Odisha villagers face a jumbo problem

first_imgVillagers along borders of Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts of Odisha have lost sleep for fear of 35 wild elephants that have been criss-crossing their localities. Though a dedicated trackers’ team is following the herd that strayed from the Dalma forest in neighbouring Jharkhand, villagers are apprehensive that the jumbos could veer towards their habitation.No casualityElephants in herds usually enter Odisha from Jharkhand and West Bengal during paddy harvesting season. Although no human injury has been reported from Balasore district, elephants have devoured paddy stored in backyards, trampled vegetable crops and fruits. Some thatched houses have also been damaged. As elephants move during evening hours, the district administration resorted to power cuts in order to prevent jumbos from coming in contact with live wire. It has added to the woes of people residing in the area. In some bordering villages, people are on vigil to ward off elephants.“We have been keeping tab on the herd. We have received information that the jumbos have entered the Kuldiha Sanctuary on Sunday. Now chances of elephants straying into human habitations have come down,” said Nilagiri forest ranger Sukumar Das.Elephants that migrate from Jharkhand annually use the forest patches of Nilagiri in Balasore district to enter the Similipal National Park. Sometime, they traverse through thickly populated areas keeping people on their toes.last_img read more


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ICC Champions Trophy: Virat Kohli proud of ‘trusting, transparent’ dressing-room

first_imgVirat Kohli dispelled any fears there could be ego issues at play with younger players nudging past the superstars as India seek to defend the ICC Champions Trophy in England.In their tournament opener against Pakistan, India’s biggest match-winner in the packed home Test season, had to be left out to accommodate three pacers and two all-rounders. (Also read: After decimating Pakistan, red-hot India look to steamroll Sri Lanka)One of those two all-rounders – Hardik Pandya – was even sent out ahead of MS Dhoni, to hurt Pakistan further. The youngster obliged and blasted Imad Wasim for three successive sixes in the last over as India finished with a daunting 319/3 off their 48 overs. The bowlers, riding on the confidence of a phenomenal display, blew Pakistan away to secure a 124-run victory.But was it easy to tell Ashwin he would not play and Dhoni that he would be sidestepped by a young man, who was only a kid when he debuted for India?Kohli brushed aside any concerns and said the team was geared to move ahead together. “Ashwin is very professional and understands what the team demands. He is the first guy who said I don’t have a problem with the combination you are going in with.”And what about his predecessor, who watched from the sidelines looking at Pandya wallop those massive sixes? No problem there too, Kohli reiterated.The run machine is gearing up for the nets – @imVkohli #TeamIndia #CT17 #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/ANefd0PIwzadvertisement- BCCI (@BCCI) June 7, 2017″The kind of understanding we have in the dressing-room is very pleasant. There is a lot of trust among the players. And I am not saying this to sound nice and correct.”If you guys ever experience the dressing-room atmosphere, you will see everyone trusts and believes in each other. If people react to it (team plans) differently, then that’s another matter. But everyone believes in each other and that’s the beauty of it.”Kohli, brash and often arrogant in his younger days, has carved out a world-beating team. He has blooded in young players but has inisted on the presence of Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh, two old warhorses many thought were past their prime.But both men have responded brilliantly – when the team was in trouble against England in Cuttack, Dhoni and Yuvraj turned the clock back to smash scintillating hundreds. Against Pakistan on Sunday, India were appearing to struggle with Kohli in a bit of knot when Yuvraj came out all guns blazing, hammering a 32-ball 53 in a man-of-the-match award winning performance.Kohli would later go on to say he felt like a club-level cricketer alongside Yuvraj, whose counterattack left Pakistan stunned and dismayed.last_img read more



Satire: Strong pretty sure Texas won bowl game

first_imgCharlie Strong gets that bowl W. (USATSI)Charlie Strong gets that bowl W. (USATSI)Monday, December 29th was a rough day for Big 12 football. In one day, West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Texas all fell to their bowl opponents. West Virginia lost in what proved to be a literal slugfest with former Big 12 member Texas A&M, while Texas and Oklahoma each fell in blowout losses.Oklahoma lost 40-6 to a robust Clemson defense, turning the ball over 5 times. However, Texas’s 31-7 drubbing from Arkansas was even more lopsided, despite the smaller point margin.At least, that’s was how it appeared.According to Texas head coach Charlie Strong, Texas not only held the moral victory, but the actual one.“We’re really proud of how our guys competed,” said Strong following the game. “They came out like a proud and majestic dumpster fire, and man, they took it to them. It wasn’t even close!”Strong went on to say that he was particularly proud of how well the offensive line played, despite allowing 3 sacks for negative 37 yards and helping the offense net 2 yards rushing for the entire game.“Joe [Wickline]’s boys were like a brick wall,” said Strong. “I’m glad we have him on staff. He’s been a huge asset to the program. He’s just such a calm and quiet leader. He helps us all relax and remain calm, cracking jokes about us being ‘trash’ and ‘worthless.’ Haha, I love it!”When asked about his opinion of the bowl game performance, Wickline said, “Who said anything about calling plays? I don’t even know what those words mean.” He answered each question after that by mumbling “Don’t know nothing” under his breath over and over.Coach Strong also noted how well the offense was able to put points on the board.“I mean, 59 points,” said Strong, “That’s just incredible. Not a lot of teams can do that.”Someone noted that UT had 59 yards not points.“How is that different from what I said?” said Strong, looking puzzled.Someone else explained the difference between yards and points. Strong and this reporter continued in a lengthy dialogue that ended in Strong asking for the reporter to define the “foot” unit of measurement and the reporter sitting down on the street and asking “What am I doing with my life?”Strong continued by saying that he’s optimistic for the future after having such a strong first season.“Strong season,” said Strong. “Ha! Anyone have some paper I can use to write something down with?”When asked whether he believes he can fulfill his promise to never have another 5 loss season, Strong noted that he had already accomplished this.“We’ve already done better than 5 losses,” said Strong. “And we intend to do just as well or better in the future. Things are looking up for Texas football. Gig ‘em, Horns!”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Nubia Red Magic 3 is on sale now: A cooling fan and 90Hz display make it the coolest gaming phone to buy

first_imgNubia Red Magic 3 is on sale now: A cooling fan and 90Hz display make it the coolest gaming phone to buyThe Nubia Red Magic 3 is now available for purchase on Flipkart. It’s the first smartphone in the world to use a cooling fan for sustained high-quality gaming performance. The range starts from Rs 35,999 with at least 8GB RAM.advertisement Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiJune 27, 2019UPDATED: June 27, 2019 17:22 IST HIGHLIGHTSNubia’s Red Magic 3 is the first phone in the world to feature a fan-based cooling solution.The 5000mAh battery keeps the phone going for long sessions.Starting at a price of Rs 35,999, this is very capable gaming smartphone.Gaming phones are an entirely new category in the world of smartphones and most companies are now trying to be a part of it. In 2019 alone, we have seen two gaming phones come to India bringing next-gen technology to ensure high performance. Black Shark brought its Black Shark 2 to India and Nubia soon followed up with its more affordable yet equally equipped Red Magic 3 to India. The Red Magic 3, in fact, brings one feature that has only been restricted to laptops so far – a fan-based cooling system.Yes, the Red Magic 3 has an actual fan to cool the system under intense loads. Apart from the fan, there’s also a gaming laptop-esque RGB LED light strip at the back and angular design. As much as the phone commands attention with its aggressive design, the Red Magic 3 also has muscles to deliver strong performance. The base variant starts from Rs 35,999 and you get 8GB RAM along with 128GB storage as standard. If you want more, you can go for the top-end variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage but that won’t be on sale for now.If the gamer inside you is tempted to invest in the Red Magic 3, then here are a couple of things the sensible you need to know.Nubia Red Magic 3: What you need to know–The Red Magic 3 is a purpose-built gaming smartphone and you can sense it from the moment you see it. Instead of a sensual design with delicate glass panels, the Red Magic 3 flaunts its rugged metallic build with a striking angular design. Like all gaming devices, there’s an RGB LED light strip at the back to enhance the feeling. The front sports a display with slightly thick bezels but the overall curvy design still makes it look good.advertisement–Gaming devices need to have a good display and the Red Magic 3 has a pretty good one. It has an OLED display with a refresh rate of 90Hz that measures 6.65-inch diagonally. The resolution is restricted to Full HD+ which is a bummer considering the massive display. Whether you are playing games or watching videos, the display delivers a smooth visual experience.–When it comes to performance, the Red Magic 3 is blistering fast. The Snapdragon 855 SoC offers the best performance for gaming. At the same time, the stock Android interface relieves the phone of unnecessary modifications – the only additions are the Game Space launcher and the custom additions for controlling the RGB lighting at the back. However, the interface isn’t polished and feels rough around the edges.–For cameras, the phone has a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor at the back and a 16-megapixel camera at the front. These cameras perform decently but for the hardware, the performance could have been better. The phone can record up to 8K videos at 15 fps, if you fancy that. You can check our review for a detailed insight.–Lastly, the Red Magic 3 is backed by a massive 5000mAh battery and it easily helps it last more than a day with heavy usage excluding gaming. And to fill it up fast, Nubia clubs in a 27W fast charging solution.Should you buy the Nubia Red Magic 3?The Nubia Red Magic 3 is an absolute beast of a phone when it comes to performance. If mobile gaming is something that you take seriously, this is the phone to buy right now. It plays games unlike any other phone in the market. The 90Hz display also adds to the fast and smooth experience, and the 5000mAh battery keeps it going even when you are busy in the virtual worlds. And when you consider the starting price of Rs 35,999, it starts to appeal unlike anything else in the market right now.ALSO READ | Nubia Red Magic 3 gaming phone launched in India, Snapdragon 855 and PC grade cooling for Rs 35,999ALSO READ | Asus ROG Phone 2 will come with 120Hz display, to launch later this yearGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow nubiaFollow Red Magic 3 Nextlast_img read more

Zeaborn BlocBox to Use Blockchain for Maritime Safety

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Zeaborn Ship Management (Singapore) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with BlocBox, the developer of a blockchain protocol for aviation and maritime safety.The parties would collaborate on a blockchain-based project to ensure the safety of ships at sea.Under the deal, BlocBox would collect VDR data from a test ship allocated by Zeaborn Ship Management that can be stored and distributed in a blockchain network. The said data will then be converted into BlocBox encryption format.BlocBox would build an immutable distributed ledger with blockchain technology to solve the challenges of retrieval of black box data, transparency, predictions and ownership in the maritime and aviation industry. A prototype of the interface has been developed by the team and is in its testing phases, the parties explained.and Capt. Ninad Mhatre, Deputy MD of Zeaborn Ship Management (Singapore).“Blockchain technology is the future and needs to be maximised to its full potential. In 2017 alone there were 2,712 maritime incidents, causing insured losses of over 16.2 billion USD. Also, despite internationally agreed upon safety and security standardizations, there are still instances considered as disaster level events resulting in loss of lives,” Saurish Nandi, Co-Founder & CTO of BlocBox, said.last_img read more

Doctors in staterun hospitals to write dosages in prescriptions in Bengali

first_imgKolkata: In state-run health care establishments, doctors will now write dosages in prescriptions in Bengali, thanks to an initiative by state government that makes life easy for numerous patients. This apart, e-prescription has been recently introduced in the Bidhannagar Sub Divisional hospital.As dosages are being written in Bengali, the patients or their relatives do not have to ask the pharmacists to clarify them. It may mentioned that many doctors practicing privately are already writing dosages in Bengali. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe doctors at Bidhannagar Sub Divisional Hospital said for the convenient of the pharmacists the generic names of the medicines have been written in English while the dosage are written in Bengali. The doctors said many patients, even those who are educated, fail to understand prescriptions and call up doctors and medicine shops to know details about the dosages. Citing examples, they said OD is one time a day while BD is twice daily. Similarly, TDC is thrice daily. AC means before meal and PC means after meal and HS is before bed time. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayWhenever the doctors of the state-run hospitals will write the dosage as OD or BD, it will be automatically translated into Bengali in case of e-prescriptions. Along with the Bidhannagar Sub divisional hospital, e-prescriptions will be shortly introduced in Calcutta Medical College, Burdwan Medical College, Bankura Samelani Medical College and R Amhed Dental College. Slowly it will be introduced in all the state-run health care establishments in the state. The doctors felt it would be excellent to write the entire e-prescription in Bengal but this would be not easy as the Bengali spellings of many diseases written on the left of the prescriptions will be difficult. It may be mentioned that it was very difficult for both patients and pharmacists to follow the handwriting of Dr BC Roy. For the convenience of the patients, Dey’s Medical had engaged a person who used to read Dr Roy’s prescriptions and to provide the dosage to the patients.last_img read more

New Brunswick introduces exotic animal legislation after boys deaths

first_imgFREDERICTON – New Brunswick is introducing new legislation to regulate exotic animals, four years after two young boys were killed by an African rock python.Four-year-old Noah Barthe and his six-year-old brother, Connor, died after the python escaped its enclosure while they slept in a family friend’s apartment in Campbellton in August 2013.Energy and Resource Development Minister Rick Doucet said Tuesday the new Exotic Animals Act will strengthen safeguards for public safety and human health, and the health and safety of native species and their habitats.“Chances are, if the legislation had been in place in 2013 we would not be here today,” said Bruce Dugan, chairman of the province’s Exotic Animal Task Force, which in 2015 recommended the government review existing laws.Better communication between different agencies and regular inspections would have made the difference, he said.“There are going to be instances where things slip through the cracks no matter how much legislation, regulation and enforcement you have in place, but in this particular case I don’t think we’d be here today if the legislation had been in place in 2013,” Dugan said.African rock pythons were not allowed in New Brunswick at the time without specific permits. Savoie did not have one.The python was kept in a large enclosure within the apartment of reptile store owner Jean-Claude Savoie, where the Barthe brothers were attending a sleepover. Last November, a jury found Savoie not guilty of criminal negligence causing death.The python escaped by travelling through a ventilation duct and dropping into the living room where the boys slept. A pathologist said the boys died of asphyxiation, and each was covered in puncture wounds from snake bites.The snake was about 3.7 metres long and weighed about 24 kilograms.The boys had spent the day petting animals and playing at a farm owned by Savoie’s father. An expert testified at Savoie’s trial that snakes become more aggressive when they detect possible sources of food — and an attack would have been unlikely had there been no animal smells on the boys.Campbellton Mayor Stephanie Anglehart-Paulin said Tuesday her community on the province’s north shore suffered an emotional blow with the boys’ deaths, and the new legislation will help.“It’s just nice to know that their death isn’t in vain — that the government did take it seriously, and they acted. We can’t go back. We can’t press rewind, but we certainly can make it better to go forward,” she said.She said there are a lot of mixed emotions.“We were torn between having lost children and having lost a community member. We were all aware and we were all guilty to know that, that place was there. We were bringing our school children there. Then all of a sudden we had to be mad at this gentleman for operating this. It’s a little of both,” Anglehart-Paulin said.Dugan, of the Magnetic Hill Zoo, said the government has completed 14 of the task force’s recommendations, and is in the process of acting on 13 more, leaving just two outstanding.The proposed legislation will regulate the import, possession, sale, public display, propagation, export and release of exotic animals.The province will compile a list of exotic animals not requiring a permit, and all others will require one through the Department of Energy and Resource Development.Doucet said the legislation’s definition of exotic animal will include certain fish, wildlife and invertebrates such as scorpions and spiders.He said the legislation, which will include fines of up to $20,000, will be introduced in the coming days. Exotic pet owners would have a year to comply.last_img read more

Orlando Bloom To Be Honored At UNICEF Snowflake Ball

first_imgThe UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York will take place on December 1st and will begin at 6:30pm with cocktails at the Museum of American Finance followed by a formal dinner program and dancing at 7:30pm at Cipriani Wall Street (across the street).Honorees include UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom with a musical performance from GRAMMY Award-Winning Artist Pink.More info can be found here.last_img

UN report shows access to HIV services improving in developing countries

Towards Universal Access, produced by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and released today, assesses progress in 144 low- and middle-income countries.It finds that 15 countries were able to provide more than 80 per cent of HIV-positive pregnant women with the services and medicines needed to prevent mother-to-child transmission, while 14 countries provided HIV treatment to more than 80 per cent of their HIV-positive children. An additional eight countries have achieved universal access to antiretroviral treatment for adults.“Countries in all parts of the world are demonstrating that universal access is achievable,” said Hiroki Nakatani, Assistant Director-General for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases of WHO. “But globally, it remains an unfulfilled commitment, and we must join forces to make it a worldwide reality in the coming years,”“We’re on the right track,” said Paul De Lay, Deputy Executive Director with UNAIDS. “We’ve shown what works and now we need to do more of it. But we’re $10 billion short. At the Global Fund replenishment conference in New York next week, countries have a chance to put this right – to make a smart investment and secure the future of the AIDS response.”“Every day, more than 1,000 infants acquire HIV during pregnancy, delivery and breastfeeding,” said Jimmy Kolker, UNICEF’s Chief of HIV and AIDS. “We know how to prevent this.”“While many countries are now showing significant progress, intensified efforts are urgently needed to reach all mothers and children with the most effective treatment” to prevent mother-to-child transmission – “for their own health, and for the sake of their communities,” he said.The report’s findings include: 5.25 million people had access to HIV treatment in low- and middle-income countries last year, accounting for 36 per cent of those in need – an increase of more than 1.2 million people over 2008.There was remarkable progress in Eastern and Southern Africa – the region most severely affected by HIV – where treatment coverage increased from 32 per cent to 41 per cent in one year, and half of all pregnant women were able to access HIV testing and counselling. In sub-Saharan Africa, close to one million more people began antiretroviral treatment, resulting in 37 per cent coverage of those in need. The rate in other regions included: Latin America and the Caribbean – 50 per cent; East, South and South-East Asia – 31 per cent; Europe and Central Asia – 19 per cent; and North Africa and the Middle East – 11 per cent.Globally, a record 53 per cent of pregnant women needing services to prevent mother-to-child transmission received them. Global treatment coverage for HIV-positive children was 28 per cent – a significant increase, though still lower than the rate of antiretroviral coverage for adults (36 per cent). Unfortunately, many pregnant women and their infants still lacked access to these timely interventions, and only 15 per cent of children born to HIV-positive mothers were receiving appropriate diagnostics.The report also calls attention to significant challenges in delivering universal access in most countries, such as funding shortages, limited human resources, and weak procurement and supply management systems for HIV drugs and diagnostics, as well as other health systems bottlenecks.Prevention efforts to reach most-at-risk populations – such as sex workers, drug users, and men who have sex with men – are limited. For example, only about one third of injecting drug users were reached with HIV prevention programmes in 2009.Availability and safety of blood and blood products continue to be a concern, especially in low-income countries. Quality assured screening of blood covered only 48 per cent of donations in low-income countries, compared with 99 per cent in high-income and 85 per cent in middle-income countries. And in 10 countries, more than 60 per cent of HIV-positive people did not know their HIV status. As a result, many began treatments too late. Nearly one in five who initiated treatments did not show up for follow-up care – many having died as a result of getting a late start. “The report findings indicate challenges, but also clear opportunities for optimizing investments and increasing efficiency,” said Gottfried Hirnschall, WHO’s Director for HIV/AIDS. “By starting treatment earlier and improving adherence within the first year, we can save many more lives.”“We also need to not only further increase access to key HIV/AIDS interventions, but also to pay attention to ensure higher quality of these life-saving services,” he added.The report is the fourth in an annual series tracking progress made in achieving the 2010 target of providing universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care.The report also calls for a set of actions to be taken by the international community, consistent with the key strategies proposed in the new Global Health Sector Strategy for HIV/AIDS, 2011-2015. WHO is developing the strategy – which is intended to guide the next phase of the health sector response to HIV/AIDS once it is discussed and ratified by WHO’s World Health Assembly next year. 28 September 2010A new United Nations report showing significant progress in improving access to HIV/AIDS services in 37 developing countries offers realistic hope for the achievement of universal access, a UN official responsible for battling the pandemic said today. read more

PM gives his side of the story to treasury bond commission

Several United National Party members and Ministers also attended the hearing. The Prime Minister later told reporters he had nothing to hide and that all matters were clarified during the hearings today. He also said that good governance will continue in the country even if there are a few faults on the way.After recording statements from the Prime Minister, the commission investigating the 2015 treasury bond issue, concluded hearings and will submit its final report before December 8 to President Maithripala Sirisena. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says he clarified matters related to the treasury bond issue to the Presidential Commission investigating the alleged treasury bond scam.The Prime Minister appeared before the commission today and was questioned for over an hour. Pictures by Lalith Perera read more

Our Updating NBA Depth Charts Give You A New Way To Follow

That, of course, stems from the fact that the Nuggets are awaiting the returns of Will Barton, Gary Harris, Paul Millsap and Isaiah Thomas.4It remains to be seen whether Thomas’s return will actually benefit Denver, particularly with how well Monte Morris has been playing as the backup point guard. Denver hasn’t been fully healthy all year. But when the team gets everyone back, it will be interesting to see just how far it can push things.However, while the forecast realizes that the Nuggets haven’t been healthy yet, it only recognizes them as the West’s fourth-most talented club at full strength, after Golden State, Oklahoma City and … Houston. The Thunder and Rockets currently own championship probabilities of 8 and 4 percent, respectively, while the Nuggets claim just a 2 percent chance. The numbers may be a nod to the fact that depth — which Denver has far more of than those other contenders — generally means less during the playoffs, when stars often steal the show (a fact our model now accounts for).If there’s a saving grace for the team’s fans, it’s that the basic Elo projections are still high on Denver and have the club tied for the fourth-highest title probability, with a 9 percent chance.The updated forecast believes in the Rockets but hates the Kings and MavsThe CARMELO forecast model relies on real-time depth-chart information to make its projections. So the CARM-Elo system might have penalized the Rockets for technically having Carmelo Anthony on the roster, even though he’s away from the team and hasn’t suited up for more than a month. But just like Mike D’Antoni, the new mode simply assigns Anthony no minutes on the depth chart and moves forward. EloCARM-EloCARMELO In-season ratings updates use …Game resultsGame resultsPlayer ratings and rosters And speaking of Houston, the club is an interesting one to analyze here because of how fervently the model still believes in the Rockets, who are given a 93 percent chance of reaching the playoffs despite having a record just barely over .500 more than a third of the way through the campaign. By contrast, the basic Elo forecast has them at just 72 percent to make the postseason.Again, this is almost certainly the new model showing faith in the top of Houston’s depth chart: It likely believes that guards Chris Paul and Eric Gordon won’t continue to have career-worst years from an efficiency standpoint.5Keep in mind that CARMELO does project and account for a player’s aging curve, and it updates player talent ratings in-season. (Those deficiencies alone don’t explain the Rockets’ slide — which many of us saw coming — on their own. The team also gambled by letting two of its better, more switchy perimeter defenders walk without having reliable replacements for them.)Yet while the CARMELO team projections are high on Houston, they don’t make much of a pair of a clubs that have been pleasant surprises this season. The Kings and Mavericks, each with records above .500, are given just 6 and 4 percent probabilities, respectively, to make the playoffs. That’s a night-and-day difference from the basic Elo model, which gives Sacramento a 34 percent chance of getting in and Dallas a 21 percent chance.What that spells out, aside from CARMELO’s limited belief in each roster, is the model’s view that neither club has enough battle-tested veterans in their rotation to get a boost for postseason experience. The Mavs are tied with the Nets for lowest playoff adjustment in the new system, while the Kings rank seventh-lowest. Houston, by contrast, has the fifth-highest adjustment for its postseason experience.Overall, we think the changes to our model will help us do a better job of predicting the season. And now you can check out the inner workings of what goes into the predictions on each team’s page. You can see the depth charts we’re working with — which, by definition, are estimates, but we try to keep them updated daily by tracking trades, injuries and other changes to each player’s status — as well as an updating chart of a team’s chance to make the playoffs. Also included is a handy graph of changes to a team’s talent rating, which highlights the difference between how a club looks at full strength compared with the present moment.So when you’re watching the NBA’s Christmas Day games with friends and family, check out our predictions to follow along with how each team has been playing and sound like an expert.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Those numbers, far more in line with conventional wisdom, are based on two things: First, Golden State has an insane amount of talent when healthy — far more than any other club. (This is reflected in the full-strength CARMELO.) Second, the system believes that the Warriors are nowhere near their peak yet because of all the injuries they’ve dealt with to this point. They just recently got Stephen Curry and Draymond Green back in the lineup, and the team should see All-Star DeMarcus Cousins make his Golden State debut soon. And rotation players Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston rejoined the team Monday.Looking beyond the Warriors, there are a handful of other key takeaways that stand out with the new system:The Nuggets haven’t hit their peak, but the system doesn’t fully buy their talent Aside from a poor stretch in mid-November, Denver has arguably been the most solid team in the NBA to this point. The Nuggets are tied for first place out West and have pieced together an unprecedented turnaround on the defensive end.Nothing about this situation comes across as a fluke so far in our forecast. In fact, if anything, the model thinks Denver is capable of more. Earlier this week, Denver has the biggest gap in the league between its full-strength CARMELO rating and its current rating — a 63-point shortfall. Accounts for postseason experience?✓✓ Accounts for trades and injuries? ✓ The Warriors are a great example of the differences between the forecasts. With our basic Elo rating projections, Golden State currently has just a 27 percent probability of reaching the NBA Finals and a puzzling 14 percent chance of winning a title. That’s lower than the Raptors’ 21 percent championship odds — and it’s a relative head-scratcher for a back-to-back champion that’s still relatively young and returned the vast majority of its core from the past two years.Yet using the new CARMELO forecast, which takes into account a team’s talent and fully healthy potential, the Warriors’ probability of reaching the finals is a whopping 67 percent, and their chances of winning a third-consecutive championship sit at 51 percent. If you’ve followed along with our NBA projection system in recent years, you probably noticed a recurring theme. During the regular season, the Golden State Warriors would either hit dry spells while key players were injured, or coach Steve Kerr, guarding against injuries, would frequently sit key players. Because of that, the Warriors would lose games that ultimately didn’t matter that much, and our Elo model — designed to track the ebbs and flows of the season’s wins and losses — would punish Golden State each time. But like clockwork, the Warriors would emerge in the spring as strong as ever — despite their blemished Elo rating.Even after updating our model in 2015 to try to account better for the talent on each team (using a blend of our basic Elo ratings and our preseason CARMELO player projections,1Which estimate a player’s future performance based on the trajectory of similar NBA players. which we called “CARM-Elo”), the model would give us some weird projections because it still reacted solely to wins and losses — it didn’t understand injuries, trades or rest.Last year, that flaw left CARM-Elo insisting that the baby-faced Sixers had a better probability of winning it all as the playoffs approached than the battle-tested Warriors did.2Last season’s system was the first of ours to use a playoff-experience metric, which gave credence to teams with considerable postseason chops. We found the addition necessary after LeBron and the lackadaisical Cavs kept flipping the switch after stumbling into the playoffs each year. The Elo-based system simply proved to be a bit too gullible, with too much of a recency bias to recognize that just because a team is playing extremely well doesn’t mean it’s going to be hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy at season’s end. So we’ve tried to fix these problems by launching a new set of projections specific to each team’s baseline talent.Our NBA forecast now offers two sets of projections: one that will track teams’ basic Elo ratings just like our original forecasts and one based solely on our player projections, without focusing on daily wins or losses.3We’ll no longer be using the CARM-Elo forecast at all. The latter projection will account for real-time movements and talent adjustments on the depth charts for every team — which are available to check out on the new individual team pages. That marks a somewhat seismic shift for the system, since it didn’t previously have a way of factoring in long-term injuries or the idea of players resting. But now those things are considered, and it shows in the new ratings. (Read more about the methodology here.) How CARMELO compares with previous forecastsSide-by-side feature comparison between FiveThirtyEight’s Elo, CARM-Elo and CARMELO NBA forecasts Preseason team ratings use …Last year’s final rating, regressed to the meanUp-to-date depth chartsUp-to-date depth charts Used in 2018-19 predictions?✓(if you select it on the Standings page)✓ read more

Microsoft talks Metro Internet Explorer 10

first_imgWith millions downloading the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and taking both the new OS and Internet Explorer 10, Microsoft has taken to the web to call attention to the many changes and additions they’ve made. This time around, they’re talking about what went in to building the Metro version of Internet Explorer 10 — and what makes it a great browser.It’s important to note the emphasis on Metro IE10 and not IE10 in general. If you’ve used the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, you’ve probably noticed that the desktop version looks and acts almost exactly like IE9. The Metro version is a totally new beast, and a lot has gone into creating Microsoft’s first desktop browser built for touch.As you can on many tablet or smartphone browsers, IE10 users can swipe to navigate forward or back and double-tap to zoom in on a page.  Support for the finger-friendly Windows 8 Charms Bar is also integrated, allowing users can invoke to share, print, and output web content to a secondary display. The address bar has been improved and now offers domain suggestions — a nice time-saver, and something that folks using the on-screen keyboard will welcome. Autocorrect and spellcheck will be, too.And since this is a Metro app, Microsoft plays the minimalism card whenever it can in IE10. The address bar gets out of the way, as does the tab bar. Both appear only when you need them, which allows users to enjoy a full, unobstructed view of the sites they browse. Yes, full screen mode has finally become the default on a non-mobile web browser (full marks to Google for getting pretty close by stripping the window chrome to the levels they have).At the end of the day, IE10 is a great browser and it’s a marked improvement over IE9 — both as a Metro app  and a regular Windows app. It’s fast, offers better standards support than ever, and it’s being built with a focus on more up-to-date user interactions. Even if there aren’t jaw-dropping features to check out, it’s still worth taking for a test drive.These are the same people who built IE6, after all.More at Microsoft, via ZDNet andlast_img read more

WWE declares quarterly dividend as of April 2015

first_img Videos Articles WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Facebook Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Google+ Dean Ambrose to appear at Cauliflower Alley Club reunion after his WWE contract expirescenter_img Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Impact Wrestling leaving channel 5Spike in the UK, New deal with 5STAR announced Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Velvet Sky Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Press Release: WWE declares $0.12 quarterly dividend with a 0.7% yield The following was issued by WWE on Thursday.WWE DECLARES QUARTERLY DIVIDENDSTAMFORD, Conn., April 23, 2015 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) announced that its Board of Directors today declared the Company’s regular quarterly dividend of $0.12 per share for all Class A and B shares of common stock. The record date for the dividend will be June 15, 2015, and the payment date will be June 25, 2015.About WWEWWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide in 35 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all 12 live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 170 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Man shot woman carjacked in Nassau

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 29, 2017 – Nassau – Police also need public help to catch some other shooters; one from an incident on Sunday night where two men, around 10:30pm shot a man standing outside his home on Lilly of the Valley Corner.    With handguns, the pair fled on foot; that man is stable at hospital.A woman was #carjacked by four armed men on the Go Slow Bend around 2am Sunday; taken was that Chevy SD and a cell phone.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#carjacked, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

In Other News Connecticut Sub Base Marks Sesquicentennial

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR During its first 50 years, the Navy base in Groton, Conn., wasn’t particularly important. But over the past 100 years, Naval Submarine Base New London has grown in prominence, with the nation’s submarine fleet playing a significant role in projecting power. State and local leaders, along with Navy officials, gathered outside the Submarine Force Museum last week to recognize the base’s past as they celebrated the 150th anniversary of the deed of gift from the state and the city of New London establishing a naval yard and storage depot on the Thames River, reported the Day.Day photo by Tim Martinlast_img read more

LGs rollable TV wows and a car walks as CES 2019 prepares

first_img Watch LG’s rollable OLED TV in action at CES 2019 CES 2019 Preview • Best Buy $198 $229 See It Now playing: Watch this: Mentioned Above Sony WI-1000X (Gold) Gadgets Speakers Smart Home TVs Headphones Car Tech Monitors Laptops Refrigerators 2:04 85 Photos Post a comment At a show like CES, much of the important news happens even before the Las Vegas Convention center opens its doors. With exhibitors putting finishing touches on their booths and CNET editors racing across town to press conferences, here’s everything that caught our eye.Roll up that LG TV.TVs No one can say LG didn’t come to Las Vegas to impress. Just consider its flexible OLED screen that rolls into a compact tube. The company showed a design that disappears into a low-slung stand supporting a sleek silver box and a Dolby Atmos sound system. Very cool. Abt Electronics Walmartcenter_img New TVs also spilled from TCL and Sony, the latter having upgraded its 8K Z9G Master Series LCD series to 85-inch and 98-inch sizes.LG Display had a very cool OLED “sculpture” LGD calls “The Rose.” gtk-pg10-table-cupsNo, it’s not a grill, it’s Sony’s new GTK-PG10 outdoor party speaker. Sony Home audio Sony has a range of new new speakers including the GTK-PG10 outdoor party speaker with a table and cup holders over a water-resistant top. Because it’s not in enough places, Amazon Alexa will arrive in Sony’s WH-1000XM3, WH-1000XM2 and WI-1000X headphones, as well. 181218-ring-oldham-0052-croppedReplace that peephole with a doorbell and a video camera. Ring Smart home Samsung updated its Family Hub smart refrigerator with interface tweaks and more emphasis on its virtual assistant, Bixby. The voice assistant also will be making its way into cars and apps like Gmail and Google Maps. Apartment dwellers, rejoice. The $199 Ring Door View Cam replaces your front door peephole with a doorbell and a tiny camera. hyundai-elevate-press-conference-8It’s car… that walks! Angela Lang/CNET CarsToyota said it will bring AT&T-powered 4G Wi-Fi to its cars this autumn. Drivers will get unlimited data plans and the ability to remotely start their vehicles. Hyundai showed a concept for a walking car called Elevate that can drive at highway speeds and allegedly climb a 5-foot wall and step over a 5-foot gap. lenovo-monitors-ces-2019-1That’s a big monitor, Lenovo. Tyler Lizenby/CNET PCs and monitorsIf you think bezels are so 2014, Asus says its ZenBook S13 has the slimmest bezels of any laptop on Earth. Lenovo came to town with a lot to share. It showed a curved 49-inch gaming monitor, it added a round of updates to its ThinkPad business laptops and accessories and it said its Legion Y740 and Y540 will get new Nvidia graphics cards. All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Tags See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $198 Sony WI-1000X $198 See It 0 Other stuff that was cool The R-Puno cycling mask not only blocks air pollution, but it also lights up to let you know when air is bad. Samsung announced four new robotics initiatives. Bot Air will use sensors to monitor air quality and detect pollution sources, Bot Retail will let robotic assistants field customer questions and requests and the GEMS platform promises to help athletes train and give support to people with mobility issues. Bot Care is an actual robot that can check your blood pressure and heart rate. HTC teased the Vive Cosmos, a new consumer-friendly VR, and the Vive Pro Eye headset, which incorporates eye-tracking capability. If you need content for those headsets, HTC’s new VivePort Infinity is an upgraded subscription service with more than 500 titles. A veggie burger that bleeds? Not impossible! CNET Impossible Foods, that maker of a plant-based burger that tastes like the real thing and actually bleeds, launched a new gluten-free 2.0 burger with lowered cholesterol, fat and calories. Harley-Davidson announced that the Livewire, its $30,000 all-electric motorcycle, is now available for preorder with plans to go into production this fall.CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Share your voice See It CES Products Amazon Asus HTC Lenovo LG Samsung Sonylast_img read more

Distant dead planet could tell how world will end study says

first_imgThis artist’s illustration depicts the destruction of a young planet or planets, which scientists may have witnessed for the first time using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.Credits: Illustration: NASA/CXC/M. Weiss; X-ray spectrum: NASA/CXC/MIT/H. M.GüntherStudying a dead distant planet could help humans to know more about the way in which Earth will finally die and perish, a new study report published in the journal Science says. Recently, researchers while monitoring a distant star in deep space stumbled upon an orbiting fragment of a dead, shattered planet, and experts believe that this could be actually a preview of Earth’s inevitable fate in the future.The study report claimed that the discovery of this planetary fragment orbiting around a white dwarf could shed light into the twilight years of planetary systems. Experts believe that the newly found planetary chunk could be actually a piece of the planet’s shattered core. Scientists also speculate that the planet might have perished brutally during the star’s death throes.Researchers also revealed it is quite remarkable that the dead planet’s fragments survived the extremely intense gravity of the white dwarf star.”The white dwarf’s gravity is so strong — about 100,000 times that of the Earth — that a typical asteroid will be ripped apart by gravitational forces if it passes too close,” said Christopher Manser, lead author of the study and a physicist at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England, said in a statement.The study report suggested that the planetary chunk might be orbiting around the star every two hours, and no larger than 250 miles in diameter to avoid being ripped apart by the white dwarf’s gravitational force.Scientists also revealed that both the dead star and the planetary chunk are located in our Milky Way, at a distance of 410 light years away from the Earth.Experts believe that Earth could also face a similar fate when the sun swells into a red giant. As the sun swells, it will consume Mercury, Venus, and Earth, and will later shrink turning into a white dwarf.last_img read more