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Colombo, Dec 15 (PTI) Veteran speedster Lasith Malinga has not been picked in the Sri Lanka T20 squad for the three- match series against India, starting December 20.The list has been ratified by sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekera. The list however says Malinga has been rested without stating any reason for that. Malinga has taken part in the Bangladesh Premier League.Senior players Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Thirimanne have been rested. Vishwa Fernando and Dasun Shanaka have replaced them in the squad.The first match will be played at Cuttack on December 20 followed by matches in Indore and Mumbai on December 22 and 24 respectively.Squad: Thisara Perera(c), Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Janith Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dasun Shanaka, Chaturanga de Silva, Sachith Pathirana, Dananjaya De Silva, Nuwan Pradeep, Vishwa Fernando, Dusmantha Chameera. PTI KHS KHS
England leg-spinner Mason Crane is all set to make his debut in Test cricket at Sydney after Chirs Woakes was ruled out of the match due to an injury, captain Joe Root confirmed on Wednesday.Woakes missed majority of England’s home season after straining his side in the Champions trophy opener and also pulled up sore after the Melbourne Test last week. (Ashes 2017: Steve Smith fine enough to play in Sydney, Mitchell Starc to return)But someone’s loss is someone else’s gain and Crane will therefore replace the pacer for the fifth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), which starts on Thursday. Crane for Woakes will be the only change for the visitors according to the England captain.WATCHThe lads are ready for the pink Test! pic.twitter.com/ypwAy6U7cM- England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 2, 2018″He’s obviously an integral significant member of both the white ball and test team and it’s important he’s not out for a long time like he was last summer,” Root told reporters. (Inconsistent Glenn Maxwell dropped, Chris Lynn returns for ODIs vs England)”He’s going to miss this week and it’s a great opportunity for Mason to come in and make his debut,” he added.Someone else who could also be benefited from Woakes’ injury is out-of-form Moeen Ali, who was likely to make way for Crane in the XI at the SCG.England have already handed back the Ashes after losing the first three Tests of the series but Root made it clear that England will not hand out debuts to youngsters at will, as they did at the end of the 2013-14 whitewash.advertisementCrane, who played at the SCG for New South Wales last year during a highly successful stint with the Gordon club, will become the youngest England spinner to make his Test debut in 90 years.The SCG looking glorious ahead of the final Ashes Test. pic.twitter.com/kjhH0YFWUG- England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 2, 2018″He’s been outstanding. For a young man to apply himself and absorb himself in the environment as he has, is exactly what you want,” Root said.”You can see a big progression in his game since he’s been involved in this tour. He’s right up for international cricket and he’s not someone who’s going to back down.”On this surface, he’s going to be a really good option. It looks like it’s going to give a bit of turn throughout.”Team: Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Joe Root (captain), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, Stuart Broad, Mason Crane, James Anderson(With inputs from Reuters)ALSO WATCH:
In the age of social media, nothing goes unseen and some eagle-eyed people have uncovered a very interesting fact regarding two of India’s most dependable and biggest cricketers.According to media reports, Rohit Sharma unfollowed Team India captain Virat Kohli on Twitter and Instagram and their fans were very tensed regarding the development.Rohit and Kohli are the backbone of the Indian cricket team and the duo shares a fantastic relationship on and off the field. The camaraderie between the captain of the Indian cricket team and its ODI vice-captain is well documented and that reflects on the field especially.Kohli and Rohit have been involved in four double century partnerships with each other over the past few years and they have led from the front as India chased the No.1 spot across all the formats.Also read – I really laugh at lot of things: Virat Kohli reflects on middle finger controversyBut, a rift would not bode well for the Indian cricket team ahead of the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.Rohit, who is currently holidaying with his wife after a second successive snub for the Test series against England, had said that he is even ready to open for the team if they needed him but he was overlooked. Normally coming in to bat at No.6, Rohit has the highest average (58.19) for a player in Test cricket in that position and despite India’s batting failure and Rohit’s past records, he was not considered and India ended up losing the series 3-1 thanks to batting failures.Also read – Virat Kohli rested for Asia Cup 2018, Rohit Sharma named India captainadvertisementKohli and Rohit are not coming face-to-face in the Indian team set up anytime soon as the former has been rested for the Asia Cup and Rohit will lead the side in UAE. But, the indications of a possible rift was just enough for the fans to put their thinking caps on and wonder what went wrong.Is rohit jealous of kohli because of which only he unfollow kohli on twitter and insta???anup vk 18 (@Anukulvk18) September 5, 2018I had a bad feeling about Indian dressing room. Jadeja’s fight ending his career, Rohit unfollow kohli, Saying no to dravid and zaheer, Saying no to practice @vikrantgupta73 @bhogleharsha @cricketaakash @SGanguly99 @virendersehwagRahul Aggarwal (@RahulAg61133650) September 5, 2018News is correct that Rohit Sharma has unfollowed Virat Kohli on twitter! Something is not going good between them!#ENGvINDVIKASH KUMAR (@vkc1000) September 5, 2018Rohit Sharma unfollows Virat Kohli on Twitter & Instagram..I hope nothing is too serious between them.Siddharth Jha (@Siddhar79935179) September 4, 2018@ImRo45 Why did you unfollow @imVkohli #Rohit Bhai?Bharath Youwecan (@bharathyouwe) September 3, 2018Know the reason? ..why Rohit unfollowed Virat in Instagram ???Afu. (@Arya_WinFell) September 3, 2018@ImRo45 made unfollow @imVkohli on twitter. Virat who made rohit play in test and out karun nair in playing 11 many times despite karun makes 300 .today rohit is out from test due to his performance and due to losing match not virat. Virat gave him many chance @bcciAbhishek Sharma (@abhisheksh89) September 4, 2018
A special investigation by the state auditor’s office has identified nearly 75-thousand dollars worth of improper transactions by the former city clerk in the Plymouth County town of Westfield.Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson reports.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/WESTFIELD.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….soc :43Copies of the auditor’s report have been forwarded to the Plymouth County Sheriff and County Attorney as well as the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the state attorney general.Westfield is a community of about 130 residents.
United States Is Christian Pulisic the playmaker USMNT fans have spent decades waiting for? Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 2 years ago 01:10 9/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Matthew Stockman United States United States v Costa Rica Costa Rica WC Qualification CONCACAF American soccer fans have spent decades waiting for a true No.10 to emerge. Is the 18-year-old just the latest star to be miscast in the role? The No.10 jersey is the most storied number in the history of the game, not least of which because of the amount of players who have worn it, played the position associated with it, and elevated the game to an art form.Names like Maradona, Zidane, Ronaldinho, Totti and Valderrama helped dazzle spectators the world over, while leaving American fans wondering when their own special creative midfielder would emerge. The desire to see a U.S. national team player who could astonish with the vision, timing and creativity of the world’s best playmakers has led to years of frustration, and in many case has led to legendary American players being misidentified as playmakers.Christian Pulisic has come along to give American fans hope that a true No. 10 has arrived, but there is some debate about whether he is a playmaker in a classic sense of the role. In fact, some, including Pulisic’s own national team coach, would argue that the evolution of the game has led to the near extinction of the position in its traditional form. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina “Let them know that there really aren’t 10s anymore,” Arena told Goal when asked about American fans yearning for an American playmaker. “There’s no such thing in the modern game today because the game is much faster, all players kind of attack. It’s a different kind of game than it was 30 years ago.””In today’s game there really aren’t playmakers,” he added. “Guys that play in the midfield have responsibilities on both sides of the ball.”The era where teams could afford to have an advanced playmaker who didn’t necessarily have defensive responsibilities appears to have come and gone, with box-to-box midfielders more the norm in central roles, even on the best teams.”The best midfielders in the world, by far in my opinion, are the midfielders at Real Madrid and you don’t call any of them really playmakers and they’re the best in the position,” Arena said. “It’s a different game. The Tottis no longer exist in the game.”“That position has evolved a lot,” Landon Donovan told Goal. “In the 80s, 90s and even early 2000s that was a type of player that was more prominent. That type of player doesn’t always exist in the way that they used to.”There’s no Maradona, there’s one Messi. So you really can’t have that type of player just touching the ball 150 times a game and dictating the game,” he added. “The game doesn’t work that way as much anymore. Maybe it’ll come back, these things are cyclical, but at the moment that’s not really the way the game is played as much.”Donovan is part of an impressive fraternity of former U.S. national team stars who occasionally played in an attacking midfield rule as a playmaker, along with Tab Ramos and Claudio Reyna. All three wore the U.S. No.10 jersey, but none of them was a true playmaker even if they may have been thrust into that role at times.”We as Americans have not developed many players that can play at the highest level and sort of play that role,” Donovan said. “I don’t consider myself someone who plays that way. I think Claudio was a little closer to that, and Tab was a little closer to that.”Much like Donovan, Ramos never saw himself as a No.10, even if coaches often used him there since many times he was the most skilled player on his team.”I was also forced into the 10 role but I always saw myself as a right-winger type guy who could beat my guy every time and get the ball over and get good service to people,” Ramos told Goal. “Get good assists to people. That was my thing. I wasn’t a 10 then either, I was more a one-on-one guy, beat you and get the ball over, get a good cross in, I could change the game that way.””Claudio was more of an organizing type midfielder that spread the ball around, that really saw the game really well and kept everybody in the game,” Ramos continued. “And then I see Landon as the more direct guy, more without the ball, that can make the run without the ball and kill you.”If the clamoring for an American playmaker died down over the past decade, it was in large part because of Donovan’s impact as an influential force in the U.S. attack. Early in his national team career, Donovan could be found being deployed underneath a striker, or even underneath two strikers in a 3-5-2, as Bruce Arena used to beat Mexico in the 2002 World Cup. Eventually Donovan settled in as more of a true forward before closing out his career playing more on the wing.”I was never comfortable playing in the middle of a two with two midfielders,” Donovan said. “I wanted the ability to run beyond defenders when I didn’t have the ball, and I couldn’t do that if I was in the midfield with just one other player.”Pulisic has become the latest USMNT player who wears the No.10 that is also seen as a potential heir to the unclaimed American playmaker throne. His earliest days as a youth soccer sensation saw him as a speedy and skilled winger, much as he plays now at Borussia Dortmund, but his years in the U.S. youth national team setup saw him play more as a true playmaker. It is a role Pulisic enjoys playing, and one he believes he can fill with the USA.“I really enjoy playing there,” Pulisic told Goal. “I love obviously more on the attacking side of the game, and I think it really gives me a good chance to kind of link the defense and the attack. I think I’m good at that. I think I can change the game, and use my quickness and speed to kind of do that and I think it’s a really good position for me.”Anyone who watched Pulisic tear apart Honduras last March playing in that role would agree, though you can make the argument that the challenges presented by a tougher opponent would make deploying Pulisic in an advanced playmaking position much more difficult. The better the opponent, the more defensive responsibilities carried by the U.S. midfield, which would in turn lead to Pulisic having to play deeper than a true playmaker.Donovan would also argue that Pulisic’s greatest strength is in attack — the ability to go at people as well as making dangerous off-the-ball runs — are better suited for the wide role he plays more frequently.”He may play in the ’10’ role, but he’s not the traditional No.10 playmaker the way he plays,” Donovan said of Pulisic. “He’s different, but he has a lot of similarities to the way I always liked to play. He wants the freedom to run beyond people to, or run at people to. He’s not a guy who’s necessarily comfortable touching the ball 150 times and making 130 passes a game. He’s a guy who wants to be more direct and effective.”Even Arena has acknowledged at times that Pulisic isn’t a classic No.10, and perhaps it was a bit telling that Pulisic wasn’t the American player he first thought of when discussing the position.”[Darlington] Nagbe’s a very good player in a central position,” Arena said. “He can attack, he can score goals. He can make goals for other players. He defends well. And I think that’s more the modern central player.”Are American fans really still clamoring for a No.10 anymore? Not since Pulisic’s arrival, and the reality is that whether or not he’s a pure playmaker in the classic sense doesn’t matter all that much. Pulisic, above all, is an American game-changing attacking threat like we’ve never seen before, which is really what American fans were waiting for all along.
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 13: Chase Winovich #15 of the Michigan Wolverines leaves the field celebrating a 38-13 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers on October 13, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The Michigan Wolverines are locked in a battle with the Indiana Hoosiers in Ann Arbor tonight. Indiana took a 17-15 lead into halftime after a controversial ending to the first half.Early in the second half, Michigan got the ball rolling with a touchdown run from the Wolverines star tailback Karan Higdon. Michigan’s defense, which let up nearly 150 yards rushing in the first half, has come out flying here in the second half.It’s not all sunshine and rainbows for the Wolverines though. Star defensive end Chase Winovich left the game after falling awkwardly on a pass rush.Winovich remained down on the field before eventually jogging into the locker room.Winovich is walking off the field on his own. Headed to the locker room.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) November 17, 2018Winovich appeared to suffer the injury on this play.Wow. Bush league play pic.twitter.com/alLSbms964— David Noe (@DavidRNoe) November 17, 2018Winovich is the heart and soul of the Michigan defense. With a huge matchup against Ohio State looming, the Wolverines can’t afford a big injury to their star.Michigan leads 22-17.Stay tuned for the latest injury new for Chase Winovich.
The Harbour View Post Office will be permanently closed and operations moved to the Windward Road Post Office effective November 5, 2018.Eastern Regional Coordinator at the Post and Telecommunications Department (P&TD), Natasha Russell Martin, said that pensioners can collect their payments at the Windward Road Post Office, or the Harbour View Police Station every Thursday, commencing November 8, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. They can also access benefits at the bank.The Windward Road Post Office is approximately five kilometers away from the Harbour View facility.Mrs. Martin said that the P&TD apologises to its valued customers, and noted that everything has been done to minismise the inconvenience to the clients.She said that the delivery service will continue for the communities that will be affected by the closure.
Chennai: DMK President M.K.Stalin on Friday said his party will not press for a no-confidence motion against Speaker P. Dhanapal owing to the changed circumstances. Speaking to reporters here, Stalin said: “We will not insist on taking up the no-confidence motion. The situation has changed now. We have given a letter to the Speaker not insisting on the notice for the no-confidence motion.” The DMK chief had written to the Secretary of Tamil Nadu Assembly proposing a no-confidence motion against Dhanapal after the latter sent show-cause notices to three All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) MLAs — A. Prabhu (representing Kallakuruchi), Rathinasabapathy (Aranthangi) and V.T. Kalaiselvan (Virudhachalam) — in April seeking explanations for their anti-party activities. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah In the 234-member Tamil Nadu Assembly, the ruling AIADMK has 123 members (including the Speaker), DMK 100, Congress 7, Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and Independent one each and two vacant seats. Meanwhile, the opening day of the Assembly session on Friday was adjourned after adopting obituary references for two lawmakers — R. Kanagaraj of AIADMK and K. Radhamani of DMK — who died recently. The House will meet on July 1 to take up the demands for grants for various departments.
The legal battle is part of the fallout over the TransMountain pipeline expansion.In response to B.C.’s legal measures against the pipeline, Alberta passed legislation that would allow it to shut off oil shipments to the coast.B.C. had asked the Alberta court to both declare the law unconstitutional and grant an injunction preventing its implementation.Hall has declined to do either.The Canadian Press CALGARY — A Calgary judge is denying British Columbia’s attempt to block Alberta’s so-called Turn Off the Taps bill.Queen’s Bench Justice Robert Hall says that B.C. doesn’t have the right to take Alberta to court in Alberta over legislation passed by the Alberta legislature.In a decision released Friday, Hall says the dispute between the two provinces should be resolved in Federal Court.
According to the Afghan Ministry of Public Health, the outbreak is located mainly in five provinces – Nangarhar, Nuristan, Laghman, Samangan and Faryab – with a few cases also reported in seven others. Twenty-two people have died out of the almost 4,000 cases reported so far. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) says the authorities are managing the outbreak well and have taken all necessary steps. The situation seems to be largely under control, the agency added. Nevertheless, it is urging anyone who becomes ill to go to a clinic immediately.“Those who have gone to the clinic have received life-saving treatment that they need. It is very important to go to the clinic in time and not delay,” Rana Grabar Kakar, WHO Technical Officer, told a news conference in Kabul today.In light of the current outbreak, Dr. Kakar emphasized the need to ensure the use of safe drinking water by either boiling it or using chlorine tablets. People should also be careful about the foods that might become contaminated by bad water. She stressed the need to peel raw fruits and vegetables or cook them thoroughly before eating. “We hope everyone will take responsibility to use clean drinking water for themselves and their families and wash hands thoroughly before eating. By taking these simple steps, you can help prevent this disease,” she said.By washing hands with soap, families and communities can help reduce child mortality rates from diarrhoeal diseases by almost 50 per cent. This is one of the key messages being highlighted across the country as part of the observance of the first ever Global Handwashing Day, which is 15 October. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is also assisting efforts to tackle the outbreak by digging wells, providing safe drinking water and distributing basic health kits, particularly in remote areas.The struggle for water is one of the themes depicted in a series of photographs by Afghan women currently on display in New York. Speaking at the opening of the exhibition, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that “right now we need a major humanitarian push to ensure that immediate assistance reaches all Afghans who need it.At the same time, we have to work for long-term development. And above all, we must secure lasting peace in Afghanistan,” he stated.In a related development, the Assistant Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) today wrapped up a three-day visit to Afghanistan, where he discussed strengthening support for the country’s development efforts and its capacity to deliver services to its people. In his meetings with Afghan officials, Ajay Chhibber discussed a range of areas of joint cooperation, including voter registration, community empowerment, economic growth, rural development and girls’ education. 13 October 2008United Nations agencies are helping authorities to respond to a diarrhoea outbreak in Afghanistan, where only about a quarter of the population has access to safe drinking water and 20 per cent of child deaths is attributed to the easily preventable disease.
FILE – In this Oct. 10, 2014 file photo, attorney David Boies is seen in Washington. Lawyers representing Sony Pictures Entertainment are threatening news organizations not to publish details of company files leaked by hackers in recent days, following one of the largest digital breaches ever against an American company. Boies, a prominent lawyer hired by the company, demanded Sunday that Sony’s “stolen information” _ publicly available on the Internet by the gigabytes _ should be returned immediately because it contains privileged, private information. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) by Jack Gillum, The Associated Press Posted Dec 15, 2014 12:57 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – A lawyer representing Sony Pictures Entertainment is warning news organizations not to publish details of company files leaked by hackers in one of the largest digital breaches ever against an American company.The Sony materials include studio financial records, employment files and what already has been revealed as salacious gossip by Hollywood executives about President Barack Obama and some of the industry’s big stars and upcoming films.Attorney David Boies, a prominent lawyer hired by the company, demanded Sunday that Sony’s “stolen information” — publicly available on the Internet by the gigabytes — should be returned or destroyed immediately because it contains privileged, private information. Boies said the studio could sue for damages or financial losses related to Sony’s intellectual property or trade secrets.Sony “does not consent to your possession, review, copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading or making any use of the stolen information, and to request your co-operation in destroying the stolen information,” according to one letter sent to the Hollywood Reporter newspaper and obtained by the website Gawker, which also received a letter.Boies hinted at legal action if organizations “used or disseminated” the material “in any manner.” The New York Times also received a letter, the newspaper reported Sunday.Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet said on the newspaper’s website Monday that it was a “disservice” to pretend the Sony documents weren’t revealing and public. But he nonetheless said their newsworthiness didn’t rise to the level of the Pentagon Papers or WikiLeaks affairs. Both resulted in disclosures of classified documents about U.S. government activity.Boies did not immediately return emails requesting comment Monday.Other highly sensitive material from the Sony hacking is being leaked almost daily, including exchanges between Oscar-winning producer Scott Rudin and Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal that contained a frank assessment of Angelina Jolie’s talent and racially offensive jokes about Obama’s presumed taste in movies.The leaks also included an early version of the screenplay for the new James Bond movie “SPECTRE.” The producers at Britain’s EON productions said Saturday they are concerned that third parties who received the screenplay might seek to publish it, and they warned the material is subject to copyright protection around the world.___Associated Press writer Danica Kirka contributed to this report from London. Sony threatens to sue over publishing its corporate secrets revealed in hacker break-in
TORONTO – Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown will be sworn in as a member of the Ontario legislature Monday and take his seat in the chamber for the first time as MPPs return for the fall sitting.Brown won a byelection Sept. 3 in Simcoe North, which borders the Barrie riding he had represented federally since 2006 until he won the PC leadership in May.He’s promising a “different approach” for the Official Opposition, insisting he won’t oppose government initiatives simply because they’re from the Liberals.“It will not be blindly partisan at Queen’s Park,” he said. “When the Liberals act in the best interests of the province we will praise them, we will recognize a good action, but when it’s not in the best interests of the province we will very clearly point out how we should take a different approach.”The Liberals used the byelection to portray Brown as too right-wing for mainstream Ontario, raising his voting record in Parliament on social issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage.Brown insists he believes in a woman’s right to choose and would block any attempt to reopen the abortion debate, and boasts he was the first PC leader to march in Toronto’s annual Pride parade.“The Liberals tried a negative smear campaign, tried to revisit social issues that are long settled, and the voters in Simcoe North, in a very resounding fashion, rejected that campaign,” he said.Government house leader Yasir Naqvi said if Brown really intends to do things differently he’d support the new Ontario pension plan and a cap-and-trade system that would put a price on carbon to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.“It will be unfortunate if he does not (support the plans) because then he’s just being partisan and not putting the best interests of Ontario ahead,” said Naqvi.The Tories oppose the “fire sale” of Hydro One because it will drive electricity rates even higher, said Brown, who called the provincial pension plan a “job killing payroll tax.”As Brown named his shadow cabinet last week, he appointed himself education critic but said he wouldn’t rein in former leadership rival Monte McNaughton, who keeps attacking the updated sex education curriculum being introduced this year.“I realize that there are those that want to talk about sex education … but my focus is on jobs,” said Brown.The government’s fall agenda will focus on jobs and the economy in addition to the pension plan and starting the sale of Hydro. There will also be a bill to protect the Great Lakes, another on land use planning and legislation to update the way police conduct background checks on people, added Naqvi.The New Democrats have been campaigning hard against the sale of Hydro One since it was first announced, and will try again in the fall session to convince the Liberals they are going down the wrong road.“Kathleen Wynne is turning her back on Ontario’s proud history of public hydro to sell our oldest and most important public asset for a short-term, one-time gain,” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.The Liberals hope to raise $9 billion from selling 60 per cent of Hydro One, and will use $4 billion of that to fund infrastructure and public transit projects and $5 billion to pay down hydro debt.Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter PC Leader Brown sworn-in as Ontario legislature starts fall sitting by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 13, 2015 6:00 am MDT Last Updated Sep 13, 2015 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Something marvelous has happened to me. I was transported to the seventh heaven. There sat all the gods assembled. As a special dispensation, I was granted the favor of making a wish. “What do you want?” asked Mercury. … “Choose — but only one thing.” For a moment I was bewildered; then I addressed the gods, saying: “My esteemed contemporaries, I choose one thing — that I may always have the laughter on my side.” Not one of the gods said a word; instead, all of them began to laugh. From that I concluded that my wish was granted and decided that the gods knew how to express themselves with good taste, for it would indeed have been inappropriate to reply solemnly: It is granted to you.— Soren Kierkegaard, Either/Or Part 1There’s nothing more satisfying than to have the Hacker Gods1The non-omnipotent, non-omniscient beings who likely post-selected this universe as the answer to some even bigger question. laugh at you, and that’s pretty much what this past weekend of NFL action entailed. So let’s get right to it.Twitter question of the weekFollowing Peyton Manning’s costly interception with 2:25 left, down 5 points and in Seattle Seahawks territory, I took the opportunity to tweet the “Comeback King” chart from last week’s Skeptical Football column:I intended to gently remind people that Manning far outpaces the field in big comebacks, and that taking risks like the one that led to his interception is likely one of the main reasons why.But then things got crazy. Following a Seattle field goal, Manning got the ball back with less than a minute left, led the Broncos on an 80-yard touchdown drive in 41 seconds, and then scored on a two-point conversion to send the game to overtime. Twitter exploded. High drama, tempers flared, things were said.Even before the Seahawks took the first OT possession down the field for a touchdown, a number of people were questioning Manning’s comeback cred. The chart I tweeted showed that Manning has come back to win 10 of the 41 games in which his team has fallen behind by 15 points or more, which compares favorably to Tom Brady doing the same in five of 25 chances. Several people seemed underwhelmed by this difference, with many pushing back like so:@skepticalsports @ESPNStatsInfo also can be stated as manning 25%, brady 20% of the time. doesn’t seem quite as special that way.— Rich (@Liberty8691) September 21, 2014Some enterprising tweeters also pointed out that Andrew Luck already has three comeback wins in 13 opportunities, good for 23 percent.Granted, Manning’s comeback rate is only a few percentage points higher than Brady’s or Luck’s. But that doesn’t make it any less “special.” With the league average at just 5.6 percent, having 10 comebacks in 41 attempts is way, way more ridiculous and impressive than having five in 25.And those are very carefully calculated “way”s.Microsoft Excel has a function2Some version also exists in R and every other mathematical or statistical package on earth. called binom.dist() that can easily tell you the probability of something happening a certain number of times in a certain number of tries (an issue that, in my experience, comes up about every five minutes in life). It’s probably more useful than a sonic screwdriver.In this case, to find out the odds against each quarterback getting the number of wins he did, assuming they were all exactly as good as the league average,3Note that that this is slightly unfair to Peyton Manning, since he has accounted for about 10 percent of all the 15+ point comebacks in the NFL in the last 14 years, so he’s setting his own comparison level a bit. we plug in the numbers like so:=1/(1-BINOM.DIST([Comeback wins]-1,[Comeback opportunities],[League average comeback rate],TRUE))That spits out odds that lead to this chart:Yes, that’s a logarithmic scale. It needs to be because Manning’s results are that much better.4Here’s what that looks like on a non-log scale:Wowza.Peyton Manning’s 10 comebacks in 41 attempts is over 150 times less likely than Tom Brady’s five comebacks in 25.To put that in perspective: The odds against an average quarterback duplicating Brady’s feat are roughly the same as the odds of a .500 team winning its first six or seven games of the season.5Log 90, base 2 = 6.5. The odds against duplicating Manning’s feat are the equivalent of a .500 team starting the season 14-0.6Log 15,523, base 2 = 13.9.Chart of the weekThe NFL is now down to just three undefeated teams: the Philadelphia Eagles, the Cincinnati Bengals and Patrick Peterson’s Arizona Cardinals.Of these, the Bengals have been the most dominant, winning their three games by an average of nearly 16 points.The Eagles have needed three improbable comebacks (and as my colleague Neil Paine pointed out after Week 2 — and is still true now — they’ve spent most of this season trailing). However, the Eagles were a 10-6 team last year, and teams that start hot are far more likely to be successful if they have a track record.Since 1990 (when the league introduced a salary cap) there have been 72 teams that started 3-0 after winning eight or more games the year before, and 57 have made the playoffs (79 percent). There have been 24 teams that started 3-0 after winning seven or fewer games the year before, and only 12 of them made the playoffs (50 percent).Here are all the teams that have started 3-0 and whether they did or didn’t make the playoffs, arranged by the number of games they won the year before:Indeed, given that a team has started the season 3-0, knowing how many wins it had the season before is about twice as valuable as knowing what its margin of victory was in its first three games of this season (more on this later).While these probably wouldn’t have been the three teams most observers would have picked to start the season 3-0, they’re not really shocking either: The Bengals were 11-5 last year, and both the Cardinals and the Eagles were 10-6. While starting 3-0 certainly isn’t a guarantee of anything, immediate history suggests all three teams should be fine.Rookie QB watchThis was quite a week for rookie QBs! The top four quarterbacks in this year’s draft all saw action.As a reminder, my most basic criteria for evaluating a rookie quarterback’s career prospects (as discussed here, here, and here) are:Starting = GoodTouchdowns = GoodYards = GoodWins = Don’t careInterceptions = Don’t careCompletion percentage = Don’t care (possibly even a negative indicator, all else being equal)Our leaderboard for “best career prospects,” — which, yes, I just invented — is shaken up considerably. It had been basically just draft order until the start of the season, with Derek Carr on top since then, but now …Blake Bortles is on the board, and has re-assumed the No. 1 position. In a loss (which, according to my analysis, doesn’t matter) against Indianapolis, he had two touchdowns (good), 223 yards (good) and has been named the starter for next week (more starts = more good). Importantly, he’s starting early enough that any advantage Carr had in the rankings from his early starts should now be nil. The relationship between the number of rookie starts and career prospects isn’t very linear — the main thing that matters is that a QB starts at least four games; then it’s marginally better for him to start eight, etc.After limited action, Teddy Bridgewater is looking like he’ll start this week as well.Meanwhile, Derek Carr hasn’t really been lighting it up. Carr has only three TDs in three games, and is averaging under 200 yards per game. At this point, the main thing he has going for him is starting earlier than the others, but his stock is slowly dropping because he hasn’t been more productive.But it will take a lot of bad play for Carr to drop behind our favorite underweight QB Johnny Manziel, who is looking less and less likely to get much action as a starter this year. Manziel was in for a nifty-looking trick play, which was called back for a penalty, and was probably illegal anyway. According to my rigorous and proprietary analysis, acting ability is not a statistically significant predictor of a rookie QB’s future success.In case you missed itIf you haven’t read it, you should really click through to my colleague Neil Paine’s article from earlier this week that revisits the Greatest Show on Turf. I particularly liked this line: “The Rams anticipated what statistical analysts would eventually come to learn about football: Teams run when they win; they don’t win when they run.”That’s a causal chiasmus that holds true for so many things about football.Experimental chart of the weekIn Skeptical Football Week 1, we posted a chart showing the percentage of teams with a given record making the playoffs (since updated), and also noted that the odds were considerably different if a team had gone 12-4 or better the previous season. We’re still at a point in this season where the previous year’s results matter a good deal.We can combine each team’s results from this point in the season with its results from the previous season in a regression to see which is more important: what a team has shown over three games this year, or what it showed over 16 games the year prior. Using raw winning percentages or average margin of victory, we can predict wins or margin of victory for the remainder of the current season — which metric we use doesn’t really matter. Here, for the hobbyists at home, are a couple of examples of how to do these calculations yourself:To predict a team’s average margin of victory over its next 13 games, you can take 0.23 times its average margin of victory over the first three games, and then add 0.29 times its average MOV for the previous season.If you don’t have margins of victory to work with, you can predict a team’s winning percentage for the rest of the season like so: Start with a base of 30 percent, then add 0.18 times the first three games’ winning percentage and 0.22 times the team’s winning percentage from the previous year.For the whole set of teams since 1990, the first three games of the current season and the entirety of the previous season are roughly about equally predictive.But if we break the sample down by record, we can see that a disproportionate amount of the predictive work is being done by the 3-0 teams. Here’s a comparison of the previous season’s margin of victory with the percentage of games won over the remaining 13 games, broken down by number of wins after three games:Note that in the red plot there are fewer outliers and the slope of the fit is steeper. (If you look just at 3-0 teams, the previous season’s record is about twice as important as the margin of victory the team put up over the first three games.) Pedigree appears to be even better at separating the contenders from the pretenders than it is at predicting team performance in general.Gunslinger of the weekKudos to previous Gunslinger of the Week awardees Andrew Luck and Matt Ryan, who both took out their aggression on lesser opponents, going off against Jacksonville and Tampa Bay, respectively, for a combined 52 of 63 for 656 yards and four TDs, with no INTs. The same mindset that leads to a game-costing interception today may lead to game-breaking touchdowns tomorrow.But unlike the previous weekend, last week’s gunslinging produced more immediate results. Six quarterbacks won despite throwing interceptions (up from just one the week before). There’s nothing more exciting to me than seeing a QB who is scraping to get back in a game throw an interception, and then come back to win anyway — particularly if it’s a back-breaking pick-6.7I have a special place in my heart for pick-6s.Which is why, in a stunning upset, the Gunslinger of the Week award goes to … Tony Romo. I know, right? I demand a recount! But so it is. Throwing a pick-6 when down 14 and then managing to come back from 21 down to win anyway is just too much to ignore, despite Peyton Manning’s late-game theatrics against Seattle. Romo’s heroics deserve acknowledgement.Despite being one of the gunslingers fans most love to hate, Romo is actually a decent close-game QB. He has won 44 percent of games decided by less than a touchdown — no Brady (64 percent) or Manning (59 percent) to be sure, but better than the likes of Donovan McNabb, Carson Palmer, Philip Rivers, Kurt Warner, Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford. Along with Matt Ryan, he’s one of only two players since 1990 to win a game despite throwing five interceptions (in 2007 against Buffalo).Perhaps most interestingly, Romo has much better relative results in games when he throws one interception or more (where he wins 53 percent of the time) than in games where he doesn’t (where he wins 66 percent of the time).Among quarterbacks with at least 40 starts since 2001, that’s the fifth-highest winning percentage in games with an interception (behind Donovan McNabb and Ben Roethlisberger as well as Brady and Manning).Most empirically significant game of Week 4This is a no-brainer for me: It’s the Eagles vs. the 49ers, for at least three reasons:Colin Kaepernick is the most empirically interesting “running QB” to watch, since he doesn’t play for an amazing team like his counterpart up the coast.So far, Kaepernick and Alex Smith have both had their “career” years in the eight games they each played with Randy Moss. The more difficult matchups we see Kaepernick play, the better we understand his true skill, and by extension Moss’s, and by domino effect that of many others.Any time a team wins a lot of close or comeback games, it gets interesting. This year, the Eagles are ground zero for the question of how much skill there is to winning in the NFL, aside from just scoring and allowing points.Also, in a roundabout way, every time I watch the 49ers I feel like I learn something about the Seahawks, and what they’re all about is pretty interesting right now.Charts by Reuben Fischer-Baum.
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has noted the postponement of the hearing on the review of the 2017 Mining Charter, which is highly contentious and opposed by much of the industry. On Friday 24th November 2017 the Pretoria High Court postponed the case from the initial dates of 13th and 14th December 2017, at the request of the Chamber of Mines. The matter will now be heard from 19th to 21st February 2018.“The prolonged legal uncertainty caused by the postponement is indeed regrettable, especially in as far as the implementation of our transformation objectives as Government is concerned. We will, however, abide by the granting of the postponement,” Minister Zwane said.
Sure, it’s a cliche, but I’m one of those guys who can never find the television remote. It seems to drop through a dimensional slip gate every time I put it down, only to reappear at the random end of some wormhole elsewhere in the apartment. Maybe that’ll be between the couch cushions, but it’s often as not found inside a box of cold pizza in the kitchen, or on top of the toilet tank, or underneath the bed.Absolutely maddening. I’ve been hoping for awhile someone would do something about my errant remote, and it looks like now, Brookstone has, having come up with a remote control that is actually embedded right into a sofa throw pillow.AdChoices广告It’s a universal remote, so it does about everything you expect. It’s also perfect for napping, which is more than I can say for my remote.This, of course, adds an entirely new wrinkle to the idea of fighting with a significant other over the remote: now it can be a pillow fight. My only question, of course, is what happens when you actually, you know, use the pillow as a cushion instead of as a channel clicker.For $30, though, there doesn’t seem to be much risk in just buying one and finding out for yourself.Read more at Brookstone
In December a Google-funded security study slammed Firefox, putting Mozilla’s browser at the bottom of the heap when it came to protecting users as they surf. NSS labs quickly entered the fray to clarify some inconsistencies in the report and defend Firefox’s good name in the process.NSS indicated that Chrome’s malware block rate had suddenly jumped to more than 50% right around the time that the original report was issued. Despite the fact that Firefox and Safari also rely on Google’s Safe Browsing API, their block rate remained stagnant at about 2 or 3%. Then, inexplicably, there was a dramatic swing in the days that followed the NSS Labs’ rebuttal. Chrome’s block rate dropped off a cliff, falling to just 20% — while Firefox and Safari’s rates more than doubled.So what’s the story here? Did Google perform some behind-the-scenes trickery to give Chrome improved access to the Safe Browsing API and data that Mozilla and Apple simply couldn’t match? Google has informed ZD Net’s Ed Bott that no such tomfoolery occurred, and that people can simply checked the source code to see that’s true.Trouble is, the code they’re referring to is the Chromium source code. While Chromium’s code is completely open, Chrome’s is not. That means there are certain bits of functionality in Google Chrome that you can’t see in their bare-code form. Unless Google’s Safe Browsing-related code ships in its entirety with Chromium, there’s no way to verify their statement.However, when you look at Chrome’s sudden sharp drop and the jump from Firefox and Safari — and consider that they happen on exactly the same day in December — it seems more likely that Google was either testing things out in Chrome first (where they have full control over the code) before flipping the switch for everyone who accesses the Safe Browsing API. Either that, or there was a bug floating around that caused some unexpected behaviors that was subsequently squashed.What’s your take on the NSS chart? Is Google up to something, or is it simply the result of Chrome using a different (and quite possibly superior) implementation of Safe Browsing-based malware blocking?More at NSS Labs (full report here)
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With the opening of the first Star21 showroom in Melbourne this year, managing director Bill Asimakidis had to pinch himself. Just over seven years ago, the telecommunications entrepreneur took a big gamble and left his high paying job at Crazy John’s.After five years of heading the company’s corporate operations, a new venture in the company had him sidelined.“When Crazy John’s decided to defect and leave Telstra to go to Vodafone that’s when I realised there was an opportunity to do this on my own,” Mr Asimakidis tells Neos Kosmos.Mr Asimakidis was a ‘Telstra boy’ through and through, having started at the company straight out of high school and progressed up the corporate ladder before being headhunted by Crazy John’s.But, it was in 2006 that Mr Asimakidis started Star21, a company that partners with Telstra to service small business and corporations with their telecommunication needs. The company started out with humble goals in Melbourne but now has grown into a national business catering to over 3,000 clients. On the books are big names like Crown Casino, Metricon Homes and John Holland Constructions.“These are companies that spend in excess of $15 million a year on their telecommunications services. So they come to us and utilise our services on a day to day basis for all their mobiles, their fax lines, their data requirements etc,” Mr Asimakidis says. As a channel partner of Telstra, the company works more as a one-on-one support network to big clients that feel they’d get lost in the bigger companies.“The beauty of dealing with a small business is that we’re fast, we’re nimble, we’re not a bureaucratic organisation, that’s what we offer our clients,” Mr Asimakidis says.“Instead of having to deal with a corporation like Telstra, from time to time you can get the run around, wheras our organisation is fast.”With offices in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Adelaide and Melbourne, the business now employs over 45 staff members and the new business solutions centre in Melbourne houses the company’s first showroom. The new building will overtake the Hawthorn business and give the staff a chance to show their clients first hand the technology the company offers. “It’s part of our growth strategy,” he says. “In the next five years we aim to take the business more down the IT path, selling professional services and IT solutions in conjunction with telecommunications.”But, as the company grows, so does its corporate social responsibility. Mr Asimakidis has a deep love of sport and has chosen to support many grassroots teams.Among the eight teams the company sponsors, Star21 is also the main sponsor for South Melbourne FC.“My background is sport and that’s one of my side passions other than business,” Mr Asimakidis says.“I grew up playing soccer and watching footy, and I understand that with some of these smaller clubs, if you can help them out by contributing something small financially to help them buy footballs or some playing jerseys for the kids, you feel good about it.”His approach to business as well as his approach to the community hasn’t gone unnoticed. The company has won the Telstra State Business Partner of the Year award three years in a row.
Greffe totale du visage : le cas espagnol Espagne – Oscar, le patient ayant bénéficié d’une greffe totale du visage en mars, est sorti de l’hôpital.En mars dernier, l’Espagne avait annoncé avoir accompli la première greffe totale du visage. Cependant, des rumeurs affirmant que le patient n’avait pas retrouvé le plein usage de son visage avaient tempéré la performance. Dans la course à la première mondiale, une équipe française s’était donc octroyé le titre en juin, cette seconde opération ayant été annoncée comme un succès total. Lundi, Oscar, le patient espagnol, a été présenté lors d’une conférence de presse marquant sa sortie de l’hôpital. Les rumeurs ont été confirmées : il n’a pas retrouvé certaines des fonctions de son visage et ne peut, par exemple, pas fermer les yeux ni la bouche. Néanmoins, le jeune homme peut désormais boire des liquides et parler. Il a même retrouvé une partie de la sensibilité de son nouveau visage. Ses médecins se réjouissent aujourd’hui de son état, qui évolue favorablement. Il sera évidemment très suivi ces prochains mois. Le 27 juillet 2010 à 11:06 • Emmanuel Perrin