A new anti-bullying co-ordinator is in place to lead efforts to help keep young people safe in their schools, communities and cyberspace. Education Minister Ramona Jennex announced the hiring of Kathleen Richard as the province’s first anti-bullying co-ordinator today, Sept. 28. “Students tell me how bullying behaviours can make them feel vulnerable and alone, this is simply unacceptable,” said Ms. Jennex. “The province, with Kathleen’s leadership, will stand beside parents, students and teachers as we make our schools a safer place to come and do what students are supposed to do, learn.” Ms. Richard brings expertise in human relations and supporting people facing bullying. She has more than 20 years of education experience. “Bullying has grown from students teasing each other on the playground to targeting someone with a unrelenting stream of intimidating messages and actions,” said Ms. Richard. “However, there are solutions that I have seen work that will help bring respect for individuals and safer schools back to our students. I look forward to join the work already underway and provide the support necessary to help improve the current situation.” “Bullying is a societial problem that extends beyond the school grounds and we all must do our part,” said Ms. Jennex. “Kathleen will help bring everyone together so young people know they are never alone. Together, we will fight against bullying and cyberbullying with them.” Ms. Richard will begin the job Monday, Oct. 1. Kids and Learning First, the province’s plan to help every child succeed, commits to fight against cyberbullying with families, communities and students. The efforts include legislative changes that ensure people’s responsibilities to report any cyberbullying activity are clear. As well, students are helping to develop a public awareness campaign to begin later this fall.
NEW DELHI: In one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken by India, the country is planning to launch its own space station, Indian space agency ISRO chief K Sivan said on Thursday. India is targeting 2030 as the date to launch a 20-tonne space station, which will most likely be used to conduct microgravity experiments. The preliminary plan for the space station is to accommodate astronauts for up to 15-20 days in space, but specific details will emerge after the maiden manned mission, Gaganyaan, is complete. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceISRO says there will be no collaboration with any other country for this project. The only countries that have had space stations so far are the US, Russia, China and a consortium of nations that own the International Space Station. The space station project will be an extension of the Gangayaan mission. “We have to sustain the Gaganyaan programme after the launch of (the) human space mission. In this context, India is planning to have its own space station,” Sivan told reporters in New Delhi. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics PrizeThe government has already cleared a budget of Rs. 10,000 crore for the Gaganyaan mission. There would be two flights from Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota without the crew before the maiden flight with crew sometime in 2022. Currently, ISRO’s focus is on India’s second mission to the moon, Chandrayaan-2, that will take off on July 15, and will attempt to land near the South Pole of the Moon, an uncharted territory so far. Chandrayaan-2 is an advanced version of the previous Chandrayaan-1 mission, which was launched about 10 years ago. A space station is a spacecraft capable of supporting crewmembers, designed to remain in space for an extended period of time and for other spacecraft to dock, the most commonly known being the International Space Station. The International Space Station is a habitable artificial satellite in low Earth orbit. It is the largest human-made body in low Earth orbit and can often be seen with the naked eye from Earth.with agency inputs
New Delhi: The government will soon consider a proposal of relaxing rules for complying with the mandatory 30 per cent local sourcing norms by foreign single brand retailers, official sources said.As per the proposal, single-brand retail firms would also be permitted to open online stores before setting up brick-and-mortar shops.Currently, online sale by a single-brand retail player is allowed only after opening of physical outlet.Relaxations are expected in a provision where foreign retail traders are presently allowed to adjust procurement of goods from India for their global operations for meeting the mandatory local sourcing requirement. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalHowever, this is allowed only for five years and “incremental” sourcing of goods from India is only taken into account presently.”Amendments and easing are also likely in this provision,” the sources said.The move comes in the backdrop of announcements made by the government in the Budget.Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her Budget speech had said that local sourcing norms will be eased for FDI in single brand retail sector.In January 2018, the government allowed 100 per cent FDI in the sector, permitting foreign players in single-brand retail trade to set up own shops in India without government approval.In February 2006, the government for the first time opened the sector for foreign players by allowing 51 per cent FDI.In January 2012, the cap was raised to 100 per cent – up to 49 per cent through automatic route and beyond that with the government approval.During April-September 2018-19, FDI in India declined by 11 per cent to USD 22.66 billion.
HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s system to support people with intellectual disabilities has dark roots in a poorhouse system that led to attitudes they should remain segregated and controlled, a human rights inquiry was told Tuesday.The inquiry is looking at whether two Nova Scotians with disabilities have the right to live in supported housing — meaning, in the community, rather than institutions and psychiatric facilities.Michael Bach, a researcher and advocate for inclusion, was called to testify by the Disability Rights Coalition, an advocacy group for people with disabilities that is a complainant in the proceeding.Bach was hired in 2012 by the former NDP government to help transform its system for people with disabilities, and to help close its remaining institutions.After outlining the repeated reports and studies calling for the changes over several decades, Bach told lawyer Claire McNeil about the history of poorhouses, where people lived in crowded settings away from the main community.He said that approach changed for most poor people at the beginning of the 20th century, as they were allowed to move into the community with income supports.But the same shift didn’t occur as quickly for people with disabilities, as large facilities with municipal boards of directors continued operating around the province.“Who gets left is those who had more significant needs and don’t have the income to purchase the supports they needed to live in communities on their own,” Bach said.He said the notion of a person having little control over their own lives lies in this history.An independent report on an incident at the former Braemore facility in Sydney, N.S., was also a big factor in the desire for change, he said.The Canadian Press had reported on a 2010 case in which an adult man with autism was locked alone in a constantly lit room at the adult residential centre for 15 days with occasional breaks. A provincial investigation said videos constantly monitored him, and on several occasions, he urinated in a corner when he was unable to get a staff member’s attention.As a “people-centred approach” became more common around the world, Bach said Nova Scotia started to realize change was necessary.He said the view of provincial officials who hired him was that a “transformation” had to occur.“There wasn’t a notion of ‘Let’s do some tinkering with the system, let’s do some incremental changes,’” he said during testimony before inquiry chairperson J. Walter Thompson.“There was a recognition it needed to be transformed,” he said.However, the inquiry has heard opening arguments from the lawyers representing people with intellectual disabilities that this transformation is incomplete, particularly in the case of their clients.Forty-five-year-old Joseph Delaney and 46-year-old Beth MacLean say they should be permitted to move from the hospital-like settings into small homes where assistance is provided in areas such as meals and personal care.A third complainant, Sheila Livingstone, died as the case wound its way through various delays, but her story will be told by family members and the complainants’ lawyer.There were 504 people awaiting some form of support from the Department of Community Services as of last Thursday, and 1,024 people awaiting a transfer to a different housing option or location.A Justice Department lawyer at the hearing has said the province may agree with the principle of providing supports, but it’s not necessarily a human rights violation for the province to refuse funding or eliminate waiting lists.The province also says it is working to improve its Disability Support Program and to create more small-options homes.The province’s lawyer is expected to cross examine Bach on Wednesday, while the lawyer for the two complainants with intellectual disabilities is expected to call his first witnesses.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.
Vivian Krause is set to deliver a keynote address at this year’s rally. Krause is a controversial Vancouver-based blogger and researcher who has received both praise and condemnation for her research into environmental charities in Canada, particularly their source of funding. In addition to hosting her Fair Questions blog, Krause also writes for The Financial Post.In addition to Krause, Yu said that Peace River North MLA Dan Davies has confirmed his participation in this year’s rally, while others have also been invited, though no other names have yet been confirmed.The main rally is taking place at the parking lot of the old Visitor Information Centre near the corner of 100th St. and 96th Ave. at 11:00 a.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Officials with local grassroots organization Fort St. John for LNG will be hosting a two-part rally in the Energetic City on Saturday to show the support for the development of a liquified natural gas export industry in B.C.FSJ for LNG founder Alan Yu says that the rally will start with a vehicle convoy in cooperation with the Peace Region Truck Enthusiasts. Vehicles will cue behind the LNG or BUST bus at 10:00 a.m. near the UFA cardlock before travelling into town along the Alaska Highway. The convoy will split up and then proceed to the main rally area at around 10:45.The main rally will take place at the corner of 100th St. and 96th Ave., in the parking lot of the old Visitor Information Centre. The rally is one day past marking the two-year anniversary of the group’s last rally which saw then-Premier Christy Clark make an appearance.
6 December 2010The next two months will be crucial for Myanmar, potentially determining its political future and its place in the international community, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today, citing the unsatisfactory nature of recent elections and the need to include those who were excluded. In a meeting with the so-called Group of Friends on Myanmar, comprising more than a dozen nations and regional blocs supporting his good offices mandate in the South-East Asian country, Mr. Ban stressed that for any transition to succeed, it must involve not only those who participated and won seats in the election, but also those who did not or could not, and this must include the release of political prisoners.“Looking ahead, we need to keep encouraging the authorities to take steps to make the political transition broad-based and inclusive,” spokesman Martin Nesirky quoted him as saying. The meeting – which was briefed by Mr. Ban’s Special Adviser on Myanmar, Vijay Nambiar, who has just returned from talks with the country’s leaders and a broad range of civil society – called on the authorities to achieve this by building on recent developments, including through the specific steps proposed by the United Nations.Mr. Ban noted that addressing concerns about the credibility of the transition process to date is also essential for any next steps to succeed, stressing that “regrettably, the conduct of the elections was far below the international community’s expectations.”The meeting highlighted the need for greater international consensus towards Myanmar, endorsing a comprehensive UN engagement in the political, humanitarian and development areas, in parallel and with equal attention. Mr. Nambiar, who is also Mr. Ban’s Chief of Staff, briefed the Security Council today in a closed session on his visit, during which he met with recently released Nobel Peace Prize laureate and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose National League for Democracy (NLD) won the last elections, later invalidated by the country’s rulers, two decades ago but was barred from participating this time.He also met with representatives of some of the major political parties who participated in the recent polls and members of civil society groups.
“UNICEF will do everything we can to support the DRC’s collective effort to defeat this evil virus once and for all,” UNICEF’s Executive Director, Anthony Lake, said from Brussels ahead of the visit. “Eradicating polio in DRC and everywhere requires an absolute commitment by government and its partners to vaccinate every child.”The DRC has witnessed a sharp resurgence of polio as conditions in the country continue to complicate vaccination efforts, potentially undermining global eradication of the crippling disease. From January 2010 to February 2011, there were 112 new cases. In 2009, only three cases were detected.In response, preparations are underway to go door to door to vaccinate more than 14 million children by the end of May. The aim is to make sure that no child is left unprotected. This is Mr. Lake’s second visit in 2011 to support polio eradication in western Africa. At the end of January, he was in Angola where a major outbreak has spread into two neighbouring countries. In the second part of his current mission, he will travel to eastern DRC to meet with survivors of sexual violence and children affected by the conflict, as well as volunteers and partners working on the crisis. An estimated 200,000 women have been raped in the DRC during the last 12 years. Since the beginning of 2011, 120 alleged cases of rape have been perpetrated by both rebels and the national army in the country’s east, where more than 300 civilians, including some boys and men, were raped in a single weekend last summer by members of rebel armed groups.Earlier this month, in a move welcomed by the UN, a DRC national army commander, Lt. Col. Kibibi Mutware, was jailed for 20 years after being found guilty of crimes against humanity for sending his troops to rape, beat and loot the population of Fizi during the night of 1-2 January 2011. Judges also sentenced three officers serving under the commander to 20 years in jail and five soldiers to between 10 and 15 years.It was the first time that a high-ranking commander and several other personnel serving with the Congolese national armed forces were arrested, tried and sentenced for conflict-related sexual violence. Since 1999 UN peacekeeping missions in the DRC have overseen the vast country’s emergence from years of civil war and factional chaos, culminating most notably in 2006 with the first democratic elections in over four decades.But fighting has continued with various rebel forces amid frequent reports of rape and other abuses in the east, where the bulk of UN forces, currently comprising over 19,000 uniformed personnel, are deployed. 28 February 2011With a polio outbreak rapidly spreading in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) begins a four-day visit tomorrow to meet with key government officials ahead of a mass campaign to vaccinate over 14 million children.
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has warned the Constitutional Assembly against ill-advised experiments with the official language in the country.The former President notes that one of the principal recommendations of the Constitutional Assembly Sub Committee on Fundamental Rights is that both Sinhala and Tamil be recognised as the official languages of Sri Lanka. He notes that in 1957 S.J.V. Chelvanayagam proposed to make Tamil the language of administration in the North and the East with ‘reasonable provision’ for the use of Sinhala for the Sinhala minority living in those areas. This was same the policy that S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike applied to the whole country with Sinhala as the official language and reasonable provision for the use of Tamil especially in the North and East. He says during the last Presidential election campaign, the two main constitutional reforms promised to the people by the Government were; the abolition of the Executive Presidency and reform of the electoral system.“Neither of these two key issues have been dealt with by the subcommittees appointed by the Constitutional Assembly,” he said.Rajapaksa says the fact that the Government sent an SLFP delegation to mislead the Mahanayake Theras (Chief Prelates) about the Constitutional reform proposals shows that they are trying to use the nationalistic credentials of the SLFP to deceive the Maha Sangha and the people to push through a Constitution which will divide the country without using the word ‘division’. He also has accused the Government of misleading the Chief Prelates on the proposed new Constitution.Rajapaksa called on the Government to act more responsibly in the all important matter of Constitutional reform and to take up the two main electoral reform pledges they gave the people first, before dealing with matters that are of interest only to separatists and certain interested foreign parties. “In India too, Hindi – the language of the largest linguistic group – is the official language while reasonable provision has been made for the use of other languages like Tamil, Malayalam etc. These are arrangements that should not be disturbed with ill-advised experiments,” he said. “I request all members of the SLFP serving in this Government not to allow their enslavement to the UNP to go so far as to betraying every principle that the SLFP has stood for in the past six decades,” he said. (Colombo Gazette)
The Police are investigating an attack on a Muslim owned store in Nugegoda, Media and Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera told Parliament today.The textile store had reportedly been set on fire last night. (Colombo Gazette)
Violence in Gaza downWhile violence was down across the Gaza enclave compared with the height of the protests at the border fence with Israel, one Palestinian was killed by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) during the past quarter, and a further 736 were injured, including 234 children. Both incendiary kites and the launching of rockets also continued to be aimed at Israeli civilians, but the numbers were also down. “Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad must cease this practice immediately”, said Ms. DiCarlo, also reporting that violence had also continued in the West Bank.The humanitarian, economic and political situation in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip remains a huge concern, she said, noting that the root of all problems “remains political”. She called on all Palestinian factions to come together and unite “under a single, democratic, and legitimate national Government”, that includes Gaza in a two-State outcome.Economic decline continuesThe Political Affairs chief noted that the Palestinian economy was “increasingly showing signs of decline”, the Government having continued to refuse Israel’s partial transfer of tax revenues for the fifth month in a row. She said while the two sides refused to deal with each other, it was “critical to adopt temporary measures to address the PA’s fiscal crisis and I encourage Israel and the Palestinian Authority to work together to find such solutions.”In closing, I would like to emphasize the severity of the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and the urgent need for tangible steps to reverse the negative trajectory”, she told the Council.The circumstances will hardly ever be ideal for advancing peace. But let us do our utmost with conviction, hope and creativity to support the creation of those circumstances.” The UN, she concluded, “remains committed to supporting Palestinians and Israelis in their efforts to end the conflict and to realizing the vision of two States, living side by side in peace and security.” Rosemary DiCarlo said it was “not inevitable” that the international desire for a two-State solution, with both countries living securely side-by-side, was a lost cause, but to resolve all the final status issues dividing Israelis and Palestinians would take “leadership, political will, and a determination to make tangible progress, despite the difficulties.”Facts on the ground however, are making a two-State solution more remote, she warned. The legal path in Israel is now clear for “market regularization” of up to 2,000 housing units in settlements illegal under international law. She reiterated that they remain “a substantial obstacle to peace”.Updating the Council on all aspects of the Middle East peace process for the past three months, Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo told the open debate that the demolition and seizure by Israeli authorities of Palestinian-owned homes was continuing, with 66 structures being destroyed or taken, resulting in the displacement of 90 Palestinians, including 58 children, affecting the livelihoods of more than 6,300 people. “This practice must stop”, she urged.
Angela Gaiero and Jerry Han earned five awards for their project “The Radiation Rover” at this year’s Niagara Regional Science and Engineering Fair held at Brock on March 24The Brock Mentorship Program has once again paid off for local high school students at this year’s Niagara Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NRSEF).Of the 25 students who participated in this year’s program, 12 were award winners at the fair, which was held at Brock on March 24. Four of these winning students will now take their place on Team Niagara that will soon be on their way to the Canada-wide Science Fair.Jerry Han, Angela Gaiero, Amy Lin and Taylor Laekeman, all students from Sir Winston Churchill High School, are headed to the Canada-wide event in Prince Edward Island, May 12 to 19.Han and Gaiero, who were mentored by Tom MacDonald from Brock’s Electronics Shop, earned five awards for their project “The Radiation Rover.” This included the Brock Faculty of Mathematics and Science Award, which is awarded to the project receiving the highest mark in the senior division.Lin and Laekeman, also earned a number of awards for their project “The Viability of Immobilized Enzyme as a Biocatalyst,” including the Brock University Silver Medal. The duo was mentored by Paul Zelisko, senior demonstrator in the Department of Chemistry.Amy Lin and Taylor Laekeman with their project “The Viability of Immobilized Enzyme as a Biocatalyst,” which was awarded the Brock University Silver Medal at this year’s Niagara Regional Science and Engineering Fair The Brock Mentorship Program pairs gifted Grade 12 students from across Niagara with University experts who guide them through their intensive research projects. For one semester, participating students devote at least two hours a day to their projects, eventually presenting their findings at a symposium and entering the projects in the NRSEF.Joe Engemann, assistant professor of Education, started the program 17 years ago to give students a chance to flex their intellectual muscle. More than 250 local students have participated with many having gone on to earn PhDs, attend medical school and pursue careers in science-related fields.The program gives already bright students an outlet, he said. “Where else are they able to do research like that, that they can eventually present at national competitions?” said Engemann, a former elementary school teacher and one-time co-ordinator of the Lincoln County Catholic school board’s gifted program.Other Mentorship Program participants that were presented with awards include:Silver Medal: Dylan Booth and Andrew ValenteBronze Medal: Jennifer McPhersonHonourable Mention: Cameron Williams, Michelle Liu, Kaitlyn Dempsey, Madison Fugard and Colin Maslink
It’s been a busy midterm week at FiveThirtyEight. Which is to say, a busy week evaluating the NFL at its mid-term point. After nine weeks of action, every team has played at least eight games, which means it’s time for the inaugural Skeptical Football Midterm Awards.Most Valuable PlayerAlso known as the “Best Combination of Passing Yards and Touchdowns by a Quarterback, Unless You’re a Running Back Who Rushes for 2,000 Yards or Breaks a Touchdown Record” Award.That MVPs are nearly always QBs is OK with me. Really, players at other positions can be extremely impressive, but the odds of the true “most valuable” player not being a QB in any given year are small — and even if some other player were theoretically more valuable, the odds that there’d be enough data to be confident of it are virtually nil. Imagine your team is lucky enough to have the best quarterback in football (whoever that might be) — is there any chance you would trade him for any other player, ever?1If you want to be nitpicky about the hypothetical: Assume all alternate players are average or replacement level, and that all players would cost the same amount. And that it would be for one year so age wouldn’t be a factor. And you are actually trying to win that year. Etc.Maybe it’s possible,2One of the best candidates I can think of for this kind of trade would be Randy Moss on the 2007 Patriots. He had a demonstrated record of turning mediocre QBs into superstars. but this definitely isn’t one of those years — there are probably five to 10 QBs right now whom you would never want your team to trade for any non-QB.So let’s talk about most valuable players. The fundamental metric for evaluating players of all positions should be some version of wins produced.3Ideally, championships. But typically this overlaps with wins. Because we can model the chances of a team winning at any point in a given game, we can determine how much those odds change on each play that a player is involved in — also known as WPA or Win Percentage Added. But this stat is extremely noisy and susceptible to huge influence from very random situations (a whole season can come down to whether the QB throws an incomplete pass or not on a single down with the game on the line).Since we can also model how many points a team ought to score — on average — from a particular starting position (down/distance/yard line), we can measure how much a player contributes to his team’s expected points. Since this is more granular than wins, it makes for a powerful proxy. But points can be skewed, too — mostly from plays during garbage time at the end of games, but also from very high-value but unpredictable plays such as fumbles.Then there’s the additional complication of who gets credit for what. It takes a village to complete a pass. And the running game — traditionally credited to running backs — is frequently set up by the pass. Plus, in some cases QBs even call plays themselves — so why shouldn’t they get credit for the entire offense?Chart of the weekSo to get a better look at the big picture, I’m plotting WPA against expected points added (EPA).4For balance, I’ve included the total win percentage above expectation per drive (including the running game) for WPA, but points above expectation from the QB’s passes alone for EPA. You can think of it as “raw passing contribution” on the x-axis and “overall effect on the bottom line” on the y-axis:The trend line is a quarterback’s expected effect on his team’s chances of winning based on his EPA. There are a number of reasons why a QB might be beating it, such as when the rest of his offense is strong (e.g., Alex Smith with Jamaal Charles), or he might contribute a lot with his running (Russell Wilson), or he’s just gotten lucky (or been better) at the right times.I’ve given Aaron Rodgers a fair amount of flak around here for not “slinging” it enough. In my estimation, he hasn’t taken the necessary risks to improve his team’s chances of winning in the situations that can make such risks worthwhile. But he’s a great QB, no doubt. He’s third behind Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers for EPA/drive, and leads WPA/drive by a wide margin. In fact, his WPA/drive is nearly twice Manning’s.But as I said, WPA can be deceiving. About 40 percent of Rodgers’s WPA for the entire season comes from a single touchdown scoring drive against the Dolphins, and about three-quarters of that comes from the last two plays of the drive alone. Dare I say? So far this season, Rodgers has been a “clutch” quarterback, coming through at the right times for the 5-3 Packers. That’s great for him, and Packers fans should be happy about it.But I’m still going to risk the Green-and-Yellow wrath and give the award to Manning anyway.Why? Because come on, the most valuable player in the NFL doesn’t just up and change from year to year because one QB has a few more good days than another. If Manning has been the MVP five times in the last 11 years, and there’s no evidence of him getting any worse whatsoever, what are the odds that someone has surpassed him?It’s like instant replay5Or any other situation involving a high burden of proof.: The ruling on the field is that Manning is still the best player in the NFL, and to overturn that ruling takes (nearly) indisputable evidence. That caliber of evidence rarely even exists in the NFL, and it certainly doesn’t in this case.Defensive Player of the Mid-YearFor all the complexity involved in statistically evaluating quarterbacks, it’s practically tic-tac-toe compared to evaluating defensive players. Sure, we record tackles, sacks, interceptions and forced fumbles (and now even more advanced things like how often a cornerback is targeted by the opposing offense), but for any given player these touch on a tiny fraction of plays he’s involved in.And allocating responsibility on defense is even harder than it is on offense. Football is a dynamic game. An advantage may be created in one spot and realized in another. If one of a team’s interior linemen draws a lot of attention, that may lead to a defensive end getting an abnormally high number of sacks. The effect of an advantage might also be distributed diffusely, such as when a cornerback is so good that he constantly single-covers the opponent’s best receiver, freeing up other options for the other defenders.6The even worse scenario is that a defensive player could be so good that his team chooses to spend less money on defense.In other words, I’m flying pretty blind. I’m pretty sure Deion Sanders was good. But, say, Reggie White, I don’t know. Probably. So rather than try to solve the impossible, let me fall back on a classic cop-out: Who’s the best player on the league’s best defense?Which brings me to…Twitter question of the week It doesn’t matter whether the Dolphins are “underestimated.” But it does matter that the Dolphins’ defense has been really, really good this year.Dolphins opponents have scored about half a point per drive less than their expectation (and Miami has faced a tougher-than-average schedule).7It’s such an offensive year that a defense holding par versus the models is good for ninth-best in the league. While there is still variance to deal with, we don’t have to caveat the results as much as we do with QBs: The sample sizes are relatively big, and the measurement is more direct. However, the Dolphins’ WPA still takes a pretty big hit from that one Aaron Rodgers comeback drive in Week 6 (take that out and they’d be almost 10 percentage points higher in WPA).In other words, as good as it’s been, Miami’s D somewhat underperformed in the first half of the season. As always, I’d expect some regression to the mean in the second half of the season, but there’s good reason to expect the team not to regress as much as normal.So who’s the best player on the Dolphins’ defense? Based on stats alone, I have no idea. But I can consult the most objective authority on player value that I know: “Madden 15.” According to the game, Cameron Wake is the best player on the Dolphins (defensive or otherwise) by a wide margin:So there you go, Wake wins my DPOY award by virtue of being the most respected Dolphin among video-game programmers (aka the Hacker Gods of the worlds we simulate.)Rookie of the Mid-YearI love tracking rookie quarterbacks, but mostly because predicting their future performance is an interesting endeavor that has little to do with their quality of play. Unlike the contenders for “most valuable player” awards, rookie QBs are rarely very good — or if they are, we probably can’t tell because the best ones tend to play for crappy teams. So it is this year, where the most efficient rookie QB is still well below league average.Rookie “of the year” is also different from “most valuable” rookie, because it opens the door for rookies who may be incredibly good at their position even though their position isn’t the most important.One rookie is not only good for his position, but has arguably been the best in the league. My Rookie of the Year (so far) award goes to Chandler Catanzaro, placekicker for the Arizona Cardinals:Catanzaro has yet to miss this year — one of only four perfect kickers remaining8The others are Adam Vinatieri, Nick Novak, and Josh Brown. — and he has the highest points above expectation per attempt of all kickers. And unlike other stats in football, delivering the points expected of them is basically 95 percent of what kickers do (occasionally they have to tackle), and they’re 95 percent responsible for it (they can get bad snaps or the offensive line can let through a blocker). This is why I love kickers: They’re some of the only entities in the NFL we can evaluate with any precision.There’s still a fair amount of variance, of course, but it’s all very measurable and predictable.9For example, in Week 8 the NFL had a great week of kicking (14th-best in 14 years), but this past week kickers were pretty bad, putting up the 190th-best week (of 230) in that period. For the diehards: Skeptical Football’s most valuable kicker from Week 9 was Billy Cundiff, and its least valuable was Patrick Murray: And it’s not like it would be shocking for a young kicker to be among the best in the league.Comeback Player of the Mid-YearIsn’t it a bit weird that Peyton Manning has five MVP trophies, and also has a Comeback Player of the Year award? Like, his mantle wasn’t crowded enough, so they had to give him another award for having neck surgery. Other winners include Matthew Stafford, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and … Chad Pennington? Twice?How I could approach this award empirically was bugging me, but then it was staring me right in the face: Practically half of what I write is about QB “comebacks.”Incidentally, I keep coming back to this issue10For continuity, I’m giving Gunslinger of the week to the Oakland Raiders’ Derek Carr, who had two interceptions in a Week 9 comeback effort that ultimately fell just short against the defending NFL champion Seattle Seahawks. not because I’m enthralled by the quasi-mystical power of the comeback clutch-osity, but because it’s where I think a lot of QBs are too conservative — and their teams’ chances suffer as a consequence. It’s sort of like the NFL statisticians’ obsession with coaches not going for it enough on fourth down.Given my own obsessions, then, this is the award that’s most important to get right. So, to aid my analysis, I’ve created a chart to profile each quarterback’s comeback game. But instead of focusing on specific comeback thresholds (like the normal 9-point second-half deficit I often work with), I compared how each quarterback did relative to expectation for all scenarios, based on his expectation in each scenario. (E.g., if a QB has a 10 percent chance of winning, I’ll treat it the same whether that 10 percent is due to being down a small amount in the fourth quarter or a large amount in the first quarter.)11To do this, I first took every play that the quarterback was involved with, then plotted whether his team won or not (relative to his team’s expected win rate before the play). Unfortunately, since there are thousands of data points, that just led to two black lines. So to see what was going on I used R to create a smooth curve. (Using geom_smooth() in ggplot2. Since each QB has more than 1,000 data points, R uses a generalized additive model.) That gave me the regression’s estimate for how often the QB would typically win given a prior probability.I plotted a handful of Skeptical Football’s favorite QBs for comparison …Experimental chart of the weekAdmittedly, this is an unfair comparison: QBs who play for stronger teams are going to win more often than ones who play for weak teams, so that will certainly affect their “curves.” But what’s fascinating to me are the shapes.To start with, Peyton Manning not only wins a larger percentage of games than he is “supposed” to, but he exceeds that rate with just about the most perfect curve of anyone in the entire data set. It’s as if his game is starting to approach a mathematical ideal of good quarterbacking.12It also makes Manning a great point for comparison. For other QBs, we see more variation — some of it random, and some of it following pretty clear patterns:Tom Brady and the Patriots have basically matched Manning in situations where they ought to have a low probability of winning, but in games they were supposed to win 80 percent of the time, they’ve only won 80 percent of the time. For shame.Aaron Rodgers (as expected), has a pretty unremarkable record (relative to his own high standard) in situations where his team is expected to lose, but does very well in competitive games or games in which his team is front-running.Philip Rivers is sort of a less extreme version of Brady. This surprised me because I’ve previously thought of him as a slightly less good but slightly less gun-shy version of Rodgers. But it looks like they’re actually quite the opposite (notice how the blue and yellow lines make an X shape).And that brings us to Matthew Stafford and Tony Romo. Perhaps not coincidentally, both are Gunslinger of the Week recipients this year (Stafford has won twice), and both have extremely lopsided curves: Note how Stafford wins about as much when his team has a 40 percent chance of winning as when it has a 75 percent chance. This suggests, as I theorized last week regarding Tim Tebow, that Stafford’s comeback success may not be as much a conscious adjustment to sling it more when trailing. Instead, it could be that his perma-risk game is naturally calibrated to extracting as much win as possible from underdog scenarios, but also leads to a lot of blunders that cost his team wins otherwise.13Or it could just be that the Lions are terrible and only win at all because of Stafford’s superhuman efforts. You decide. If you combined the way Stafford plays when his team is down with the way Rodgers plays with his team ahead, you’d have a heck of a QB!Tony Romo’s curve is a little less dramatic than Stafford’s is, but it’s still pretty clear. Let’s look at it on a scale of 0 to Manning:Romo’s practically Tony Manning when his team is way behind. But then he’s more like a normal quarterback in more even situations, and makes more mistakes when his team is ahead.But the “comeback” award doesn’t care how a quarterback plays when he’s ahead, and this season Romo has played great when trailing. He has taken the kinds of risks I like to see (high touchdown rates and high interception rates when trailing), and those have translated into wins. His average passes go more than 10 yards downfield when Dallas is trailing by a large amount, and he has added roughly 3 percent to his team’s chances of winning every drive — good for third-best in the league. (I’ve posted a plot of air yards vs. win percentage added on Twitter). Moreover, when you factor in DeMarco Murray’s WPA troubles because of fumbles, almost all of the Cowboys’ success on offense has come from Romo.Oh, and he came back to play in the fourth quarter with a broken back.So Romo wins my Comeback Player of the Mid-Year Award, and hopefully he can come back from his back troubles to sling it up some more. (In which case, could he win the actual comeback trophy as well? Can you come back in the same year that you go out?)And one more thingWith the awards handed out, let’s part ways with the win curves for some other quarterbacks as well. Again, I’d consider Manning the high baseline — Andrew Luck’s curve looks slightly better than Manning’s, though it’s over a much shorter career. I’ll leave you with the results and you can find your own narratives.Reminder: If you tweet questions to me @skepticalsports, there is a non-zero chance that I’ll answer them here.Charts by Reuben Fischer-Baum.
To cover safety and emergency mine communications, as well as day to day management requirements, Narrabri North is installing two main Mine Site Technologies’ communication infrastructures: the PED communication and emergency warning system and the ImPact Underground Digital Network. ICCL cap lamps, which are already in use at the mine, contain PED Text Receiver and Wi-Fi RFID Tag circuits to operate from each of these infrastructures respectively.The PED transmission system consists of an 11 km surface antenna that has been designed to provide mine wide signal coverage to the current and future underground developments for the next several years. It will enable one-way paging to personnel wherever they are in the mine, providing a very useful day to day management tool as well as a vital emergency communication system should an emergency ever arise.To complement the PED System, Narrabri North is rolling out an underground Wi-Fi network. Any initial 25 Wireless Network Switches/Wi-Fi Access Points will provide strategic Wi-Fi coverage on the main travel roads at strategic points underground. This underground digital network will enable a number of 802.11b/g applications, key applications include:– Tracking the location of personnel underground via RFID Tags within each miner’s cap lamp– Tracking vehicles as they move about the mine by self contained RFID tags attached to each vehicle– Two-way voice communications via VoIP Telephone handsets. The VoIP telephone system will be integrated into the mine’s general phone system at the PABX to allow a seamless connection between all phones types used on site.Another important application is extending the use of the tracking system information to provide an automated traffic management system for the drift into the mine.
He was one of the best left back which Handball ever had. Now as the part of the Swedish National Team, Stefan Lovgren hadn’t such a lot reasons to be satisfied after the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia, where Sweden finished at the bottom of the Main Round teams, 12th:– Sweden are very satisfied with everything, just not with our Handball performance presented in Serbia. Organisation was really good.After good result in Sweden at WCh, where you took fourth place, again Sweden had an average tournament…– It looks like that, but this is EURO Championship, very tough tournament. We aren’t such a big country to have 15 or 20 World Class Players, , we have 5 or 6. To make a good result, they have to make TOP performance, but we also had some injuries and other problems. That’s how it is. Team doesn’t manage to play on the last year level.Do players have problem with motivation?– I don’t think so, but I can understand the question. They are a little bit unsure, because, we have younger team than last year. Motivation isn’t problem, but self-confidence is.This Championship will be remembered as the End of the French Era….– Maybe this isn’t the end of French trophies and medals, but for sure, fantastic domination is finished. Let’s see first,what will happened at the Olympic Games. I am sure that they will win something – said legendary player for Handball-Planet.com ← Previous Story Veselin Vukovic had a wish: “We could beat Spain in the Final” Next Story → Uwe Gensheimer about EHF EURO 2012 for HP: “This is frustrating…”
New online information aimed at improving bone health within the Greek community was released by Osteoporosis Australia. Education fact sheets on four main topics for bone health – Calcium, Vitamin D, Exercise and Medicines – are now available online in Greek, in order to increase accessibility for all Australians to information about bone health and to raise community awareness. Over 1 million Australians have osteoporosis and over 6 million have low bone density. “With 1.2 million Australians suffering from osteoporosis and a further 6.3 million Australians with low bone density (osteopenia), accessible community information about prevention and management of osteoporosis is essential. Nearly half of all adults do not get their recommended intake of calcium and nearly 30 per cent of adults have low vitamin D levels,” said Gail Morgan, CEO of Osteoporosis Australia. “The new fact sheets have been translated into the Greek language to help improve awareness about bone health and reducing the risk of osteoporosis throughout life. We need everyone to be thinking – calcium, sunshine and exercise.” The new translated information also explains the common types of medicine available for osteoporosis patients to reduce their risk of fracture. Dr Theo Penklis, who works closely with the Greek community, supports the release of this new information. “It is now easy for people in our local community to access quality information about bone health in Greek with the click of a button,” said Dr Penklis. “I encourage people to visit the website www.osteoporosis.org.au and share the information with family and friends. Bone health is important and there are easy steps everyone can take to improve it,” said Dr Penklis. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Brazilian legend Zico thinks that Vinicius is a very different player than Neymar, he doesn’t think people should be comparing them.Ever since Vinicius Junior started playing for Real Madrid this season, a lot of people have kept comparing him to Neymar but expert Brazilians like Zico don’t really see it.The “White Pele” offered an interview to Diario AS before the Club World Cup match between Real Madrid and Kashima Antlers, where he revealed that he has followed both players since they were little and Vinicius is way more generous in the game than Neymar himself.Zico doesn’t think that the 18-year old will score as many goals as the PSG star but that doesn’t mean that he thinks ‘Vinny’ is a bad player.Quite the opposite actually, Zico seemed hopeful that Vinicius will evolve into a world-class superstar throughout his career and Real Madrid is the ideal place where he can become one of the great Brazilian players alongside him and many more.But reaching that potential won’t be easy for Vinicius, he should honor the names of legendary Brazilians that have come before him and getting the blessing of one of the biggest names in his country’s football is no small feat.🎥 La entrevista de Zico para AS🗣 Habló sobre el Madrid, Vinicius, Pelé…https://t.co/1whV3BpyRH— AS (@diarioas) December 19, 2018Arthur Antunes Coimbra ‘Zico’ is also a Flamengo product like Vinicius, he is considered the second biggest Brazilian player of all time after only Pele before Ronaldo came to the scene.During his career which was most prolific at Flamengo, Zico made a name for himself and was one of the leaders of the Brazilian squad that never could lift the World Cup in the eighties.However, that squad is fondly remembered for the beautiful football they played and how much the fans adored their players.Alongside Socrates, Zico became one of the most revered players in his country’s history and today he continues his career as a manager for Kashima Antlers from Japan.The manager wasn’t able to watch Vinicius play in the semifinals against Real Madrid, something that he regretted after the match.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.The fact that both of them came from the same football academy is more than enough reason for Zico to be excited for the youngster’s future at Real Madrid, because Vinicius has the makings of a star and has the potential that not even Neymar had in the eyes of his fellow Flamengo product.Zico offered the interview before the match against Real Madrid, where he spoke about his adventures commenting Real Madrid matches, he also spoke about how much he likes Karim Benzema and how well the Frenchman got along with Cristiano Ronaldo.Zico was also one of the few fortunate people who could see Pele playing live, which is a privilege that very few people can have in their lifetime.But the main talk was Vinicius Junior and how far he can make it at Real Madrid: “I believe Vinicius has a great future ahead of him, he is a very skilled player,” said Zico during the interview.“It’s very difficult to find another player with his strength and ability, with his dribbling as well… but like any young player, he needs to improve the fundamentals of his game.”“Vinicius needs to improve his passing skills, his shooting skills. This kid is one of the biggest revelations in Brazilian football. I have followed all his career.”“I actually organize a competition in Brazil where we take Japanese U15 squads to play there, I’ve been doing this for the last 21 years.”“The biggest clubs from Rio, Sao Paulo, and Japan are the ones that compete. Both Vinicius and Paqueta played this tournament, they all played.”“Those kids are freaks of nature. Vinicius is not an attacking player like Neymar, he doesn’t score as many goals, he likes to create the chances better,” he concluded.Bora ser feliz! Hoje é Mundial de clubes ¡HALAMADRID! 🙌🏿⚽️ pic.twitter.com/Mt036JeqP5— Vinicius Jr (@vini11Oficial) December 19, 2018How far in Brazilian football history will Vinicius Junior get? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
TEWKSBURY, MA — Wamesit Lanes (434 Main Street, Tewksbury) invites Wilmington children to bowl for free all summer long!Wamesit Lanes is participating in the nationwide annual ‘Kids Bowl Free’ program. The program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.Participating children (15 and under) are eligible to register for two FREE games a day, all summer long, at Wamesit Lanes.Sign up for this FREE program HERE.The Kids Bowl Free Program is valid Monday-Friday (10am-5pm) and Sunday (5pm-11pm) from June 3 to August 31, and is based on lane availability. The program cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion. Not good for use with daycare outings, camps, business or club outings, or birthday party celebration. All participants must wear bowing shoes, with rental shoes available. Read more about the terms and conditions HERE.(NOTE: The above information is from Wamesit Lanes.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Kids Can Bowl FREE at Wamesit Lanes ALL SUMMER LONGIn “Business”Wilmington Kids Can Bowl FREE at Wamesit Lanes ALL SUMMER LONGIn “Business”Wilmington & Tewksbury Police Departments To Hold Benefit For Cops For Kids With CancerIn “Community”
Politics Tech Industry Post a comment Tags 0 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. James Martin/CNET Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday that breaking up the social network will make policing harmful content, such as hate speech and violence, more difficult for the company. The tech mogul’s remarks come amid growing calls to curb the company’s enormous power. Lawmakers and even one of the social network’s co-founders have called for US regulators to rein in Facebook. Some critics have called for Instagram, a photo-sharing site, and WhatsApp, a messaging service, to be split from the company. Facebook has come under fire for a long list of problems, including its failures to protect user privacy, prevent election meddling, and stop the spread of hate speech and terrorist messages on its platform. Chris Hughes, who co-founded Facebook with Zuckerberg while they were students at Harvard, argued in an op-ed published by The New York Times this month that the CEO has so much power that it’s both “unprecedented” and “un-American.” Earlier this week, Alex Stamos, who used to run security at Facebook, called on Zuckerberg to resign.During a conference call on Thursday, Zuckerberg pushed back against the idea that breaking up the company will solve its biggest woes. “I don’t really think that the remedy of breaking up the company is going to address those [problems],” he said during a conference call. “I actually think it’s going to make it a lot harder.”Zuckerberg didn’t say why, but a Facebook spokesman said earlier this month that having Instagram and WhatsApp under Facebook helps the company fight spam, election meddling and crime. That’s because when the social network pulls down an offensive post on Facebook, it can also use artificial intelligence to flag the same content if it pops up on Instagram and WhatsApp.Zuckerberg also argued that Facebook has competition, such as TikTok, Snapchat and Twitter, and is part of a “very competitive and dynamic environment where new services are constantly coming up.”Instead, Zuckerberg suggested that regulation was part of the answer. The tech mogul has called for more regulation including setting “baselines” for what content is prohibited and requiring companies to keep offensive content off their sites. Some advocacy groups and the Federal Communications Commission’s chief of staff have raised concerns about a “one-size-fits-all solution” for content moderation.Facebook also released a report on Thursday that included data about how much hate speech, violence, nudity and other offensive content it pulled down from October to March. The report showed that the company removed a record 3 billion accounts during those six months. Share your voice Mark Zuckerberg Facebook
BJP State president K Laxman is confident of meeting the target of enrolling 36 lakh members into the party. He also optimistic of his party that his party will emerge an alternative to the ruling TRS party. Here are the excerpts: How is your party membership drive going? The State-level teams have visited all the districts and the way people are responding to the membership drive is good. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us The membership drive launched on July 6 will go on till August 11. Those enrolled until that date will be the active members of the party. They will be eligible for holding any post from mandal to the State-level. General membership enrolment will continue till December. What is the significant change that you see during the membership drive? Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us People from all walks of life are looking for some party which can stand up to the ruling party and fight against its highhanded thinking as to who would stand up to the TRS party and its highhanded approach to governance. For them, BJP is seen as the only alternative to the pink party. For example, two tribal hamlets who were earlier supporting CPI for 30 years had voted for TRS. However, the MLA switched his loyalty and joined the TRS. Advertise With Us However, the people did not follow him. This had resulted in the supporters of the TRS attacking the villagers, including women of the tribal hamlet. But, not one had come to their rescue. It was against this backdrop that they had approached me seeking help. The issue was taken up with appropriate authorities, including with the District SP etc. It was not an isolated incident. Similar incidents have been taking places across the State in which the TRS leaders and their supporters are harassing people. Your party is raising objections over the division of wards in the urban local bodies. What are your objections to it? The division of wards is being carried out in an improper manner and unscientific way. It is not new for the TRS and it had done the same on earlier occasions in the Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections for political reasons. Even cessions data was not taken into consideration. We will fight it politically as well as legally. Besides, to people and continue to fight the TRS misuse of power and misrule in the State. Your party claims to have a large support base from the youth and urban population. Even the ruling TRS is focusing on the same segments. Will you be in a position to win over people on your side? The TRS knows it well that it has lost the connectivity with the educated, students, youth in the urban areas across the State. It has also delivered nothing to these segments except making false promises time and gain. Now the ruling party is sacred of the educated, students and youth and they might rock its fortunes in the ensuing Why there is so much bitterness between the BJP and TRS these days? Post Lok Sabha elections the TRS has developed cold feet. Because, the winning of four seats in Telangana and BJP expansion across the country indicates its strength to reach out people cutting across the caste, gender, religion, regions etc. The TRS leadership knows it would not be in a position to stop the BJP’s footprint in Telangana. What are you expecting from people ahead of the municipal elections? We appeal to the people to come forward and strengthen the BJP to end the corrupt and family rule in Telangana State. Particularly, youth and students know that unemployment is the burning problem in the State. Education became a corporate business. Shortcomings in conducting EAMCET and intermediate results fiasco showed the gross negligence on the part of the government. We ask the youth and students to be alert about the political manoeuvres of the TRs like unscientific division of wards to win in the elections. We are appealing to them to join hands to end the dynastic rule.
By Angelos AnastasiouTHE list of Cyprus- and Greece-affiliated individuals and companies included in the revelations relating to Swiss HSBC account-holders resemble “communicating vessels”, Greek newspaper Ta Nea reported yesterday.The paper, which was the only Greek organisation involved in the global investigation that led to the revelations, compared the list of Greek entries on the list – known as the ‘Lagarde list’ – with Cypriot-affiliated individuals or companies that maintained accounts with HSBC Switzerland.Comparison revealed several common entries, a fact deemed by the paper “unsurprising” given the strong commercial and cultural ties between the two countries.However, it added, evidence thus far suggested that although Cypriot authorities have requested access to the list of Cyprus-affiliated entries, none has been granted.The ‘Cypriot’ list, Ta Nea reported, shows a total 308 account-holders who maintained balances of $647m in the Swiss bank. Of these, eight people had stated Greek residential addresses, two being Greek nationals.These eight individuals accounted for $11.5m in deposits, while other entries in the Cypriot list were found to hold accounts in which amounts flowing in mirrored those of Greek account-holders exactly, suggesting a link between the two.Although holding overseas bank accounts is neither illegal, nor indicative of wrongdoing, it has been widely speculated that the leaked information may include evidence of undeclared income, which was moved to Switzerland to take advantage of its ultra-strict bank secrecy laws.Meanwhile, following its public call for the Finance ministry to obtain the list and forward it to deputies, the House Ethics committee continued to beat the transparency drum yesterday as reason for demanding the names.“The primary focus is whether this list includes suspicious money, and any money linked to politically exposed persons,” committee acting chairman Demetris Syllouris told state radio. “Not necessarily politicians – they could be relatives of politicians or high-ranking government officials, who could have had a chance to get kickbacks through awarded contracts.”Taxation department official Renos Ioannou said that although media reports of such information is sufficient for the department to launch investigations, requesting the list from the French authorities is a matter for the government.“When we are handed the list, we will evaluate it to examine any issues of tax evasion, whether the money has been declared, and if not levy the appropriate taxes,” he said. “But it is the Finance ministry’s job to contact the right people and secure the list.”You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola