband received “were not only harassment but they were ageist, sexist and racist”. Prof Hughes says that the emails have been “doctored”. He is taking early retirement at the end of the month.After receiving the emails in 2016, Dr Wu complained to Bangor University’s council and senior leadership team about Prof Hughes’ conduct. The university said that “action was taken by the university to resolve the issue” at the time. Dr Wu said the messages "were not only harassment but they were ageist, sexist and racist" Dr Wu said the messages “were not only harassment but they were ageist, sexist and racist” read more

Terravision mapping for better identification of drill targets

first_imgThe Terravision team recently launched operations in Botswana and reports that “in spite of unseasonal rain, penetration depth was in excess of 100 m on kimberlite and coal trial jobs.  Terravision-LOZA is a high powered mono-pulse system that delivers measurable benefits in both time and cost for our clients. The mono-pulse system waveforms create a cross section radar image of the subsurface. As each shot is precisely measured this enables the resulting 3D modelling. The data for processing can be viewed in three typical representations. Key features:Detailed 3D mapping up to 200 m below surfaceNon-invasive and no permanent environmental impact so minimises any local objectionRapid and easy deployment of lightweight equipment and small survey team of usually two specialistsProprietary patented software employed to analyse data captured. Can be immediate on site or can be processed at data centre (clients’ or Terravision’s)Quick mapping of target area with minimal preparation of the terrain. Team need to be able to walk in broadly straight lines.The resulting mapping provides, says Terravision, “an unrivalled view of the sub-surface and if calibrated off a core sample a clearly delineated model from which you can plan a cost effective drilling program to achieve an early competent persons’ or 43-101 report earlier and without wasted drilling dollars. The picture shows an image delineating a gold bearing body showing structures to 180 m.last_img read more

Geek deals 640 off Dell Optiplex quad core desktop and two monitor

first_imgThere are times when a laptop or tablet is not enough. Sometimes, you need two monitors and full-on workstation power to get the job done. This setup will almost certainly push you over a $1000, and doubly so if you’re looking for a quad-core CPU with quality monitors. However, Dell is running a deal that bundles the Dell Optiplex 790 quad-core Core i5 desktop and two (two!) LED-backlit LCD monitors for a scant $749. It’s a huge discount from the $1399 retail price… saving you $640 in the process.As for the desktop, its base configuration is standard fare: 4GB RAM, a 250GB HDD, integrated graphics, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. The package is hit and miss, but it’s a good start and with the hundreds saved you can always upgrade. In addition to the other perks (uh, you know, two free monitors), an optical mouse and keyboard are also included in this deal.The monitors are part of Dell’s trusted E Series line. They’re 21.5-inch, 1080p displays. This deal would still give you a ton of return for your money if it only came with a single monitor, but that’s not the case. Rest assured, you get two energy-efficient monitors with this purchase, complete  with a handy power nap feature and well as analog (VGA) and digital (dual-link DVI with HDCP) inputs. The monitors aren’t huge, but keep in mind, dual displays are more efficient than a single large one, for a number of tasks. So, multitaskers rejoice, this could be the deal for you.Visit LogicBuy for the Optiplex 790.last_img read more

Astronomers switch on dark energy camera for the first time

first_imgThe search for an explanation on the rapid expansion of the universe has begun in earnest as the world’s most powerful astronomical camera has come online and has captured its first series of images.Part of the Dark Energy Survey (DES), the new high-powered imaging device is capable of gathering visual information from deep space in an effort to understand why the expansion of the universe is accelerating rather than slowing down. The image posted above is one of the composite images built from the 62 charged-coupled-devices that make up the two-foot wide lens of the device.Mounted on the Victor M. Blanco telescope installed at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, the dark energy camera is scheduled to scan over 300 million different galaxies over a five-year period in search of clues to help scientists understand the mysterious substance that is thought to make up 70% of the known universe.The 570-million-pixel camera isn’t the world highest-resolution imaging device, but with its far reaching capability it is certainly the most powerful. The idea is to scan one-eighth of the night sky over the scheduled period, then examine the findings to be able to compare the characteristics of the motion of different galaxies.The reason for the search is due to a discovery made by two teams of astronomers back in 1998 that were studying some distant stars that had gone supernova. They were startled to find that the systems in question were actually speeding up as they traveled away from Earth, rather than slowing down as Einstein’s theory of relativity would suggest. This discovery shook up what we knew about the universe, and brought about the question of whether or not some sort of energy exists that behaves different than what we have witnessed before.While the dark energy camera is currently capturing images in a testing phase, it will be put into full operation this December. Each image that it captures will contain an area of the sky twenty-times larger than the area of the full moon, making it capable of creating a very large map of the sky over time.Read more at the Dark Energy Survey site, via the BBClast_img read more

Top Catholic cardinal admits Church files on sex abuse were destroyed

first_imgTop Catholic cardinal admits Church files on sex abuse were ‘destroyed’ The cardinal was speaking at a landmark Vatican summit on tackling sex abuse in the clergy. Image: Alessandra Tarantino via PA Images Saturday 23 Feb 2019, 12:21 PM Cardinals and bishops pray with Pope Francis at the beginning of the third day of a Vatican’s conference on dealing with sex abuse by priests 18,722 Views Share1612 Tweet Email2 Cardinals and bishops pray with Pope Francis at the beginning of the third day of a Vatican’s conference on dealing with sex abuse by priests Image: Alessandra Tarantino via PA Imagescenter_img 75 Comments A TOP CATHOLIC cardinal has admitted that Church files on priests who sexually abused children were destroyed or never even drawn up.“Files that could have documented the terrible deeds and named those responsible were destroyed, or not even created,” German Cardinal Reinhard Marx told a landmark Vatican summit on tackling paedophilia in the clergy.“Instead of the perpetrators, the victims were regulated and silence imposed on them,” he said.“The stipulated procedures and processes for the prosecution of offences were deliberately not complied with, but instead cancelled or overridden.”Marx was speaking on the third day of an unprecedented meeting of the world’s top bishops which Pope Francis has called in an effort to get on top of a crisis that has dogged the Roman Catholic Church for decades.The ongoing scandals have escalated to touch many countries across the globe, with recent cases affecting Chile, Germany and the US.The cardinal apologised personally in September to thousands of victims of sexual assault by clergy in the German Church, saying perpetrators must be brought to justice.That followed the publication of a damning report by the German Bishops’ Conference showing that almost 3,700 minors – mainly boys – were assaulted in Germany between 1946 and 2014.The report’s authors said the figure was “the tip of the iceberg”.‘Victims’ rights trampled’Investigations have revealed that in many cases priests accused of assaulting minors were transferred to other parishes as bishops turned a blind eye to protect the Church’s reputation.“The rights of victims were effectively trampled underfoot, and left to the whims of individuals. These are all events that sharply contradict what the Church should stand for,” Marx said.The cardinal said it was essential that victims felt “that they can trust the system”.“There are no alternatives to traceability and transparency,” he insisted, adding that attempts to cover-up scandals risked seriously undermining the Catholic Church’s credibility.Francis has told his bishops he wants “concrete measures” drawn up against child sex abuse, though survivor groups in Rome for the summit have accused the Vatican of fine words but little action.Survivors have lambasted the centuries-old institution for not releasing the names and case files of priests convicted of abuse or possessing child pornography.The Vatican has in the past refused to hand over internal documents about child sexual abuse cases to civil authorities investigating paedophilia.Yesterday, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, one of the Vatican’s top prosecutors and an organiser of the summit, said the call for statistics to be released was “legitimate”.‘Courageous step’Marx, who belongs to the Church’s more liberal wing, said telling the public about what sort of investigations were underway and how many, would help counter “mistrust” in the Church which “leads to conspiracy theories”.Transparency was also “extremely important” for other aspects of the Church, “for example in the area of finances”, he said.“Let us take a courageous step in this direction,” he added.- © AFP 2019 Short URL Feb 23rd 2019, 12:21 PM By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Saturday

first_imgHere’s What Happened Today: Saturday Cathy Ward killing, Limerick drugs seizure and SpaceX rocket launch. Reading the last Evening Echo. Thanks to all involved for the great memories and stories you provided for 125 years.Poignant tribute to the late hurling legend Christy Ring who died on this day 40 years Wishes to the Echo on Monday.— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) March 2, 2019 Short URL Mar 2nd 2019, 7:58 PM NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND William Santos is among the Dublin Deliveroo protesting against an upsurge in attacks on them. Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieA man was charged over the killing of a woman in her home in Clondalkin. Three people were arrested over the seizure of €320,000 worth of drugs in Limerick.Reports in the UK suggested that Ex-British soldiers could face Bloody Sunday murder charges ‘within weeks’.Independent midwife Philomena Canning has said that she is both relieved and saddened after settling her case with the HSE.There were warnings that a post-Brexit shortage of pallets could affect Ireland.Gardaí fear more violence in west Dublin following the murder of a man in his front garden yesterday. Ireland is missing the worst of Storm Freya but tomorrow is looking very wet and a wind warning is in place for three counties. WORLD Fish farmers dry fish in the sun at Kayintaung village, Myanmar. Source: /PA Images#BREXIT: The EU is open to negotiating on Brexit ‘guarantees’ but not on the backstop, chief negotiator Michel Barnier said in an interview published today.#BACK TO SPACE: Nasa and SpaceX today celebrated the successful launch of a new astronaut capsule that they hope will carry US astronauts back to space.#GATWICK: Flights were temporarily suspended suspended at Stansted Airport after an aborted takeoff by a plane.PARTING SHOT 3 Comments Today was the last day that Cork newspaper The Evening Echo was published under that name. Starting from Monday, the paper will be known simply as The Echo. The rebranding was announced in January but many Corkonians, including Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, today bid farewell to its time as an evening paper. Share4 Tweet Email By Rónán Duffy Source: Micheál Martin/Twitter 14,797 Views Saturday 2 Mar 2019, 8:01 PM Get our daily news round up: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Singer Pantelis Pantelidis dies in car crash

first_imgGreek singer Pantelis Pantelis died and two female passengers were seriously injured in a car crash earlier today.Initial reports suggested the accident occurred at 8.20 am on Vouliagmenis Avenue in the area of Elliniko, southern Athens.Pantelidis, 32, was reportedly driving when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed against the crash barriers.According to Greek newspaper Kathimerini, the singer was transferred to a hospital in Voula where he was pronounced dead. The two women were reported to be in critical condition.Pantelidis was due to head Down Under in May to perform for his fans alongside Antonis Remos.Promoter from Juggernaught Entertainment Theo Kanatas, who was responsible for bringing the singers out to Australia took to Facebook to express his shock. “It is with great sadness and utter disbelief that Panteli Pantelidis has been killed in a car accident this morning in Greece,” he wrote, going on to describe the singer as a “true gentleman”. “Last year, we discussed he was very much looking forward to coming to Australia for the first time. And we too were very much looking forward to showing him how passionate we Australian Greeks are about his music.” Mr Kanatas also kindly requested that those who have already purchased tickets for the performance “be patient while we work out what is going to happen moving forward”. Pantelidis was born in Athens in 1983 and grew up in the neighborhood of Nea Ionia. A self-taught musician, he abandoned a career in the Hellenic Navy to pursue his musical ambitions. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Disney files patent to create real lightsabers

first_imgHope you weren’t too attached to your limbs, because Disney has just filed a patent to create real lightsabers. What’s worse, they work in conjunction with drones.Ok, they’re not real lightsabers, but it’s as close as you can get. The patent shows drones flying over an audience, and the air above them filled with some kind of particulate matter such as water vapor or fog. Anyone equipped with a lightsaber can switch it on and watch as LEDs transmit IR light towards the drones. The IR sensor in the drones themselves will capture an image of the field of view and then project light through the matter towards the person’s saber. This will effectively give the impression that the lightsaber is deflecting laser beams, and this can be combined with multiple beams to give the impression of a skilled Jedi blocking lasers from every direction.Not only will it look realistic, it will feel realistic too. Haptic feedback in the saber will give you the sense that the lightsaber is switched on and humming in your hand, and you will even be given haptic feedback vests that let you know when you’ve been hit by a laser beam. So whip out your little laser sword and go to town.Disney is intending to use this in their upcoming Star Wars Land theme parks. Since they plan on making the parks as realistic as possible- with ships, animals, and even food recreated for guests- they of course have to have some lightsaber battles going on. If they can get the system up and running Disney plans to recreate fight scenes with performers while also allowing audience members to get in on the action themselves.As if the rest of the place wasn’t going to be amazing enough, Disney is really going to make you feel like a Jedi. Truly, it will be the happiest place in the Galaxy.last_img read more

Battle Ground woman walks across Spain twice and finds her pace

first_imgAs baby boomers continue to age, many are not going into retirement quietly. Some are using large blocks of unscheduled time to complete a someday list that grew steadily while careers, child rearing and homemaking vied for their full attention.Battle Ground resident Nancy Herron’s bucket list included an idea that had been brewing for over two decades. In 2014, a dozen years after the passing of her husband, Herron set off with longtime friend Sue Sayers to complete El Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) in Spain. Along the 490-mile trek that year, she celebrated her 65th birthday.“It was always in the back of my mind but I knew it had to be at a time in my life when I had the time,” Herron said. “In 2010, when “The Way” with Martin Sheen came out, I watched it and mentioned it to a girlfriend. In April of 2014, my girlfriend Sue was visiting, and we were on a local hike and we thought, ‘What are we waiting for?’ We went home, booked a flight to Paris for six months later and started preparing.”Little did she know that she would complete not one, but two, pilgrimages traversing two different routes two years apart.El Camino has many paths, but its core is a well-worn journey that dates back to the Middle Ages. The final destination, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, is said to house the remains of the biblical apostle St. James the Greater.Beginning in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France, on Sept. 5, Herron and Sayers chose Camino Franc?s as their course due to its popularity with pilgrims and, thus, great support in nearby villages that offer pilgrim hostels known as albergues.last_img read more

Crash survivor reunites with rescue crews who saved her in Davie

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A woman who survived a dangerous crash had an emotional reunion with the first responders who saved her life.Sharen Blackett visited the Davie Fire Rescue station, Wednesday, where she hugged and thanked the troopers and medical team that rescued her after the wreck.“These wonderful people went above and beyond, and I can’t thank them enough,” she said.Blackett and her boyfriend were driving home from the Keys last year when they hit a guardrail on the Turnpike near Davie.Blackett’s leg has been left scarred from the incident.Although she now needs a cane to get around, she’s forever grateful to be alive.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

BNP pays homage to Liberation War martyrs

first_imgBNP pays homage to Liberation War martyrs. Photo: UNBBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Monday paid homage to the martyrs of the Liberation War by placing wreath at the National Memorial marking the 48th Independence Day.As their chairperson Khaleda Zia has been in jail since 8 February, the party’s senior leaders, led by its standing committee members, placed the wreath at the altar of the memorial at Savar around 9:15am, reports UNB.They also stood in solemn silence there for some time as a mark of respect to the memory of the Liberation War martyrs.Later, they went to the BNP founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave at Sher-e Bangla Nagar and placed a wreath there around 11:00am.They also offered munajat there seeking salvation of Zia’s departed soul.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Mirza Abbas, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan, Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, vice chairmen Abdullah Al Noman, Mohammad Shahjahan, AZM Zahid, were, among others, present here.Earlier in the morning, BNP hoisted the national and the party flag atop all its offices, including the Naya Paltan central office, on the occasion.The party and its associate bodies have taken different programmes, including discussion, essay competition and rally to mark the day.last_img read more

United To Use Special Tags For Pet Carriers After Dog Death

first_img Share Julio Cortez/APLast year, 18 animals died while being transported on United — there were six cases on all other U.S. carriers combined, according to the Department of Transportation.United Airlines plans to issue bright colored bag tags to people traveling with pets to prevent animal carriers from being placed in overhead bins following the death of a puppy on one of its flights.The Chicago-based airline says a flight attendant who ordered the passenger to put her pet carrier in the overhead bin aboard a Houston-to-New York flight Monday didn’t know there was a dog inside.The family and other passengers contradict the airline’s account, saying the dog’s barks were audible from inside the bin.United said in a statement it will start issuing the tags by April.Late Wednesday, the Harris County, Texas, district attorney’s office said its animal cruelty division is working with the county’s animal cruelty task force to investigate what happened on the plane.last_img read more

Frederick Douglass High Alum Completes Basic Training

first_imgAir National Guard Airman 1st Class Shaundra N. Harley recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.Harley is the daughter of Chandra Sherrod and Michael Harley, both of Brandywine, md.She is a 2012 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School, Upper Marlboro.last_img read more