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India Today @ Olympics: The biggest party in London kicks-off as everything falls into place for opening ceremony

first_imgLondon is in party mode. On a pleasant Friday, festive celebrations had begun across the city from noon as the clock ticked away for the Olympics opening ceremony.For seven years, the city had waited to host its third Olympics, wanting to show to the world how well it had prepared for the sporting extravaganza.Dry runs had been conducted months in advance as to how the city would cope with the heavy flow of ticket holders for the opening ceremony and the general public wanting to get as close as possible to Stratford.From well heeled rich men in classy formal suits to teenagers sporting torn jeans, the easiest way to get to Stratford was by the Javelin Train from St Pancras to Stratford.Its a boon to Londoners and lakhs of people who will travel during the next 15 days that they travel a distance of close to 8kms in just seven minutes. The coaches built by the Japanese touches almost 140kmph.Had it not been for this fast train, jams and traffic snarls could well wear down your patience in the Olympic host city.The security apparatus in place was water tight and nothing was being left to chance. Check points were well manned and the staff courteous as they checked people.Inside the stadium, it was an awesome sight. Even as the pre-opening ceremony began at 8pm (1230am IST), people had started loudly cheering.A flock of sheep started grazing the meadows and ducks flapped their wings in another corner, capturing the old images of a farm in rural Britain.A few feet away, in a traditional British house smoke was coming out of the chimney. For those not familiar with the rich culture of the country, this was a fantastic sight.Though the capacity of the stadium is just 60,000, seats were filling up slowly. When the tickets were booked a year ago, it was available for as much as 300 pounds. Tonight, people were ready to sell out an incredible 3,000 pounds (close to Rs 2.5 lakhs) but tickets were unavailable.The giant LED screens inside the stadium flashed a multitude of images and loudspeakers belted out music which had your feet tapping.If this was to be taken as a trailer to the main show, you could be sure the 27 million pounds spent on the opening extravaganza had to be unlimited thrill and joy.Food stalls inside the stadium did brisk business and yes the similarity with New Delhi during the CWG opening ceremony was how water bottles were not allowed inside.No doubt, attending an opening ceremony is like spending a huge part of your savings in times of recession. But then, London has been waiting for years to put on this show.With even the VIPs waiting patiently for Danny Boyles blockbuster show to begin, each minute was being captured wildly as flash bulbs from cameras and cell phones kept popping.Helicopters hovered above the skyline as they kept a tight vigil from the sky.Even though sneak previews had been seen there was nothing like waiting for the real show to begin. Its the opening ceremony which sets the tone for the success of an Olympics. And as Britain got this honour after a 60-year wait, it was understandable why everyone was celebrating.This coincides with the weekend beginning and what a party there is going to be over the next fortnight. Lakhs of people have come from various parts of the world to see the megawatt action in various arenas.Earlier in the day, International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge praised the regeneration which has taken place in east London. He said the Games would have a “tangible legacy” with, uniquely, “no white elephants.??The three-hour spectacle in the Olympic Stadium will be viewed by a global TV audience of around one billion people.advertisementlast_img read more

Tata JLR crosses 500,000 vehicles mark

first_imgFrom Aditi KhannaLondon, May 31 (PTI) Tata Motors-owned luxury car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) broke the half a million mark for the first time in its history as per its latest vehicle sales results released this week.The company said in its full-year results for the 2015-16 fiscal year released yesterday that its vehicle retail sales had risen 13 per cent to 521,571.”Jaguar Land Rover has produced and sold more cars than at any time in our history. We are now the largest automotive manufacturer in the UK and our vehicles have received more than 140 awards across the range for design, technology, safety and environmental sustainability,” said JLR CEO Dr Ralf Speth.”During this fiscal year, we have delivered sustainable, profitable growth and introduced new models – such as the Discovery Sport, Jaguar XE and XF ? that have redefined their market segments. Furthermore, we are on track to deliver even more sensational products that will underpin the future performance of the business,” he noted.The combination of an increased demand for new models, solid growth in markets including Europe, North America and the UK helped support full-year financial revenues of 22.2 billion pounds, up 342 million pounds on the previous 12-month period, the report said.”Profit before tax was 1.56 billion pounds after an exceptional charge for the Tianjin Port explosion of 157 million pounds (net of insurance and other expected recoveries to date) with strong free cash flow of 791 million pounds after total investment spending of 3.14 billion pounds.”Profit before tax was down from 2.6 billion pounds last year, primarily reflecting market conditions during the first half of the year – especially in China, model mix and continued investment,” JLR said in a statement.advertisementJLR also unveiled plans to invest in the region of 3.75 billion pounds during the 2016-17 fiscal to support continued, sustainable, profitable growth in the future.This will include the expansion of global production capacity, new technologies and new vehicles, such as the Jaguar F-PACE and the Range Rover Evoque Convertible that will unleash the potential of both brands in the future. PTI AK ZHlast_img read more

Sabathia Rocked, Yanks Fall, 5-4

first_imgMILWAUKEE — CC Sabathia is determined to stay positive while he figures out where things have gone wrong.He’s got five days to make any fixes before the New York Yankees lefty gets back on the mound for the Subway Series.Sabathia allowed three homers on May 10, including an upper-deck solo shot by Carlos Gomez, and Rickie Weeks hit a two-out RBI single in the seventh to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 5-4 win over New York.Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run homer in the third and Aramis Ramirez followed with a solo shot off Sabathia, who gave up eight hits in 5 1-3 innings. The left-hander yielded at least four runs in a game for the sixth time this year.“I’m not going to sit here and kill myself and be negative. I’m just not doing that this year. So we will go from there, and I’ll be out there five days from now ready to go,” he said.That would be May 15 at Citi Field in the Subway Series spotlight against the Mets.The homers by Lucroy and Ramirez were unearned because they followed an error by shortstop Brendan Ryan with two outs. Ryan got the start with Derek Jeter getting a day off.“In the past maybe he got away with a few more mistakes, but right now he is not getting away with them,” Manager Joe Giradi said. “That is the thing about pitching, it can happen quick.”Francisco Rodriguez earned his league-leading 15th save to help the Brewers end a three-game skid. The veteran closer hasn’t allowed a run in 19 appearances this season.It wouldn’t have happened without Weeks’ chopper skipping through the hole into left in the seventh off Alfredo Aceves (0-1), who was called for a balk two pitches earlier that allowed Lucroy to move to third.Zach Duke (3-0) got the win after escaping a seventh-inning jam by getting Carlos Beltran to bounce into a double play.Still, the Yankees rallied from a two-run deficit on Mark Teixiera’s solo shot in the sixth and pinch-hitter Alfonso Soriano’s RBI single off Duke that tied the game at 4 an inning later.That put runners on first and second for the power-hitting Beltran. But Duke got him to bounce into the inning-ending, 5-4-3 double play.Weeks came through in the bottom of the seventh for his first RBI of the season. His helmet flew off his head as he raced toward first on the single, and he pointed to the dugout as the crowd showered him with cheers.“Rick was good again. He has been swinging the bat a lot better,” Manager Ron Roenicke said. “Nice to have somebody come through with that big hit.”Rodriguez got three flyouts in the ninth, though the outs by Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson made the hometown fans nervous after sailing close to the wall.Sabathia only wished he was that lucky in his first start at Miller Park since Sept. 28, 2008. With the Brewers after a midseason trade from Cleveland, Sabathia tossed a complete-game victory against the Cubs to clinch the NL wild card.Gomez gave Sabathia a rude welcome back leading off the bottom of the first after sending a 1-1 pitch high over the left-field fence. The ball caromed off the window of a restaurant filled with spectators dining in the third deck.“Just keep battling, trying to get better and go from there,” Sabathia said.(GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Milind Soman all set to feature in a fitness show

first_imgAlso read | Mandira Bedi attempts head stand and aces it like a boss; see picAlso see | Hina Khan flaunts her chiseled midriff and toned legs in latest pics Model-actor-fitness enthusiast Milind Soman is coming up with a fitness-based web series.The seven-episode series titled Maximize Your Day will highlight Milind’s fitness regime in which he will be seen emphasising on the need for holistic health and wellness and how important it is to maintain proper physical as well as oral hygiene.”Many of us want to live a healthier lifestyle, but we think it is just about physical fitness or following a particular way of eating. Besides all this, there are parts of daily routine that we don’t pay enough attention to – like the hygiene of our mouth,” Milind said in a statement.”Our mouth is the gateway to our body and is actually the first step to being healthy. That’s why I am very particular about my daily oral hygiene routine and strongly recommend that everyone make that extra effort.”Maximize Your Day will stream on Hotstar from Wednesday.last_img read more

Snowmobile Project Supports Winter Tourism

first_imgTOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–Snowmobile Project Supports WinterTourism The province is teaming up with seven snowmobile clubs to extendand upgrade trails in the Cape Breton highlands. Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister, Rodney MacDonald,announced today, Feb. 21, an investment of $130,690 for the CapeBreton Highlands snowmobile project. This one-time investmentwill help the clubs develop a world-class snowmobile destination. “Developing competitive winter tourism products and experiencesis a key priority for Nova Scotia,” said Mr. MacDonald. “Thisproject will attract more visitors to northern Cape Breton duringthe winter months, which will extend the tourism season for manylocal businesses.” The Cape Breton Highlands snowmobile project will be managed by acommittee representing seven snowmobile clubs and 658 members innorthern Cape Breton. The investment will enable the snowmobileclubs to provide consistent regulatory signage on all trails, todevelop a new trail map, and to develop a new trail which willcomplete the trail system to Cheticamp. “Cape Breton has all the elements to become a world-classsnowmobile tourism destination,” said Laurie Cranton, projectchair and member of the Margaree Highlanders Snowmobile Club.”Our clubs are committed to providing visitors with consistentlygroomed trails and a high-quality snowmobile experience.” Today’s investment is part of $15 million in funding announced byMr. MacDonald in December 2004. That funding is designed to helpboost Nova Scotia’s tourism industry in the areas of marketing,product development, and regional tourism initiatives.last_img read more

Angelina Jolie executive producer on Ontariobacked film

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Facebook When Angelina Jolie turned up at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend, your tax dollar was at work.Jolie is executive producer on an animated movie called The Breadwinner, a beautiful film about an adolescent girl in Afghanistan living under Taliban rule. After her father is arrested, 11-year-old Parvana disguises herself as a boy so she can work and become the family breadwinner.The movie began life as a novel. An international bestseller by Ontario writer Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner has been a staple of middle-school reading lists since it was published in 2000. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment How The Breadwinner became a movie — and one involving Angelina Jolie, no less — is just one of many success stories from the Ontario Media Development Corp.The OMDC is a government agency that supports economic development in the creative industries — which are film, television and interactive digital media production, book and magazine publishing, and music.“Creative industries” may sound like mutually exclusive terms, but this is big business, driving $17 billion to the economy annually and responsible for 215,000 jobs.last_img read more

Aviation sector needs to do better job attracting workers says ICAO boss

first_imgMONTREAL – The global aviation sector has to do a better job attracting the huge number of workers that will be required in the coming decades to meet growing demand, the head of the United Nations’ aviation agency said Monday.Fang Liu, secretary general of the International Civil Aviation Organization, told a global summit being held in Montreal that an expected doubling in the number of passengers, retirements and competition for high-skilled workers from other industries will strain hiring efforts.“Promoting excitement and passion for aviation is not enough,” she said in prepared speech remarks.“We also need to facilitate access to aviation training and education programs which lead to dependable recruitment opportunities and shorter-term career advancement returns.”ICAO recently updated forecasts that identify increased demand for pilots, air traffic controllers and aircraft technicians.It says 620,000 pilots alone will be needed by 2036 to fly aircraft with at least 100 seats and some 80 per cent of these future aviators aren’t even flying today.That means hiring almost 492,000 new pilots or 67 per day for the next 20 years.There will also be the need for 94,000 new air traffic controllers through 2036 and 1.3 million maintenance professionals.However, Liu said attracting aviation workers is aggravated by the growing high-tech careers in other industries.For example, she said Montreal’s growing global leadership in gaming and artificial intelligence may threaten the sustainability of the region as the world’s third-largest aerospace manufacturing hub.“The world over, similar dynamics have forced us all to recognize that aviation has to do a much better job of both attracting and retaining the skilled workers and managers it requires,” Liu said.Global aviation is a catalyst for economic development, she said. It supports 63.5 million jobs and contributes more than US$2.7 trillion annually to the global gross domestic product.Some 10 million passengers are currently carried daily on more than 100,000 flights but that number is expected to double in the next 15 years as emerging markets, especially in Asia, increase the number of flights.“At the same time as our sector is growing, its workforce is also shrinking due to the inevitable demographics of aging populations, lowering birth rates and other attrition factors,” she added.Liu said the best young minds are needed and that greater awareness about aviation needs to be instilled earlier by appealing to high school students including young girls, in addition to university level efforts.She also said a movement of aviation workers between countries and aviation employers needs to be supported to ensure all areas of the world have sustainable services.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) says it’s hiring about 1,000 workers over the next 18 months to complete the interiors of the Global 7000 which is scheduled to enter into service late next year.Aero Montreal, which promotes the city’s aerospace industry, says 31,681 positions will need to be filled within the next 10 years including 8,816 newly created positions and 22,865 positions resulting mainly from retirements.last_img read more

Manitoba Hydro board resigns prompting accusations from premier talk of lawsuit

first_imgPallister said he had spoken with board members but avoided meetings because he did not want to seem to be interfering in Hydro’s regulatory applications to the Public Utilities Board.Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont called the dispute a “full-blown crisis” and an indictment of Pallister’s leadership.Loren Remillard, CEO of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, said the province needs to move quickly to appoint a new board to send a message of stability that “the core business is still responsible, sustainable, well-managed.”Pallister said a new Hydro board will be appointed soon. “Premier Pallister will likely cost all Manitobans, including Manitoba Metis citizens who pay hundreds of millions in taxes to the province each year, triple that in project delays, litigation and damages,” Chartrand said. “All Manitobans should question the path this premier is taking us down.”Manitoba Hydro is racking up billions of dollars in debt to build new generating stations and transmission lines, and is asking regulators to approve annual rate increases of up to 7.9 per cent for the next several years.The Progressive Conservatives opposed the plan while in Opposition, but said after winning the 2016 election that it was too late to reverse the construction projects.The Tories replaced the Hydro board less than two years ago with the nine members who are now resigning. WINNIPEG, M.B. — The board of directors at Manitoba Hydro resigned en masse Wednesday, leading to counter-accusations from Premier Brian Pallister and the spectre of a lawsuit from the Manitoba Metis Federation.Nine of 10 board members at the provincial Crown corporation issued a written statement in which they cited an inability to work with Pallister and his Progressive Conservative government. The only remaining board member is Tory backbencher Cliff Graydon.“For over a year we have attempted to meet with the premier to resolve a number of critical issues related to the finances and governance of Manitoba Hydro, including matters related to Hydro’s efforts to further develop its relationship with Indigenous peoples,” the statement read.center_img “Despite repeated attempts, we have not been able to have a meaningful dialogue with the government and we have reached an impasse. We have been informed the government intends to remove the chair and has therefore lost confidence in the board. Accordingly we have determined that it is necessary to resign.”Pallister, however, said the resignations stem from a dispute over a plan by Hydro to pay $70 million to the Manitoba Metis Federation so the organization won’t pursue concerns over a new transmission line to Minnesota.“I would describe it more as persuasion money,” Pallister said Wednesday. “To not push for extended environmental hearings on that line and also for acquiescence or non-participation in future such proposals that Hydro might make.”Pallister said when the government discovered the planned payment, it immediately objected.In a statement, federation president David Chartrand accused Pallister of using “race card” tactics.He said there was a negotiated agreement with the Hydro board that respected Metis rights and would save Manitobans millions in litigation costs and delays around Hydro projects.last_img read more

UAW strike forces GM to close Mexican pickup truck factory

DETROIT — A parts shortage caused by a strike by the United Auto Workers union has forced General Motors to shut down its pickup truck and transmission factories in Silao, Mexico.Spokesman Dan Flores confirmed that production at the factories ended Tuesday morning. He did not know how many workers are affected.The plant shutdown means that GM has lost any new supplies of its light-duty Chevrolet Silverado, the company’s top-selling U.S. vehicle. Earlier GM had to close a Mexican engine plant and an assembly plant in Canada.The strike by over 49,000 union workers is now in its third week, and both sides are feeling the impact. Workers are having to get by on $250 per week in strike pay instead of their normal base pay of about $1,200 per week.The Associated Press read more

UN expert calls on Serbia to expedite legal measures amid housing crisis

“Serbia urgently needs a national law on housing that fosters non-discrimination and inclusion and that complies with its international human right obligations,” Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, said in a press release today following her week-long visit to the country.“This new law must take seriously issues of availability, affordability and security of tenure for all, especially for vulnerable groups,” she continued. “And it must be firmly grounded in international human rights law and standards.”Serbia’s large public housing stock was privatized in the early 1990s and sold to individuals and families at symbolic prices leading to a high-rate of homeownership, according to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). However, the agency noted, homeownership does not guarantee adequate housing.Ms. Farha pointed out, in fact, that homeowners and renters alike had indicated that heating, electricity bills and other housing charges remain “simply unaffordable” while some renters had even received eviction notices due to arrears.In addition, the Special Rapporteur said she learned of “deplorable housing conditions” experienced by vulnerable groups with “distinct housing needs,” such as persons with disabilities, the young, the elderly, women suffering domestic violence, and migrants and refugees from Africa and the Middle East. “In my view, some significant housing issues of the past remain unresolved,” she continued. “Roma housing conditions are egregious; they continue to be targeted for eviction with its devastating consequences. Allowing this to continue exacerbates discrimination, stigmatization and exclusion.”Serbia has an obligation to ensure that housing is protected as a legal right that everyone, especially the most vulnerable, can claim, Ms. Farha added.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Brock labour expert releases new book on human and animal work

Kendra Coulter, associate professor in the Centre for Labour Studies, has written a new book, Animals, Work, and the Promise of Interspecies Solidarity, released Dec. 3 by Palgrave Macmillan. Described as “thought-provoking and innovative,” the book challenges readers to think deeply and differently about animals and work. Coulter sat down with The Brock News for the details.TBN: Can you give us an overview of your book?KC: This is a unique look at the contributions, problems, and possibilities of work that involves animals. I first examine the work people do with/for animals on a daily basis. Next I focus on the work animals themselves do. Then I highlight the work people do with/for animals that is political and advocacy-oriented. I conclude by reflecting on the intellectual and ethical implications of recognizing all of these kinds of work. So it is a truly multispecies discussion that takes the work-lives of people and animals seriously.TBN: What do you mean by the work done by animals?KC: When it comes to animals’ work, people usually think of police and guide dogs or equines pulling carts in the global south, and these are clear examples. But I propose a much broader way of recognizing the full range of work done by animals, including in the wild, in homes, and in formal workplaces. From tending to their own young and others across species who need care, to courthouse dogs supporting child witnesses, to rats sniffing out landmines, the work being done by animals is diverse and fascinating. Animals use their minds, bodies, and abilities in so many different ways.TBN: What are some of the conditions animals encounter on the job?KC: There are reciprocal and helpful instances where people and animals are partnered in work that is mutually beneficial, especially in health care and conservation. High-energy dogs are happily at work around the world helping to track endangered species’ behaviours and combat poaching, for example.Unfortunately, there are many workplaces where animals are kept in situations that are very painful and damaging for them physically and emotionally. Industrialized agriculture is one of the most complex and troubling areas, and farmed animals are the largest group of land animals on earth.There is a lot to learn from the good, the bad, the ugly, and the more complicated cases of human-animal work, and in the book I approach all of these dynamics carefully. I interweave theoretical frameworks from labour studies, feminist political economy, and other scholarly fields that are not usually combined, but also propose completely new concepts for better understanding animals’ work and experiences in particular.TBN: Why did you want to cover these particular topics in this way?KC: My goals are intellectual and political. First, it is a scholarly book that illuminates a very under-studied but important area. Work has a significant influence on income, on health and well-being (or their absence), on the environment, on ideas about others and what is possible, and on the lives and deaths of living beings everywhere.But despite its effects on literally billions of lives, work involving animals has not been well-studied in work and labour studies, or in animal studies. With this book, I foster deeper understand of what’s really going on close to home and around the world. I encourage nuanced thinking that recognizes the perspectives of both animals and people, and how their experiences vary depending on the time, place, and individuals involved.In addition to its theoretical contributions, the book is driven by my commitment to social justice. I challenge readers to see the similarities and the differences among human and animal work-lives, to confront the effects of human choices, and to recognize the possibilities for more hopeful paths forward.Understanding, analysis, and critique are essential first steps, but are not enough; we also need solutions and alternatives. So I end the book with a call for humane jobs that benefit both people and animals. You cannot build a just and caring society on top of the suffering of others, period. So this book is a springboard, for me as a researcher committed to a multispecies approach to work, and also hopefully for others who are inspired to think and act in more compassionate ways. Kendra Coulter will use her new book, Animals, Work, and the Promise of Interspecies Solidarity, in her Animals at Work course, believed to be the only labour studies course in the world on the intersections of animals and work. Author royalties will support a student prize for top achievement in the course. Coulter’s last book, Revolutionizing Retail: Workers, Political Action, and Social Change, won the Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies 2015 Book Prize. Her latest book has already attracted international attention, and she has been invited to speak about animals and work at the Sorbonne in Paris this coming spring. read more

March Madness Kevin Wares Horrific Injury Spurs Louisville to

With the bone in his broken right leg sticking through his skin–a sight that moved his teammates, fans and coach Rick Pitino to tears, Louisville’s Kevin Ware called over his devastated teammates and delivered a message while laying on his back on the court  in Sunday’s battle for a Final Four berth.“Just go win the game,” Ware is said to have instructed his teammates as a medical crew worked on his broken leg. Just go win the game.”With his words spurring them, the Cardinals wiped their tears and then wiped the floor with the Duke Blue Devils, exploding on a 13-2 run midway through the second half that rendered the ACC powerhouse feeble. Louisville went on to take an 85-63 conquest to make its second straight appearance in the Final Four.The mercurial guard tandem of Peyton Siva (16 points) and Russ Smith (23) devastated the Blue Devils with, speed, tenacity and determination, and the Cardinals’ depth and unrelenting defense finished them off. Louisville will face NCAA Tournament surprise Wichita State in the first game of the Final Four at the Georgia Dome on Saturday. Michigan, which pummeled Florida by 20 points Sunday, will face Syracuse in the other tourney semifinal.They will play in Atlanta, the home of Ware, who attended Rockdale County High near the city. He landed awkwardly while contesting a jump shot in front of the Louisville bench with 6:33 left in the first half and his leg snapped, horrifying those who witnessed it. Pitino said it was gruesome he almost threw up. Players lay on the floor grief-stricken, crying. Fans wept. The arena fell silent.“Basically, the bone popped out of the skin. It broke in two spots,” Pitino said. “Remember the bone is six inches out of his leg, and all he’s yelling is ‘Win the game, win the game.’ I’ve never seen anything like that.”Added Siva, “I don’t know how he did it. I don’t know how he got strength to do it, but he told us to go out there and win.”“I don’t think we could have gathered ourselves — I know I couldn’t have — if Kevin didn’t say over and over again, ‘Just go win the game,” Pitino said. “I don’t think we could have gone in the locker room with a loss after seeing that. We had to gather ourselves. We couldn’t lose this game for him.”Chane Behanan, Ware’s closest friend on the team, wore the guard’s No. 5 jersey on the bench in the final moments as he and the huge Cardinals contingent chanted, “Kevin Ware! Kevin Ware!””“We talked about it every timeout, ‘Get Kevin home,” Pitino said.Ware tweeted a photo of himself in a Texas hospital bed. “He said, ‘Don’t worry about me, I’m good, I’ll have my surgery tonight,’” Behanan said. “‘Go win it for me.’”Ware was recovering Sunday night following successful surgery. School officials said the sophomore had the bone reset and a rod inserted into his right tibia.“I don’t think we could have gone in that locker room with a loss,” Pitino said, “after seeing that.”“I think that would have hurt him more than the actual injury,” Siva added. read more

A March Madness Bracket For StatHeads

Most of this year’s NCAA bracket contests follow the same tired format: Millions of people fill out a 64-team bracket and get points for correct picks — more if those picks come in later rounds. But some contests have their own quirks and present their own incentives. Some pools award bonus points for correctly predicting upsets; others use an auction format to draft teams. FiveThirtyEight’s office pool will reward participants for choosing results no one else or few people in the pool do.Mark Glickman, a statistician and research professor of health policy and management at Boston University, has created a very different kind of March Madness competition. Participants won’t merely predict which team will win each game; they’ll specify how sure they are. Entrants will offer a probability for every game that could happen: 2,278 possible matchups.Glickman’s contest scores entrants by the product of the average probability they gave for each matchup’s winner. The setup is designed to push people to examine their assumptions and balance confidence with caution. If you ever thought you were 100 percent sure about a game — say, between a No. 1 seed and a No. 16 seed — think again: If you’re wrong and a team you gave no chance somehow wins, you will lose a lot of points. Call every game 50-50, and you’ll know your score before the tournament starts. But it won’t be a good one.The format also changes entrants’ incentives. A great upset pick helps, like in any pool, but a bad one could help sink a bracket. Participants can recover more easily from early misfires than in other contests, because they’re assessed on their probability estimates for every matchup — even ones they didn’t expect. On the other hand, in many other contests, including ESPN’s Tournament Challenge, points per game double in each round, so a correct title pick is worth 32 times an accurate round-of-64 pick. But in Glickman’s contest, later games don’t count more than earlier ones.“By forcing people to make probability predictions, we will help distinguish people who have pretty close predictions but not exactly the same,” Glickman said.His novel setup is one of many bracket contests to go against the grain. What kinds of contests have you participated in, and how would you design an office pool for quants that offers more interest than the typical format? read more

Austria sold 2700 tickets for match ball against Russia

← Previous Story Bundesliga (Round 33): Neuhausen relegated Next Story → Torsten Laen to KIF Kolding? AustriaAustrian handballInnsbruck After tie in Zrenjanin against Serbia in April, Austria became the serious contender for the place at Men’s EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark. Patrekur Johanesson and his players are almost there, they have just to take two points from the two last matches against Bosnia and Herzegovina (away) and Russia (home – June 16). For the last match of qualification in Innsbruck, 2700 tickets are already sold. Russia has a chance to qualify for Denmark with a victory over Serbia three days before (June 12) in Astrachan. In the case of wins of both teams, Austria and Russia would be qualified even before their clash in Innsbruck…Serbia got a new head-coach for the last two matches – Ljubomir Vranjes. read more

12 famous quotes that people always get wrong

first_img US stocks are set to drop after the Fed’s ‘hawkish shift’ tempers hopes for further rate cuts India is replaying Trump’s favorite strategy by accusing the media of fake news in Kashmir, where it cut off the internet and tried to silence journalists David Cameron suggests he persuaded the Queen to warn against Scottish independence More than 1,500 Amazon employees are expected to walk out on Friday to protest climate change WORDSMITHS LIKE SHAKESPEARE and Robert Frost loved their sarcasm. But when you take comments like that out of context, they can mean the exact opposite of the author’s intention.That hasn’t stopped us from spouting famous lines, many from classic literature, however we see fit.We created a list of some frequently used quotes that people just don’t understand. Some came from this Quora post. Others, we added from bits and pieces of our Leaving Cert English classes.“I took the road less traveled.”In Robert Frost’s culturally omnipresent poem, “The Road Not Taken“, he tries to decide which of two paths he should take. He looks down one but chooses the second, “just as fair” and “worn really about the same.”If you read the entire poem, the last stanza regales how he’ll say “with a sigh” that his decision “made all the difference.”In reality, Frost arbitrarily chose his path, which didn’t matter in the long run. He just wants to hide his pessimism.Of course everyone today uses the quote as evidence of “forging your own path”, “going your own way” and all those other tautologies about fate and individualism.Robert Frost didn’t quite mean a “road less traveled”. (Image Credit: Hjalmar Gislason via Flickr/Creative Commons)“Money is the root of all evil.”Not really. The love of money is the root of all evil, according to Timothy 6:10 from the King James Bible.“Nice guys finish last.”Nice guys actually finish seventh. Leo Durocher, nicknamed Leo the Lip, served as the field manager for baseball team Brooklyn Dodgers during the height of their rivalry with San Francisco Giants. He made some comment about Mel Ott, right-fielder for the Giants, being too nice, which made the team finish in seventh place. “Baseball Digest” later reprinted the column in which his quote appeared but changed “seventh” to “last place,” according to Freakonomics blog.Leo’s misquoted words soon became a credo for over-aggressive coaches and guys with no romantic game everywhere.Brooklyn Dodgers’ second baseman Jackie Robinson (right) and Giants’ manager Leo Duroche in 1951 (Image Credit: AP Photo)“Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?”In most high school adaptations of Shakespeare’s well-known play, Juliet raises a hand to her furrowed brow, searching for her lover from a balcony. But “wherefore art” doesn’t mean “where.” It means “why.” Juliet questions why fate made Romeo a Montague, her family’s sworn enemy.“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”Most attribute this insight to Voltaire. In reality, Evelyn Beatrice Hall, a writer born two hundred years later, paraphrased a quote from Voltaire’s “Treatise on Tolerance”, which begged for understanding between religions.Still, some report the original reads, “Think for yourselves and let other enjoy the privilege to do so too”. But those words never appear in Voltaire’s essay either.François-Marie Arouet, also known as Voltaire. (Image Credit: J.D. Falk via Flickr/Creative Commons)“Love makes the world go ’round.”The Duchess, a hideous character in Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”, makes this comment in passing right after she advocates beating her baby for sneezing. In context, the author meant the sweet quip sarcastically. But that didn’t stop Ashlee Simpson from making a terrible song.“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ‘em.”In Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”, Maria writes a letter to Malvolio, trying to convince him that another character, Olivia, loves him — dramatic, right? Maria uses the quote to appeal to Malvolio’s ego, that Olivia (the false author) cannot deny his greatness. Thanks, Sparknotes.“Oh East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet.”Talking heads in foreign policy sometimes use this quote as evidence that opposite sides of the globe will never see eye-to-eye. But if they read just a little farther in Rudyard Kipling’s ballad, the next lines read, “But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth/When two strong men stand face to face, tho’ they come from the ends of the earth”.Essentially, world colonization will happen regardless of geo-political borders, and we should all just get along.Even the 2007 Eurovision results show the East-West division. Red denotes better results, blue is worse. (Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons)“The Devil is in the details.”Lazy people somehow bastardized a brilliant German architect’s words to mean the exact opposite. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe really said, “God is in the details.” He’s also credited with another famous aphorism: “Less is more”.“Good fences make good neighbors.”Once again, Bobby Frost wrote a widely misunderstood poem. In “Mending Wall“, a fence separates two neighbors’ yards. Every spring, they collaborate and fix it. But in the process, they disagree on whether they need a barrier at all. Frost makes the last line of the poem ironic. These two curmudgeons simply keep their fence out of tradition, even though it means more work for them.“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”More than one slick love letter has included this phrase. But arguably Shakespeare’s most famous sonnet praised a man, not a woman. He actually wrote hundreds of sonnets about this guy, his dearest friend.“Blood is thicker than water.”This gets uttered around awkward family photos on the mantel of nearly every home in the country. The original phrase, however, meant the opposite. An earlier proverb preached, “The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb”. In this case, “water of the womb” refers to family while “blood of the covenant” means blood shed by soldiers. So really, military bonds trump your siblings and parents.- Christina SterbenzRead: One third of British children have never heard of Shakespeare – survey >Last week in quotes: Don’t be afraid and absolutely crucifying >last_img read more

WATCH Live video from the Vatican as Catholics await a new Pope

first_img vatican)THE COLLEGE OF CARDINALS of the Catholic Church are continuing their conclave in the Sistine Chapel in Rome today.The 115 cardinals have been casting ballots to determine who should become the 265th successor to St Peter as the leader of the world’s Catholics.A successful candidate will need two-thirds of the vote, equivalent to the support of 77 voters.Four ballots are held each today, with black smoke sent through the chimney at the conclusion of morning and afternoon sessions (around 12pm and 8pm) if no pontiff has been chosen to succeed Benedict XVI.If white smoke is to emerge, it will come shortly after each vote is held – expected to be roughly around 9:30am, 12pm, 4:30pm and 7pm (Irish time) each day until the conclave has ended.Explainer: How is a new Pope chosen?Read: Meet the men who could succeed Pope Benedict XVIlast_img read more

Googles Flutter acquisition could bring air gestures to Gmail

first_imgWould you rather reach out and touch your screen or wave your hand in front of you in order to get to your next email? It’s entirely possible that Google will soon offer you that choice now that the company has acquired the gesture engineers at Flutter.Many different companies are currently looking at perceptual computing for the next phase of human-computer interaction. The idea that you will be able to comfortably use your eyes to scroll a page on your phone or your hands to launch specific applications aren’t new concepts by any stretch, but they are certainly in need of some real polish. Interesting concepts like the Leap Motion and connecting a Kinect to your PC allow you to peer into this world and see what it could be like, but none of it is really ready for full time use.Flutter is an application that takes your webcam and turns it into a gesture sensor, where you hold up your hand in a specific gesture and you can launch and navigate specific apps. That company was just bought by Google, and it’s not hard to guess why.Simultaneously the greatest (and least used) tool in Gmail’s services are the keyboard shortcuts. Google even sells special stickers that you can put on your keyboard to help teach users how to take advantage of the keyboard functions, but very few users actually know they exist. Google has proven with Chrome OS that the company has the tools necessary to control the webcam through HTML5, so it would be a small leap to see either browser-wide or application specific Flutter-style gestures inside Google’s products thanks to this acquisition. Gesturing between emails or even scrolling throughout Chrome with your webcam would be a powerful, cross-platform way to excite Google’s users and even gain new ones.Flutter is still going to be available to use in its current form for now, according to the CEO in his acquisition announcement, and their engineers will be working with Google to build all new products as well. It’s entirely possible we’ll see enhanced gesture control in Google’s other properties soon, like Android. The web, specifically Chrome and Gmail, seem like low hanging fruit for a tool that is already proven to work on the desktop. Whether you’re a fan of gesture controls or not, it will be interesting to see where this goes.last_img read more