NAGPUR: A police sub-inspector was killed and a constable was seriously injured during a gun battle with the Maoists in Rajnandgoan district of Chhattisgarh on Sunday.The encounter took place under Bakarkata police station limits of Rajnandgoan district on Sunday afternoon.“An exchange of fire took place between the Maoists and the DRG (District Reserve Guard) party of Rajnandgoan district police at around 1 p.m. near Bhave village under Bakarkata police station limits today. Sub-inspector Yugalkishor Verma was killed and one constable was injured ( during the gun battle) according to information received from Rajnandgaon District Superintendent of Police,” said a statement issued by the Chhattisgarh police headquarters.According to sources, the injured constable, Krush Kumar Sahu, also succumbed to his injuries when he was being taken to hospital. However, police officers did not confirm the news of his death. The encounter took place when the DRG’s E-30 team was carrying out a search operation in the area surrounding Bhave village. Sources said that the police party involved in the encounter had not returned to its base camp until evening.
New Zealand are preparing for the third Test against India as scheduled despite a local media report that the remainder of the tour has been cancelled by the Indian cricket board due to financial problems.The Indian Express newspaper quoted an unnamed official from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as saying the board’s bank accounts had been frozen after a recommendation by the Lodha Committee, a court-appointed panel set up to look into its operations.”We have no option other than to call off the India-New Zealand series as our banks have decided to freeze BCCI accounts,” the paper quoted the official as saying. (India vs New Zealand, Kolkata Test, Day 4: Key Highlights)”We don’t want India to be humiliated in front of the world.”How can we function, how can we hold any games now? Who will make the payment? Freezing a bank account is no joke. An international team is here, and there is so much at stake.” (BCCI threatens to cancel India-New Zealand series: Reports)India sealed the three-match Test series 2-0 on Monday with a 178-run victory in Kolkata. The third Test is scheduled to start in Indore on Saturday, with a five-match one-day international series to follow.A New Zealand Cricket spokesman said they had heard nothing from the BCCI. (Gautam Gambhir likely to replace injured Shikhar Dhawan in Indore Test)”It’s the first time we’ve heard of it,” the spokesman told local media. “At the moment we are preparing to play the third Test at Indore as scheduled.”advertisementThe BCCI has had a long-running battle with India’s Supreme Court, which has demanded a raft of administrative and governance reforms for the world’s richest cricket board.The board, run by politicians and businessmen and criticised for a perceived lack of transparency, said after a general meeting on Saturday that it had adopted a number of “important recommendations” made by the Lodha Committee but rejected others out of hand.
CHESTNUT HILL, MA – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers leaves the field after the victory over the Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)Dabo Swinney knows wide receivers. He coached the position before being named interim head coach at Clemson, and has helped transform the Tigers into a program that can definitely lay a claim as “Wide Receiver U.”Guys like DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins, and Mike Williams have played for the Tigers, and Justyn Ross and Tee Higgins certainly look the part on the current roster. According to Swinney, one of his new receivers might outdo them all, at least so far in his career.Joseph Ngata, a four-star member of Clemson’s freshman class, enters his freshman year as the No. 52 composite player in the class. Don’t be surprised if he is much, much better than that.When asked if there are any freshmen who definitely won’t be redshirting this year, Swinney quickly pointed to Ngata. From The State: Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was asked following Monday’s practice if there were any true freshmen players that would definitely avoid a redshirt in 2019.“Ngata, for sure,” Swinney said, referring to Clemson freshman wideout Joseph Ngata. “Fo sho.”From there, Dabo Swinney went on to say that he’s never had a harder worker than Joseph Ngata, and that includes Clemson’s many stars as seniors.It is hard to heap more praise on one player before his first college snap than Swinney has on Ngata.“Special. He’s as hard a worker as I’ve ever been around, senior included. I’ve never had a senior work harder. He is one of the most focused, one of the most committed young people I have ever seen,” Swinney said. “It’s amazing to watch him work. Loves to be coached, loves to learn. He’s a sponge. He loves to soak up knowledge, and then he applies it. He’s special.”Ross and Higgins could form the one of the best receiving tandems in the country. The team is also expecting another gamebreaker at the position, Amari Rodgers, back early from his ACL tear.Adding in Ngata, if he’s as good as Swinney says, and the Tigers receiving unit just feels unfair.[The State]
zoom Incat Tasmania’s Hobart Shipyard has been awarded a contract to build six new ferries to operate on Sydney’s Inner Harbour.The new vessel exterior is a traditional design to look similar to the Sydney First Fleet vessels, however, the 35 metre, 400 passenger boats have greater capacity than the current fleet.New South Wales Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said: ”These are the first new vessels in the Sydney Ferries fleet since 2001, and are a major step forward in the NSW Government’s plans to modernise and expand the ferry network.”The Sydney Ferries will service commuter and tourist travel on the inner harbour routes from Watsons Bay in Sydney’s east to Cockatoo Island in the west, stopping at the new Barangaroo wharf.The Incat team’s first task is to take the concept design to detailed construction drawings and vessel models, with construction of the first ferry to start early in 2016. The six will be delivered progressively from late 2016 and throughout 2017.”This is a great opportunity for Incat’s highly skilled and experienced workforce to participate in the construction of ferries for the iconic Sydney fleet. An order such as this, where six identical vessels are to be built, is welcomed by the existing staff and provides an excellent opportunity for training new personnel,” Incat Tasmania shipyard’s Managing Director Simon Carter said.
ALTON, Ont. – Glen Abbey may be the focus of the golf world this week, but a rough-hewn diamond in the heart of the Credit River Valley is quietly charting a course towards becoming Ontario’s ultimate golf destination, a vision that’s been 25 years in the making — and counting.On a day when none other than Jack Nicklaus was in Oakville, Ont., to celebrate this week’s RBC Canadian Open at the course he designed, the lesser-known but no less formative Heathlands course at Osprey Valley Resort, an hour’s drive north, was celebrating a quarter-century in business.Devotees know the place simply as Osprey: a 220-hectare expanse of 54 top-shelf golf holes that began life with the Heathlands, a fescue-snarled, hillock-dotted brute that introduced linksland golf to Ontario and helped cement Doug Carrick’s reputation as one of Canada’s premier designers.In those early days in 1992, there was no practice range or even a clubhouse. Golfers who knew of the place — there was no social media or marketing plan to speak of, either, only word of mouth — would change their shoes in a pitted gravel parking lot and pay their green fees in the cart barn.And they did so happily because, well, what a golf course.Generous fairways framed by towering berms invited aggressive play, especially on tantalizingly short par 5s, but wayward tee shots — often buffeted by strong prevailing winds — were claimed forever by thick meadow grasses or snared by deep, shaggy greenside bunkers.Dogleg par 4s demanded, and rewarded, precision off the tee. Gorgeous par 3s over water made conservative play impossible. Firm, subtle greens scolded the overconfident. On windy days, the only birdies to be had were the resort’s namesake raptors circling overhead.“I’d have to say that of all the courses I’ve designed, I probably get the most compliments about the Heathlands course,” said Carrick, who was on hand Tuesday to hit the ceremonial opening tee shot as the resort celebrated its 25th anniversary.“It just shows me the golf purists really appreciate the origins of the game as it developed in Scotland and Ireland on those links courses.”Carrick’s inspiration came during a trip to the breathtaking Portmarnock Golf Club in Dublin, where he fell in love with the windswept, hop-and-skip style of golf on the ground, emblematic of the game’s origins on the shores of the British Isles.“I was really intrigued by the creativity required to play a links golf course — the different shots you have to play in the wind, and especially around the greens, the ground game, hitting little bump-and-run shots, putting from off the green — those sorts of things.“That really inspired me to try something different.”On Tuesday, the Heathlands hosted players for the princely sum of $25, a fraction of Osprey’s regular $79 weekday rate. Tee times sold out in no time and the waiting list numbered in the hundreds, prompting a tweet early Wednesday proclaiming that the promotional rate would be extended through Friday.Like so many rounds it has hosted in the last 25 years, the Heathlands itself got off to a rough start, as golf course developments often do.The original owner ran into money trouble before the property changed hands. A derelict foundation, a remnant of the aborted clubhouse build, is still there today, just steps from the original first tee, which was rechristened as such on Tuesday by the skirl of a lone bagpiper.Jerry Humeniuk and his brother Roman, first-generation Canadians whose parents emigrated from Ukraine, were partners as real estate developers who soon found their golf venture blossoming — albeit very slowly, it seemed — into a fun-loving family business.For nearly a decade, Osprey Valley seemed to run on a shoestring, with no facilities or amenities beyond the fairways. But when construction did resume near the end of the 1990s, it wasn’t just on a modest new A-frame clubhouse: two more golf courses and an expansive practice range were born on the other side of the railroad tracks.Both were Carrick originals that provide the perfect foil to the golf-ball-gobbling Heathlands. The Hoot, a rollicking wastelands-style layout that evokes New Jersey classic Pine Valley in look, if not in difficulty, was bookended by the gorgeous and often-overlooked Toot course, a highly playable parkland gem.Wait, what? Hoot and Toot?“That was Jerry,” smiles Andrew Humeniuk, Roman’s son and Osprey’s director of marketing.“It’s a play on the railway that runs through the property, and you know, Jerry, he’s a bit irreverent. I think for him it was a bit of taking the starch out of golf industry a little bit. It was his way of saying, ‘Look, guys, it’s not really that serious; it’s a fun game. Let’s enjoy it.’”That sensibility — golf for the sake of the game, not as a status symbol — has long motivated and informed the family’s counter-intuitive approach to slowly building a golf resort, one that to this day still has no place to even take a shower, let alone host a fancy dinner or formal wedding reception.“Jerry’s a very salt-of-the-earth, self-made man, and he said, ‘Why can’t we, the regular people, play at a world-class course?’ We’ve really tried to be true to that.“The bottom line is it’s nice to have a $25-million clubhouse, but you build it, and then that’s got to go on your green fee.”That said, construction is far from over at Osprey. Plans are afoot for a proper clubhouse, which would allow the resort to host large tournaments, as well as onsite accommodations and some sort of an additional event venue for large weddings, receptions and the like.Osprey wants to raise its game, but it won’t do it at the expense of the folksy charm that has made it such a refreshing place to play for an entire generation of golfers, says Chris Humeniuk, Andrew’s brother and chief executive of Osprey Valley Golf.“We cherish those customers who are here for that reason, and we don’t want to change that,” he says.“We love the property, we love being here, it’s a wonderful part of the family portfolio — but it’s time to take it to the next level, and the way we do that will be very respectful and mindful of Jerry and Roman’s vision.”
TORONTO — The body that oversees federally appointed judges wants the Supreme Court of Canada to decide whether the organization’s disciplinary decisions are beyond judicial scrutiny — a notion lower courts have flatly rejected.In asking the country’s top court to clarify the process for firing judges, the Canadian Judicial Council argues its recommendations should be immune to legal second-guessing from Federal Court.“Given the constitutional and judicial nature of the council’s decisions, they cannot be subject to review by the Federal Court, contrary to lower court rulings,” the council says in its leave application. “That said, there is a legislative void regarding the judicial supervision of the council’s decisions.”The case arises out of a long-running fight to have a Quebec Superior Court justice, Michel Girouard, tossed off the bench. A complaint in November 2012 alleged Girouard, then a lawyer, had bought illegal drugs from a client. An inquiry committee rejected the allegations, despite its misgivings over the reliability and credibility of Girouard’s testimony.A second complaint about how the judge had behaved during the initial proceedings led 20 of the 23 judges on council to recommend in February last year that Girouard should lose his job. The three dissenting judges said he did not have a fair hearing because some council members were unilingual.Girouard asked Federal Court to set aside the recommendation he be removed from the bench.In response, the council argued Federal Court had no authority to hear the case. In essence, council maintained it was not a federal board, commission or other tribunal subject to judicial scrutiny. Council, which comprises at least 17 chief or associate chief justices, maintained its own internal appeal mechanism was more robust than an appeal to the nine-judge Supreme Court.In a scathing rebuke of council’s views last August, Federal Court Judge Simon Noel said no one — not even the country’s top judge who chairs the judicial council — was above the law.In a democracy, Noel wrote, everyone who wields public power, no matter how important their titles, must be subject to independent review and held accountable — including the council and the chief justices who comprise its membership. The judge also took specific aim at the council and its executive director for a disrespectful attitude toward the court. “It is inconceivable that a single body, with no independent supervision and beyond the reach of all judicial review, may decide a person’s fate on its own,” Noel wrote in his decision. “However prestigious and experienced a body may be, it is not immune from human error, and may commit a major violation of the principles of procedural fairness that only an external tribunal, such as the Federal Court in this case, can remedy.”The Federal Court of Appeal sided with Noel in May, saying council’s actions and decisions are administrative in nature.The council is now seeking leave to appeal from the Supreme Court.“Council believes that any review of recommendations in respect of the removal of a judge must recognize the constitutional dimensions of such recommendations,” the organization said in a statement. “Council seeks clarification of those constitutional principles from the Supreme Court. This includes whether such recommendations may be the subject of review and, if so, by whom.”The judicial council has come under harsh criticism from the courts and others in recent years.One high profile case that sparked outrage involved unilateral action against a prominent Ontario Superior Court judge who had accepted a six-month law school deanship. In an interview in March, Chief Justice Richard Wagner told The Canadian Press that the council needed sweeping internal and legislative reforms of its disciplinary process.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press
The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation have announced that singer James Taylor, multiple Grammy-award winner singer/songwriter/producer Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, two-time Grammy-award winner Colbie Caillat and American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips will perform at the 90th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting.The 2012 National Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on Thursday, December 6 on the Ellipse at President’s Park in Washington, D.C. The ceremony will kick off the holiday season in our nation’s capital and can be viewed online LIVE at www.thenationaltree.org beginning at 4:30pm ET with the exclusive National Christmas Tree Lighting pre-show. The event also can be seen on public television throughout the month of December. Broadcast times can be found by checking local listings or visiting www.thenationaltree.org.The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is the first event in a four-week holiday celebration in President’s Park presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, and produced by Bounce. This year’s ceremony marks the 90th National Christmas Tree Lighting, an American holiday tradition started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923. More information about the 2012 National Christmas Tree Lighting, can be found at www.thenationaltree.org.The premier sponsor of this year’s National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony is UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global safety organization. Now in its fourth year, UL’s premier sponsorship of the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony is part of its national safety campaign to educate consumers on how they can make their homes safer during the holidays. More information can be found at www.SafetyAtHome.com. Other event supporters include GE Lighting, Amtrak, Guest Services Inc., Hargrove Inc., Hudler Carolina Tree Farms, United Airlines and the Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C.Source:PR Newswire
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Officials at the City of Fort St. John say that plastics bags of all kinds will no longer be accepted by the City’s curbside recycling program.The City’s Integrated Services General Manager Victor Shopland gave a presentation at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, outlining some of the results of a survey that the City held for residents at the Trade Show earlier this Spring to give feedback on the recycling program. Shopland said that overall, residents are making use of the recycling program and are expressing satisfaction with the service. According to the survey, the vast majority of residents’ curbside garbage and recycling bins are between 75 percent and 100 percent full on collection days, with between 10 and 20 percent of those bins being overfull. Since the program’s inception three years ago, around 2 million kilograms of recycling has been collected in the City. Shopland said however that the current system of single-stream recycling can result in collection bins being easily contaminated with items that are not accepted. He explained that primarily, the City’s recycling sorting contractor is noticing that contaminated plastic bags and glass items make up the bulk of contamination in the recycling that is collected from residents. Shopland said that because of more stringent regulations regarding contaminated recycling from China – which was until recently was where the bulk of recycled goods in North America was sent – recycling businesses are also adopting more stringent rules around what is being accepted in recycling. In his report to Council, he said that the Peace River Regional District is no longer accepting plastic films, which includes plastic bags of all types, into single-stream recycling.Council voted in favour of the City starting a pilot program that will see the Northern Environmental Action Team contracted to place new stickers on residents’ recycling bins with an updated list of allowable items in the recycling. NEAT will also be conducting inspections of residents’ bins to look for heavy contamination of recycling and placing warning stickers on heavily-contaminated bins.The new rules that exclude plastic bags from curbside recycling will go into effect in July. The City says that plastic bags will still be accepted at local recycling depots, along with glass, and other items that are able to be recycled.
Rabat- Shopkeepers in Agadir forced tourists to leave a coffee shop to pressure the cafe owner into joining their strike.A two-minute amateur video circulating on social media shows a group of vendors shouting slogans and forcing some tourists to leave the cafe. The shopkeepers called the cafe owner a traitor. Shopkeepers in municipal market have gone on strike since the municipal council adopted a decision compelling those who display products outside their shops to pay approximately MAD 30 every three months, the Agadir 24 newspaper reported.Shopkeepers who do not pay up will be fined.The municipal council issued a statement giving shop owners an extra week to comply with the decision. The step taken by the Agadir municipal council is part of a campaign to free public spaces used by seasonal vendors.
Although the text of a draft agreement between the United Nations and the Government of Cambodia on a special court to try former Khmer Rouge leaders is a “considerable improvement” over previous documents, doubts might still remain as to whether it would ensure the credibility of the tribunal given the precarious state of that country’s judiciary, the Secretary-General says in a report released today.Should the agreement enter into force, the Secretary-General says, it would be essential that the United Nations help to ensure that the special court function in a manner that conforms with the accord and complies with international standards. “I would therefore propose that, in that eventuality, the Organization should remain engaged in the process of overseeing the implementation of the draft agreement,” he writes.Last month, a UN delegation led by Legal Counsel Hans Corell met with Cambodian officials in Phnom Penh to negotiate a draft agreement concerning the prosecution under Cambodia law of crimes committed during the period of Democratic Kampuchea. That mission followed the start of exploratory talks between the two sides in January at UN Headquarters in New York.The report to the General Assembly also describes the financial, logistical and personnel requirements of the Extraordinary Chambers. While it presents options for financing the UN’s assistance, the report concludes that assessed contributions are the only mechanism that would be viable and sustainable and that would ensure the court’s early establishment and prompt start of operations.
The number of international tourists reached 1.13 billion in 2014, 51 million more than in 2013, on trend for the fifth consecutive year of above average growth since the 2009 economic crisis, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) announced today. “Over the past years, tourism has proven to be a surprisingly strong and resilient economic activity and a fundamental contributor to the economic recovery by generating billions of dollars in exports and creating millions of jobs, said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai at the opening of the Spain Global Tourism Forum in Madrid. He added: “This has been true for destinations all around the world, but particularly for Europe, as the region struggles to consolidate its way out of one of the worst economic periods in its history,” According to the latest UNWTO figures, the Americas (+7 per cent) and Asia and the Pacific (+5 per cent) regions registered the strongest growth, while Europe (+4 per cent), the Middle East (+4 per cent) and Africa (+2 per cent) grew at a slightly more modest pace. By subregion, North America (+8 per cent) saw the best results, followed by North-East Asia, South Asia, Southern and Mediterranean Europe, Northern Europe and the Caribbean, all increasing by 7 per cent. The outlook remains positive for 2015, as confirmed by the UNWTO Confidence Index. According to the 300 experts consulted worldwide, tourism performance is expected to improve this year, though expectations are less upbeat than a year ago. UNWTO forecasts international tourist arrivals to grow up to 4 per cent this year. And by region, growth is expected to be stronger in Asia and the Pacific and the Americas, followed by Europe. Arrivals are also expected to increase in Africa and the Middle East. “We expect demand to continue growing in 2015 as the global economic situation improves, even though there are still plenty of challenges ahead. On the positive side, oil prices have declined to a level not seen since 2009. This will lower transport costs and boost economic growth by lifting purchasing power and private demand in oil importing economies. Yet, it could also negatively impact some of the oil exporting countries which have emerged as strong tourism source markets,” added Mr Rifai.
Junior forward LaQuinton Ross (10) takes a free throw during an exhibition game against Walsh Nov. 3 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 93-63.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternDeshaun Thomas. Jared Sullinger. Evan Turner. Three names that live in Ohio State basketball lore — Buckeye stars that took a boatload of points with them when each left college ball.Since 2009, those three players each led OSU in scoring over the course of a season. Thomas averaged 19.8 points per game last season, Sullinger scored 17.5 per contest in 2011-12 and Turner tallied 20.4 in 2009-10. All three players are now in the professional ranks, and OSU is looking for someone to fill their shoes.Many OSU faithful are looking for one junior forward from Jackson, Miss., to be that player for the Buckeyes this season: LaQuinton Ross.Ross was fourth on the team in 2012-13 with 8.3 points per game, a total he managed while only averaging 16.9 of the 40 minutes during a game.Although the season has yet to officially get under way, Ross is already off to a good start after tying the team lead with 15 points in an exhibition match against Walsh Sunday.Ross said during OSU Media Day Oct. 10 even if he isn’t the team’s leading scorer this year, he feels like he has grown into a leader for the Buckeyes.“That’s one thing I worked on too, also — communicating with my teammates more. Because I think down the line, they’re going to need me a little bit more than they needed me last year,” Ross said. “Knowing that if I’m not talking to them, they’re not going to look at me in the game.”Ross added in his expanded role this season, he has had to bulk up to be able to defend bigger players.“I don’t think it was as much getting points, I think it was more just being able to take that contact in the Big Ten,” Ross said about adding weight. “With the Big Ten being physical, and this year, seeing how small we play, (I’ll) definitely (be) having to guard (bigger players) this year … It might have some plays where I switch off and we’re playing Purdue and I have to guard (a big guy) and I can’t be under 200 pounds doing that.”Because he might have to defend those larger players, Ross said he now weighs 225 pounds, up from the 215 he played at last season.Senior guard Aaron Craft said Ross has grown into more of a team player instead of a just a player who looks to shoot first.“He’s done a phenomenal job coming in right now and not taking everything on himself. Is he playing perfect? No. But he’s doing a great job of playing with other people right now,” Craft said at Media Day. “He’s communicating. He’s talking on defense and offense and that makes us a better team. He’s feeling that role pretty well.”But Craft made clear Ross wasn’t expected to step in and be exactly what Thomas was last season.“Is he going to be Deshaun? Absolutely not. But he’s bringing his own twist that Deshaun can’t do either,” Craft said.Craft added that although Ross is talented, replacing the scoring Thomas brought to the table is going to be a team effort this season.“You can’t replace Deshaun with just one person,” Craft said. “Even with him, we shot one of the worst percentages in coach (Thad Matta’s) career here at Ohio State (45.1 percent). Our biggest focus is being able to knock down open shots, elevating our shooting percentage and that opens up countless other things on the offensive end.”Ross was vital to OSU’s run to the Elite Eight last season, as he averaged 15 points per game during the NCAA Tournament, including scoring 17 against both Iowa State and Arizona.Against Arizona, Ross made an impression, hitting a game winning 3-pointer with two seconds left on the clock.Matta said Ross finished last year well, and that since the season ended, he has grown into a more aware player.“LaQuinton finished the season on a high note, I think that he had hit his stride in terms of having a better understanding of what we need him to do and how we need him to do it,” Matta said during Media Day. “One of the biggest things I’ve noticed thus far is he’s got a much broader vision offensively than what he had in the past.”Consistency should be a big focus for Ross this season, Matta added.“From the standpoint of LaQuinton, his entire playing career a lot has been based on potential and he and I have had that discussion,” Matta said. “It’s time to be productive, but probably more important it’s time to be consistent and that to me would supersede any expectations that anybody outside of the program can possibly put on him.”OSU is scheduled to begin regular season play Saturday at noon against Morgan State at the Schottenstein Center.
“Playoff Implications” is a phrase you usually don’t hear until the final weeks of the NFL regular season, but almost every regular season game has playoff implications. In the early going, however, it can be difficult to figure out just what those implications are, and how much is riding on each game.Most other major sports leagues play a greater number of regular season games, and thus the playoff picture in those sports evolves in a more incremental fashion. The pace can seem glacial at times for MLB, and inevitable and foregone when it comes to the NBA. But with just 16 regular season games, the NFL’s playoff landscape can change dramatically over the course of a single Sunday afternoon. And these tectonic shifts take place throughout the season, not just in those final weeks of December.With a week or two left in the season, the “eye test” usually suffices for judging which games will shape the playoff picture. But in mid-October there are far too many possibilities for the unassisted human mind to make sense of. We can only speak in general terms. For example, we know the playoff chances for the New Orleans Saints will improve with a victory this Sunday over the Detroit Lions. But by how much? And how far would they drop with a loss? Expanding our focus, what other teams have a vested interest in the outcome of this game? One would expect Carolina’s playoff chances to improve with a Saints loss, given that the Saints are their division rival. But once again, by how much?To answer these questions, we’ve created a weekly feature that measures the playoff implications of each game. To do this, you need to be able to simulate the remainder of the season multiple times and analyze the results. And in order to simulate the season, you need a way to rank all 32 teams, and use that ranking to create outcome probabilities for future games. We’ve been doing just that with FiveThirtyEight’s Elo rankings. But the Elo ratings, simple and beautiful, aren’t the only word on NFL rankings. For this feature we’re going to turn to the wisdom of the crowd instead, and use a ranking system one of the authors developed based on betting markets. In stock market terms, think of it as technical analysis in lieu of fundamental analysis.We’ll get into the methodology in a moment but first the results. Think of each interactive table below as a playoff implications “cheat sheet” for this week’s upcoming games.1The table is initially sorted by game importance, where we define importance by its cumulative impact on the playoff picture. Where you see blank cells on the table corresponds to games and teams in which there was not a statistically significant difference in playoff odds. (If you hover over a colored square, you’ll see details for that game.)UPDATE (Oct. 17, 12:30 p.m.): The interactive tables above have been updated to include Thursday night’s game, which now shows no playoff implications because its result is included in the playoff chances (the text of the article has not been updated).Reading the table across tells you which teams are affected by any particular game.2Notice that we don’t restrict ourselves to just the two teams competing in each game. As we alluded to above, teams benefit when they win games, but they also benefit when division rivals (and other competitors for playoff seeding) lose games. The Panthers, for example, would see their playoff chances rise by 11 percent with a Saints loss to the Lions. Reading the table down tells you which games matter most to any given team. For example, if you’re a Texans fan, what games should you care about this week, how much should you care about them, and who do you want to win? The column headers are sortable, so clicking on the “HOU” column tells you to care about HOU @ PIT, ATL @ BAL, CIN @ IND, NYJ @ NE, CLE @ JAC, and KC @ SD — in that order. And you want the Texans, Falcons, Bengals, Jets, Jaguars and Chiefs to win.My rankings start from the assumption that the NFL gambling market is efficient, and then attempts to determine how that efficient market ranks each of the 32 NFL teams. Unfortunately, Vegas doesn’t actually share its rankings with the general public, but with a little reverse-engineering, we can arrive at a pretty good guess at what they are. We start with the point spread. For Thursday night’s game, the New England Patriots are a 9.5-point favorite at home against the New York Jets. Since home field advantage is worth about 2.5 points, the market thinks the Patriots are 7 points better than the Jets when playing on a neutral field.Armed with this interpretation, we then take the point spreads from each game and for multiple weeks and run a simple linear regression to arrive at a consensus ranking. The process is akin to drawing a map of the United States but nobody tells you a city’s location. Instead, they only tell you how far away each city is from another city (e.g. Los Angeles is 1,700 miles away from Chicago, Chicago is 165 miles from Indianapolis, and so on). To further complicate matters, our map “moves” over time, making earlier “distance” measurements less reliable. For example, the Steelers opened the season as a 6-point favorite at home against the Browns. If the market were to set that point spread today, Pittsburgh would most likely drop to just a 2.5-point favorite, as the Steelers have fallen short of preseason expectations, and the Browns have exceeded them. So, the ranking methodology gives more weight to recent point spread data in an attempt to get the most up-to-date market evaluation of each team.Now that we have a ranking system that assigns a probability to each future regular season game outcome, the next step is to simulate the season multiple times (50,000 times to be exact). After simulating win/loss records, we apply the NFL playoff seeding rules (plus tiebreakers) and summarize the results. There are already several sites that do these types of simulations for the purpose of producing team playoff odds (including FiveThirtyEight). For this feature, we’re going to go a bit deeper than that.Instead of focusing on each team’s overall playoff odds, let’s instead focus on each game. We’ll use the New Orleans-Detroit game as an example. Of the 50,000 simulation runs, there were precisely 30,180 (or about 60 percent) that resulted in a Lions victory, and 19,820 that resulted in a Saints victory. Let’s now focus on those two samples in isolation. Of the 30,180 simulations in which the Saints lost, they made the playoffs 8,273 times, or 27 percent. Of the 19,820 simulations in which the Saints won, they made the playoffs 9,172 times, or 46 percent. Put simply, the Saints playoff odds could swing by a not-insignificant 19 percent as a result of their game against the Lions. (The games with the most cumulative influence on the overall playoff picture (“leverage”) are listed at left).We can repeat this calculation for every game and every team. The result: A measure of how much every game matters to every team.
Gerry Boyle QC, representing Johnstone, had argued there was “no case to answer” after Miss Mills gave evidence.Mr Johnstone said the event on January 17 “had gone well” and he secured an interview for promotion to the royal and parliamentary protection department.He said: “I was in a good mood when I left there.” He denied shoulder barging her and had been placed on restricted duties, which will now be reviewed.Afterwards the Police Superintendents’ Association questioned how the allegation ended up in a criminal trial.PSA Professional Standards Co-ordinator Victor Marshall OBE said: “We are grateful to the judge for seeing the inherent weakness in this case.”We are deeply troubled that this case was ever considered for referral to the Crown Prosecution Service by the Metropolitan Police Service brought by the CPS, let alone brought to trial.”He added: “Andy Johnstone is a dedicated police officer with an unblemished 30 year career who is awaiting a well-deserved promotion.” A judge and police leaders have questioned why a senior counter-terror officer had to face a criminal trial over a complaint that he “shoulder-barged” a female colleague.A court heard Superintendent Andrew Johnstone, 51, was charged with battery after being accused of charging into Chief Inspector Penny Mills’ right shoulder.Ms Mills had complained about his management style, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard, after working under Mr Johnstone in the force’s roads and transport policing command.She was also once overlooked for promotion to the senior role in favour of her alleged aggressor, prosecutor Philip Stott said.But despite colleagues coming forward as witnesses and Ms Mill’s allegations that Mr Johnstone had barged her “on purpose” at a Scotland Yard event for senior officers seeking promotion, he was cleared. District Judge Richard Blake told the court: “I do invite those who brought this prosecution to pause and consider the evidence I had in this case.”He questioned whether charges would have been brought “if this had happened at a tea room or a bus station.”The Judge added: “I do invite people to consider the course of events which has led to this case being brought.”Miss Mills earlier told the trial she found it “quite painful” to recount the event, which happened several months after she lodged a separate “gross misconduct” complaint against Johnstone. If you go to these events you touch people accidentally. There’s a line between touching somebody accidentally and deliberatelyDistrict Judge Richard Blake But Judge Blake said: “If you go to these events you touch people accidentally. There’s a line between touching somebody accidentally and deliberately.”I can’t be sure up to the appropriate standard of proof that you committed this offence.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “Ch Insp Johnstone is currently on restricted duties; this will be reviewed.” Chief Inspector Penny MillsCredit:@MPSKingston/PA
CCAC HeadquartersThe Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission (CCAC) recovered more than G$8 million in exchanges, refunds and repairs on behalf of consumers for the period January to June 2018.This was announced on Friday by Director of the CCAC, Dawn Holder-Cush who stated that the Consumer Affairs Act is one of the most effective Acts which gives the Commission the authority to defend the rights of consumers in Guyana.The recovery of the over $8 million, came mainly from businesses in the auto, electronics, furniture, clothing and accessories and construction materials supplies industries.These cases account for 100 of the 150 cases received by the Commission for the first half of 2018. The remaining cases are still under investigation.However, complaints to the value of over $122 million were investigated in 2017 with a 91 percent resolution rate.The CCAC was established to administer and enforce the Competition and Fair Trading Act 2006 (CFTA) and the Consumer Affairs Act (2011).As such, the Commission urges consumers to take advantage of their inherent rights given to them through the Competition and Fair Trading and Consumer Affairs Acts, and encourages consumers to seek redress with the Commission should they feel disenfranchised by the purchase of a good or service.Consumers are reminded that among some your rights are: the right to a refund and the right to return goods under specific conditions. It is the responsibility of consumers to always demand proof of purchase, inclusive of a receipt and contracts where necessary.The commission can be reached on telephone numbers 219-4410-3 or by visiting the office at the National Exhibition Site Sophia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCCAC preparing legislation to protect rights of customers who shop onlineJanuary 22, 2019In “Business”Stores with ‘no return’ policy violating the law, says CCACJanuary 26, 2019In “Business”No legislation in place to protect online shoppersDecember 11, 2018In “Business”
50 Attorneys General Launch Bipartisan Probe Into GoogleYouTube Fined $170M For Alleged Child Privacy Law Violation Customers are not happy with Google: The company is under fire after it forgot to tell Nest Secure users about a “hidden” microphone built into the security system.On Tuesday, Google apologized for the security issue and said that the built-in microphone was supposed to be disclosed in Nest Secure’s product specifications. “The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been listed in the tech specs,” a Google spokesperson told Business Insider. “That was an error on our part.”Now with Nest Secure you can check the weather, change the temperature and arm your home with nothing but your voice. Get more info on our blog. https://t.co/jMjG7a9978 pic.twitter.com/ySz90ohDF0— Nest (@nest) February 4, 2019Earlier this month, Google announced that Nest Secure, its home security and alarm system, would receive an update: Nest Secure users would be able to use Google Assistant, Google’s virtual-assistant technology, with their devices. The only issue was that Nest Secure customers had no idea about the built-in microphone that was installed into the Nest Guard, Nest Secure’s alarm, keypad, and motion-sensor component.According to Google though, the Nest Secure microphone, “has never been on and is only activated when users specifically enable the option.” The company added the microphone to the Nest Guard to enhance the device’s security features in the future. The microphone would enable the Nest Guard to detect other security threats, such as broken glass, in customers’ homes.Google’s Nest Guard mistake follows the company’s other security issues: In December, Google said it’s shutting down its Google+ network early, after a bug exposed millions of customers’ private data to application developers. The company, which already alerted customers that might have been impacted by the bug, aims to shut down the Google+ network in April.More on Geek.com:Google Maps AR Navigation Is Being Tested by Some Early UsersGoogle 3D Prints Ancient Artifacts for Digital DisplayGoogle Maps Speed Limit Signs Are Spotted in More US Cities Stay on target
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (WSVN) — An act of kindness coming from a Chick-fil-A employee has gone viral, showing the worker helping a disabled man eat his food.In Corpus Christi, Texas, the 19-year-old employee sat down at the food court with the customer to assist him.The man was known to be a frequent customer at this Chick-fil-A.This is not the first time a Chick-fil-A employee has offered unmatched customer service.Just last year, another worker rushed to the rescue performing the Heimlich maneuver on a customer who was choking.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, December 20, 2018:A caller reported a road rage incident in front of Market Basket on Main Street. Vehicles now stopped at lights at Route 38 and 62. Caller stated vehicle tried to run her off the road near Market Basket, then kept hitting the brakes and traveling at a low rate of speed on 38/Main Street. Caller turned onto 129 and vehicle continued straight onto 38 toward Woburn. (7:04am)A DPW worker reported a vehicle parked unattended with keys in it, in front of gate to Town Beach. Operator was feeding animals off the pier. Vehicle was moved prior to arrival. (7:30am)A Horseshoe Lane caller reported their vehicle was stolen sometime overnight. Police confirmed vehicle was repossessed. (7:41am)Police noted the Commuter Rail train at North Wilmington station was blocking Route 62. (12:34pm)A caller reported his mailbox on Jacques Lane was struck sometime this afternoon and the post is completely broken off. (7:50pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 10: Car Stolen; License Plate Stolen; Road Rage Incident At Cumberland FarmsIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 11: Florida Man Arrested; Hit & Run At Gas Station; Highway CrashIn “Police Log”
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