India’s biggest bank scam could swell to $2 billion

first_imgThe value of “unauthorized transactions” at Punjab National Bank, one of the country’s top state-run lenders, could rise by $204 million to around $2 billion, it said in a statement late on Monday.Government officials have named jeweler Nirav Modi as a leading suspect in the fraud. Investigators have raided properties belonging to the billionaire diamond dealer, seized some of his assets and suspended his passport.Read it at CNN Related Itemslast_img

Lava Iris Pro 30+ sports a 13MP camera, Rs 11,990 price tag

first_imgLava has added a new phone in its Iris series of devices. Thephone, Iris Pro 30+, is the successor of Iris Pro 30, which was launched in Januarythis year. It will go on sale from August 26 at a price of Rs 11,990. While itwill be available in all major offline and online stores, consumers buying itfrom will get a 16GB microSD card free.The key feature of the Pro 30+ is 13-megapixel camera withdual-LED flash. The phone is also very compact. It features a 4.7-inch 720P screen,has a thickness of just 7.9mm and weighs 116 grams, making it one of the lightestand slimmest budget phones in the market.The device is powered by a 1.5Ghz quad-core processor and 1GBRAM. It will come with 16GB internal storage, 2000 mAh battery, support for upto 32GB microSD card and 3-megapixel front camera.The Pro 30+ runs two-year-old Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean,which is rather unfortunate given the fact that the hardware looks good.We are pleased to take forward our proposition of We putthe Art in Smart for our Iris Pro series with the launch of Iris Pro 30+.Based on customer preferences backed by our research, we have introducedenhancements in camera, processor and internal memory to deliver an excellentexperience to the customers,” said Navin Chawla, vice president (product) at LavaInternational Limited.In the Indian market the Pro30+ will compete against deviceslike Motorola Moto G, Xiaomi Mi 3 and Asus Zenfone 5. While in terms ofhardware it matches the competition well, the older version of the Androidinside the Pro 30+ may put it in tough spot against the competitors that runAndroid 4.4 KitKat.advertisementlast_img read more

22-year-old dies after being injured during cricket match in Hyderabad

first_imgA 22-year-old man succumbed to his injuries after being hit by a bat during a friendly cricket match in Bahadurpura district of Hyderabad.Victim Abdul Wajeed was playing cricket at Mir Alam Idgah on Sunday, when he got injured.According to Bahadurpura Police Station inspector, Wajeed was fielding at the pitch when he was accidentally hit with a bat by a batsman.Soon after the incident, Wajeed was taken to a state-run hospital, where he died today.last_img

Anil Kumble attends Virat Kohli’s wedding reception in Mumbai

first_imgFormer India coach Anil Kumble attended Virat Kohli-Anushka Sharma’s wedding reception in Mumbai on Tuesday.Kumble and Kohli had a fallout earlier this year resulting in the former’s resignation as India coach. There were reports of a rift between the two in the lead-up to the ICC Champions Trophy in England.Kumble was appointed India coach in June 2016 and during his one-year term, the team won five consecutive Test series from June 2016-March 2017. Under Kumble’s guidance, India also registered ODI series win against New Zealand, England and reached the ICC Champions Trophy final.However, Kumble stepped down as India coach a couple of days after the defeat to Pakistan in the final of the Champions Trophy and did not travel to the West Indies for a limited-overs tour.”I was informed by the BCCI that the Captain had reservations with my style and about my continuing as the Head Coach. I was surprised since I had always respected the role boundaries between Captain and Coach. “Though the BCCI attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between the Captain and me, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and I therefore, believe it is best for me to move on,” Kumble had said in a statement.In 2016, BCCI formed the CAC, comprising former players Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, who chose Kumble for the job.But the 46-year-old, who was put in charge last June, decided to step down after the breakdown of his relationship with Kohli. Local media has reported that Kohli found Kumble’s brand of coaching a bit too assertive and their relationship was beyond repair.advertisementHowever, all the acrimony seemed to be in the past as Kumble walked in to the St Regis, the venue of Kohli’s reception.The 29-year-old India captain married Anushka Sharma on December 11 in an intimate ceremony in Tuscany, Italy and held a reception for their families and friends last week.The reception in Mumbai was attended by several of Kohli’s Team India colleagues including Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and Kuldeep Yadav.Sunil Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Ganguly and Zaheer Khan were some of the other high profile former cricketers who attended the sparkling event in Mumbai.Besides, Kohli’s current India teammates, badminton icon Saina Nehwal, India football captain Sunil Chhetri and tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi also attended the reception.last_img read more

Fantasy Sports Sites Face Suits

first_imgNEW YORK — Customers of the two biggest daily fantasy sports websites have filed at least four lawsuits against the sites in recent days, following cheating allegations and a probe into the largely-unregulated multi-billion dollar industry.In court papers, the customers accused the DraftKings and FanDuel sites of cheating, and argued they never would have played had they known employees with insider knowledge were playing on rival sites.The four lawsuits, which seek class-action status, were filed in federal courts in New York, Illinois and Louisiana since last week, after it was revealed that a mid-level DraftKings employee won $350,000 playing NFL fantasy football on rival FanDuel, beating nearly 230,000 other players after game data not accessible to the public was inadvertently posted online.The companies have since barred their employees from playing on other websites and have said they’ll be conducting internal investigations. DraftKings said last week it has retained John Pappalardo, a former U.S. attorney in Massachusetts, to conduct its internal probe. And FanDuel has asked Michael Mukasey, the former attorney general, to review its internal controls. In a joint statement, the companies said evidence so far shows no employee violated industry rules.But New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently asked both FanDuel and DraftKings to turn over information about those investigations into employees who “may have gained an unfair, financial advantage in a contest known as Daily Fantasy Football.” And on Oct. 15, Nevada regulators ordered the sites shut down in that state.A FanDuel spokeswoman declined to comment on the lawsuits. A DraftKings spokesman pointed to the company’s earlier statements on the cheating allegations.Daily fantasy sports have become increasingly popular, with DraftKings and FanDuel blanketing the Internet and TV ahead of the 2015 NFL season with ads promising casual fans the opportunity to win big money playing in tournaments against other sports buffs who meticulously track player statistics.The companies say their business isn’t gambling because it requires skill to assemble a potentially lucrative fantasy team. But former U.S. Rep. Jim Leach, who authored 2006 anti-Internet gambling legislation, told The Associated Press this week “there is no credible way fantasy sports betting can be described as not gambling.”That’s a position Aissa Khirani takes in a lawsuit filed in New York on Oct.15, arguing FanDuel’s operations create gambling-like casino odds and violate state law. The lawsuit seeks unspecified restitution.In another case filed Oct. 8, attorneys for daily fantasy sports players in Kentucky, California, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Florida argue their clients — who paid between $25 and $100 to enter in fantasy sports tournaments — couldn’t possibly compete solely on skill given the access employees have to special information.“The biggest edges any player can have come from having data and information,” the lawsuit claims. “DraftKings and FanDuel employees have access to both things, neither of which is public.”Last year, 1.5 million Americans paid more than $1 billion in entry fees, according to the Sports Business Journal, which found 1.3 percent of players won about 90 percent of profits during the first half of the 2015 Major League Baseball season.Thomas Guarino, of East Alton, Illinois, claims in his similarly worded class action lawsuit against DraftKings and FanDuel that the companies were deceptive by claiming the contests were based on skill, not chance, saying he lost money he would never otherwise have spent.DraftKings and FanDuel were negligent by failing to tell consumers their employees had access to important information others couldn’t have access to in order to “obtain an enormous increased chance to win, thereby greatly decreasing (Guarino’s) and the classes’ ability to use skill to win,” the lawsuit claims.(JAKE PEARSON)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Eric Crouch Remembers His Epic Touchdown vs. Oklahoma In 2001

first_imgFifteen years ago today, Eric Crouch won the Heisman Trophy.Technically, Eric Crouch won the 2001 Heisman Trophy in December of that year, but really, he won it on Oct. 27, 2001, in a game against Oklahoma.Nebraska topped the Sooners, 20-10, in a matchup of two top-three games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.The game – and the Heisman – was won on a 63-yard catch – yes, catch – by Crouch, the Huskers’ star quarterback. The play was “Black 41 Flash Reverse.” Crouch remembered it on Twitter today.Hard to believe it has already been 15 years… Thanks #HuskerNation for making this moment so special! #GBR #Black41FlashReverse— Eric Crouch (@croucheric) October 27, 2016Nebraska football really hasn’t been the same since that game. The Huskers went on to make the national championship game that year, but were blown out by Miami. Nebraska has yet to make it back to a BCS/College Football Playoff game.The Huskers are potentially taking some steps back toward eliteness this year. Nebraska is undefeated and ranked No. 7 in the country. A win this weekend could supplant their College Football Playoff contention.Nebraska and Wisconsin are set to kick off at 7 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.last_img read more

Video: Here’s The Game-Winning Interception In Penn State, App State Game

first_imgPenn State defensive back makes interception.On this day 11 years ago, Appalachian State took down Michigan in one of the biggest upsets in college football. Today, the team nearly did the same thing against Penn State.The Nittany Lions entered the contest as a 24.5-point favorite in the game and held a 24-10 lead entering the fourth quarter. Appalachian State’s never-say-die attitude in the fourth quarter kept the college football world on its toes.The Mountaineers outscored Penn State 28-7 in the fourth quarter to take a 38-31 lead with just over a minute left in the game. Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley led the team down the field for a touchdown to force overtime.After Penn State road running back Miles Sanders to a touchdown and a 45-38 lead, it was App State’s turn on offense. Penn State defensive back Amani Oruwariye intercepted the pass to seal the win for the Nittany Lions.Nope, not on @PennStateFball’s watch.@ooFUTURISTICoo picks it off to end App State’s upset bid.— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 1, 2018History almost repeated itself, but Penn State found a way to win in front of its over 100,000 fans. The final score: Penn State 45, Appalachian State 38.No. 10 Penn State now gears up for a trip to play in-state rival Pitt at Heinz Field.last_img read more

Wärtsilä Speeds Up Intelligent Vessel Development

first_imgIn an effort to speed up innovation and co-creation on new business models, including intelligent vessels, Finland’s technology group Wärtsilä has opened the first of four Digital Acceleration Centres (DAC).The first such centre was launched in Helsinki, Finland on October 11, the second will open in December in Singapore and two further acceleration centres, one in Central Europe and one in North America, are anticipated during 2018. In addition “pop-up” DACs will be tested around the globe, the company said.Opening DACs is an integral part of Wärtsilä’s digital transformation, designed to shift the company towards a data-driven, insights led, smart technology firm that enables sustainable societies.“The Digital Acceleration Centre is all about getting business outcomes at pace. By adopting a start-up mind-set, we can rapidly prototype ideas with customers; including the use of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, block chain and virtual reality,” Marco Ryan, Wärtsilä’s Chief Digital Officer, said.Wärtsilä’s first Digital Acceleration Centre in Helsinki has already been running as a beta version for a couple of months and several projects have been accelerated there with different partners. Current projects include co-creation with one of major cruise companies. One of the greatest successes incubated so far in the Helsinki DAC is Wärtsilä’s Intelligent Vessel Strategy.“The Digital Acceleration Centre shows its true power in such complex concepts like Intelligent Vessels. In a matter of weeks we created an aligned strategy, concepts, roadmaps, and technology requirements that would have taken months or years,” Ryan added.Wärtsilä’s start-up acquisition, Eniram, has worked together with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCL) for years in optimising fleet and ship operations as well as reducing emissions and cutting fuel costs. Building on this experience, Wärtsilä and RCL are now working together to develop all aspects of the intelligent vessel further, using the DAC to accelerate some of the prototyping.Wärtsilä has also partnered up with Accenture Interactive in the Digital Acceleration Centres to speed up innovation and go-to-market as well as to help grow Wärtsilä’s own talent for creating world-class digital services.The latest example of the Intelligent Vessel strategy being driven at pace is Wärtsilä’s acquisition of Guidance Marine Limited, a technology leader in the marine industry for sensor solutions relating to dynamic positioning and other vessel control systems.Image/Video Courtesy: Wärtsilälast_img read more

Progress being made on establishing a nursing school in Northeast BC

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Officials with the Peace River Regional District and the provincial government say that progress is being made on getting a nursing school established in Fort St. John.The news comes on the tail of last Wednesday’s announcement that the provincial government had approved the concept plan for major upgrades to the Dawson Creek Hospital. During that announcement, Health Minister Adrian Dix acknowledged the hospital’s staff who “a great place, regardless of what the facilities are like.”“We owe it to them to ensure that they practice the passion of their lives – caring for people – in the best possible facilities,” said Dix. While the newly-renovated hospital might provide a less stressful facility for healthcare workers, B.C. Auditor General Carol Bellringer said earlier this year that new facilities alone won’t solve issues with recruitment and retention of healthcare workers in Northeast B.C.In February, Bellringer released a report which said that Northern Health was not doing enough to recruit and retain registered nurses, especially in the northeast part of the province. As part of her recommendations, Bellringer said that establishing a nursing school in Northeast B.C. would help to better recruit and retain nurses in this part of the province.Weeks before Bellringer released the report, Fort St. John mayor Lori Ackerman said that talks on getting a nursing school established in Fort St. John were progressing, saying she expected to hear back from the provincial government in the Spring.Peace River Regional District Chair Brad Sperling, who was also at last week’s announcement, said that the latest news from the provincial government came at the North Central Local Government Association annual general meeting in Fort Nelson in May.“The program was virtually together and ready to go,” said Sperling. “That was in the beginning of May and they were hoping to have that down there in June. They did ask me if I would be prepared to head down there on a moment’s notice and the Board did approve that. Right now we’re just waiting to hear, but hopefully it’s on its way to the Minister.”last_img read more

Pew Survey Republicans Okay Blunt Talk About Islam Democrats Favor Caution

Rabat – A new survey released on February 3 revealed a sharp difference between Democrats and Republicans on the matter of how the next president of the United States should speak about Islam and Islamic extremism.The Pew Research Center survey found that Americans are divided along partisan lines with regard to whether the next president should “speak bluntly about extremism even if it means being critical of Islam” or “be careful not to criticize Islam as a whole when speaking about Islamic extremists.”As President Obama visited a mosque in Baltimore on Wednesday for the first time as president on Wednesday to show support for American Muslims, a new poll finds that 70 percent of Democrats and independents who lean Democratic say the next president should “speak carefully about Islamic extremism so as not to criticize Islam as a whole.” However, four-in-ten Americans want the next president to “speak bluntly about Islamic extremists even if the statements are critical of Islam as a whole.”The survey revealed that “blunt talk is preferred by two-thirds of Republicans and those who lean toward the Republican Party (65%), while seven-in-ten Democrats and independents who lean Democratic express the opposite view, saying the next president should speak carefully about Islamic extremism so as not to criticize Islam as a whole.”The study also shows that 49 percent of Americans think that at least some of the US Muslim population is anti-American.“Roughly half of the public believes that at least ‘some’ US Muslims are anti-American, including 11 percent who say ‘most’ or ‘almost all’ US Muslims are anti-American and 14 percent who think ‘about half’ the US Muslim population is anti-American,” the survey found.Edited By Kelsey Fish read more

Moroccos BCIJ Seizes Colombian Cocaine Networks DrugTrafficking Boat

Rabat – Morocco’s BCIJ has seized a boat loaded with cocaine in El Jadida, near Casablanca.Following the arrest of seven individuals linked to a Colombian criminal network that specializes in smuggling cocaine between Morocco, the US, Latin America, and Europe, Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Intelligence (BCIJ) has found the same network trying to store cocaine in the southern Dakhla and Boujdour region and make it their base for trafficking.The BCIJ discovered that the cocaine trafficking ring was attempting to airlift cocaine using small planes between Morocco’s southern region of Dakhla, Latin America, and Europe. The preliminary investigation revealed one of the suspects received aviation training. Read Also: Morocco’s BCIJ Raids Farm Suspected of Storing, Trafficking CocaineThe organized crime group tried to establish friendships with royal gendarmes and navy officials to cover up their crimes, reported the daily Assabah.BCIJ seized materials used to power the aircraft used for cocaine trafficking, including over three tons of kerosene fuel, three large fuel pumps, two engines, and five generators. BCIJ also seized 46 barrels containing 2,700 liters of gasoline.Last Saturday, December 15, BCIJ located a farm in Boujdour, a city in the Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region, used by the network for cocaine trafficking and storage. Saturday’s operation followed the arrest of seven individuals working with the network in El Jadida. The police seized one ton of cocaine in their possession earlier this month.1111The criminal network smuggled cocaine by sea on a merchant vessel from Latin America to Morocco, then transported the cocaine to El Jadida, near Casablanca, using a fishing vessel. read more

UN agency delivers more aid to quake survivors in Turkey

Two flights at the weekend delivered 1,000 tents and 20,000 blankets, Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.A third flight landed in the city of Erzurum earlier today with more tents and blankets, and the final flight is due to land within the next 24 hours with additional relief items from the agency’s stockpile in Dubai, according to Mr. Mahecic.The aid is likely to be distributed in and around the badly damaged town of Ercis, which is located close to the epicentre of the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit the area on 23 October. More than 600 people were killed and 4,000 were injured in the earthquake, according to official figures.In total, UNHCR plans to donate 4,000 tents, 50,000 blankets and 10,000 sleeping mats for the neediest families. The agency is focusing on the well-being of some 2,000 refugees and asylum-seekers known to have been living in the area. Most are Iranian or Afghan nationals.They are in need of food, water and shelter as autumn and winter in that part of Turkey are harsh, with night temperatures dropping to below freezing.Relief assistance in the stricken city of Van is increasing with three aid distribution points now operational, according to the UNHCR, which, along with its partners, has been providing updated information to refugees and asylum-seekers.On Friday, UNHCR sent additional teams to support staff who were present during the quake and who volunteered to remain there.The Turkish Government and local authorities in Van are working on a plan to relocate some people away from the disaster zone. Relocations of registered asylum-seekers and refugees are being organized on a voluntary basis, and UNHCR teams in Van are offering counselling and advice to the people concerned. 1 November 2011The United Nations refugee agency reported today it has airlifted more than 100 tons of relief materials into Turkey to assist survivors of last week’s devastating earthquake in the country’s southeast. read more

One of my heroes Coach teacher Kelly Bowers remembered fondly

Michelle Berg / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Bowers retired in 2007 but remained a constant presence around Bedford Road, most notably serving as one of the key pieces behind the scenes at BRIT — which remains one of Canada’s most prestigious high school hoops tournaments.He was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame and long served on the organization’s board. He was once named Kinsmen sportsman of the year.He was often heard on the radio airwaves for Hilltops and University of Saskatchewan Huskies games. Bowers spent untold hours helping the Saskatoon Minor Football League and Kinsmen Football League.Well into the 2010s, Bowers refereed high school as well as men’s and women’s basketball games in the city league. Bowers and Don ‘Butch’ Steponchev even refereed together in the third-place final at the 50th annual BRIT; the two had been around the tournament for every year of its existence.Brian Towriss, the legendary former U of S football coach, said Bowers will be missed.“Kelly’s infectious enthusiasm, work ethic and endless energy left a huge positive impact on the football community and the lives of so many young men and women in Saskatoon,” Towriss wrote. “May his voice and memory echo at (Gordie Howe) Bowl for all time.”In a post to BRIT’s official Facebook page, Bowers was remembered as someone who “touched the lives of many young people with his passion and dedication to sport and encouraging students to get involved.“We mourn the loss of a great man. His endless energy and positive attitude will be missed. There’s a massive hole that no one else can fill, and the hallways of Bedford Road will be a little bit quieter.” Gord Waldner / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Bowers — a teacher, coach and volunteer, husband to Sandy and father to Kasie and Aerin — died on Tuesday. Word quickly spread through the community to those who coached with him or were coached by him, who taught with him or learned from him, or who simply recognized him for his larger-than-life personality.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The Saskatoon Hilltops called Bowers’ death “heartbreaking.”The community “is lost with a massive hole,” Saskatoon Minor Football wrote in a Facebook post.“One of my heroes and one of the most influential people in my life and the reason I got into sports announcing,” wrote Bedford Road graduate Jordie Hughton. “He will be sorely missed by many in this community.”Bowers, the oldest of eight children, began his teaching career at Churchill Elementary School in 1973. A proud graduate of Bedford Road, he returned there as a teacher in 1974, coaching senior football, senior wrestling, basketball and track. He later taught at Mount Royal, and served as athletics consultant with the Saskatoon Secondary Schools Athletic Directorate (SSSAD), before returning to Bedford in the late-1990s. Of his nearly 34 years as an educator, he was a coach for 24 of them.During that second stint at Bedford, he provided a season for the ages when the Redmen ended a three-decade drought and won a city and provincial championship.“We had that dream season of 1998 for high school football and it was very exciting around the school,” Bowers said in 2007, the year he retired as a teacher. “The whole deal was unbelievable.”Ralph Schoenfeld, the long-time coach and educator in Saskatoon who credited Bowers as an early mentor at Bedford Road, talked in 2007 about the legacy Bowers was leaving.“He’s a piece of work, but I mean that in a very good way,” Schoenfeld said.“Boundless energy and total commitment, that’s the way I’d characterize Kelly. Nothing was beyond his capacity to coach and nothing was beyond his willingness to accept a challenge.” Whether he was delivering the punchline or on the receiving end of the joke, roaming the sidelines as a coach or behind the scenes as a volunteer, as long as he could bring a smile to someone’s face Kelly Bowers was happy to play whatever role was required.There was the time he took part in a skit at Mount Royal Collegiate. He was “arrested” and charged with whispering in the library. He couldn’t have done it, “court” heard, because Bowers — famous for his booming, gravelly voice — never whispered a day in his life.There was the media day in advance of the 50th annual Bedford Road Invitational Tournament in 2018, when Bowers showed up in the warm-up pants worn by the Redmen basketball team in the 1960s.Who could forget his triumphant return as a teacher to Bedford, when he helped guide the Redmen in 1998 to their first provincial football championship in 30 years? Certainly no one around the school that year. Bedford Road Invitational Tournament referees Don Steponchev and Kelly Bowers at the BRIT press conference at Bedford Road Collegiate in Saskatoon on January 9, 2018. Long-time coach and teacher Kelly Bowers, in a 2007 photo read more

No 16 Seeds Are Due

2003Kentucky2149IUPUI155998.119.9 1991UNLV2187Montana159298.443.1 2012Syracuse2054UNC-Asheville161994.97.5 1987Indiana2007Fairfield147398.066.0 1992Kansas2106Howard141098.937.8 2009Pittsburgh2021East Tennessee St.153696.210.4 2008Memphis2023Texas Arlington144298.111.4 2010Duke2059Arkansas Pine Bluff142298.79.5 2002Duke2193Winthrop141199.522.5 CHANCE THAT NO. 1 SEED WINS … 1996Purdue2050Western Carolina153996.829.5 2013Indiana1986James Madison157494.56.2 2002Kansas2066Holy Cross156197.321.9 1997Kentucky2181Montana157897.727.9 1988Temple2058Lehigh152197.258.2 1988Purdue2015Fairleigh Dickinson150297.562.6 2007Florida2046Jackson St.136598.712.4 1994Purdue2036Central Florida137399.034.2 1988Arizona2003Cornell149497.756.9 1993Kentucky2066Rider142798.835.1 1988Oklahoma2043Chattanooga152995.759.9 1989Illinois2094McNeese St.150998.553.6 2001Duke2149Monmouth154498.623.7 1985Georgetown2135Lehigh125699.7%99.7% 2015Kentucky2158Hampton150399.05.4 2000Stanford2092South Carolina St.141798.424.1 More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed 1985St. John’s1948Southern163687.783.7 1999Auburn1988Winthrop143897.425.7 1991Ohio St.1997Towson153096.540.4 2011Kansas2117Boston U.157098.18.1 1992Ohio St.2038Miss. Valley St.147598.138.3 2015Duke2028Robert Morris155496.45.2 1985Michigan2024Fairleigh Dickinson146198.082.0 1989Arizona2117Robert Morris136099.556.6 2011Pittsburgh2008UNC-Asheville159494.58.3 1987North Carolina2133Pennsylvania149298.869.3 1994Missouri2003Navy141498.333.6 1986Duke2116Miss. Valley St.160797.577.7 1992Duke2209Campbell134599.738.2 2006Connecticut2109Albany153197.916.2 1992UCLA1959Robert Morris148597.036.6 2008North Carolina2141Mount St. Mary’s156398.311.6 2003Texas1919UNC-Asheville127298.419.6 1998Duke2135Radford146298.826.5 2013Gonzaga2032Southern143598.46.7 1995UCLA2059Florida Intl.131399.531.2 1991Arkansas2034Georgia St.144896.639.0 1999Duke2295Florida A&M124899.925.3 2000Michigan St.2125Valparaiso147098.824.7 2011Duke2117Hampton147598.78.2 1998North Carolina2155Navy146498.926.8 2014Arizona2012Weber St.155795.75.6 1990Michigan St.2052Murray St.160794.543.8 1997Minnesota2023Texas St.142398.327.4 2012Michigan St.2029Long Island U.157995.76.9 2006Duke2084Southern143199.116.5 2010Kentucky2029East Tennessee St.152696.59.8 2002Maryland2110Siena154298.321.5 2005North Carolina2095Oakland151098.417.0 1999Connecticut2140Texas San Antonio146898.625.3 1989Georgetown2055Princeton153196.751.9 2015Villanova2086Lafayette149998.05.4 1996Massachusetts2127Central Florida136599.629.4 2009Louisville2059Morehead St.153497.010.1 2014Wichita St.2041Cal Poly153997.45.9 1995Kentucky2115Mount St. Mary’s144399.031.4 2003Arizona2069Vermont148198.520.3 1986Kansas2059North Carolina A&T151797.179.6 2005Washington1964Montana150495.217.4 2001Illinois2030Northwestern St.147598.023.0 YEARNO. 1 SEEDELONO. 16 SEEDELOTHIS GAMECUM. GAMES 1997North Carolina2099Fairfield143399.128.8 2007Kansas2063Niagara161395.212.6 2002Cincinnati2055Boston U.149497.821.1 1994Arkansas2001North Carolina A&T136498.932.7 1990UNLV1989Ark.-Little Rock160794.048.0 2007North Carolina2097Eastern Kentucky149498.413.5 1995Kansas2049Colgate147997.732.0 2004Saint Joseph’s1941Liberty144896.518.9 2004Duke2037Alabama St.133999.318.8 1991North Carolina2108Northeastern155797.241.9 2010Syracuse1986Vermont161992.68.8 2004Stanford2041Texas San Antonio145098.418.5 2007Ohio St.2084Central Conn. St.155097.713.2 2011Ohio St.2115Texas San Antonio152398.78.0 2009Connecticut2024Chattanooga150397.411.1 2001Stanford2113UNC-Greensboro145999.123.4 1993Indiana2130Wright St.155797.935.5 1998Arizona2159Nicholls St.152198.827.1 It’s the sort of statistic that seems ripped from pages of the Washington Generals media guide. Since the men’s NCAA Tournament went to a 64-team format in 1985, No. 16 seeds are winless: an imperfect 0-124 record.No. 16 seeds can be pretty bad basketball teams, of course. Often, they’re teams from small conferences that won automatic bids by winning their conference tournament in a series of upsets after having barely cleared .500 during the regular season. (Small-conference teams that win both the regular season and their conference tournaments will usually wind up with No. 13, 14 or 15 seeds instead.) Furthermore, No. 16s have the misfortune of being matched up against No. 1 seeds, which are theoretically the four best teams in the country.But being bad is one thing; going 0 for 124 is another. My hunch is that No. 16 seeds have been unlucky not to have pulled off at least one upset.Consider that in the 1998 women’s NCAA Tournament, No. 16 seed Harvard (those plucky upstarts) beat No. 1 seed Stanford. And in the men’s tournament, several No. 16 seeds have come close to winning. Two of them, Princeton and East Tennessee State, lost by a single point in 1989 to Georgetown and Oklahoma, respectively. The next year, No. 16 seed Murray State took Michigan State to overtime before losing by four.Meanwhile, plenty of No. 15 seeds have won. Well, not plenty, but seven of them have upset No. 2 seeds. And No. 14 seeds have beaten No. 3 seeds 20 times. These results suggest that 16-versus-1 upsets ought to be possible, especially because there isn’t always a whole lot of daylight separating teams from one seed to the next. As its choices this year made clear, the selection committee is not infallible. Sometimes a team gets seeded as a 16 when it should probably have been a 14 or 15. Sometimes a No. 1 seed should have been a No. 2 seed. If a No. 15 seed can beat a No. 2 seed, then surely a 15-seed that’s mis-seeded as 16 can beat a 2-seed that’s mis-seeded as a No. 1.But we can be more precise about this. In building our NCAA Tournament forecasts this year, we developed an Elo ratings system for college basketball. Although our forecasts for this year blend Elo with several other computer ratings, we can run Elo-based projections for past tournament games going back as far as we like.Here, then, is how Elo would have forecast every past 1-versus-16 matchup on the day it was played. Once we figure out the No. 1 seed’s odds of winning each game, we can simply multiply the probabilities to figure out their cumulative odds of winning all 124. It’s a long table, so scroll down to the bottom for the punch line. 1993Michigan2095Coastal Carolina146398.534.6 2006Memphis1931Oral Roberts162987.114.1 1985Oklahoma1963North Carolina A&T154495.795.4 1994North Carolina2082Liberty145098.433.1 2000Arizona1982Jackson St.139699.024.5 1986St. John’s2006Montana St.154094.470.1 2008Kansas2102Portland St.169895.511.8 2013Kansas2024Western Kentucky149997.76.5 2008UCLA2074Miss. Valley St.135099.512.3 2009North Carolina2103Radford152098.010.8 2001Michigan St.2105Alabama St.145098.522.6 1987Georgetown2015Bucknell148197.364.2 1990Oklahoma2101Towson150498.651.1 2010Kansas2161Lehigh151499.09.7 1997Kansas2194Jackson St.145199.228.6 2004Kentucky2085Florida A&M142199.018.3 This data suggests that No. 16 seeds have in fact been pretty unlucky. On average, Elo would have given the No. 1 seed a 97.6 percent chance of winning each individual game; the range runs from 99.9 percent (Duke against Florida A&M in 1999) to 87.1 percent (Memphis against Oral Roberts in 2006). But given 124 chances to pull a rabbit out of their hats, No. 16 seeds “should” have come away with about three victories, according to Elo. Furthermore, the probability of them having gone winless is only about 5 percent. I wouldn’t call the No. 16s phenomenally unlucky — we’re talking about odds of about 20-to-1 against, not 20,000-to-1 against — but this confirms my intuition that they haven’t caught very many breaks.The good news for No. 16 seeds is that their situation has been improving very slightly. Since the tournament introduced its play-in game in 2001, the average No. 16 to play a No. 1 had an Elo rating of 1504; before that, their average rating was 1470. The play-in games are helpful to the cause of the No. 16 seeds in two ways. First, the truly execrable No. 16s, like Florida A&M in 1999 (which came into the tournament with a 12-18 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), will be routed into the play-in game and will usually lose it instead of wasting one of the 16-seeds’ four opportunities. Second, the play-in winners will have a game of NCAA Tournament experience under their belts. That helps both in real life and for a team’s Elo rating, since Elo weights recent games (and especially recent tournament games) more heavily.So cheer up, Holy Cross, Hampton, Florida Gulf Coast University and Austin Peay State. Yes, you’re probably going to lose by 30 points. But sooner or later, one of you is going to make history.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s 2016 March Madness Predictions. 1996Connecticut2134Colgate146698.829.1 Every No. 1 vs. No. 16 men’s NCAA Tournament matchup, ever 1998Kansas2144Prairie View131799.626.4 1990Connecticut2015Boston U.153396.446.3 By Nate Silver 2012North Carolina2059Vermont162996.07.2 1986Kentucky2029Davidson152495.674.2 2013Louisville2124North Carolina A&T145199.06.8 1995Wake Forest2077North Carolina A&T136199.131.7 1989Oklahoma2028East Tennessee St.151796.254.4 2005Illinois2132Fairleigh Dickinson147599.017.2 2014Florida2086Albany155498.06.0 2012Kentucky2105Western Kentucky147698.57.9 2003Oklahoma1975South Carolina St.147397.820.6 2014Virginia2028Coastal Carolina145197.85.5 1999Michigan St.2112Mount St. Mary’s142898.925.0 2006Villanova2035Monmouth150597.413.7 1993North Carolina2147East Carolina148098.936.2 2015Wisconsin2129Coastal Carolina148498.95.1 1996Kentucky2127San Jose St.157797.830.5 1987UNLV2064Idaho St.150697.367.4 2005Duke2058Delaware St.146998.316.7 Our sports podcast Hot Takedown previews March Madness. 2000Duke2161Lamar137299.624.0 Embed Code read more

Ohio State fencers takes its talent overseas for Junior World Championships

Sophomore Eleanor Harvey (left) competes at the 2015 NCAA National Championships in Columbus.Credit: Courtesy of OSU athleticsCollegiate athletes are rarely given the opportunity to travel to a foreign country to compete.But four members of the Ohio State’s co-ed fencing team are set to get that chance. Freshman epee Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger, freshman sabre Hector Florencia, freshman foil Maximilian Chastanet and sophomore foil Eleanor Harvey are scheduled to travel to Uzbekistan and compete from Wednesday through April 9 in the Junior World Championships.OSU’s fencing coach of 15 years, Vladimir Nazlymov, said while the game has changed through the years, the objective stays the same.“Fencing today has undergone a lot of change over time and has become more aggressive,” Nazlymov said. “Our goal is to recruit guys who can earn medals in the world championships. We always fight for first.”Harvey, a native of Hamilton, Ontario, has fenced for 10 years and is set to take part in her sixth junior world championships. Harvey said she has some added pressure this time around after a high finish in 2014.“Last year, I came in second at the Junior World Championships, so this year I feel pretty compelled to do well,” Harvey said. “My goal is definitely to medal. I’ve done one Junior World Cup this year and I came in second, so that showed me I have the ability to compete.”Harvey said the most challenging aspect of fencing is the planning and preparation involved.“There has to be so many things that are working for you in one day in order for you to fence well,” she said. “You have to feel really good physically, you have to be mentally focused and sharp and not distracted and you have to be thinking about the right things. It’s definitely challenging considering how many things have to be working for you to have a good day.”Harvey added that collegiate fencing in the United States is much different than fencing in her home country of Canada.“There are a lot more people to fence here,” she said. “University fencing in Canada is very similar to recreational fencing. If I would’ve stayed in Canada, I couldn’t have fenced at the collegiate level that I would have liked to, as I am here at Ohio State.”The World Championships are set to be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, for the first time. The competition is expected to feature more than 1,000 athletes from countries around the world, according to the International Fencing Federation. read more

7 amazing things you got for free as a kid

first_imgIT MAY NOT always be true that the best things in life are free, but when you’re a kid there are few thrills that can match a good freebie.Whether it arrived via your cereal box or was just an add on to your favourite toy, any opportunity to get your hands on an extra belonging was exciting.Here are some free things that probably filled you with happiness as a child.Crowns at Burger KingWho didn’t want to be royalty when they were a kid?  Who still occasionally wants to be royalty at 3am on your way home from a night out?These guys didn’t arrive in Ireland until 1981, but when they did, boy were we all over it.Flickr/Creative Tools/Creative CommonsToys with CerealToday’s kids don’t know what they’re missing, for when we were young breakfast meant the potential for a free toy.In some houses you were allowed to scrunch your hand down into the box to find it, in others you just had to wait til it popped out.  One way or the other, it was brilliant.For example, Kelloggs World Cup Glory USA ’94 Player Cards:Or these 1996 Rice Krispies pencil toppers:You often had to send off for the Weetabix stuff which took the shine off, and they were also usually books, but they were still free:Via AmazonFree crisps and sweets at the Blood BankFew things were worse than being dragged along to various boring locations with your parents, but when the destination was the blood bank you were in for a quality feed. www.shutterstock.comHappy Meal toysWho knows if we’d even like McDonalds if it weren’t for the toys?www.etsy.comwww.etsy.comBarbie cassettesBarbie was a good girl but she occasionally had a rock and roll edge, and when she did you usually got a bonus cassette with your of sugar with your injectionInjection time was a scary one in primary school, but if it was a polio vaccination they’d sweeten the deal with a lump of sugar.  JACKPOT**Unless of course you went home and your mother told you that eating lumps of sugar would give you worms, as happened to one of the team.Balloons at various eventsAny boring event could be brightened up with the offering of a helium balloon.  Unless of course, the trauma of previous lost ballons/fear that you will lose said balloon tainted the whole scenario for you.www.shutterstock.comWhat other free treats got your adrenaline pumping as a youngster?11 amazing things you used to get in cereal boxes>Breaking Bad… as a family drama series in 1995>last_img read more

Harry Potter May Be Causing Indian Owl Shortage

first_imgThere’s an owl problem in Indian–a problem named HarryPotter. Indian Environmental Minister Jairam Ramesh is drawing attention to hiscountry’s decreasing number of wild owls, and he’s placed the blame squarely onthe shoulders of the little British wizard.According to Ramesh, children in Indiaare taking wild owls as pets, to be a bit more like their hero. “FollowingHarry Potter, there seems to be a strange fascination even among the urbanmiddle classes for presenting their children with owls.”  Wildlife group Traffic is asking for Indiato impose tougher laws, in order to protect the birds. The organizationpresented a reported titled “Imperilled Custodians of the Night,” whichsuggested that the owls may, in fact, also be sacrificed by non-Harry Potterfans.last_img

New Diablo III players suffering 72 hour gameplay restrictions

first_imgIf you’re thinking of picking up a copy of Diablo III today in order to spend your entire weekend burning through the game (which can be done in 12 hours and 29 minutes), it might be wise to purchase a boxed copy.Gamers picking up a digital version of the game have been hit with some rather severe restrictions for anything up to 3 days. The issue, according to Blizzard, is one of payment clearance.In an attempt to limit credit card fraud, Blizzard imposes a number of gameplay restrictions until your payment had been verified. In a lot of cases that only takes a few hours, but it can take up to 3 days.The limits effectively make you play under the same restrictions as the Starter Edition. It means you can’t progress past Act I, and your character won’t be able to go beyond a level 13 cap. You also can’t access either auction house, can’t trade or drop items, and can’t chat in public game channels.The over-the-top restrictions were switched on when the 1.03 patch was launched, and Blizzard has admitted it needs to sort out the Level 13 cap and Act I limitations. The other restrictions will remain in place for the first 72 hours or until the payment clears, whichever happens first.There’s no ETA on when Blizzard will sort this problem out, so if you want a restriction-free Diablo III experience just buy the digital version 3 days ahead of when you intend to have a serious play session. That way, your payment will definitely be verified.Unfortunately for Blizzard it’s just another negative surrounding the release of Diablo III. Players are still having trouble accessing the game in some regions, there’s slowdown if your Internet connection isn’t great, and there’s a backlash from gamers concerning the online DRM, which has lead to Blizzard issuing refunds in South Korea.Read more at Kotakulast_img read more

A Joycean time capsule This former Dublin chemists shop has barely changed

first_imgA Joycean time capsule: This former Dublin chemist’s shop has barely changed in more than 100 years The pharmacy opened in 1847 and was in business right up until 2009. 28,614 Views Short URL Sunday 10 Mar 2019, 7:30 PM 7 Comments Share143 Tweet Email2 Source: Mar 10th 2019, 7:31 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article SMELL ALMOST CURE you like the dentist’s doorbell. Doctor Whack. He ought to physic himself a bit. Electuary or emulsion. The first fellow that picked an herb to cure himself had a bit of pluck. Simples. Want to be careful. Enough stuff here to chloroform you. Test: turns blue litmus paper red. Chloroform. Overdose of laudanum. Sleeping draughts. Lovephiltres. Paragoric poppysyrup bad for cough. Clogs the pores or the phlegm. Poisons the only cures. Remedy where you least expect it. Clever of nature.THESE ARE SOME of the ruminations of Leopold Bloom, as outlined in Ulysses, when he visits Sweny’s pharmacy at Lincoln Place in Dublin on 16 June 1904.The business described in James Joyce’s iconic novel is still in existence today, but serves a very different purpose.The pharmacy opened in 1847 and was in business right up until 2009 – but remains largely unchanged since Victorian times. Volunteers, horrified at the thought of losing such a unique gem, swooped in to preserve it.Now, it is home to a registered charity, holding daily Joyce readings and funding themselves through sales of second-hand books, curios, and the famous lemon soap with Mr Bloom buys in Ulysses. It has recently faced a rent hike, with the volunteers now appealing for help in meeting the shortfall.Watch the video above for our full report. Subscribe for more videos By Nicky Ryanlast_img read more

Les abeilles peuvent apprendre à résoudre des problèmes complexes

first_imgLes abeilles peuvent apprendre à résoudre des problèmes complexesUne étude menée par deux chercheurs canadiens met en évidence les capacités des abeilles à apprendre la solution de problèmes de plus en plus complexes et à la communiquer à ses semblables à travers de mystérieux mécanismes.A travers un système de récompense, il est possible d’enseigner aux abeilles certaines stratégies. Celles-ci sont par ailleurs capables d’apprendre simplement en observant les plus expérimentées ou simplement en communiquant avec elles à travers des mécanismes jusqu’à présent inconnus. Ce comportement cognitif et social a été mis en évidence par Hamida Mirwan et Peter Kevan, deux chercheurs de l’université de Guelph, au Canada.Pour en arriver à de telles conclusions, les scientifiques ont mis au point dans un premier temps des parcours d’obstacles, spécialement conçus pour ces insectes. Le principe de ces dispositifs est de soumettre les sujets de l’expérience à une situation complexe conduisant à une récompense : des fleurs artificielles remplies de nectar sucré. Chaque trajet possède une logique et un niveau de complexité qui lui est propre. Certains nécessitent par exemple le déplacement d’objets vers le haut ou vers le bas pour arriver droit au but. Les abeilles participant à l’expérimentation, ont été lancées sur chacun des parcours selon un ordre de difficulté croissante. Les résultats de ces manipulations, publiés dans la revue Animal Cognition, indiquent que pour obtenir la récompense, les sujets sont capables d’affronter des situations toujours plus complexes en se soumettant à un véritable processus d’apprentissage. Au bout du compte, les chercheurs sont parvenus à former de véritables “expertes” en la matière.  Apprendre en observantLa deuxième partie du protocole a donc consisté à tester les capacités d’abeilles complètement novices à des parcours d’obstacles au niveau de difficulté élevé. Les sujets inexpérimentés ont été soumis de but en blanc à une situation complexe. Après quoi, ils ont été placés dans un filet près du parcours de manière à pouvoir observer une des expertes relever brillamment le défi.Les observations relevées au cours de cette expérience ont fait l’objet d’une autre publication parue dans la revue Psyche. Les résultats indiquent que les abeilles inexpérimentées mettent, sans préparation, près d’une demie heure à résoudre un problème d’une grande complexité. Cependant, si on leur donne la possibilité d’observer une experte à l’action, elles sont capables par la suite de reproduire rapidement la solution, en moins de 70 secondes. Ce comportement témoigne de l’existence chez ces insectes d’un processus appelé apprentissage social.Apprendre aux autres”L’apprentissage social chez les animaux implique généralement qu’un individu regarde l’autre et l’imite. Toutefois, d’autres types de communications peuvent être également impliqués dans ce processus” a indiqué dans un communiqué Hamida Mirwan. Les chercheurs ont en effet essayé de voir ce qu’il se passait lorsque quelques abeilles expertes étaient placées dans une ruche d’abeilles inexpérimentées.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? Les observations indiquent que la plupart d’entre elles sont capable de surmonter l’obstacle et d’atteindre la récompense en moins de trois minutes et demies et ce, même sans avoir observé une experte. Les insectes sociaux peuvent en effet transmettre des informations par le toucher, les vibrations ou encore les odeurs. Toutefois, à l’heure actuelle, les méthodes de communication utilisées par les abeilles restent encore un mystère.”Nous ne pouvons pas expliquer entièrement comment les abeilles inexpérimentée ont été en mesure de maîtriser rapidement le problème afin d’atteindre le nectar, mais il est clair qu’il y a eu une certaine communication dans la ruche” explique Peter Kevan.  Il conclut : “L’apprentissage social des abeilles est encore plus complexe de ce à quoi nous nous attendions”.Le 22 mars 2014 à 18:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more