Argentina sack coach Edgardo Bauza, line up Sevilla’s Sampaoli

first_imgTwice World Cup winners Argentina sacked coach Edgardo Bauza on Monday after a string of poor results in South American qualifying left them struggling to reach the 2018 finals in Russia.Media reports suggest Sevilla’s Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli, who has never disguised his ambition to take charge of the national team and steered neighbouring Chile to the Copa America title in 2015, will step into the vacancy.”We’ve reached an agreement, we’ve told Bauza he’s ceased to be the national team coach,” the Argentine FA’s recently elected president Claudio Tapia told reporters after a meeting at the organisation’s Buenos Aires headquarters.Argentina, whose captain Lionel Messi has been banned for four matches for insulting a match official, are fifth in the South American group with four qualifiers remaining.The top four in the 10-nation group go through to the 2018 finals in Russia, while the fifth-placed country qualifies for a playoff against a team from Oceania.Bauza presided over eight matches, all 2018 World Cup qualifiers, with three wins, two draws and three defeats.If the AFA can successfully prize Sampaoli away from Sevilla at the end of the season, he would have until August 31 to prepare for Argentina’s next qualifier, a tricky trip to play Uruguay in Montevideo.Tapia has announced a news conference for Tuesday to give details of Bauza’s departure and his possible successor.The new AFA leadership made the decision to dispense with Bauza after Argentina were lucky to beat Chile 1-0 at home with a Messi penalty then lost 2-0 away to Bolivia at high altitude in La Paz last month.advertisementArgentina, who had Messi suspended before the Bolivia game, could be without their talisman in Uruguay and at home to Peru and Venezuela later this year unless they manage to get the ban reduced on appeal.If the appeal fails, Messi would only come back for the final, potentially decisive qualifier away to Ecuador at high altitude in Quito in October.Bauza was appointed last July by Armando Perez, who headed a FIFA committee that administered the AFA and prepared it for the presidential election that Tapia won last month.Messi had quit international football after Argentina’s second successive Copa America final defeat on penalties by Chile in the United States in June, having missed the opening spot kick in the shootout.Bauza persuaded Messi to return in August and the captain responded with a goal in a 1-0 home win over Uruguay on Sept. 1.The 59-year-old’s team were unconvincing, though, with draws away to Venezuela and Peru, losses to Paraguay and Brazil and a win over Colombia between September and November.Messi missed all but the Brazil and Colombia matches through injury.Sampaoli quit as Chile coach after lifting the 2015 Copa America but had just taken charge at Sevilla when the Argentina job became vacant last July after Gerardo Martino resigned.The AFA would have to pay a buyout clause to trigger Sampaoli’s release from Sevilla.last_img read more

Exclusive: Harmanpreet Kaur ‘badly wants to go back home’ after frenetic cricket season

first_imgHarmanpreet Kaur, the vice-captain of the Indian women’s cricket team, is in no hurry to accept the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) offered by the Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for her stupendous show in the just-concluded World Cup.”I am waiting to go back home and the family will sit together before arriving at any final decision,” Harmanpreet, who along with skipper Mithali Raj was given out-of-turn promotions as a gazetted officer by the Indian Railways on Thursday, told Aaj Tak in an exclusive interview.”Railways gave us jobs when we had nothing. They have supported us (10 out of 15 players from the World Cup squad were from Railways) all these years. We are always going to be indebted to our organisation,” she added.Along with the rest of her team mates, Harmanpreet has been on the road for months now. “I so badly want to go back home. It has been almost five or six months since I have been away. The first thing I want to do after returning to Moga is to have some home cooked food made by my mother,” says the 28-year-old who played a sensational match-winning knock of 171 runs in the tournament semifinal against Australia.Meanwhile, her captain Mithali Raj is already focusing on the next year’s Women’s World T20.”I can’t say right now whether I’ll be captaining the side again in the next World Cup or not. However, I will continue to give my best and doing well in the 2018 World T20 remains the next major priority right now,” Raj told India Today.advertisementWhile thanking the fans for their support during the World Cup, Raj said that the fan-following for women’s cricket in India will grow enormously in the future.last_img read more

Jaffer, more than a first-class player for first-class cricket

first_imgBy Abhishek HoreIndore, Jan 2 (PTI) Turning 40 in less than two months, Wasim Jaffer has already achieved more than what many could in first-class cricket, but the batting crease remains the place where he feels most at home, most at peace with the world.As one of the three seasoned professionals in the side, Jaffer played a pivotal role in Vidarbhas maiden Ranji Trophy triumph — astonishingly his ninth overall.The years of experience he gained representing Mumbai benefitted Vidarbha greatly and he willingly played mentor to the young players besides scoring nearly 600 runs.Though he concedes he doesnt have many years left in him, the former India opener says he will continue to play as long as fitness allows him. Jaffer has nearly 18,000 runs in first-class cricket.”Nobody probably believed that Id play another Ranji final but here I am with my ninth Ranji Trophy title,” he says.But being the exemplary team-man, Jaffer doesnt forget to acknowledge the others behind the concerted effort that made for Vidarbhas fairytale campaign.”Vidarbha had the talent but I think (coach) Chandrakant Pandit brought a lot of discipline, a lot of strictness, he brought the players out of their comfort zone – which was required I feel,” says the veteran.”These players have the talent but sometimes you need to push them; they dont know their limits. So with me around, (bowling coach) Subroto (Banerjee) around and Chandu around, you can see what they can do,” he adds.Jaffer made his first-class debut in 1996-97 and two decades on, he shows no sign of slowing down. In the international arena, he has nearly 2000 Test runs with five centuries, including a double ton against the West Indies in 2006.advertisementInto his 20th season in first-class cricket, Jaffers hunger for playing the sport is as incredible as ever.”I think just about playing, to be honest. I dont know anything other than playing cricket. I know I can do a bit of coaching and a bit of commentating, but it wont give me as much joy.”Theres always time to do a lot of these things. As long as I can play and Im enjoying and helping these players with anything that I can, it gives me a lot of satisfaction,” he explains.”This is the joy that keeps me going and theres not many years left in me, but currently Im enjoying playing and I want to continue as long as I can, till my fitness allows me.”Jaffer, who scored a triple century in only his second first-class game, is over 1,500 runs ahead of former Mumbai teammate Amol Muzumdar, who has the second-highest runs in the Ranji Trophy. Jaffer has 10738.Asked if he lays any emphasis on statistics, he said they are important to some extent.”…but you dont need to play for statistics obviously, you need to enjoy the game. You dont need to put too much pressure (on yourself) through statistics,” he asserts.”As long as you enjoy the sport, as long as you enjoy what you are doing and you are contributing to the team, you dont need to be a burden on the side. I think that holds a lot more importance than statistics,” adds Jaffer, who captained Mumbai to their 38th and 39th Ranji triumphs before moving to Vidarbha. PTI AH PM PMlast_img read more

Oppo F9, F9 Pro receive Bluetooth certification, may launch soon

first_imgThe Oppo F7 was launched in India earlier this year and it looks like the company is ready to bring out its successor soon. As Oppo has a tendency to skip a number when it comes to naming its phones, the next device in the F-series is set to be called the Oppo F9 and it could launch as soon as August. A teaser spotted recently suggests the Oppo F9 will bring a dual rear camera setup with LED flash. Additionally, the device also passed through Bluetooth certification last week and it seems there may be an Oppo F9 Pro model as well.The Oppo F9 was spotted with model numbers CPH 1823, CPH 1825, CPH 1881. Notably, the CPH 1823 model is associated with both the Oppo F9 and F9 Pro while the other two seem to be regular variants of the Oppo F9. Bluetooth certification does not provide any details about the device apart from the LTE bands it will support. However, it seems the Oppo F9 sports the same Bluetooth module as the Oppo F7 and Realme 1, suggesting the upcoming F9 and F9 Pro will be powered by a Helio P60 chipset.There’s is a fair deal about the Oppo F9 and F9 Pro that is still a mystery including its design. A leaked teaser spotted recently only suggests that the Oppo F9 will be the first in the F-series to bear a dual camera setup, which means you can expect depth support. The series has largely focussed on the selfie camera so we should expect some upgrade to the front camera over the Oppo F7 as well. Like the Oppo F7, you can expect the Oppo F9 to sport a display notch as well, but nothing has been suggested as of yet.advertisementAs the Oppo F7 has been launched in India, we expect the F9 to come to the country as well. The device is also expected to carry a similar price tag of over Rs 20,000 in India. The latest report suggests the Oppo F9 Pro will only be offered in select markets, so there’s some uncertainty on whether India will be one of them.last_img read more

England jump three spots in FIFA Ranking

first_imgEngland FIFA ranking: England jump three spots & top 20 in full Robin Bairner 17:31 10/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Harry Kane England Getty Images England WC Qualification Europe Lithuania v England Lithuania There was no movement in the top six, while Denmark and Netherlands climbed into the top 20 England moved up three places to 12th in the latest FIFA Ranking as Germany retained their grip on top spot.Gareth Southgate’s side booked their place at the World Cup finals during October and have been rewarded by leapfrogging Wales, Mexico and Colombia.Meanwhile, Germany retained their grip on an unchanged top six, which comprises of the world champions followed by Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium and Poland.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Behind them, France moved up to seventh, while Spain jumped three spots to eighth. Chile, who missed out on qualifying for the World Cup, are ninth with Peru completing the top 10.The Netherlands made a big jump of nine spots into the top 20, while the Republic of Ireland and Scotland both broke into the top 30 by climbing eight and 14 spots respectively. Ranking Country Movement 1 Germany No Movement 2 Brazil No Movement 3 Portugal No Movement 4 Argentina No Movement 5 Belgium No Movement 6 Poland No Movement 7 France Up 1 8 Spain Up 3 9 Chile No Movement 10 Peru Up 2 11 Switzerland Down 4 12 England Up 3 13 Colombia Down 3 14 Wales Down 1 15 Italy Up 2 16 Mexico Down 2 17 Uruguay Down 1 18 Croatia No Movement 19 Denmark Up 7 20 Netherlands Up 9 The USA also climbed the ranking, moving to 27, despite failing to qualify for the World Cup in surprising circumstances. Austria were the big movers in the top 50 as they leapt 18 places into 39th, while the Czech Republic (up 12) and Panama (up 11) also made dramatic strides. The Central American nation will play in their first World Cup next summer after controversially eliminating the US, which was greeted by a national holiday in their homeland. Ecuador were the big losers in this edition of the Ranking, falling from 35th to 60th in one fell swoop.last_img read more

Moroccan Intellectual Abdallah Laroui Wants to Make Inheritance Wills a Requirement

Rabat – To solve the debate on inheritance in Morocco, historian and intellectual, Abdallah Laroui believes that establishing wills should be mandatory. He made the comments during a speech at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Mohammed V University in Rabat on 19 January.The question of inheritance in Morocco is a socio-economic problem that could be approached “from the point of view of utility and interest,” he said, as quoted by Telquel. For him, the question on gender equality in inheritance could be solved by requiring all Moroccans to write their own individual will.“The inheritance can take the form of a declaration by citizens, as part of their properties subjected to taxes,” says Laroui. Arbaoui indicates that inheritance cannot be discussed from a religious perspective. “The state must address this issue from an objective point of view,” said the Moroccan philosopher. However, an overwhelming majority of Moroccans — eighty-seven percent — oppose gender equality when it comes to inheritance, according to the results of a national survey by the High Commission for Planning.In 2015, the Moroccan Council of Human Rights (CNDH) called on the government to establish equality between men and women in inheritance in accordance with the 2011 constitution.The current majority party in parliament, Party of Justice and Development (PJD), responded to the issue stating its unequivocal rejection of any debate regarding equality of men and women in inheritance. read more

Brigadier arrested over Rathupaswala shooting granted bail

They also recommended the military to investigate into the matter and bring the criminals to book. (Colombo Gazette) An Army Brigadier who had given orders to open fire on a group of protesters in Rathupaswala and another officer were granted bail by the Gampaha Chief Magistrate today.Brigadier Anura Deshapriya Gunawardena and Sergeant Lalith Gray were granted bail when the case was heard today. Brigadier Anura Gunawardena was arrested in May following investigations conducted by the CID over the incident. Human rights groups had condemned the crackdown against the protest by villagers who were demanding clean drinking water for thousands of residents of Weliweriya and have criticised the manner in which authorities had handled the situation.The Sri Lanka Human Rights Council (SLHRC) in 2013 submitted a report on the Rathupaswala incident claiming that the murders were committed by the alleged open air firing at protesters by the Army. Violence erupted during a protest by residents of Rathupaswala on August 01, 2013 as security forces and protesters clashed in Weliweriya, resulting in the death of three persons and injuring over 30. read more

Term of reconciliation secretariat extended till March 2019

A proposal made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to extend its period until 31.03.2019, considering the importance of implanting a programme for making aware the general public on reconciliation, was approved by the cabinet.Mano Tittawella is the Secretary General of the Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms. (Colombo Gazette) The term of the Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms has been extended till March 2019.The Secretariat was established in 2015 for a period of two years for undertaking reconciliation related tasks.

UK US tell Security Council they are ready to see sanctions against

The decision was conveyed to the Council in a joint letter from both countries signed 15 August shortly after Libya informed the 15-member body of its readiness to cooperate in the international fight against terrorism and pay compensation to the families of the 270 people killed in the disaster, as demanded by resolutions 748 of 1992 and 883 of 1993.“In its letter, the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya has pledged before the Council to cooperate in the international fight against terrorism and to cooperate with any further requests for information in connection with the Pan Am 103 investigation,” the letter signed by UK Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry and US Ambassador John D. Negroponte said.“We expect Libya to adhere scrupulously to those commitments.”The sanctions, which included a ban on military sales and air communications, were already suspended in 1999 after Libya agreed to hand over two nationals for trial before a Scottish court sitting in the Netherlands in connection with the bombing. One of them, Abdel Basset Al-Megrahi, was convicted and jailed for his role.In his letter to the Council President for August, Syrian Ambassador Mikhail Wehbe, Libyan Ambassador Ahmed A. Own said he was “pleased to inform you that the remaining issues relating to the fulfilment of all Security Council resolutions resulting from the Lockerbie incident have been resolved.” read more

Humanitarian agencies seek 1 billion to provide lifesaving aid to millions in

“If the resources do not arrive in time, one in five children suffering sever acute malnutrition could die,” said Peter Lundberg, the Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria in a press release issued yesterday by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).“The likelihood of a child with severe acute malnutrition surviving is nine times less than a properly nourished child,” he added. According to OCHA, the eight-year-long conflict has left some 8.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in the worst-affected states of Nigeria’s north-east. In the coming months, around 5.1 million people will face severe food insecurity in the region, where some 1.8 million people have been displaced and millions are exposed to violence and abuse.“Food assistance alone will cost $1 million a day to avoid famine in a region where 450,000 children under five will suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year,” said Mr. Lundberg. “Sustained and timely financial support is needed to maintain the scale-up in operations desperately needed in the north-east of Nigeria.”RELATED: UN food relief agency chief welcomes progress on anti-hunger programmes in north-east NigeriaDuring a recent visit by representatives of 12 donor countries and agencies to Borno state, in the run up to the 24 February Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and Lake Chad region, they lauded the scale-up of humanitarian operations in the north-east and emphasized the need for more funding, a stance the humanitarian community in Nigeria concurs with. “We are grateful to our donors who have enabled us scale up the response and appreciate their continued commitment. We look forward to receiving the needed resources to implement the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan for Nigeria,” Mr. Lundberg said. read more

Tom Brady Doesnt Need Gronk — Or Moss Or Welker — To

By 2010 — a down year by New England’s standards but the first year of the Pats’ experiment with two-tight end jumbo packages — 31 percent of Brady’s passing yards were coming on play-action passes; rookies Gronkowski and Hernandez helped the Patriots to the highest rate in the league, a stark contrast from 2006 when Brady ranked 29th out of 32 qualified passers.The unpredictability goes for other supposed Brady calling cards, like consistent yards after the catch. Brady typically rates among the league leaders in YAC per completion, but he dipped to 24th out of 33 qualified passers in 2014, a season in which the Pats went 12-4 and won the Super Bowl.There’s no telling how long Brady will keep making it deep into the postseason, but just as compelling as wondering how long the old man can keep this up is waiting to see what sort of offense he’ll bring with him if he does.VIDEO: The Patriots better worry about Julio Jones Related: Hot Takedown When the New England Patriots upset the St. Louis Rams in Tom Brady’s first Super Bowl, way back in 2002, Brady was throwing passes to Kevin Faulk, Troy Brown and David Patten. By 2008, he was throwing to the greatest wide receiver of all time, backed by a deep, talented receiving corps. Once Randy Moss left town, the Pats retooled with perhaps the best tight end in NFL history — and again once that tight end was repeatedly lost to injury. These were all very different players with very different strengths, but the Patriots found success with all of them.One of the more remarkable things about Brady appearing in his seventh Super Bowl on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons at age 39 is how many different styles of offense he has found success in. It’s rare enough to find a quarterback who can make all of the throws, let alone one who can do it to so many different players with so many different game plans.Brady isn’t going to beat anyone with his legs (although he’s an effective sneaker), but the Patriots are unmatched in tweaking their offensive strategy for the personnel on hand. New England has had great offensive seasons in which over 70 percent of passing yards went to wide receivers, a high rate for the NFL. The Patriots have also had great seasons when WRs caught half of their yards or less, a rarity in the league. Five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Wes Welker was greatly responsible for some of the Patriots’ most concentrated (and successful) passing seasons, eating up yards alongside Moss and Gronkowski. During his four best years, the Patriots were truly a star-driven passing offense, with fourth and fifth options like Jabar Gaffney and Danny Woodhead making a comparatively small impact in the passing game. In 2011, New England’s most top-heavy season of the Brady era, Welker, Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez accounted for 33 of Brady’s 39 receiving touchdowns and over 70 percent of the team’s receiving yards.But the Pats don’t need stars in order to succeed. In 2005, Deion Branch, David Givens and Troy Brown caught just a little over 50 percent of the Pats’ receiving yards, with Ben Watson, Tim Dwight and Kevin Faulk adding contributions. An injury to Edelman in 2015 led to a similar situation – Gronk was the only player to crack 700 receiving yards, but eight players had at least 250. Of course, it helps to have some talent — the 2006 Patriots didn’t get much happening in their passing game with Reche Caldwell as WR1.That success with diverse sets of receivers has also come with diverse sets of game plans. Unlike, say, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers rolling left or Cardinals signal-caller Carson Palmer gunning the deep ball, conventional wisdom says that Brady’s game morphs to fit his personnel.One way we can test whether that’s true is to look at whether the things Brady was known for early in his career have continued to be central to his game as his career has progressed. At one point, the nearest thing he had to a specialty (besides those QB sneaks) was the play-action pass. Play-action is an effective part of any offense, and certain quarterbacks tend to rely on it more than others. But while Brady mastered it alongside future Hall of Famers Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, it has drifted in and out of his game over the years.ESPN’s more advanced passing data only goes back as far as 2006, after Brady had already established himself as a top quarterback — but a year before Moss and Welker showed up and the Pats began breaking passing records. Even picking up then, we can see drastic shifts in how often the Pats have gone to the run fake and how much of the passing offense it has made up. The 2016 Pats are light on wide receivers, although not exceptionally so for a Brady-led team. Julian Edelman topped 1,000 yards, and Chris Hogan established himself as a useful second receiver, but Danny Amendola mostly disappeared (putting up 243 yards in 12 games), and Malcolm Mitchell wasn’t exactly devastating. Meanwhile, tight ends Martellus Bennett and Rob Gronkowski (in eight games) combined for 1,241 yards, while running back James White chipped in another 551 in receiving.But, thanks in part to the Patriots, these positional distinctions don’t mean as much as they used to. Gronk isn’t a WR like Randy Moss was, but he is still more or less used as a receiver (a distinction that is, as Seahawks pass-catcher Jimmy Graham found, worth a lot of money in the pay scale). Perhaps a better way of looking at Brady’s versatility is how he does in the presence or absence of top targets. And while the Pats’ best seasons have come with major weapons at their disposal, they do just fine without them, thank you. Hot Takedown’s Super Bowl Special read more

The Final Four Teams Are Clear Updated College Football Projections Final Weekend

Alabama 12-1212100%>99% ▲ 2132% North Carolina 11-11091542%10% ▲ 211% Alabama 12-1212100%>99% ▲ 2128% Clemson 12-015758%76% ▲ 2114% Stanford 10-2761148%7% ▼ 6a1% Oklahoma 11-1331100%>99% ▲ 2140% Ohio State 11-16230%7% ▼ 9a1% Stanford 11-27611100%6% ▼ 8a<1% Oklahoma 11-1351100%99% ▲ 2139% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title Iowa 12-1415260%<1% ▼ 39<1% LIKELIHOOD OF BEING SEEDED… College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings as of Dec. 1. Includes completed games as of 8 p.m., Dec 5. Playoff probability changes are since Dec. 2; only changes greater than 5 percentage points are shown. UPDATE (Dec. 6, 1:03 a.m.): Despite all the articles FiveThirtyEight published about the different scenarios that could end the college football season, all that chaos never materialized. The playoff committee’s choice is clear: Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma and Michigan State should be the four teams to make the playoff.In case you’re a visual learner, here are our model’s playoff projections: All that’s really unknown going into the final committee rankings on Sunday are the seeding it will give to the four teams. Our model projects those, too: RankingProbability of … Ohio State 11-16330%2% ▼ 14<1% Iowa 12-04142639%39% ▲ 213% Clemson92%9%<1%<1% RankingProbability of … Oklahoma<1<16632 Clemson has a 92 percent likelihood of snagging the top seed, a position they’ve held in every one of the committee’s rankings thus far. There’s an inertia to these things, and Clemson hasn’t done much to shake the committee’s faith. The 13-0 Tigers finish their season as the only undefeated FBS team, with impressive wins against Notre Dame, Florida State and North Carolina. (Phantom offsides calls presumably don’t factor into the committee’s seedings.)Alabama — the one-loss champions from the SEC — are next in line, fresh off a dominating win against Florida. Currently ranked No. 2 by the committee, the Tide have a 91 percent shot at the No. 2 seed (the most likely outcome), but could possibly leapfrog Clemson to be the playoff‘s top dog (a 9 percent chance). Either way, Alabama is in the top two.Where Oklahoma and Michigan State end up is less clear. The Sooners have been the No. 3 ranked team in the last two committee rankings, and despite an early-season loss to Texas, Oklahoma measures up well according to advanced metrics, like ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) and Chase Stuart’s Simple Rating System. It’s unknown, though, just how much the committee weighs these metrics, leaving Oklahoma with a 66 percent probability of landing in the No. 3 spot.Michigan State survived a thrilling challenge from Iowa in the Big Ten championship, capping an epic 22-play drive with a touchdown in the final minute. Michigan State has the opposite odds of Oklahoma — the Spartans are likely to be seeded No. 4, but could jump to No. 3 depending on the committee’s whims. Then again, the Spartans might not want the No. 3 slot — that likely means they’ll have to play Alabama instead of Clemson, and according to our metrics Alabama is better.If you take a look at that first chart again, you’ll see that Oklahoma is the favorite to win the national title at 39 percent despite likely being seeded third. The Sooners are the No. 1-rated team according to ESPN’s Football Power Index1FPI uses a slew of measures — such as game outcomes, margin of victory, strength of schedule, offensive and defensive team efficiencies — to predict outcomes. You can read more about how it’s constructed here, and why FiveThirtyEight uses it for our game simulations here., which our model uses to simulate game outcomes.2The FPI-based projections presented here may change. FPI rankings will be updated following Saturday’s games. The metrics are higher on the Sooners than the committee has been.One last note: Stanford fans: you may notice a 6 percent shot at the playoff. But that’s just the model being conservative. While the Cardinal played a tough schedule and easily won the Pac-12, it’s extremely unlikely they’ll make it into the playoff over Michigan State. There just wasn’t enough chaos this year. Ohio State<1<1<12 ORIGINAL POST (Dec. 5, 8:24 p.m.): The Tide are rolling into the College Football Playoff. After dominating Florida 29-15 to win the SEC championship, Alabama is a lock for the playoff according to FiveThirtyEight’s model — though you probably didn’t need fancy stats to tell you that.Below are our updated playoff odds following Alabama’s win but before the ACC, Pac-12 and Big Ten championship games began. As we’ve outlined before, our model sees both Oklahoma and the winner of Iowa vs. Michigan State as shoo-ins. Michigan St.<1<13260 Alabama991<1<1 Michigan St. 12-15214100%93% ▲ 3211% Now it’s just a matter of where the Tide will be ranked within the top four. Last week they were placed at No. 2, but after winning against Florida, our model gives them a 45 percent shot at the No. 1 slot. If Clemson wins, that number gets much lower. The Tide are good, but the committee is likely to keep an undefeated ACC champion as the top team.The path for Stanford and Ohio State, meanwhile, just got much more treacherous. Both teams’ odds fell to 7 percent. Following Alabama’s win, they each need Clemson to lose against North Carolina later tonight; and, of course, the Cardinal need to win the Pac-12 championship over USC to stay in contention. But even then it’s no sure thing.Speaking of North Carolina, the Tar Heels are down, but in better shape than other underdogs because of that last game against Clemson. Because there’s only one playoff slot available to them (Alabama and Oklahoma are now locks, as is the Big Ten winner) the Tar Heels’ odds fell, but only by four percentage points, down to 10 percent. However, if they can upset Clemson and win the ACC, those odds rise to 25 percent. So a UNC playoff berth would still make for a surprise on Sunday, but there’s a chance the committee will smile upon their conference championship and big win against the former No. 1 team in the country.Then again, there’s also a 43 percent chance the committee will put Clemson in the playoffs anyway. We’re only a few hours away from knowing more! Check back in late tonight after the final games for our last predictions before the committee releases its final rankings. NO. 1NO. 2NO. 3NO. 4 TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title Michigan St. 11-1541461%60% ▲ 217% College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings as of Dec. 1. Playoff probability changes are since Dec. 2; only changes greater than 5 percentage points are shown. Stanford<1<1<15 Clemson 13-0147100%>99% ▲ 2320% For those of you who want more nitty-gritty about our projections, check out our original methodology manifesto, as well as a methodology update from earlier this season. read more

Clean aluminium from the Highlands

first_imgRio Tinto Alcan will invest $90 million in the modernisation of its Lochaber plant, in Scotland. The project will see new hydroelectric turbo-generators installed to power the smelter, ensuring the increased use of clean renewable energy for aluminium production at the plant. The modernisation project is set to begin in 2009 and should be completed by 2012.“The £45 million investment to power our Lochaber plant not only secures its future but shows our commitment to improving energy efficiency, increasing our usage of fully renewable energy and in turn, our levels of production,” said Jacynthe Côté, Rio Tinto Alcan Primary Metal President. “36% of our smelter energy needs are met by clean, self-generated hydroelectricity, a tremendous competitive advantage.”The existing hydro generators at the Lochaber aluminium plant have been in use since their installation in 1929. The new modern hydroelectric generators will have an enhanced capacity to generate the electricity the plant needs, as well as the potential to generate additional power.  As a result of the increased power generation, it is expected that aluminium production at Lochaber will increase from 43,000 t to 50,000 t/y.“Making aluminium with hydroelectricity has been a vital part of the Highlands economy for over 100 years, with generations of families having worked in the industry, so we’re delighted to confirm a long-term and sustainable future for the plant today,” said Wyn Jones, Alcan Aluminium UK Managing Director. “Today’s announcement underlines the company’s commitment to remain an integral part of the Lochaber community and to continue to produce high quality competitive products in Scotland.”The Rio Tinto Alcan plant in Lochaber contributes over £8 million a year to the Highlands economy and employs 180 people, making it one of the Highlands’ largest private sector employers.  It also helps underpin an additional 400 jobs through indirect employment and supply chain opportunities.  This repowering project will offer much needed long-term job security in the region.last_img read more

ACTU applauds Tsipras victory

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram ACTU president Ged Kearney told Neos Kosmos this week that lessons should be learned down under from SYRIZA’s sweeping victory at the Greek election, and that austerity measures implemented by the Abbott government are taking Australia on a downward path.“Austerity policies such as those pursued in Greece and advocated here at home by the Abbott government have been shown to drive down living standards and worsen inequality,” said the union leader, adding that Australia should take a leaf out of SYRIZA’s book by introducing policies “that reduce inequality through job growth, increased wages and a strong targeted social protection floor.”Ms Kearney said that the union movement in Australia and around the world “congratulates Greece on the election outcome” and called on the newly-elected government to “take the opportunity to rebuild its economy and set the country on a fair and sustainable pathway”. The ACTU president said that the Australian union movement urged the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the European Commission “to negotiate in good faith with the new government to cancel debt, [and] allow it to restore workers’ rights to collective bargaining, and raise minimum wages and pensions.”last_img read more

Scientists Add Human Genes to Monkeys Brains in New Study

first_img Members of the scientific community are divided over a recent experiment that involved implanting human genes into monkeys’ brains, even though a Chinese researcher is defending the experiment’s purpose.Led by the Kunming Institute of Zoology in China, the research was conducted to explore the evolutionary process that led to human intelligence, including brain size and cognitive skills, CNN reported. In a study, which was published in National Science Review on March 27, scientists described the research as “the first attempt to experimentally interrogate the genetic basis of human brain origin using a transgenic monkey model.”Chinese researchers add human #brain-related gene to monkey #genome in controversial experiment https://t.co/tz7pQb5eUi— Medical Xpress (@medical_xpress) April 11, 2019“Brain size and cognitive skills are the most dramatically changed traits in humans during evolution, and yet the genetic mechanisms underlying these human-specific changes remain elusive,” scientists said in the study.In the study, scientists took human copies of the MCPH1 gene, which might be important to human brain development, and introduced it into monkeys’ embryos through a virus that carried this type of gene, Vox noted.A Chinese researcher who implanted human genes into the brains of monkeys is defending his experiment https://t.co/3zs5GvHKqK— CNN (@CNN) April 12, 2019Out of the 11 transgenic macaque monkeys that were generated, six unfortunately died. The five surviving monkeys were put through many tests, including MRI brain scans and memory tests. Results showed that the remaining group didn’t have bigger brains than the control group of macaques, however, they performed better on short-term memory tasks. Each monkey’s brain also developed over an extended period of time, which was similar to the development of human brains.Even though this experiment involved a small sample size, scientists hope to further explore how humans were able to develop their unique type of intelligence, and engage in different behaviors, thinking, and activities that other primates aren’t able to do.This type of experiment has also raised some ethical concerns, however, Su Bing, one of the lead researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Kunming Institute of Zoology, told CNN that the experiment was reviewed by the school’s ethics board and it followed international animal rights standards, as well as Chinese and international best scientific practices.“In the long run, such basic research will also provide valuable information for the analysis of the etiology and treatment of human brain diseases (such as autism) caused by abnormal brain development,” Su wrote in an email to CNN.A rhesus macaque monkey in Thailand. (Photo Credit: Westend61 / Christian Zappel/Getty Images)Despite Bing defending the experiment, some scientists aren’t on board with it. Barbara J. King, author of How Animals Grieve and an emerita professor of anthropology at the College of William and Mary, told Vox via email that Su’s experiment was “an ethical nightmare.”“More of the genetically altered monkeys — six — died than lived, so right off the bat we see that the procedure is often lethal,” King wrote. “Regarding the five survivors, what kind of lives will they have going forward, altered as they are and confined to an experimental laboratory?”She added, “In the wild, macaques live in matrilines, centered around groups of related females with close social ties; they explore their world with intelligence and curiosity. What right do we have to subject these primates to grotesque procedures of this sort? The costs are terribly high and the benefits to humanity approach zero; there’s growing recognition that animal models simply don’t work well to study complex human processes.”This isn’t the first gene-editing experiment that has generated some negative feedback: In January, a Chinese scientist claimed his lab made the world’s first genetically edited babies and he was investigated by the Guangdong Province Task Force in China for reportedly conducting the experiment “in pursuit of personal fame and gain.”More on Geek.com:Lil Bub’s Genetics Reveal Key Clues About Her Unique Cat FeaturesThese Genetically-Modified Chickens Can Lay Eggs With Cancer-Killing DrugsChina: Scientist Gene-Edited Babies for ‘Personal Fame’ Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

514 WWE RAW Highlights Reigns and Mahal brawl Owens Roode and Bliss

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Twitter WWE posted the following video highlights from the 5/14 episode of WWE RAW from London, England.Seth Rollins defends WWE Intercontinental Championship vs. Kevin OwensBobby Roode qualifies for Money in the BankThe B-Team of Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel faces BreezangoThe Riott Squad faces Sasha Banks, Ember Moon and NatalyaRAW Tag Team Champions Woken Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt face The RevivalSami Zayn looks to expose Bobby Lashley next weekAlexa Bliss qualifies for Money in the BankKevin Owens qualifies for Money in the BankBraun Strowman and Finn Balor face Drew McIntyre and Dolph Zigglercenter_img Alexa Bliss shows off her new tattoos, Zelina Vega pays tribute to the late singer Aaliyah WWE RAW Results – 8/12/19 (Night after SummerSlam, Seth Rollins, The Miz vs. Ziggler) Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE SummerSlam Kickoff Show Results: Cruiserweight Title, Women’s Tag Titles on the linelast_img read more

The reason Jose Mourinho wont manage Real Madrid

first_imgA report from Marca confirms that the Real Madrid board of directors is not even considering the option of bringing Jose Mourinho back.Right after Jose Mourinho was sacked from Manchester United, the Spanish press started speculating on the Portuguese manager’s possible return to Real Madrid.There have been debates about this topic in the last couple of days, talking about Santiago Solari having pressure to improve and win the FIFA Club World Cup or Mourinho could take over immediately.However, an interesting report from Marca just surfaced where they confirm that the board of directors is actually not considering the option sooner or later.Real Madrid doesn’t think that bringing Jose Mourinho back to the club is the best idea for a number of reasons, the most important is that Solari is the club’s manager right now and they completely trust him to take the squad to a successful season.But other reasons include the manner in which the Portuguese manager left a few years back, with the dressing room on fire and half the players rooting for his dismissal.Jose Mourinho developed a poor relationship with some of the most important players in the squad during the final years and this affected the club’s performances inside the pitch.The club considers that taking the manager back right now or even later, would mean going back and they are not interested in that at the moment.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…But perhaps the biggest reason they are not looking to sign Jose Mourinho back from Real Madrid, is the recent bad results that the manager has been piling up on his resume.Granted, he did win titles in both of the clubs where he managed during his first seasons but many of the same patterns from his final year at Los Blancos have emerged in England.The board of directors actually has a great friendship with the manager, they ask him for advice on a regular basis but they consider that his time as a manager for Real Madrid is long gone.🗣️@RobertoGomezOC en #LaTribu: “Sergio Ramos lo único que tiene que hacer es jugar al fútbol, no elegir entrenadores”.🤔¿Mourinho de vuelta al Real Madrid?📻 https://t.co/ilgsizI4uT pic.twitter.com/2BshSudPsu— Radio MARCA (@RadioMARCA) December 19, 2018last_img read more

Black Mirror season 5 Trailer posters release date cast and more

first_img Brooker isn’t done with the video game world after previous episodes Bandersnatch and Playtest, with Klementieff’s character suiting up as a Street Fighter-esque warrior in a Street Fighter-esque digital arena. Grace is also there, with an orangey tan and ponytail and a grim look on his face. Whether those things are connected to his mood remains to be seen.Rounding out this impressive cast is Miley Cyrus using her multitalents to play a pop singer with trippy digitized backup dancers. Check out the Djib Mo YouTube video for another hit of Black Mirror-esque imagery, which seems to mirror some of her look.The Marvel-DC crossover probably isn’t a thingblackmirror-season5-episode1-00-54-57-07-1170986Stars Anthony Mackie and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II are looking suitably grim-faced for their Black Mirror episode. Netflix/Entertainment Weekly Black Mirror knows how to paint a portrait of society — and in our case, it’s one that’s obsessed with Marvel and DC.On the way to the first trailer, Netflix stoked our excitement by letting loose a first look at the episode starring Mackie and Abdul-Mateen II a day beforehand, via Entertainment Weekly. After Avengers: Endgame, Mackie is on his way to greater stardom having taken over Captain America’s mantle. Capitalizing on that, Brooker said of his episode: “It’s the Marvel-DC crossover no one saw coming.”But following the trailer, it seems like Brooker was toying with us as usual, since Mackie looks to be less superpowered and more in strife with his wife. But we won’t know for sure until June 5.bm-bandersnatch-still-05Bandersnatch is a one-off interactive Black Mirror film on Netflix. Netflix Release DateAs the trailer confirmed, the release date is June 5.Brooker had a tidbit for us when talking about the season 5 release. “It’s all imminent-ish. It’ll be out soon,” he said in a January interview with RadioTimes.com. “We’d already shot like, one of the episodes of season 5 before we did Bandersnatch."Ralph Breaks The Internet" European Premiere - Red Carpet ArrivalsBlack Mirror creator Charlie Brooker. Mike Marsland/Getty “At one point we weren’t sure whether we were going to make Bandersnatch part of season 5.”Black Mirror season 3 arrived on Netflix in October 2016. Season 4 launched in December 2017. Season 5 was pushed back to accommodate Bandersnatch as the sprawling choose-your-own-adventure epic took a lot of hard work to pull off.”Doing Bandersnatch was like doing several episodes at once,” Brooker told RadioTimes.com. “It was Netflix’s suggestion as well — ‘Let’s do it as its own thing’. As it expanded and got bigger and bigger and bigger it became apparent that the way to do this was to do it as a standalone thing.”The starry castBlack Mirror alumni includes Jon Hamm, Bryce Dallas Howard, Hayley Atwell and Domhnall Gleeson.Graham Norton Show - LondonCyrus is excited for us to see her episode. Isabel Infantes/PA Images Now we have for season 5:Anthony MackieYahya Abdul-Mateen IIMiley CyrusPom KlementieffTopher GraceDamson IdrisAndrew ScottNicole BeharieAngourie RiceMadison DavenportLudi LinCyrus noted how excited she was for people to see her episode. “I’m really actually excited for everyone to watch the ‘headshaking project’ we said yes to,” Cyrus said on The Howard Stern Show in December, 2018.San Junipero sequelSan Junipero 2… is not happening. Sorry, Kelly and Yorkie fans.Despite the show’s penchant for including Easter egg references to earlier episodes, many of which you can find in Bandersnatch, Brooker isn’t delivering on his comments about doing a “Return to” episode that could expand season 3’s much-loved romance.”I’ve always wanted to do a ‘Return to’ story,” Brooker said in his book Inside Black Mirror, published in November, 2018. “Return to San Junipero! Or do Crocodile again, but backwards, like Memento. Crocodile Two: Back in Business.”Even if Brooker does go back to the ’80s utopia of San Junipero, Kelly and Yorkie’s story will be left alone.blackmirrorep1sanjunipero1660r1.jpgBeloved episode San Junipero won’t have a sequel. David Dettmann/Netflix “In terms of a sequel to San Junipero, no, certainly not in its current form — I don’t think we’d revisit those characters unless we had a really, really good reason,” Brooker told NME.”And I very much doubt that we would do that as an episode. Maybe as a graphic novel or some sort of commemorative biscuit. But we wouldn’t want to pick that apart and tinker with it, as we’d like to leave Kelly and Yorkie where they are.”Guess we’ll just have to make do with original, groundbreaking storytelling. 1:47 Comment These TV shows and movies obsess over tech’s dark side TV and Movies Notably, according to the Netflix press release, this is the episode featuring Klementieff, and Abdul-Mateen II plays a college friend to Mackie’s character who kicks off the life-changing events.Full season 5 trailerSet to the powerful Lonely Feelings by Djib Mo, season 5’s trailer confirms Black Mirror’s music choices remain on point, as well as showcasing a starry list of cast members and a few possible themes the three stories will explore.Scott, recently seen in the acclaimed Fleabag, looks to be a man driven to gun-wielding insanity by everyone’s constant connectedness to technology. Mackie’s character may be in strife with his marriage, in part because he has eyes for another woman pictured on his phone. A friendless teen played by Rice of Ladies in Black and the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home may be getting more than she bargained for with a little robot buddy, bringing Eighth Grade mixed with Alexa-gone-wrong vibes. A possible theme of this episode is what it’s like for a young girl to grow up and be herself in the digital age when a “lovable” robot like Aibo or Lovot takes the form of a Barbie-esque robot. Netflix’s press release says of the plot: “A lonely teenager yearns to connect with her favorite pop star — whose charmed existence isn’t quite as rosy it appears…” The end of the trailer, where the charging robot, named Ashley Too, says “Get this thing out of my ass” is a lovely weird Black Mirror highlight, and possibly hints at further exploration of the “cookies” from White Christmas.Striking VipersThe title Striking Vipers doesn’t exactly help clear up the mystery the trailer for Mackie’s episode poses around the tech unsettling his character’s life. We’re introduced to a couple trying for kids, but there’s something standing in the way. It appears to be connected to the nodes Mackie’s character affixes to his temples that blur over his eyes with some kind of digital cloud — what is he looking at? Could it have a connection to the “grains” from The Entire History of You? Rachel, Jack and Ashley TooMiley Cyrus’s episode features the singer not only voicing the companion robot Angourie Rice’s character befriends, but she also plays singer Ashley O, who looks to be under heavy management intent on exploiting her talents with robot tie-ins — this really is the near future. Guns, mobile phones, creepy robots… Black Mirror must be back.Season 5 of Charlie Brooker’s sci-fi anthology series has sidestepped out of the shadows with not just one trailer but three, which finally confirm cast member Miley Cyrus, alongside Anthony Mackie, (Falcon from Avengers: Endgame), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Black Mantis from Aquaman) and a few more surprises including a second Marvel team member in Pom Klementieff (Mantis in the Avengers).Creepy robot, check. Screenshot by CNET/Netflix Along with a release date — June 5 — we know just three stories will be told this time round, same as the first two seasons of the show when it was originally shown on Channel 4 in the UK. Excitingly, all three of these episodes come from the pen of Brooker himself.For everything else we know about the upcoming season, check out the explainer below.PostersBlack Mirror episodes are like mini movies, so here are three movie-type posters to go with the upcoming episodes, released by Netflix on Tuesday.screen-shot-2019-05-24-at-1-42-05-pmThat’s not Hannah Montana in plastic packaging. Netflix 3 individual episode trailersIt wasn’t long after Netflix uploaded the season 5 trailer (which you can view below) that it piled on three individual trailers for the new episodes.SmithereensIf we read into episode titles literally, then Smithereens will continue to pave Black Mirror’s path of unhappy endings. It features Andrew Scott and Topher Grace in what looks to be an exploration of one’s relationship with… one’s car. We do often sit in our cars alone with our dashboard technology, and in this case it looks like self-help audio guides, sat navs and Uber are the tech going rogue. “Don’t forget to rate your drivers,” the Netflix YouTube caption reads, and its press release: “A cab driver with an agenda becomes the centre of attention on a day that rapidly spirals out of control.” Now playing: Watch this: 25 Photos Share your voice 1 Note: This article was originally published March 13 and is updated as new information rolls in. Tags Netflix drops trailer for Black Mirror season 5 Marvel Target Netflixlast_img read more

WBJ Honors Minority Business Leaders at the MGM

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comAs part of their annual celebration to recognize businessmen of color, on March 28 the Washington Business Journal gathered distinguished guests at the MGM National Harbor for an evening of merriment celebrating the 12th Annual Minority Business Leader Awards.The evening began with a networking reception, leading to an MGM ballroom for dinner and the reason why the hundreds of guests came out, to honor business leaders of colors.  While most people in the room were heavy hitters in business, banking and more, notable guests included Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and District of Columbia Council member Brandon Todd (D- Ward 4).Angel Rich, founder and CEO of The Wealth Factory accepts her Rising Star Award at the 12th Annual Washington Business Leader Awards held at the MGM National Harbor. (Photo by Micha Green)“Tonight we’re here to acknowledge the accomplishments of a dynamic group of our business leaders, who have blazed the trail in business and left an indelible mark on the community.  Our region is better as a result of the 25 possessing that formidable combination,” Thomas Penny II, president of Donahoe Hospitality Services and 2010 Minority Business Leader awardee told the crowd.As Women’s History Month wound down, Penny also noted the many women who were being honored. “When I shared the list of honorees with my wife and my 23-year-old daughter, they were especially pleased to see so many women represented in tonight’s class of honorees.”Some of the standup women included Tashni-Ann Dubroy form Howard University, Leslie Hale from RLJ Lodging Trust, Viola Llewellyn of Oyamaba Solutions and Letiti Procter from Donohoe Hospitality Services.In addition to the 25 honorees, three rising starts were also highlighted, including, Clear Cloud’s Dr. Charles Thomas Jr., Brllnt’s Julie Weber and Angel Rich, founder and CEO of The Wealth Factory.“All the men in my family served in the military and for the most part a lot of the women in my family have been entrepreneurs. Specifically, my mother was an entrepreneur and it provided a lot of influence for me- traveling around the country with her as an entrepreneur.   So it was always expected of me to become an entrepreneur,” Rich said in a video, which played as she accepted her award.“One of the greatest days in my family is when I actually quit my job.  My mother was actually more proud of me when I quit my job, than when I got my job.  So entrepreneurship is definitely in my blood,” Rich added.The title sponsor of the Minority Business Leader Awards was Holland & Knight, with gold sponsors including, Bank of America, Pepco and Howard University and gold non-profit sponsors Goodwill of Greater Washington, all of whom had representatives from organizations speak on behalf of the business and give awards to the special honorees. Further, each sponsor emphasized the importance of continuing uplifting diversity in business.last_img read more