Matthew McConaughey Wants You To Test Drive A 2016 Lincoln MKX For

first_imgThe ongoing collaboration between The Lincoln Motor Company and actor Matthew McConaughey enters a new phase as the luxury automaker will donate to the Academy Award winner’s just keep livin Foundation.Matthew McConaughey, Shannon Mabrey Rotenberg, executive director, j.k. livin Foundation, and Dave Rivers, Lincoln marketing communications managerThis year, for the first time, Lincoln dealers will have the option to choose McConaughey’s just keep livin Foundation as the first national charity to be part of this program. For every test drive taken in the new 2016 Lincoln MKX midsize crossover, on sale later this year, $20 will go toward the just keep livin Foundation.“The tremendous work Matthew does through his just keep livin Foundation is one of the reasons why he is such a great fit with Lincoln,” said David Rivers, Lincoln U.S. Marketing Communications Manager. “Matthew is authentic, warm and genuine, and of course a great storyteller. We’re pleased to add our support by making a national charity part of our Driven to Give program for the first time.”Test drives that support charities are a cornerstone of Lincoln’s philanthropic efforts. Through its Driven to Give program, Lincoln has donated more than $4 million to schools and charitable organizations nationwide since 2011.“A key reason why I chose to collaborate with Lincoln is because it is a brand that works hard to make a difference,” said McConaughey. “On behalf of the just keep livin Foundation, we genuinely appreciate this added support from Lincoln, and look forward to reaching and assisting even more young people going forward.”The just keep livin Foundation, started by McConaughey and his wife Camila in 2008, is dedicated to empowering high school students by providing them with the tools to lead active lives and make healthy choices for a better future.It works with schools to reach the maximum number of teenagers with the greatest needs, partnering with other non-profit organizations in each local community to implement after-school fitness and wellness programs in inner-city high schools.“We all are stewards of tomorrow’s world, and that starts with providing impactful guidance and meaningful support to today’s young people,” said Shannon Mabrey Rotenberg, Executive Director, just keep livin Foundation. “This new collaboration between Matthew and Lincoln will assist the just keep livin Foundation as it continues to help shape a better future.”The programs encourage students to make positive life choices to improve their physical and mental health through exercise, teamwork, gratitude, nutrition and community service.A 501c3 non-profit organization, the just keep livin Foundation serves over 2,000 students through 24 programs in California, Texas, Louisiana and Washington, D.C.Source:BusinessWire.comlast_img read more

Pepsi North America Cup Amps Up Star Power with K Trevor Wilson

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Mike Ure and Aidan Johnson-Bujold of Buck Twenty will treat the crowd to a rousing live concert. The singer/songwriter duo from Harrow, Ontario, are best known for their single, “Here’s To The Nights,” which received prolific play on Canadian Country Radio. The 2017 CMAO Rising Star Award Nominees take pride in the musical presentation of their live show and most definitely aren’t afraid to bring a surplus of feel good energy to the stage.Guests can enjoy refreshments in the event’s Beer Garden or the exclusive Corona Deck viewing area, as well as samplings of Pepsi Pure Leaf and Colio on site. Contesting, carnival games and driver autograph signings will round out the evening, providing fun for the whole family.This year’s Pepsi North America Cup for three-year-old pacers will be the 35th edition of Canada’s richest harness race. It will also be the 12th edition held at the newly renamed Woodbine Mohawk Park.Now the permanent home of Canada’s finest standardbreds and year-round harness racing, the picturesque racetrack in the heart of Campbellville has recently undergone a series of renovations and upgrades. Woodbine Entertainment’s commitment to World Class Horse Racing and providing customers with first-class experiences will be front and centre when the track unveils its new improvements.Post time for the Pepsi North America Cup race card is 6:30 pm. Doors open at 5 pm with the action concluding around 11:30 pm. The event day box office will be open from 4 pm until 10:30 pm and is located at the main entrance.Website: woodbineentertainment.com/mohawkFacebook: facebook.com/WoodbineSBTwitter: twitter.com/WoodbineSBInstagram: instagram.com/WoodbineSBYouTube: youtube.com/WoodbineReplaysABOUT THE MILTON DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATIONTransforming Giving. Transforming Care. It may surprise you to know that government funding does not support equipment purchases. That means 100% of essential medical equipment required for Milton District Hospital must be funded through donations from our community. The Milton District Hospital Foundation (MDHF) is proud to work with the community of Milton to support Milton District Hospital. MDHF raises funds to help purchase essential medical equipment and technology, and improve the facilities through annual fundraising initiatives, community events and a combination of various other programs. Together, we are transforming healthcare in Milton now, and for generations to come. Login/Register With: Advertisement TORONTO, April 2, 2018 – The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup returns bigger than ever this year to the newly renovated Woodbine Mohawk Park. The signature race of the 2018 standardbred season will take place Saturday, June 16, with K. Trevor Wilson and Dylan Playfair from Letterkenny and live music from country duo Buck Twenty.center_img Twitter Advertisement Facebook Advance tickets are now available at bit.ly/NACup2018. General admission tickets are $10 for guests aged 18+ and guests under 17 receive free admission. Tickets purchased on site at Woodbine Mohawk Park on opening weekend (April 12) will receive 25% off. The Milton District Hospital Foundation will be the official charity partner for this year’s Pepsi North America Cup, with a percentage of all ticket sales going towards the Foundation.Hosts K. Trevor Wilson and Dylan Playfair from acclaimed Comedy Network series, Letterkenny, will guide guests through the thrilling evening of live racing and are sure to provide some comic relief along the way. Their popular show won the 2017 Canadian Screen Award for Best Comedy Series and has amassed fans across the country.last_img read more

Spence surprises everyone at Ottawa hotel

first_imgAPTN National NewsChief Theresa Spence spent the night in hospital as a precaution after 44 days without eating solid food.By mid-afternoon Thursday, she surprised everyone by appearing at an Ottawa hotel where a ceremony in her honour was already underway.This brought a huge media horde, with Spence’s supporters struggled to control.Spence took the opportunity to issue a call for unity and to send a message to her fellow chiefs.last_img

Notification for phase 4 of LS polls to be held on April 29 issued

first_imgNew Delhi: The Election Commission on Tuesday issued notification for phase four of Lok Sabha elections to be held on April 29 in which 71 seats across nine states will go to polls. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal will head for voting in all the seven phases of the general elections. The election will pit the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance against mostly different opposition groupings in various states, including of Congress, the Left and regional forces which are continuing to work out a grand alliance to minimise a division of votes against the saffron party. The BJP has worked out a seat-sharing formula with some new allies and several old partners. However, opposition parties are yet to do so in several states.last_img read more

Fire erupts at Texas chemical plant; possible injuries

CROSBY, Texas — A fire has erupted at a Houston-area chemical plant, spewing a plume of thick, black smoke into the air, and authorities say two workers may have been hurt.Harris county Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says in a tweet that deputies were shutting down a roadway near Tuesday’s fire at a KMCO chemical plant in Crosby, a northeast Houston suburb.Thick plumes of black smoke could be seen rising from the plant.The fire comes about two weeks after a March 17 blaze at a petrochemical storage facility in Deer Park, located about 20 miles (32 kilometres) south of Crosby.According to its website, KMCO is a chemical company that offers coolant and brake fluid products and chemicals for the oilfield industry.The Crosby and Sheldon school districts have asked students and staff to shelter in place at all their campuses.The Associated Press read more

World free of nuclear weapons advances security for all Ban tells Hiroshima

27 July 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for further progress on the global disarmament agenda, stressing that getting rid of nuclear weapons is the best way to ensure security for all. “Let us be clear: the only guarantee of safety, and the only sure protection against the use of such weapons, is their elimination,” Mr. Ban said in a message to the Hiroshima Conference for the Total Abolition of Nuclear Weapons by 2020.“Nuclear disarmament is often dismissed as a dream, when the real fantasies are the claims that nuclear weapons guarantee security or increase a country’s status and prestige,” he noted.“The more often countries make such claims, the more likely it will be that others will adopt the same approach. The result will be insecurity for all.”The three-day conference is organized by Mayors for Peace – which unites more than 4,000 mayors and other city officials with the common goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world – and includes representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), cities and national governments, as well as concerned citizens.Mr. Ban noted that the timeline in the 2020 Vision Campaign initiated by the Mayors for Peace to achieve the elimination of nuclear weapons is especially important. He also voiced deep admiration for the survivors of the atomic bomb attacks on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, who are known as hibakusha, and their determination to tell the world about their experience of the horrors of nuclear weapons. The Secretary-General urged all leaders, especially those of nuclear-weapon States, to visit both cities – which were reduced to rubble in the August 1945 attacks that also claimed hundreds of thousands of lives – to see first-hand the impact of nuclear weapons. Next month Mr. Ban will participate in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony, becoming the first UN Secretary-General to do so. “I myself will go there in 10 days’ time for this year’s peace memorial ceremony, at which I will appeal for urgent steps to advance the disarmament agenda,” he told the gathering. He recalled his own five-point plan, which was first put forward in October 2008 and offers a practical approach to eliminating nuclear weapons. It begins with a call for the parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to pursue negotiations on nuclear disarmament, either through a new convention or through a series of mutually reinforcing instruments backed by a credible system of verification. The plan also urges the Security Council to consider other ways to strengthen security in the disarmament process; measures to strengthen rule of law, accountability and transparency; and progress in eliminating other weapons of mass destruction and limiting missiles, space weapons and conventional arms – all of which are needed for a nuclear-weapon-free world. read more

Couple arrested with Rs 5 million worth heroin

The customs department arrested a couple at the Bandaranaike International Airport today with 5 kilos of heroin.A 45 year old male and a 60 year old woman, both residents of Colombo, were arrested by the staff of the customs narcotic control unit. They had in their possession five packets of heroin weighing approximately 5 kilos valued at Rs. 5 millionThe heroin had been concealed inside packets containing spices. The couple had arrived from Chennai. Investigations are being carried out by the Superintendent of Customs D.M.G.Nimalthilake and Assistant Superintendent of Customs Gayan Senaratna. (Colombo Gazette) read more

President urges the media to write the truth

When the Government ensures the freedom of the press the duty of a journalist is to write the truth without giving any space to achieve narrow objectives of some extremist elements, the President further said. The President also thanked the journalists and media institutions for acting prudently when some extremist elements trying to diminish the victory of the government at the UNHRC. President Sirisena recalled that as a Minister he also faced unpleasant , unethical experiences where he worked with political leaders who gave telephone calls to editors asking them to write against their own Ministers in the Cabinet.The President said that he noted last week one English newspapers had published an article which contained fabricated facts on his recent visit to New York to attend the UN General Assembly. He further said that even though criticism and dialogue is important for good governance, it is necessary to ensure professional standards of the media and its ethics is maintained. President Maithripala Sirisena says when the new Government is working with the media ending the era of disappearances, white vans abductions and interference of any kind, the responsibility of the media is not to isolate the Government politically .He made these observations participating at the 60th Anniversary of the Sri Lanka Press Association held at the BMICH today. The President emphasized that the new Government is fully committed to ensure media freedom and freedom of this country. He further said that the new Government had ended the era of telephoning editors to put headlines in some newspapers. read more

High prevalence of child marriages in some communities in Sri Lanka

The prevalence of child marriage is decreasing globally with several countries seeing significant reductions in recent years, says UNICEF. Overall, the proportion of women who were married as children decreased by 15 per cent in the last decade, from 1 in 4 to approximately 1 in 5.South Asia has witnessed the largest decline in child marriage worldwide in the last 10 years, as a girl’s risk of marrying before her 18th birthday has dropped by more than a third, from nearly 50 per cent to 30 per cent, in large part due to progress in India. Increasing rates of girls’ education, proactive government investments in adolescent girls, and strong public messaging around the illegality of child marriage and the harm it causes are among the reasons for the shift. “When a girl is forced to marry as a child, she faces immediate and lifelong consequences. Her odds of finishing school decrease while her odds of being abused by her husband and suffering complications during pregnancy increase. There are also huge societal consequences, and higher risk of intergenerational cycles of poverty,” said Anju Malhotra, UNICEF’s Principal Gender Advisor. “Given the life-altering impact child marriage has on a young girl’s life, any reduction is welcome news, but we’ve got a long way to go.”According to new data from UNICEF, the total number of girls married in childhood is now estimated at 12 million a year. The new figures point to an accumulated global reduction of 25 million fewer marriages than would have been anticipated under global levels 10 years ago. However, to end the practice by 2030 – the target set out in the Sustainable Development Goals – progress must be significantly accelerated. Without further acceleration, more than 150 million additional girls will marry before their 18th birthday by 2030. UNICEF urged the Government of Sri Lanka to take all necessary steps to eliminate the practice of marriage under the age of 18 years in the country, as clearly recommended by the Committee on the UNCRC. Further, UNICEF will continue to encourage the prioritization of girls’ education, especially in communities with high rates of child marriage, as a means of tackling the cultural and traditional norms surrounding this issue. In Sri Lanka, the prevalence of child marriage remains low when compared to other South Asian nations. However the recommendations issued by the Committee on the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in February 2018 highlight a high prevalence of child marriages in some communities within the country. Whilst there remains a gap in data regarding the absolute number of child marriages, it was estimated that in 2014 between 16,000 and 24,000 boys and girls under 18 were either formally married or co-habiting. Worldwide, an estimated 650 million women alive today were married as children. While South Asia has led the way on reducing child marriage over the last decade, the global burden of child marriage is shifting to sub-Saharan Africa, where rates of progress need to be scaled up dramatically to offset population growth. Of the most recently married child brides, close to 1 in 3 are now in sub-Saharan Africa, compared to 1 in 5 a decade ago.New data also point to the possibility of progress on the African continent. In Ethiopia – once among the top five countries for child marriage in sub-Saharan Africa – the prevalence has dropped by a third in the last 10 years.“Each and every child marriage prevented gives another girl the chance to fulfill her potential,” said Malhotra. “But given the world has pledged to end child marriage by 2030, we’re going to have to collectively redouble efforts to prevent millions of girls from having their childhoods stolen through this devastating practice.” read more

Asian Development Bank UN agency join forces against poverty

In a Memorandum of Understanding signed in Hawaii between UNDP’s Regional Director for Asia and Pacific, Hafiz Pasha, and ADB Vice President Myoung-Ho Shin, the two organizations pledged to work together more closely to ensure their development assistance was making a positive difference for poor people in the region. Signed during the opening day of ADB’s annual Board of Governors meeting in Honolulu, the Memorandum stipulates joint activities between UNDP and ADB in the area of poverty measurements and assessments. The aim is to support developing countries in the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of national poverty reduction strategies, action plans or agendas, UNDP said in a statement issued today.”World leaders at the United Nations Millennium Summit last September pledged to eliminate extreme poverty by 2015,” said Mr. Pasha. “This agreement between ADB and UNDP is one step toward reaching this target for the countries in Asia and the Pacific.” For his part, Mr. Shin said the challenge of poverty reduction was “enormous and diverse,” and required maximum synergy in development assistance.Other areas of cooperation specified in the Memorandum include governance, private sector development, information and communications technology, environment, gender and development, and indigenous peoples. read more

UNICEF calls on Sudan to eliminate death penalty for children under 18

While lauding Sudan for including provisions in its new constitution that strengthen the rights of children and women, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today called for the elimination of exceptions allowing the death penalty for youngsters under 18.Such exceptions contravene the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child stipulating that capital punishment should not be imposed for offences committed by persons below 18 years of age, UNICEF Representative JoAnna Van Gerpen said. She also urged Sudan to specify 18 as the minimum age for military recruitment or voluntarily joining the armed forces in line with the Optional Protocol to the Convention, to which Sudan is a signatory. On the positive side, she congratulated Sudan on including several provisions recognizing that “investing in children’s health and education is a cost-effective means to accelerate the development of the country.” The right to an education is recognized in the new constitution and Government is called on to ensure equal access to free and compulsory primary education, she noted. Equal access to free primary health care is also provided for and the State is to combat harmful customs and traditions undermining the dignity and status of women. “Though not specifically mentioned, we assume this includes female genital cutting, which has a devastating physical and social impact on millions of children, women and families every year,” Ms. Van Gerpen said.The Interim National Constitution was ratified by Sudan’s National Assembly and the legislative council of the formerly rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) earlier this month, following a peace accord in January which formally ended decades of civil war in southern Sudan.It is intended to be in effect for the six-year Interim Period provided for in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, but can be amended if supported by three-quarters of the members of each chamber of the National Legislature.“Ensuring conformity with the international and regional conventions that Sudan has ratified should be a priority in the coming months,” Ms. Van Gerpen said. “This is an opportunity that should not be missed.” read more

How Our Club Soccer Projections Work

2France 1England, Germany, Italy, Spain Top divisions only. Countries are listed alphabetically within each tier. 6Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia, Cyprus, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Iceland, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Northern Ireland, Serbia, Wales European countries’ soccer leagues, sorted into six tiers by strength This methodology article is for an old version of our club soccer forecasts. See how our latest club soccer predictions work.Today we’re publishing FiveThirtyEight’s club soccer predictions interactive, which includes team ratings, odds for upcoming matches and forecasts for the top five European domestic soccer leagues — the Premier League (England), La Liga (Spain), Bundesliga (Germany), Serie A (Italy) and Ligue 1 (France) — along with the UEFA Champions League, Europe’s premier club competition. Our forecasts are available in both English and Spanish, and we‘ll be adding more leagues in the future, likely starting in a few months with Liga MX, MLS and NWSL.The forecasts are based on a substantially revised version of ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (SPI), a rating system originally devised by FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver in 2009 for rating international soccer teams and last revised for the 2014 World Cup. For the interactive, we have updated and adapted SPI to incorporate club soccer scores going back to 1888 (from more than 550,000 matches in all),1Including matches from the six leagues we’re forecasting. The data comes from ESPN’s database and James Curley’s GitHub. The model doesn’t take into account matches in lower domestic divisions or in other competitions such as league cups or Europa League. as well as newer play-by-play data from Opta that has been available since summer 2010.In SPI, each team is assigned an offensive and defensive rating, expressed in terms of number of goals it would expect to score and yield against a middling team — so a high offensive rating is good, and a high defensive rating is bad.2Think of a team’s ratings as roughly how it would do against Swansea, Bordeaux or Leganes, based on those teams’ current strength. Unlike with national-team SPI, our club-soccer SPI doesn’t include an overall rating, in part because we plan to add other leagues, and as the pool of teams changes, the overall ratings would shift, too. Given the ratings for any two teams, we can project the result of a match between them in a variety of formats — such as a league match, a home-and-away tie or a cup final — as well as simulate whole seasons to arrive at the probability each team will win the league, qualify for the Champions League or be relegated to a lower division. After every match, a team’s ratings are adjusted based on its performance in that match and the strength of its opponent. Unlike with the Elo rating system we use in several other sports, when a soccer team wins a match but performs worse than expected, its ratings decline.Underlying quality of playSoccer can be tricky to model because there are so few goals scored in each match. The final scoreline fairly often will disagree with most people’s impressions of the quality of each team’s play, and the low-scoring nature of the sport sometimes will lead to prolonged periods of luck, where a team may be getting good results despite playing poorly (or vice versa).To mitigate this randomness, and better estimate each team’s underlying quality of play, we’re using four metrics to evaluate a team’s performance after each match: goals, adjusted goals, shot-based expected goals and non-shot expected goals.The first is simply how many goals a team scored in the match. The second, adjusted goals, accounts for the conditions under which each goal was scored. For adjusted goals, we reduce the value of goals scored when a team has more players on the field,3These are worth about 0.8 goals. This and all other weights were chosen in order to optimize the model for predicting match outcomes. as well as goals scored late in a match when a team is already leading.4Specifically, after the 70th minute, the value of a goal when a team is leading decreases linearly to the end of the game, when a goal is worth half a goal. So a 70th minute goal when leading is worth a full goal, an 80th minute goal is worth 0.75 goals, and a goal in the 90th minute or later is worth 0.5 goals. We increased the value of all other goals to make the total number of adjusted goals add up to the total number of goals scored.Shot-based expected goals are an estimate of how many goals a team “should” have scored given the shots they took in that match. Each shot is assigned a probability of scoring based on the distance and angle from the goal, as well as the part of the body the shot was taken with, with an adjustment for the player who took the shot.5All players who have enough shots in our database are given a modifier based on their historical conversion rates (the number of goals they’ve scored given the shots they’ve had). For example, Lionel Messi has historically converted a shot into a goal about 1.4 times as often as expected, so the probability of any shot he takes is multiplied by 1.4. These individual shot probabilities are added together to produce a team’s shot-based expected goals for that match, which may be bigger or smaller than the number of goals it actually scored.Non-shot expected goals are an estimate of how many goals a team “should” have scored based on non-shooting actions they took around the opposing team’s goal:6That is, within an area slightly larger than the 18-yard box. passes, interceptions, take-ons and tackles. For example, we know that intercepting the ball at the opposing team’s penalty spot results in a goal about 9 percent of the time, and a completed pass that is received six yards directly in front of the goal leads to a score about 14 percent of the time. We add these individual actions up across an entire match to arrive at a team’s non-shot expected goals. Just as for shot-based expected goals, there is an adjustment for each action based on the success rates of the player or players taking the action (both the passer and the receiver in the case of a pass). 4Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Russia, Ukraine 5Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Norway, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey TIERLEAGUES Take Sunday’s match between Everton and Manchester City, for example. Although Everton won 4-0, our model didn’t see the match as nearly so lopsided. Two of Everton’s goals came with the lead after the 70th minute. Furthermore, Everton took only six shots. Our shot-based expected goals model would expect only about 0.4 of those shots to go in the net, not the four that did. Man City also was the better team according to our non-shot based expected goals model. In all, our composite scores saw the final result as a 2.16-0.84 win for Everton — much narrower than 4-0.Since all four metrics represent the number of goals a team scored or could have been expected to score during the match, they’re directly comparable, and a team’s composite offensive score is an average of the four metrics; its composite defensive score is an average of the four metrics for its opponent. “An average doesn’t sound very empirical,” you might say, but our testing indicates it does about as well as any other way of combining the metrics. If anything, the expected goals components should count a bit more toward the overall match rating than the goals-based measures, but we have only a little more than six seasons’ worth of data for those components, while we have goals data back to 1888. Therefore, we’re being a little cautious about incorporating this new data. A team is assigned an offensive and defensive rating for a match based on its composite score and the pre-match ratings of its opponent, and these game ratings are combined with the team’s pre-match ratings to produce its updated ratings.As with our Elo-based rating systems, each team’s ratings change in the offseason. Rather than reverting each team toward the same mean, we revert it toward a time-weighted average of its final rating over the past five seasons. In addition, we adjust each team’s preseason rating based on players it acquires or sells in the offseason.7Specifically, these adjustments are based on subtracting transfer fees a team got in the offseason from how much it spent on acquiring players, relative to league average. For every standard deviation of net spend above league average, a team’s rating is boosted by about 0.09 points, split evenly between the team’s offensive and defensive ratings.ForecastingOnce we’ve established ratings for every team in the leagues we cover, we forecast the outcomes of upcoming matches with a Poisson model that forecasts the estimated number of goals we expect each team to score. The parameters in the model are the offensive and defensive ratings of the two teams, home-field advantage,8This varies based on the year of the match and the league the game is being played in. As Oliver Roeder and James Curley documented in 2014 on FiveThirtyEight about English soccer, home-field advantage has decreased over time. and the number of days of rest for each team. We can use these goal forecasts to estimate the probability of each team winning, as well as the chance the match will end in any given score.We then run Monte Carlo simulations to play out each league’s season 10,000 times using our individual match forecasts. As with our other forecasts, we run our Monte Carlo simulations “hot,” meaning that instead of a team’s ratings remaining static within each simulated season, the ratings can rise or fall based on the simulated matches the team plays. In effect, this widens the distribution of possible outcomes by allowing a weak team to go on a winning streak and increase its ratings substantially, or providing for the possibility that a strong team loses its first few games of a simulated season and is penalized accordingly.Leagues and tiersOne challenge when building such a system is the large number of leagues around the world: we have over 400 in our database. Determining a team’s strength within its league is relatively straightforward, but figuring out its strength relative to teams in other leagues is a second challenge. There are often few matches between teams in different leagues or regions. For example, clubs in the Americas rarely play European clubs aside from the Club World Cup or summer warmup matches, for which European sides often don’t field their best teams. 3Portugal To compare different leagues, we’ve come up with a tiered system. Each league belongs to a tier, and each successive tier is a bit weaker9By a margin equivalent to 0.2 goals per game, spread between offensive and defensive ratings. than the one above it. We calculated these tiers using both an analysis of interleague matches (e.g. Champions League or Europa League) and UEFA’s league-strength coefficients.Right now we’re about halfway through the European club season, and several leagues have good races brewing for the last few months. You can follow along at our interactive. read more

Ohio States Michelle Williams surges in and out of pool

Being an athlete and a student can sometimes be a daunting task at Ohio State. For sophomore swimmer Michelle Williams, the concept isn’t quite as difficult. In fact, Williams makes it looks easy. During the 2010 season, Williams was one of few student-athletes at OSU to record a perfect 4.0 GPA. Williams, whose main events for OSU are the women’s 50 and 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly, along with some of the relay teams, said she is able to succeed because swimming helps her manage her time. She said academics are her priority, followed closely by swimming and family. “Swimming helps me to be a better student,” she said. The classroom isn’t the only place where Williams has found success. The Toronto, Ontario-native will be competing in the Canadian Olympic trials this March. It will be the second time she has competed in the trials. The first time around, she knew that she was fighting an uphill battle and didn’t end up qualifying. “I have a better shot (this time),” she said. Williams said she wants to go further than making the Canadian Olympic team. “Many people make it to the Olympics and then don’t know what to do,” she said. “The next step is to perform.” Williams’ swimming career began when she was 8 years old. Her parents signed her up for a learn-to-swim program and her swimming blossomed from there. “Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to go to the Olympics,” she said. And she isn’t the only member of her family to find success in athletics. Her sister is also a gymnast at the University of California, Berkeley and her brother was always involved in high school sports. “My family is pretty athletic,” she said. When the trials come around, she will be trying out for the 4×100 freestyle relay team along with the 100 butterfly, and 50 and 200 freestyle events. Coach Bill Dorenkott said he has been emailing the Canadian Olympic team coaches trying to make them more aware of Williams. “She’s flying under the radar,” Dorenkott said. Dorenkott said he is confident she will make the team. “She has a great shot,” Dorenkott said. “Myself, her parents and her club coach might be the only ones that know that.” It might be hard for a prospective Olympic athlete to stay motivated, but not for Williams. She looks to her competition to stay motivated. “My rivals in the same events as me are always big influences,” she said. Her teammates and coaches, at home and at OSU, are also big influences, she said. “She’s very humble and hardworking, sometimes to a fault,” Dorenkott said. “I love coaching her.” Williams’ teammate, junior Jackie Brousseau, said Williams is “a hard worker and someone who is easy to talk to.” “She always looks to her teammates first,” Brousseau said. “She’s definitely a team player.” Brousseau said Williams’ best attribute is her ability to cheer up her teammates. “We’re up at 5 a.m. every day and sometimes we’re grumpy,” Brousseau said. “She always knows what to say and reminds me of my goals.” With the Olympic trials more than a month away, Williams said her focus right now is on the Big Ten championships that will take place mid-February in Iowa City, Iowa. “The team is really excited and really prepared,” she said. The women’s swimming and diving team continues its season at 5 p.m. Friday when they travel to East Lansing to take on the Michigan State Spartans. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State finds new struggles on defense in defeat to

Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann talks to freshman guard Duane Washington Jr. (4) in the second half of the game against Maryland. Ohio State lost 75-61. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDuring Ohio State’s ongoing losing streak, which was stretched to four games following the Buckeyes’ 75-61 defeat to No. 19 Maryland, many of the struggles have been on the offensive side.After giving up 86 points to Michigan State, Ohio State allowed its next two opponents to shoot a combined 43.5 percent from the field in its losses to Rutgers and Iowa.But on Friday, it was the Buckeyes’ defense that hurt them the most.The Terrapins shot 58.1 percent from the field and 64.7 from deep in the 14-point win, while Ohio State shot 23.1 percent from behind the arc and 39 percent overall.“I think my biggest frustration tonight was our lack of activity defensively,” head coach Chris Holtmann said.In the days leading up to the Maryland matchup, Holtmann described the offense as Ohio State’s major issue during the streak.In previous defeats, the Buckeyes were sloppy with the ball, turning it over a season-high 21 times against the Hawkeyes, and failing to hit shots down the stretch, shooting less than 40 percent in the second halves of both of the previous defeats.Against the Terrapins, there were more of the same issues, with Ohio State shooting 9-for-29 overall in the final 20 minutes, including a span of more than six minutes where the Buckeyes were held scoreless.But even with the continued issues scoring the basket, Holtmann said it was the defense that let him down in the loss.Senior guard C.J. Jackson said it doesn’t come down to talent, but effort, and it’s costing the team in the recent stretch.“The biggest thing is we’re just shooting ourselves in the foot, whether it’s a bad shot or just not defending well enough,” Jackson said. “We’re very capable, I mean we’re in the game most of these games, goes down to the last couple minutes, I guess you could say that’s what’s frustrating.”Even with Maryland hitting 3 pointers more than it was missing them, the Buckeyes were largely defeated due to the Terrapins’ presence down low.The pair of 6-foot-10 forwards, sophomore Bruno Fernando and freshman Jalen Smith, were able to find space inside against the smaller sophomore forwards of Kaleb Wesson and Kyle Young, forcing both players off the court with foul troubles.Fernando and Smith combined for 23 points and 21 rebounds on 8-of-10 shooting, helping Maryland out rebound Ohio State 33-26.In the loss that continued the longest losing streak since Holtmann has arrived at Ohio State, new problems surfaced defensively.But there were improvements in areas that had been major concerns through the past three defeats.Ohio State committed 10 turnovers against Maryland, 11 fewer than the previous game, while forcing 19 on the defensive side.Holtmann said there were large segments of the game where he was pleased with how the offense was finding shots, even if they weren’t falling.With a four-game losing streak after winning 12 of the first 13 games, the Buckeyes are falling from contention in the Big Ten.Matchups against Purdue, Nebraska and No. 2 Michigan are next on the schedule, and with defensive and offensive struggles alike causing issues with the team, it will take a complete change in momentum to shift the tides.Jackson said the team’s confidence won’t be a cause for concern.“I don’t think confidence should be an issue with anybody,” Jackson said. “At this point, confidence shouldn’t be an issue to anybody in the locker room, and I don’t think that’s it.” read more

Opposition GECOM Commissioners forced to walk out in protest of chairmans

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHigh-level Commonwealth team to meet with GECOM on ThursdayMarch 27, 2019In “latest news”House to House registration not voted on at meeting— PPP CommissionersFebruary 19, 2019In “latest news”‘Govt has nothing to do with how GECOM is run’- Granger on claims of employment discriminationJune 6, 2018In “latest news” The statutory meeting of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) which was hosted on April 2 ended abruptly after the Opposition-nominated GECOM Commissioners were forced to walk out, in protest of the Chairman James Patterson’s refusal to allow them to participate in a fixed agenda item that is under ‘’Commissioners’ Comments’’.See statement from PPP Commissioners below:Chairman Patterson in the most autocratic manner was seemingly intent on only allowing continued discussion on “Elections” arising out of House-to-House Registration, a matter on which discussion ended abruptly at the last Statutory Meeting of Tuesday, March 26, 2019.It is evident that the Chairman in collusion with the Government-nominated Commissioners, intended to avoid any references to the following matters:1.      The scathing Editorial by Stabroek News in its April 1, 2019 edition, which exposed the Chairman’s preference and behavior relating to the Vishnu Persaud matter which engaged the attention of the Ethnic Relations Commission;2.      A letter proposing legal proceedings, under the hand of Mohabir Anil Nandlall, Attorney-at-Law representing Commissioner Robeson Benn, requesting that GECOM CEO Keith Lowenfield, inter alia “…refrain from embarking on or proceeding with this unlawful and unconstitutional exercise…,” that being House-to-House Registration;3.      The ongoing legal proceedings at the Caribbean Court of Justice, arising out of the No-Confidence motion which was passed in the National Assembly on 21st December 2018, in which GECOM was added as a party.In view of the Chairman’s attempts to avoid initial comments and to proceed with an agenda item not listed or agreed to, Commissioners Sase Gunraj and Benn, in the absence of Commissioner Bibi Shadick were forced to walk-out of the meeting, while protesting the undemocratic posture of the Chairman with support of the Government’s Commissioners. read more

Fuel thief nabbed with illegal gun

A 64-year-old boat captain who was wanted for stealing a quantity of fuel was Tuesday nabbed by police.The man was detained at the Mabaruma Police Station and a search of a haversack which was in his possession revealed an unlicensed pistol along with a magazine and eleven live rounds.The suspect, who resides at Bent Street, Georgetown, is in custody assisting with the investigations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan nabbed with 80 cocaine pellets in ECD hotelApril 28, 2019In “Crime”Thief nabbed by police moments after committing robbery; accomplice escapesApril 1, 2014In “Crime”GEA nabs suspected illegal fuel vesselFebruary 15, 2017In “Local News” read more

Loadscan expands load volume scanning tech supply with move into Australian market

first_imgLoadscan, the global supplier of load volume scanning technology, says it is following global demand and expanding its operations by opening up an office in New South Wales in Australia. Established in 2012, Loadscan’s headquarters is based in Hamilton, New Zealand, and the company has exported their load volume scanner (LVS) worldwide to a variety of industries wanting to accurately track the movement of bulk material.“The Loadscan load profiling system gives real-time data, including live 3D imaging, of every load so that fill factors and correct loading can be monitored. It provides an exact picture (with +/- 1% accuracy) of the quantity of material being extracted/hauled and scanning trucks on their return route will allow companies to monitor (and manage) wasteful carry-back.Carey West, Owner and Managing Director said: “We got our foot in the door in Australia when our load volume scanner was a proven success in Aeris Resources Tritton mine and increased their trucking factors by 10%. Now we’ve opened an office in NSW as we want to focus on Australia – there’s a huge market here that can benefit from our technology.” Tritton is a copper operation with much expansion potential.With a current high demand in the Australian mining, quarrying and other sectors for volume scanning technology, Loadscan has hired seasoned sales and support staff to strengthen service in-country. “With over 400 operating mines in Australia there’s a significant change in the industry to strive for improvement across the value chain. Earlier this year, Loadscan hired a mining sales manager based in Australia, Gavin Selth. Gavin brings a wealth of engineering and mining experience to the Loadscan team and has worked within the mining industry for a number of years. To respond to rapidly growing demand in the quarry and civil construction industries Loadscan has recently hired product specialist Luke Jackman. Luke’s previous experience in various senior sales and account management roles within the ICT sector means he comes to Loadscan with an appreciation for good data and intuitive software. Drew Harding is Loadscan’s newest customer and product support technician. Drew will be on call to assemble and configure to customer requirements as well as providing technical know-how and after-sales support.”last_img read more

Newmont Goldcorp weighing haul truck automation at Boddington

first_imgNewmont Goldcorp President – and soon to be CEO – Tom Palmer, told investors on a conference call this week that the miner was looking into the feasibility of implementing autonomous haulage at the Boddington gold-copper mine, in Western Australia.The mine produced 709,000 oz of gold for Newmont Goldcorp last year and is currently undergoing a stripping campaign in the South Pit in order to reach higher-grade ore.Palmer said the company recently advanced its “autonomous haulage study” at the mine and there could be a funding decision made on this project before the end of 2019.“If approved, the project is expected to improve cost and mining productivity, by converting the fleet of 39 haul trucks to autonomous operation, using the Cat command system,” Palmer said.last_img read more

Seán Kelly hopeful that GAA will look at saving its birthplace

first_imgFORMER GAA PRESIDENT Seán Kelly has indicated that the organisation may look at saving Hayes’ Hotel in Tipperary, the birthplace of the GAA which recently went into receivership, following his approach to them in the last week.Speaking to TheJournal.ie in Brussels, the current Fine Gael MEP said he has raised the matter with GAA general secretary Páraic Duffy who told him in a response that he will bring the matter to a meeting of the GAA Central Council at Croke Park this weekend.Kelly wants the organisation to either buy the hotel outright or to enter into partnership with other bodies “to ensure that this iconic part of our heritage is preserved for posterity”.Hayes’ Hotel went into receivership in April and remains open but there have been growing calls for the GAA to intervene.A Labour senator, Denis Landy, has said it is “our duty to ensure that this iconic building is preserved, protected and handed on to future generations”.Meanwhile, Kelly told this website: “We’re very lucky, unlike most organisations that were founded way back in the 19th century, that the exact place where it is located is still there. “So now that it is still there we must ensure that it is preserved for posterity and I think the GAA has an important role to play in that.”Kelly said he had written to the GAA a number of years ago, suggesting that it buy the hotel and run it commercially but was told that this is not something the organisation would engage in.He believes that the GAA is increasingly aware of the need to preserve the hotel where the GAA was founded on 1 November 1884 by Michael Cusack and Maurice Davin.“This is bigger than just commercial activity and I’ve also suggested, by setting up a committee, they could look into partnerships and give themselves options which they mightn’t have looked at initially,” he said.A spokesperson for the GAA was not available to comment at the time of publication.Read: Central Council to decide on 2014 Hurling League format this weekendlast_img read more