Taylor Swift Joins Scholastic To Talk To Kids About The Power Of

first_imgScholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books will present an exclusive video featuring an inspiring, personal conversation with Taylor Swift about how reading and writing can open a world of possibilities for children.Taylor will also share with young viewers the books that have most influenced her and a never before seen clip from behind the scenes at one of her recent music videos.As part of Scholastic’s new reading initiative, “Open a World of Possible,” the 30-minute exclusive video will air on Scholastic.com beginning on October 29, 2014, at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. Registration to watch on 10/29 is open now here.In a nod to her multi-week No. 1 international smash hit single, “Shake It Off,” Taylor will discuss how music helps her shake off the tough moments in life. Following the video, students can enter Scholastic’s “This is How I Shake it Off” writing contest for the chance to win tickets and a meet-and-greet for two at an upcoming Taylor Swift concert, along with accompanying flights and accommodations. Additional prizes for runners up include a signed guitar and signed copies of Taylor’s new “1989” CD. Students in grades 3-8 attending a U.S. school can enter the contest by submitting a one-page creative essay or poem about how they shake off mean comments and hard times. More details, Official Rules and the contest entry form can be found at www.scholastic.com/taylorswift. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter by December 11, 2014. Void where prohibited.October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a great time to approach the subject of bullying with kids. In support of this observance and the video with Taylor, Scholastic has curated a collection of resources that address bullying, building resilience and fostering a love of reading in kids: • For Teachers: Articles and tips about how to address bullying in classrooms, available here, as well as writing activities to get students in a creative spirit, available here. • For Parents: A guide to the sensitive issue of bullying, including lists of anti-bullying books for every age and expert advice available here.Through the ongoing Open a World of Possible initiative, Scholastic has begun a conversation for teachers, parents and children to share ideas and advice about simple ways to incorporate independent reading into busy classroom days and family time. Scholastic invites people to continue joining the conversation and connecting with peers on social media channels using the hashtag #SharePossible.last_img read more

PENDANCE FILM FESTIVAL® ANNOUNCES 6 FEATURE FILMS MAKING CANADIAN PREMIERES IN TORONTO

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisement TORONTO – The Pendance Film Festival‘s 2nd edition will take place January 31st – February 3rd in Toronto at the Regent Theatre. The full 49-film-lineup includes 8 feature films making premieres.Tye Sheridan in A.J Edward’s ‘Friday’s Child’. (CNW Group/Pendance Film Festival)A.J. Edward’s Friday’s Child starring Tye Sheridan, Imogen Poots, and Caleb Landry Jones will have its Canadian Premiere at Pendance following its world premiere at SXSW in 2018. To the Night starring Caleb Landry Jones and Eleonore Hendricks and directed by Austrian director Peter Brunner also makes its Canadian premiere at Pendance following its world premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Santiago Rizzo’s Quest starring Lakeith Stanfield, Gregory Kasyan, Dash Mihok, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Betsy Brandt makes its Canadian premiere following screenings at Slamdance, and major awards at Mill Valley, Napa Valley, and Gasparilla Film Festivals.Curtiz by Tamas Yvan Topolanszky is a period piece about director Michael Curtiz and the production of Casablanca. The film won the Grand Prix des Ameriques (Best picture) at the 2018 Montreal World Film Festival and is making its Ontario premiere.  We the Coyotes by Hanna Ladoul and Marco La Via starring Morgan Saylor, McCaul Lombardiand Betsy Brandt makes its Ontario premiere following selections at Raindance Film Festival and the Warsaw Film Festival in 2018.Among 41 short films selected for premieres, 31 are making their Canadian Premieres at Pendance. Among them are three standouts from the Cannes Cinefoundation; Rubber Dolphin, Equally Red & Blue, and ‘Inanimate’. Other Canadian premieres include: Piggy by Carlota Pereda, Ready by Melissa Farman, and Dear Chickens by Mauro Muellerwhich stars Philip Baker Hall and Kerris Dorsey. Pendance will also host the World Premiere of Canadian director Matthew Evans Landry’s Re: Possessed Homes, starring Natalie Lisinska and Jordan Gavaris.EDITORS NOTE Full schedule for Pendance 2019 can be found at the Pendance website https://pendancefilmfestival.ca/schedule-2019/Instagram: @PendanceFilmFestivalFacebook: @PendanceFilmFestival Youtube: @Pendance Film FestivalTwitter: @PendanceFilmcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: In Reality, directed by and starring Ann Lupo makes its Canadian premiere after winning the Jury Award and Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival. Lost Holiday starring Kate Lyn Sheil, Thomas Matthews, William Jackson Harper and Emily Mortimer will make its Canadian Premiere days after its world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival. Twitterlast_img read more

Spirit AeroSystems Bids for Bombardiers Morocco Belfast Facilities

Rabat – US company Spirit AeroSystems Holdings is in talks with Bombardier to purchase the company’s facilities in Belfast and Morocco, Reuters reported on Thursday, October 3. The news outlet quoted two sources familiar with the case, emphasizing that the company has emerged in the front “ has emerged as the front-runner” to acquire the two aeronautics facilities in Morocco and Belfast.The US company has not yet reached an agreement with Bombardier for the facilities. Bombardier announced its decision to sell its facilities in May. BNN Bloomberg reported that the Canadian aerospace giant intends to place its focus on private jets and trains.The company decided to create a new division of the company, Bombardier Aviation.Bombardier Aviation is set to bring together “all aerospace assets into a single, streamlined and fully integrated business.”The company recognized the significant work done in its two facilities in Morocco and Belfast.“We are recognized as a global leader in aerostructures, with unique end-to-end capabilities – through design and development, testing and manufacture, to aftermarket support.”Read Also: El Othmani Says Canada’s Bombardier ‘Not Completely Leaving’ MoroccoThe Bombadier’s facility in Morocco employs at least 300 people, while 3,600 more work in the Belfast factory.If the agreement is concluded,  Spirit AeroSystems Holdings will join other important aeronautics companies operating in Morocco, such as Boing, Safran, and others.Morocco’s foreign exchange office announced in 2018 that the Moroccan aviation industry earned more than MAD 9.78 billion ($1 billion) in the first 11 months of 2017, compared to MAD 8.42 billion ($870 million) in 2016, an increase of 16%.Morocco sees the aeronautics industry as one of its key economic pillars that could curb unemployment. Several recent reports extolled the industry of aeronautics, including Oxford Business Group. The group forecasted a flourishing future in Morocco’s economy, thanks to aeronautics and the automotive sector.Spirit already has facilities in Tulsa, McAlester, Oklahoma, Kinston, North Carolina, Malaysia, and France.The company’s key products include, “fuselages, pylons, nacelles, and wing components,” Spirit Aero said.The US company also provides maintenance, repair, and overhaul services. read more

UN deplores deadly attack on Somali hotel

According to media reports, the attack involved Somali insurgents dressed as police officers, who stormed the hotel and opened fire, and later blew themselves up.“These callous, brutal acts, which were clearly aimed at causing maximum bloodshed to innocent people, defy rational comprehension,” Augustine P. Mahiga, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, said in a statement.“Those who are responsible for these murders are only interested in causing destruction and misery to the Somali people.“They will not, however, succeed in their violent campaign. The Somali people are yearning for peace which they deserve and they will be heard. The peace process will continue in Somalia despite the attempts by a violent minority to disrupt it.”The Security Council also condemned the attack “in the strongest terms” and called for the perpetrators to be brought to swiftly to justice, in a statement read to the press by Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of Russia, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for August.The 15-member body stressed the need to continue strengthening Somali security institutions and the importance of an inclusive dialogue in the peace process.Violence in Mogadishu has led to some 3,000 conflict-related casualties so far this year and uprooted around 200,000 people from the city, which has been the scene of ongoing clashes between Government troops and Islamist militant groups, including Al-Shabaab. 24 August 2010The United Nations strongly condemned today’s attack on a hotel in the capital, Mogadishu, which reportedly killed at least 30 civilians, including Members of Parliament. read more

The Stats Say Washington Should Have Signed Colin Kaepernick And Its Still

28Nick Mullens1700.1570.478 17Dak Prescott4180.2300.492 35Cody Kessler970.1190.491 15Mitch Trubisky3520.2480.522 47Sam Bradford81-0.1560.329 42Tyrod Taylor84-0.0010.354 27Matthew Stafford4640.1700.482 2Drew Brees4160.4320.589 30Colt McCoy520.1340.492 21Andrew Luck5330.2050.52 37Case Keenum4520.1060.449 39Josh Allen2280.0790.435 24Derek Carr4520.1760.511 Kaepernick has outperformed Johnson, tooAttempts, yards per attempt, expected points added per play, success rate and yards after catch EPA per play for Kaepernick and Johnson, 20tk-18 41Nick Foles800.0240.398 3Matt Barkley250.4310.44 Josh Johnson1936.1-0.040.46+0.60 Data includes two-point conversions but does not include kneel downs. 11Carson Wentz4000.2810.535 31Joe Flacco3770.1320.454 44Sam Darnold314-0.0600.427 1Patrick Mahomes4830.4410.561 Colin Kaepernick1,9417.2+0.170.45+0.67 22Cam Newton4440.2010.521 25Andy Dalton3620.1750.508 Show more rowsSource: Elias Sports Bureau So what about moving forward? Could Kaepernick help Washington win? Our best predictors of future performance at the QB position are career efficiency measures like yards per attempt and EPA per play — far more useful than looking only at Kaepernick’s most recent season.The table below shows every player who has attempted at least 20 passes this season, sorted by total expected points added per play. Total EPA includes both passing and rushing production, and gives a full picture of a player’s offensive contribution. Kaepernick’s career numbers would put him 26th among quarterbacks this season, ahead of Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins — who are being paid a combined $50.5 million. 7Russell Wilson3390.3210.513 PasserAttemptsYARDS/ ATTEMPTEPA/PLAYSUCCESS RATEYAC EPA/PLAY 5Matt Ryan5050.3290.547 The contest wasn’t a contest at all. Kaepernick is superior to Sanchez over his career by a large margin and across a wide spectrum of metrics. Kaepernick’s career yards per pass attempt is higher than Sanchez’s by more than half a yard. His career EPA per play is on the order of 40 times better than Sanchez, despite their yards after catch EPA per play being relatively close.Kaepernick has been far from perfect. His career yards per attempt is no better than league average, and his career completion percentage is low at 59.8 percent. His greatest flaws as a passer show themselves at the intermediate depths, where his completion percentage is well below average. Whether this is because he struggles to make reads or because his decision making on slower developing routes is poor is an open question. What is clear is that neither Kaepernick nor Sanchez is particularly accurate across most depths of target. 18Jeff Driskel1010.2140.46 34Ryan Tannehill1960.1200.479 13Deshaun Watson3970.2620.526 14Aaron Rodgers4940.2550.49 Most starting quarterbacks with NFL experience did indeed create value per play above what we might expect from Kaepernick, but Kaepernick’s worst season is still better than 26 percent of the quarterbacks who have attempted a pass in the NFL in 2018. Kaepernick may be a fringe starting NFL talent, but he is likely better than many of the quarterbacks who have seen playing time this season, including even Alex Smith.It’s probable that Kaepernick could start for Washington and produce enough with his arm and his legs to salvage their playoff hopes. There remains the opportunity for Washington to sign him and find out for certain. Instead he continues to languish in free agency.Check out our latest NFL predictions.CORRECTION (Dec. 15, 2018, 11:45 a.m.): A previous headline on this story misspelled Colin Kaepernick’s name. 51Mark Sanchez35-0.6270.361 26Colin Kaepernick1,9410.1710.464 50Nathan Peterman82-0.5890.315 19Eli Manning4610.2130.462 33C.J. Beathard1710.1220.463 43Blaine Gabbert61-0.0150.453 After starting quarterback Alex Smith broke his leg in Week 11, the Washington Redskins rode their journeyman backup, Colt McCoy, to two losses and a 7-3 deficit against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13 before he also broke his leg. Struck with misfortune at the most important position in professional sports, Washington trotted out Mark Sanchez, a player signed off the street to back up McCoy.This obviously didn’t work out well. Sanchez had not played an NFL game since 2015, and he went on to record the worst expected points added (EPA) per play (-0.627) of any NFL QB in 2018 with at least 20 pass attempts. This includes Nathan Peterman. Sanchez was promptly benched in a blowout 40-16 loss to the Giants in Week 14. His replacement: Josh Johnson, a 32-year-old journeyman who has played for 12 different NFL teams and who reportedly had to play Madden to learn the names of his new teammates.Hindsight is 20-20, but it’s worth asking if this skid could have been avoided — or at least somewhat mitigated — had Washington signed free agent Colin Kaepernick instead of Sanchez. It’s even worth wondering if they still should sign him. A playoff berth for the Redskins is highly unlikely, but they are still not mathematically eliminated. Could signing Kaepernick help the team win out, finish 9-7, and give them a shot at the postseason?Let’s look at this as a purely football decision and put aside any public relations baggage that would come with signing Kaepernick. Let’s also assume that Kaepernick is in decent enough shape to put on a jersey right now and play at the levels we have seen from him in the past. (For what it’s worth, he has said that he’s remained in game shape.)I looked at standard measures of quarterback performance like yards per attempt along with more advanced stats like EPA per play and success rate, which measures how often a player keeps his team “on schedule” or on track for a first down. The first question — “Should Washington have signed Sanchez or Kaepernick?” — is straightforward to answer.Using data from Ron Yurko’s EPA model, I analyzed both of the QBs over their careers to see which one has been better at creating expected value per pass. I also broke out the contribution of yards after the catch to help with the comparison. Yards after catch is probably best thought of as the product of scheme and wide receiver skill, but passes that are on time and on target from a QB surely help as well. 23Lamar Jackson1010.1910.519 Sanchez-0.05 4Philip Rivers4140.4240.541 29Kirk Cousins5250.1460.51 PasserAttemptsYards/ AttemptEPA/PlaySuccess RateYAC EPA/Play Career expected points added per rush for Colin Kaepernick and Mark Sanchez, 2009-18 32Baker Mayfield3790.1240.479 Kaepernick has easily outperformed SanchezAttempts, yards per attempt, expected points added per play, success rate and yards after catch EPA per play for Kaepernick and Sanchez, 2009-18 6Jared Goff4600.3280.517 9Tom Brady4760.2900.526 Mark Sanchez2,4036.6+0.000.45+0.60 12Ryan Fitzpatrick2480.2750.523 Kaepernick, however, has also affected game outcomes with his legs. He is not exactly young anymore, though, at 31 years old; we might expect a decline in rushing effectiveness that typically accompanies NFL QBs as they age. Still, Kaepernick’s legs are fresh, and Sanchez has never shown the ability to add value on the ground. 10Ben Roethlisberger5480.2830.517 8Jameis Winston2700.2910.542 38Brock Osweiler1780.1010.44 45Josh Rosen314-0.0870.425 49Derek Anderson70-0.3250.429 Kaepernick+0.21 EPA/Rush 20Marcus Mariota3000.2130.51 46Chase Daniel76-0.0960.47 36Alex Smith3270.1130.457 40Blake Bortles3700.0400.463 Colin Kaepernick1,9417.2+0.170.45+0.67 48Josh McCown109-0.2190.383 Meanwhile, Kaepernick adds roughly equal value to his team whether he runs or passes the football, making him a legitimate dual threat. It was this ability that took the San Francisco 49ers within 5 yards of winning the 2012-13 Super Bowl. What’s more, the league has become more open to the air raid concepts Kaepernick ran at the University of Nevada, as evidenced by the ascendancy of Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, who played in an air raid system at Texas Tech. There are legitimate reasons to believe that Kaepernick could still fit in the league.Kaepernick’s path to snaps in Washington is blocked by current quarterback Johnson, who has just 193 total career pass attempts to his name and, like Sanchez, is a year older than Kaepernick. When we look at his career efficiency numbers compared with Kaepernick’s, we can see why Johnson hasn’t been allowed much opportunity to throw. Plays with Johnson under center have resulted in negative value for his teams. Kaepernick would be in the middle of the pack this yearEvery quarterback with a minimum of 20 pass attempts this season in the NFL, compared with the career numbers of Colin Kaepernick PlayerPass AttemptsTotal EPA/PLAYSuccess Rate Data includes two-point conversions but does not include kneel downs.Source: Elias Sports Bureau 16Jimmy Garoppolo900.2310.52 read more

The Best Players And Biggest Upsets Of 2018 In Almost Any Sport

2NFLJan. 14JacksonvillePittsburgh24.33 Elo’s biggest playoff upsets of 2018Top postseason upsets of the 2018 calendar year, based on winners with the lowest Elo-generated pregame win probabilities, compared with other playoff upsets in the same sport since 2000 32018Mike TroutMLB10.0 WAR9 12018Mookie BettsMLB10.6 WAR4 SportDateUnderdogFavoritePregame Win prob.Rel. Rank Since 2000 4CFBSept. 22Old DominionVirginia Tech2.57 42018Jacob deGromMLB9.6 WAR15 * Current season still in progress† mWS = Modified Win Shares, a version of win share that also blends in a player’s VORP and PER to create a consensus statistical rankingPlayers qualified if their season either started or ended in 2018. NFL rankings include only skill-position statistics.Sources: Baseball-Reference, FanGraphs, Pro-Football-Reference, Basketball-Reference 82018-19*James HardenNBA20.4 mWS†30 62017-18James HardenNBA21.2 mWS†24 Among teams in MLB, the NFL, the NBA, NCAA football and NCAA men’s basketball.MLB pregame win probabilities take into account the starting pitchers for each team in a given matchup.Source: ESPN 102018-19*Anthony DavisNBA19.1 mWS†39 52017-18LeBron JamesNBA22.5 mWS†19 Elo’s biggest upsets of 2018Top upsets of the 2018 calendar year among sports with Elo ratings, based on winners with the lowest Elo-generated pregame win probabilities, compared with other upsets in the same sport since 2000 rankSeasonPlayerSportValue MetricRelative Rank Since 2000 3MLBJuly 28Kansas CityN.Y. Yankees22.43 6CBBMarch 16MarshallWichita St.12.913 6MLBJune 22Kansas CityHouston24.411 4MLBOct. 7AtlantaL.A. Dodgers35.310 Now, I know what you’re all thinking: The first 16-over-1 win in NCAA men’s tournament history isn’t the top upset of the year? Perhaps surprisingly, Maryland-Baltimore County’s stunner over Virginia — which had a 2.5 percent probability of happening, according to Elo — was only the sixth-biggest college basketball upset of the 2017-18 season alone. (In terms of raw upset odds, St. John’s knocking off Villanova was about 23 percent less likely.) But it’s still a fair point; there are a ton of random regular-season upsets every year, but far fewer come in the postseason. So here’s a version of the ranking above that looks solely at playoff upsets (excluding the College Football Playoff, which has existed only since 2014): 5MLBJune 8Chi. White SoxBoston23.38 92018Max ScherzerMLB8.7 WAR34 NFL MVP favorite Patrick Mahomes was a very close second behind Betts, having produced one of the top individual skill-position seasons of the millennium while leading the Kansas City Chiefs’ explosive offense. (And he’s still going, of course.) Behind Mahomes is a mix of familiar names — Trout, LeBron James — and players whose award-winning 2018 performances propelled them into historic territory, such as Mets ace Jacob deGrom and Rockets star James Harden.Mahomes’s season isn’t the only great individual campaign still unfolding. Saints QB Drew Brees has also produced MVP-type numbers, though they have flagged a bit since the end of November. And amid speculation about where he might play next, Anthony Davis currently leads the NBA in win shares and player efficiency rating, while ranking second in value over replacement player. Finally, despite Houston’s disappointing start, Harden has quietly been playing nearly as well as he did last season, leading the league in VORP.Still, this is a case where the limits of our analysis — leagues for which we have Elo ratings — miss a lot. If you expand the search beyond the sports in which we track Elo, as ESPN’s Peter Keating did, American gymnast Simone Biles would give Betts a run for the No. 1 slot. In 2018, Biles won gold in every category at the U.S. championships, then fought off a kidney stone to win four more golds (plus a silver and a bronze) at the World Championships. Between Biles’s stellar performance and those of snowboarder Chloe Kim, WNBA star Breanna Stewart, top-ranked golfer Ariya Jutanugarn and swimmer (and FiveThirtyEight favorite) Katie Ledecky, we saw an outstanding crop of dominant female athletes this year.Biggest upset of 2018Baltimore Orioles 10, Boston Red Sox 3 — Sept. 26 (No. 1 upset in MLB since 2000)It’s fitting that the top upset of the year featured our worst team of 2018, the Baltimore Orioles, beating the best, the Boston Red Sox. In baseball, most games are pretty close to a coin flip, with only the most extreme mismatches (usually aided by a disparate starting-pitching matchup) straying very far from 50-50. But in the second leg of a late-season double-header, the Red Sox sent staff ace Chris Sale to the hill against rookie Jimmy Yacabonis. Boston was looking for its 108th win of the season; Baltimore was looking to avoid loss No. 113. Going into the game, our pitcher-adjusted Elo model gave the O’s a mere 18.8 percent chance of winning. And yet, Baltimore hung seven runs on the Sox bullpen in the last three innings (including four on closer Craig Kimbrel) to break a 3-3 tie and seal the historic upset.It was one of four upsets in 2018 that ranked among baseball’s 10 most improbable since 2000, helping MLB dominate the upset ranking below.2Granted, perhaps that is driven as much by tanking — which creates the sheer prevalence of record-setting mismatches — as anything else. 7MLBAug. 30DetroitN.Y. Yankees24.916 After making that change, we do see UMBC’s win rise to the top of the list as the most impressive postseason upset of the year. In fact, it was a pretty good year for underdogs all around, from the Philadelphia Eagles’ dog mask-fueled Super Bowl victory to the Vegas Golden Knights’ Stanley Cup Final run as an expansion team (and 200-1 title shot).While the Warriors won again and baseball’s best got even better, there was still room in 2018 for plenty of surprises and inspiring performances. Here’s hoping 2019 brings fans even more moments to enjoy on the fields, courts, rinks and everywhere else our favorite games are played. 1CBBMarch 16UMBCVirginia2.5%2 The best MLB, NBA and NFL players of 2018Top players of the 2018 calendar year, based on relative value metrics compared with other player-seasons in the same sport since 2000 9NBAMarch 16SacramentoGolden State7.218 SportDateUnderdogFavoritePregame Win prob.Rel. Rank Since 2000 5NBAApril 16MiamiPhiladelphia17.710 8NBANov. 23PhoenixMilwaukee7.116 As 2018 draws to its conclusion, we wanted to look back at the year in sports — the best (and worst) teams, the results that surprised us most and the athletes who inspired us. On Friday, we covered the best and worst teams of 2018, so now it’s time to look at the best players and upsets of the year.You can read that first article for more detail on the methodology behind our rankings — but the “best players” are derived by taking a similar approach, this time using an all-in-one value metric of choice in each pro sport for which we have Elo ratings1I used Approximate Value for the NFL, wins above replacement for MLB (averaging together the versions of WAR found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs) and a mix of value over replacement player (VORP), win shares and player efficiency rating for NBA players (with those numbers for current NBA seasons prorated to 82 games). and ranking every player relative to other individual seasons since 2000. (Again, this includes all stats from seasons that either started or ended in the 2018 calendar year, so some numbers included in those seasons may have been compiled in 2017.) We’re also tracking the best upsets in the same manner, measuring the winner’s Elo-predicted win probability against the most unlikely wins in that sport over time.Without further ado, I give you the best professional player of 2018 in the NBA, NFL and MLB …Best player of 2018Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox (fourth-best MLB season by wins above replacement since 2000)In a year that featured a number of standout performances, none was better than that of Boston’s 26-year-old right fielder. Betts earned American League MVP honors by becoming just the fifth player of the 21st century to crack 10.0 WAR in a single season — and he was the rare player to outduel WAR machine Mike Trout for the top slot in the league. Add in Boston’s World Series victory (which Betts punctuated with a home run in the clinching contest), and Betts had himself a year for the ages in 2018. 22018-19*Patrick MahomesNFL21 AV5 3NFLJan. 6TennesseeKansas City24.84 Among teams in MLB, the NFL, the NBA and NCAA men’s basketball. College football upsets weren’t included in the ranking because the College Football Playoff has existed only since 2014.Source: ESPN 8NBAMay 1ClevelandToronto21.827 10CBBMarch 18Texas A&MNorth Carolina19.536 7NBAMay 14Golden StateHouston21.725 2MLBJuly 15DetroitHouston21.42 10MLBApril 25MiamiL.A. Dodgers25.119 9NBAMay 3ClevelandToronto23.333 1MLBSept. 26BaltimoreBoston18.8%1 72018-19*Drew BreesNFL19 AV29 read more

Father stockpiled weapons and plotted revenge on police and judge who took

Ebrahimi targeted police officers and a judge after he became obsessed with “limitless revenge” against authority figuresCredit:West Yorkshire Police/PA Ebrahimi targeted police officers and a judge after he became obsessed with "limitless revenge" against authority figures A police spokesman said: “The effects of this action sowed the seeds of a deep hatred of the police that grew exponentially from that moment.”He believed that the police were committed to destroying his life and set about seeking to take extreme violent action against them.” “He developed a deep-seated and consuming hatred and loathing for people in authority, in the main police officers, and set about research and planning his limitless revenge against them.”Mr Stevenson said: “The volume of weapons, substances and associated material recovered from his property were to enable him to commit the most serious harm to others and I strongly believe that he would have eventually executed his plans in harming a police officer on the streets of West Yorkshire.” Ebrahimi had 90 videos saved that related to the creation of explosives, fuses, detonators and gunpowder.Detective Chief Inspector Warren Stevenson said: “Ebrahimi is a very dangerous individual who posed a significant and very serious threat to police officers, police staff, solicitors and the judiciary. Ebrahimi amassed chemicals and weapons including swords, crossbows and air riflesCredit:West Yorkshire Police/PA His home was raided and officers found a book detailing 21 vehicle registration plates of cars belonging to people he was interested in and photographs of their addresses.His sat-nav revealed that he had visited the address of the judge who issued the non-molestation order and of a police chief inspector.The full home addresses were also found of other police officers he had encountered as well as that of the solicitor working on behalf of his ex-partner.Police also found he had researched the use and effects of chemicals, how police officers are protected when not at work and sophisticated surveillance equipment.A large amount of chemicals were also recovered from Ebrahimi’s address, along with an extensive collection of weapons including knives, swords, crossbows and high-powered air rifles, the spokesman said. Ebrahimi amassed chemicals and weapons including swords, crossbows and air rifles He said Ebrahimi was arrested in October 2015 after concerns were raised by Calderdale College about his unusual interest in chemicals and wanting to develop a science lab at home. A man who targeted police officers and a judge after becoming obsessed with “limitless revenge” against authority figures has been jailed for 20 years.West Yorkshire Police said Ashkan Ebrahimi, 33, conducted extensive research on 38 different individuals as he amassed chemicals and weapons including swords, crossbows and air rifles.Senior officers said they “strongly believe that he would have eventually executed his plans in harming a police officer on the streets of West Yorkshire”.The force confirmed that Ebrahimi, of Halifax, was sentenced on Tuesday after being found guilty of possessing explosives with intent to endanger life, possession on an offensive weapon, possession of a bladed article in a public place and stalking offences.A jury at Bradford Crown Court heard how Ebrahimi became obsessed with revenge against the authorities after was he issued with a non-molestation order against his former partner by a judge in the county court and was subsequently separated from his young child. He developed a deep-seated and consuming hatred and loathing for people in authority, in the main police officers, and set about research and planning his limitless revenge against them 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. read more

Two Irish banks raise funds in transactions not seen for several years

first_imgUpdated 11.45pmTWO IRISH BANKS raised a total of €1 billion on the markets today in transactions not seen here since the financial collapse five years ago.Allied Irish Bank issued €500m in fixed rate senior unsecured debt, its first move of this kind since 2009 and marks the banks full re-entry into the senior unsecured bond market.The bank said the move was met with strong demand on the market. 99% of the issue’s allocations were secured by international investors, including those from a range of countries across Europe.Meanwhile, Permanent TSB raised €500m through a sale of mortgage backed securities, the first such sale by an Irish bank since 2007.Group Treasurer at the bank Kieran Bristow said that the deal reflected strong investor confidence, with the transaction being significantly over-subscribed.This was the bank’s first issue of a mortgage backed security since 2006.Minister for Finance Michael Noonan welcomed the move, which comes just a week after Ireland agreed to exit its bailout programme without any further supports.“The initial market reaction has been positive and these transactions, the first of their kind for both banks for a number of years,” he said, “are further evidence of improved international investor sentiment towards both institutions and towards Ireland.”Originally published 22:23Read: Newbridge Credit Union taken over by Permanent TSB >More: AIB and Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation to establish third-party advice body >last_img read more

Un étui projecteur de poche pour liPhone

first_imgUn étui projecteur de poche pour l’iPhone !On doit cette trouvaille à Texas Instrument et Brookstone qui sera disponible à partir du 16 novembre prochain, aux Etats-Unis.N’allez pas croire que Texas Instrument se cantonnait à fabriquer des calculatrices, partenaires de misère pendant le calvaire des cours de maths au lycée. C’est aussi l’une des firmes pionnières de la pico-projection. Un domaine devenu réalité aujourd’hui, et dont l’un des derniers représentants est cet étui projecteur de poche, spécialement conçu pour l’iPhone 4. Vendu avec sa batterie chargeable à l’USB 2100mAh, le projecteur embarque une lampe de projection LED de 15 lumens et la technologie DLP ePico Projector de Texas Instruments. Selon les deux partenaires, le projecteur pourrait fournir une image jusqu’à 50 pouces en diagonale, avec une résolution de 640×360.Compatible avec plusieurs applications natives iOS (Youtube par exemple), le projecteur fonctionnera également avec d’autres applications de tiers (possédant une fonctionnalité vidéo out). Il est déjà possible de commander l’étui sur le site de Brookstone pour 229,99 dollars ! A ce prix là, il faut vraiment en avoir l’utilité…Le 13 novembre 2011 à 12:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

This Artificial Gravity Machine Wont Make You Barf

first_img Scientists Study Health Benefits of Artificial GravityIn space, the human heart becomes spherical Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder are working to transform artificial gravity from sci-fi fantasy to real-world technology.The team, led by aerospace engineer Torin Clark, envisions a compact centrifuge—small enough to fit inside a room—where galactic explorers can go to get their daily dose of gravity.“Astronauts experience bone loss, muscle loss, cardiovascular deconditioning, and more in space,” Clark, an assistant professor at CU Boulder, said in a statement. “Today, there are a series of piecemeal countermeasures to overcome these issues.”Scientists aboard the International Space Station, for instance, must exercise up to 2.5 hours a day and maintain a balanced diet to keep their bodies from wasting away.“But artificial gravity is great because it can overcome all of [those issues] at once,” Clark added.Strapped onto a what looks like a hospital gurney attached to a giant turntable, the engineer tests his team’s short-radius centrifuge.As the platform rotates—slowly at first, then gradually faster—it creates an angular velocity that pushes Clark’s feet toward the base, almost as if he were standing under his own weight.“It’s fun,” he said of the amusement park ride-like experience.Before anyone can start receiving these space-age spa treatments, though, the team must solve one major problem of artificial gravity: motion sickness.If Clark turned his head to either side while spinning, he would perceive what’s known as the “cross-coupled illusion”: a disruption of the inner ear that makes you feel like you’re tumbling.“It’s a very strange sensation,” according to Kathrine Bretl, a graduate student in Clark’s lab.So strange, in fact, that for decades engineers considered that kind of motion sickness a deal breaker for artificial gravity.Torin Clark does not agree.His team tested their centrifuge on a group of volunteers over 10 sessions. But unlike earlier studies, the CU Boulder researchers started slow, spinning subjects at just one rotation per minute; they increased speed only once each participant no longer experienced cross-coupled illusion.“We try to avoid instances of motion sickness because the whole point of our research is to make it tolerable,” Bretl said.The team spun test subjects in a seated position, then asked them to tilt their head to the side to see if they experienced the cross-coupled illusion (via Torin Clark/University of Colorado Boulder)By the end of the experiment, subjects were all spinning comfortably at an average speed of about 17 rotations per minute—much faster than any previous research suggested.The group published their results in last month’s issue of the Journal of Vestibular Research.“As far as we can tell, essentially anyone can adapt to this stimulus,” Clark said, making a case for artificial gravity as an option for future space travel.Far future, based on lingering uncertainties: How long do the effects of this training last? How much gravity would an astronaut need to offset the loss of muscle and bone?“The point of our work is to try to get more people to think that maybe artificial gravity isn’t so crazy,” Bretl explained. “Maybe it has a place outside of science fiction.”NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) agree: The pair launched a joint study earlier this year to understand how artificial gravity can help astronauts stay healthy in space.More on Geek.com:Video Captures How Mice React to Zero Gravity Aboard Space StationToast to Space Travel With Zero-Gravity ChampagneNASA’s Robert Frost Busts Space Gravity Myth Stay on targetlast_img read more

Weather Eye Winter storm watch for Clark County but will it actually

first_img Well, here we go again. This column may sound like a repeat of ones earlier this month. On Saturday, the National Weather Service had a winter storm watch up for much of the area, including Clark County, for tonight and Monday.Remember the last time we went through this? Grocery stores were cleaned out, including some headlines of kale being grabbed off the shelves. I don’t get that; I hate kale. Anyway, looking at the forecast charts Saturday afternoon, I couldn’t pinpoint an accurate forecast for anything. They have a large snowstorm somewhere between Roseburg, Ore., and Vancouver.That is a wide spread considering the snow line will only be about 100 miles wide, so any shift in the rain/snow line could mean boom or bust. Right now, I would say most of the heaviest precipitation would remain south of Clark County with maybe Salem getting the bull’s-eye. Only flurries as far north as Kelso. But hey, that will have changed by this morning when you read this.I am somewhat skeptical about how much cold air can make it down the Gorge as well. The idea is we get cold air from central Washington down the Gorge on east winds, and then warmer precipitation riding above that for a heavy wet snow. Not the kind that blows down the street. After all, it is almost March.Maybe a snow day here on Monday? Who knows? It’s a possibility. If Vancouver is in the bull’s-eye, we get upward of 8 inches of wet snow. If not maybe a spattering of wet flakes and a slushy snow cover.Wish I had an exact plan for you, but weather forecasting is not an exact science quite yet. Watch the skies later today, and let’s see what happens. I know school kids will for sure. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.last_img read more

Redknapp annoyed by Walcotts performance

first_imgJamie Redknapp couldn’t understand why Everton wasn’t using Theo Walcott more in the derby game against Liverpool as when the winger finally started to be used, the Reds had big problems.Ragnar Klavan was playing as a full-back against Walcott but the Toffees weren’t able to take an advantage of the fact that the Estonia international isn’t used to this kind of position and didn’t use Walcott properly throughout the game.The former Liverpool player insisted that he didn’t understand this as he said, according to hitc.com:divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“It was the right side. All game, none of us could understand why they couldn’t come down this side. Klavern isn’t a left-back and it took until 84 minutes until they gave it to Walcott. It drove me mad! It was like a different Everton team for the last 15 minutes.”“I’m not digging him out but the amount of time Walcott could have made an angle, it was really frustrating to watch.”last_img read more

Woman shot multiple times in Provo still critical

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:cheshire hall, jamaican woman, shot, takara bain Digicel & NBA team up again, 60 TCI children to benefit Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 31 Aug 2015 – A woman is fighting for her life at hospital now as doctors at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center try to save her after being shot in the back, three times on South Dock road this morning.A 38-year old woman is the victim in this shooting, which was near CBMS, where Police say they have not yet uncovered a motive; the woman is Haitian and a former resident of Grand Turk. TCI Hospitals Public Relations, Takara Bain explained that the woman arrived around 10:53am and was rushed to surgery; her condition around 3pm today was listed as critical. Details are still coming at this hour, including reports that there were more than three bullet wounds and in some pretty private places on the lady. You can look to Magnetic Media social and mobile media blasts for the updates throughout the evening… Woman shot, vehicle shot up in Kew Town ambush this morning Dr Smith with PDA in Cheshire Hall, againlast_img read more

The sparrow takes flight

Sakshee Pradhan’s Schon [meaning beautiful in German] takes inpiration from little sparrows and spring that dominates her entire collection in the form of delicate cut outs of the bird that graced every piece of the looks showcased. Predominantly is salmon pink with well places swatches of shimmer, sheer and champagne sequins -the collection falls beautifully but the colour tends to get a little monotonous after a point. One delicate gown in an ivory white with sparrows in colour on branches is striking. Diana Penty as showstopper flowed on the ramp in her ensemble – but we really wish the collection had a little more edge to stand out. read more

Travelport launch new technology to help disrupted air passengers

first_imgTravelport launch new technology to help disrupted air passengersThanks to new, industry-first mobile-based technology, available from Travelport, the pain of airline disruptions is now a thing of the past.Travelport today announces the launch of Travelport Resolve —a new product for airlines that puts the traveller first, automating the sourcing and distribution of hotel rooms; air re-booking; and meal and transport needs into asingle, seamless and paperless experience when flights are cancelled or delayed. Travelport Resolve enables airlines to react to disruptions with speed and accuracy, immediately communicating with passengers after an itinerary change so passengers can use their mobile device to quickly select and book their preferred hotel room from available local accommodation options.On trial with a major US-based airline, passengers loved how easy and fast it was to use Travelport Resolve: “I thought it was fantastic…(and) user-friendly…! This made my day! There was no waiting, no phone calls and I could book it all on my iPhone before I even de-boarded the plane!” Other passengers called it “a smooth process” and “a great experience.”“With a few simple touches on their mobile device, Travelport helps disrupted passengers to bypass the frustration of hotel and meal voucher lines and quickly be on their way to a comfortable hotel room,” commented Derek Sharp, Travelport’s senior vice president and managing director, air commerce. “For airlines, Travelport Resolve helps improve customer service performance during disruptions, avoiding serious damage to their brand and to their relationships with affected customers.”Travelport Resolve which was formulated from an idea developed in the Travelport Labs Accelerator program, transforms the current labour-intensive, manual hotel sourcing, booking, and payment process that typically plagues airlines during disruptive irregular operations (IROPS) situations.By combining Travelport’s mobile expertise and its ability to source and book hotel rooms across the globe, and allowing airlines to automate and monitor the entire hotel distribution process, Travelport Resolve demonstrates the unique power of Travelport’s platform to improve the travel experience for airlines and their customers.Travelport Resolve also provides airlines with actionable insights into IROPS, including hotel related costs, room usage, passenger status and activity patterns, with up-to-the-minute reporting tools that analyze the true cost of disruptions to an airline’s business and identify improvements an airline can make to its service.The product will soon include predictive features enabling airlines to recognize potential IROPS situations, along with local conditions or events, that may create limited hotel availability. Travelport Resolve will then automatically procure room inventory needed to meet passenger demand.Source = Travelportlast_img read more

Aman has announced the launch of Amanera schedule

first_imgAman has announced the launch of Amanera, scheduled to open in the Dominican Republic in late 2015.Overlooking Playa Grande Beach, Amanera will be the first golf-integrated Aman, situated along the Playa Grande Golf Course, renowned for having the most ocean-side holes in the Western hemisphere.Designed by John Heah, the resort is perched on 60-foot cliffs and features 25 Casitas rather than traditional rooms or suites, that reflect the landscape of the surrounding region.Each of the one-bedroomed Casitas enjoys unobstructed ocean vistas from an expansive terrace, outdoor seating and lounging areas and through floor-to-ceiling windows from the spacious, high-ceilinged living and sleeping areas. Every Casita is accessed via a winding pathway through a private garden and 13 Casitas feature their own 10-metre private swimming pools.Guests will also enjoy access to the Aman Clubhouse, fitness centre, tennis courts and the Aman Spa.For further information and reservations please visit: www.amanresorts.com/amaneralast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Guests exploring the n

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterGuests exploring the natural beauty of Chile and Argentina can now enjoy specialist guided small group journeys with luxury brand andBeyond. Covering two sought-after destinations, travellers can opt for either the Wine and Country Expedition or the Patagonia Lakes Expedition, each with its own highlights and captivating scenery.Travelling in style, groups of just four to 10 guests can relax, unwind and enjoy the comfort of either a Land Rover Discovery 4 or a Discovery Sport, while renowned expert specialist andBeyond guide Gary James hosts them on one of the 11-day off-the-beaten-path bucket list adventures. The luxury vehicles were chosen specifically for the spacious comfort they provide for long stretches of highway, as well as their ability to effortlessly traverse the off-road terrain.With three exclusive departures for 2018 to choose from, this is the perfect way to explore the timeless beauty, pristine landscapes and hidden gems of Chile and Argentina.Wine & Country ExpeditionThe adventure kicks off in Santiago, Chile’s dynamic capital, with an exploration of the city’s barrios. This insider tour provides insight into the origins of the city and its expansion over the course of the last 200 years.The second leg of the journey focuses on Chile’s award-winning wine country, with stops at some of the country’s most innovative wineries. Constantly evolving, Chilean wines are forever being tweaked and improved and grape varieties rediscovered.Heading south, the next stop is Pucón, renowned for its sprawling natural beauty and cultural highlights. Guests can stay on a 40-hectare farm, taste respected wines, sample fresh, organic produce from the farm, burn off some energy with a wide assortment of guided outdoor adventure activities and experience the art, cuisine and culture of the Mapuche, Chile’s main ethnic group.The journey continues south to the Lakes Region of Argentina, with excursions to San Martin de los Andes and the legendary town of Bariloche, which is dominated by towering peaks and crystal clear lakes. Travellers experience a road surrounded by majestic mountains, verdant forests, cascading waterfalls, rich heritage, winding roads and the open sky.Patagonia Lakes ExpeditionThe tour begins in Puerto Varas, a charming town steeped in history, where travellers can stroll past the German-inspired architecture, lush gardens and quaint shops. The route then turns, deep into the heart of northern Patagonia, with its snow-capped volcanoes and ancient lush forests.Explorers then head to Pumalín Park, where they can learn about ongoing conservation projects, before heading south to Futaleufú, a small town made famous for its river and world-class rafting. The tour crosses into Argentina to see the legendary Bariloche and San Martin de los Andes.The trip ends back in Chile, in the enchanting Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve, situated in the middle of the Chilean Patagonian rainforest.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Cyprus talks at crossroads Eide says

first_imgBy Michele KambasGreek and Turkish Cypriots have reached a critical juncture in negotiations to end the decades-old Cyprus division and only a small number of issues remain to be resolved, the United Nations’ envoy for Cyprus said on Thursday.“We are at a crossroads,” UN envoy Espen Barthe Eide told Reuters in an interview.“I think the leaders know that we are at the crossroads and at the crossroads you have to take the right turn, or the alternative is the wrong turn,” he added.Eide, a former Norwegian foreign minister, has been overseeing the talks between President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci for about two years.Eide and his team facilitate the discussions between Anastasiades and Akinci to reunite the island under a federal umbrella of two semi-autonomous zones.He said there was “no doubt” that the two had come closer to a solution than ever before. But he was more cautious when asked whether he thought a peace plan could be agreed by the two sides and then put to a popular vote in a referendum this year, saying that depended on the leaders.“I believe it’s possible. Whether it will happen, I think I will remain open. It’s doable.”“There are a relatively small number of outstanding issues, the vast majority is done,” said Eide.Although the number is small, they are significant, he added.Eide said the issues that still require resolution include finalising the nature of the presidency that will govern Cyprus, a final deal on territorial adjustments, some property-related questions and security.Greece, Turkey and Britain are guarantor powers under a 1960 treaty that granted the former British colony independence. It was cited by Turkey as a basis for the 1974 invasion, and Greek Cypriots and Greece want the system dismantled. Turkey and Turkish Cypriots want the system to remain intact.“On that one I am quite optimistic, that’s within reach,” Eide said on the prospects of a deal on security.Although there is no timeframe for a settlement, Eide said it was understood that the process could not go on indefinitely.“There is no time limit … but there is a shared understanding that we do not have oceans of time and that there is no time like the present.” You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Justice minister highlights improvements in human rights

first_imgJustice Minister Ionas Nicolaou on Monday praised the progress Cyprus has made in terms of human rights in recent years by pointing to what he described as “tangible results”.He was speaking at the event ‘Modern challenges in the protection and promotion of human rights in Cyprus’ which took place to commemorate this year’s Human Rights Day.“In Cyprus, human rights and freedoms are primarily protected by the constitution, which is the supreme law of the state. A standard for their content and safeguards was the European Convention on Human Rights, which was incorporated into Cypriot law, with even greater power over any ordinary law,” he explained.The protection of human rights is the axis of the actions of the government in areas such as the justice system and prisons, while the role of the courts is also crucial.The ministry is substantially reforming the judicial system for faster and more effective administration of justice, the minister explained, adding that detention conditions are also being upgraded.“The changes in the prison system have elicited positive responses from international and European organisations visiting our prisons,” he added.In recent years, there has been a particular emphasis on tackling corruption and promoting accountability, and organisations and individuals have been consulted to strengthen transparency he said.He also commented on the treatment of refugees and undocumented migrants, saying that Cyprus has responded effectively to the recent influx.“We have ensured decent reception, security, and hospitable living conditions in properly designed reception areas, as well as special care for refugees in need of urgent or special protection,” he noted.“For our government, safeguarding human rights, universal respect and promotion will continue to be firmly at the forefront of our priorities and at the heart of our aspirations and policies, both nationally and internationally. For us human rights are not the prerogative of one person, but are for the good of all.”You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more