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Les régions inondées se rétablissent

first_imgPour une deuxième journée consécutive, les conditions météorologiques dans le sud-ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse sont encourageantes, entraînant ainsi une réduction considérable des niveaux d’eau et permettant aux gens de retourner chez eux. « Cette dernière semaine a vraiment mis à l’épreuve les familles, les communautés et les intervenants de cette région, a dit Ramona Jennex, ministre de la Gestion des urgences. Ils ont montré aux Canadiens ce dont ils sont capables, et je sais qu’ils feront preuve d’autant de caractère et de résilience lorsque les travaux de rétablissement débuteront. » La plupart des familles dans les régions touchées sont retournées chez elles. Le centre de bien-être de la Croix-Rouge à Quinan a fermé ses portes aujourd’hui 12 novembre. De l’eau potable est disponible à la caserne de pompiers de la région, et les travailleurs de la Croix-Rouge et d’autres organismes s’occupent de livrer de l’eau aux endroits nécessaires. On demande aux résidents de la région de continuer de faire preuve de prudence sur les routes pendant les inspections et les réparations. Environnement Canada prévoit que les prochains jours seront ensoleillés et aucune précipitation importante n’est prévue avant le milieu de la semaine prochaine. Le niveau d’eau de la rivière Tusket a diminué de 52 centimètres au cours des 24 dernières heures, et de 1,05 mètre au cours des 48 dernières heures. Nova Scotia Power signale que les vannes de décharge fonctionnent normalement au barrage du lac Vaughn et que l’eau coule à un débit réduit, mais contrôlé. Bien que les niveaux d’eau soient toujours plus élevés que la normale, Nova Scotia Power affirme qu’il n’y a aucun danger pour l’intégrité générale des barrages. Les ingénieurs inspecteront le barrage du lac Vaughn et le barrage Carleton encore une fois aujourd’hui. Puisque les puits creusés et les fosses septiques sont utilisés couramment dans la région de Quinan, le Bureau de gestion des urgences recommande à toutes les familles de la région de faire vérifier l’eau potable de leurs puits dès que possible. Les instructions relatives à l’eau potable sont transmises par la radio, par téléphone et de bouche à oreille, avec l’aide de la Croix-Rouge et du ministère de l’Environnement. L’état d’urgence local est toujours en vigueur dans la région de Raynardton, dans le comté de Yarmouth. Il prendra fin à 20 h samedi. Un refuge de la Croix-Rouge est toujours ouvert à Yarmouth. Les représentants du comté indiquent que la plupart des personnes évacuées de la région de Raynardton, en aval du barrage du lac Vaughn, sont retournées chez elles. Quelques sous-sols de maison ont été inondés ou ont subi d’autres dommages causés par l’eau, mais il faudra encore quelques jours pour connaître l’étendue complète des dommages. Trois ponts dans le comté de Yarmouth, y compris un pont majeur sur la route 3, sont impraticables. Des détours sont prévus. Dans la région d’Argyle, le pont donnant accès à Quinan est ouvert depuis 18 h 30 jeudi. Le directeur général de la Municipalité d’Argyle, Alain Muise, a dit que le pont de Quinan est en bon état, mais qu’il y a eu des emportements mineurs par les eaux. Il dit que tous les véhicules peuvent emprunter la route et que les travailleurs du ministère des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure ont entamé les réparations. Sept familles de la même région demeurent isolées sur deux routes secondaires où des ponts ont été emportés. Il s’agit de Polly Road à East Kemptville et de South Belleville Road à Belleville. M. Muise affirme que le personnel affecté aux urgences est en contact avec les familles et livrera des provisions par bateau, au besoin. À Barrington, l’état d’urgence local demeure en vigueur mais devrait prendre fin lundi. Il y a encore une accumulation d’eau importante sur Clyde River Road. La route est praticable, mais la municipalité encourage les gens à ne pas l’utiliser, dans la mesure du possible. Une vaste gamme de renseignements sont disponibles sur les sites Web du gouvernement provincial. Des liens se trouvent sur le site Web du BGU à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/emo. Le Bureau de gestion des urgences offre les conseils suivants aux personnes qui sont aux prises avec des dommages causés par les inondations et d’autres préoccupations : Communiquez avec votre agent d’assurance dès que possible. Vérifiez si votre police d’assurance inclut les frais de nettoyage et si la compagnie d’assurance s’occupera d’embaucher un entrepreneur pour faire le nettoyage. Certaines polices d’assurance incluent également de l’aide pour remplacer la nourriture. Toute personne qui a besoin d’aide financière pour répondre à ses besoins essentiels peut présenter une demande d’aide au revenu en communiquant avec le ministère des Services communautaires. Toutes les demandes sont évaluées de façon individuelle afin de déterminer le besoin. Si le demandeur n’est pas admissible, le personnel peut le diriger vers d’autres soutiens communautaires qui pourraient lui offrir de l’aide. Deux programmes de réparations d’urgence offrent aux propriétaires admissibles de l’aide pour effectuer les réparations d’urgence nécessaires pour rendre leur maison sécuritaire. Les réparations admissibles peuvent inclure les systèmes de chauffage et les appareils essentiels. Communiquez avec le bureau des services de logement du ministère des Services communautaire de votre région pour obtenir plus d’information. Un programme d’aide financière en cas de catastrophe peut être offert afin d’aider les communautés à se rétablir. Faites une liste et incluez des photos ou des vidéos des dommages et des articles qui ont dû être jetés après l’inondation. Conservez un dossier des activités liées à l’inondation, par exemple le temps passé à nettoyer, et conservez des copies des factures et des reçus.last_img read more


AutoCanada expanding into the US with deal to acquire Grossinger Auto Group

first_imgEDMONTON – AutoCanada Inc. has signed an agreement to expand into the United States for the first time with the acquisition of the Grossinger Auto Group for $110 million.The deal includes eight dealerships in the Chicago area plus six luxury and premium brands in an auto mall in Bloomington-Normal, Ill.AutoCanada says the U.S. market provides it with highly attractive growth opportunities.The company says a majority of the acquired dealerships will continue to operate under the Grossinger name and local store leadership.The dealerships to be acquired sold 7,626 new vehicles and 7,304 used vehicles last year.The deal is subject to customary conditions and is expected to close in the second quarter of this year.Companies in this story: (TSX:ACQ)last_img


Modi calls Lanka Prez PM offers Indias help

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi called up the president and the premier of Sri Lanka and conveyed condolences over the loss of over lives in terrorist attacks in the island nation on Sunday. During his conversations with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Modi condemned the serial terrorist attacks in the strongest terms, perpetrated at sites including religious places and during a religious festival, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsDescribing the attacks as “cold-blooded and pre-planned barbaric acts”, Modi said these attacks were another grim reminder of the most serious challenge posed to the entire humanity by terrorism in our region and the entire world. The Prime Minister renewed the offer of all possible help and assistance to Sri Lanka for ensuring its security against the challenges such as those posed by terrorism, the PMO statement said. He also wished the injured speedy recovery and offered any required assistance for their treatment. “Strongly condemn the horrific blasts in Sri Lanka. There is no place for such barbarism in our region,” he tweeted. “My thoughts are with the bereaved families and prayers with the injured,” Modi said.last_img read more


Saudi Arabia At Least 13 Killed in Suicide Attack at Mosque

Rabat – A suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest on Thursday in a mosque inside a local security force headquarters in Abha, the capital of Saudi Arabia’s southwestern province of Asseer, leaving at least 13 dead.Saudi state channel Al-Ikhbaria quoted an interior ministry official saying that the initial findings suggest that the suicide bomber carried out the attack during noon prayers.In a statement, Interior Ministry spokesman Major General Mansour al-Turki said ten members of the emergency services and three mosque workers were killed in the suicide attack. According to the same source, of the nine who were wounded, three are in critical condition.To date, no terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.Saudi Arabia’s security forces have been the target of similar attacks blamed on the Islamic State group in the recent months.The most recent attack dates back to mid-July when a car bomb exploded at a security checkpoint near a prison in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, leaving one person killed and two policemen wounded.On July 3, a Saudi policeman was gunned down in the southern city of Taif. The attack was blamed on the Islamic State group, as police found ISIS flags in the crime scene.Saudi Arabian authorities have arrested dozens of people on suspicions of belonging to ISIS. Saudi Arabia is also taking part in the American-led coalition against ISIS in the region.Edited by Katherine Hall© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more


Devon Energy — with up to 9 billion in assets — is

“With our world-class U.S. oil resource plays rapidly building momentum and achieving operating scale, the final step in our multi-year transformation is an aggressive, transformational move that will accelerate value creation for our shareholders by further simplifying our resource-rich asset portfolio,” said CEO Dave Hager in a news release. Fed up with low prices, rivals that produce 20% of Canada’s natural gas team up to build own LNG project Warren Buffett gives Canada’s oilpatch a boost with fresh stake in Suncor Steelhead LNG pulls out of Vancouver Island project, Huu-ay-aht First Nation says On Wednesday morning, Devon’s shares rose by as much as 14.9 per cent to US$32.53 on the New York Stock Exchange.Other foreign companies that have reduced their ownership in the oilsands in recent years include Norway’s Statoil, France’s Total SA, Arkansas-based Murphy Oil and Houston-based ConocoPhillips.Devon owns the Jackfish steam-driven oilsands complex, which opened in 2007 and has grown through three identical phases to a capacity of 105,000 barrels per day of bitumen (although it has produced as much as 128,000 bpd in the past).It’s also the operator of the proposed 105,000-bpd Pike oilsands project in a 50/50 partnership with London-based BP PLC. Pike received provincial regulatory approval in 2014 but has not yet been green-lighted for construction.It also owns conventional heavy oil wells near Lloydminster, Alta., that produce more than 15,000 bpd.Both Pike and Jackfish are south of Fort McMurray near similar operations owned by Calgary-based rivals Cenovus Energy Inc., Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. and MEG Energy Corp.In research notes, CIBC analyst Jon Morrison says the Canadian assets would likely fetch between $3.5 billion and $5 billion if sold, while Eight Capital analyst Phil Skolnick estimates they could sell for between $7 billion and $9 billion.“Although we believe the asset base is attractive and provides a large base of concentrated production with a long resource tail, this is a challenging market to divest Canadian oil assets,” wrote Morrison, citing the current forced Alberta curtailments designed to draw down a glut of trapped crude oil and “the opaqueness and unknowns” due to a lack of long-term pipeline takeaway capacity in Western Canada.The most likely purchasers are large Canadian oilsands companies led by Imperial Oil Ltd., but possibly others including Canadian Natural, Husky Energy Inc. and Suncor Energy Inc., he said.Husky’s recent failed attempt to buy MEG for a combination of cash and shares makes it an obvious potential buyer, said Skolnick, but he suggested Devon’s preference for cash to pay down debt may make a Husky offer less likely.Imperial is the most likely buyer, he said, because Devon’s assets would give immediate exposure to improving heavy oil prices.That would allow Imperial to postpone its proposed Aspen oilsands project after recently calling its future into question in response to the Alberta curtailments and their affect on crude-by-rail economics. CALGARY — Another foreign oil company says it’s getting out of the Canadian oilsands.Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy Corp. announced after markets closed Tuesday that it will pursue the “separation” of its Canadian assets and its Barnett Shale holdings in Texas from its core business.It intends to open data rooms for potential suitors in the second quarter and says it hopes to announce by year-end a deal or deals that could include an outright sale or creation of new companies to own and operate the assets.This is a challenging market to divest Canadian oil assetsCIBC analyst Jon Morrison read more


Networks responding to viewers rejection of reruns with fresh episodes

Networks responding to viewers’ rejection of reruns with fresh episodes by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Aug 6, 2013 4:18 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – CBS’ limited drama series “Under the Dome,” the most popular show on television last week, is notable for what it’s not: a rerun.Three of the top 10 most-watched shows on TV last week were repeats, according to the Nielsen company. That number is an indication of how the summer television world has changed among the big networks.During the corresponding week five years ago, six of the top 10 shows were reruns, Nielsen said. Go back a decade to 2003, and nine of the top 10 were programs that had aired before in colder-weather months.Reruns used to be a dependable way for broadcasters to recoup the costs of making comedies and dramas. But with cable offering more original programs in summer, viewer tastes have changed. They increasingly don’t want to see shows that have aired before, and networks are relying less on them.The three reruns last week were all on CBS, which has an older and larger audience than their rivals. They include “NCIS” and “The Big Bang Theory,” the top-rated drama and comedy during the regular season.Besides “Under the Dome,” CBS is also airing fresh episodes of the drama “Unforgettable” and viewers are responding. The NFL’s Hall of Fame exhibition game and the nonfiction shows “America’s Got Talent,” ”The Bachelorette” and “Big Brother” were all new programming that finished in the top 10.Univision airs new telenovelas in prime time all summer, and viewers respond. The Spanish-speaking network easily beat Fox last week. Fox, weighed down by a low-rated soccer game on Saturday, had the smallest weekly audience of any of the major broadcasters this summer.CBS easily won the week in prime-time, averaging 5.8 million viewers. NBC had 5.4 million viewers, ABC had 4 million, Univision had 3.1 million, Fox had 2.4 million, Telemundo had 1.5 million, ION Television had 1.2 million and the CW had 1.1 million.USA was the most-watched cable network, averaging 2.6 million viewers in prime time. The Disney Channel had 2.4 million, TNT had 2.2 million, History had 2.1 million and Discovery had 1.9 million.One week after beating NBC’s “Nightly News” among the key 25-to-54-year-old demographic, ABC’s “World News” fell back to second last week, by the slim margin of 68,000 people, Nielsen said.Among all viewers, “Nightly News” averaged 7.5 million, “World News” had 7 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.8 million.For the week of July 29-Aug. 4, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “Under the Dome,” CBS, 11.41 million; “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday, 9 p.m.), NBC, 10.28 million; NFL Exhibition Football: Dallas vs. Miami, NBC, 10.11 million; “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 9.81 million; “Football Pregame,” NBC, 8.9 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 8.22 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 8.03 million; “The Bachelorette,” ABC, 7.94 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 7.66 million; “Big Brother 15” (Thursday), CBS, 7.12 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is a unit of News Corp. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.com read more


Ripples from US nuclear plant closings overwhelm small towns

In this March 20, 2017, photo, boats wrapped and stored for winter sit near the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station along Lake Erie in Oak Harbor, Ohio. FirstEnergy Corp. will decide by next year whether to close or sell its plant in Pennsylvania and two in Ohio, including Davis-Besse, unless the states change regulations to make them more competitive. (AP Photo/John Seewer) by John Seewer, The Associated Press Posted Mar 26, 2017 7:19 am MDT Last Updated Mar 26, 2017 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ripples from US nuclear plant closings overwhelm small towns OAK HARBOR, Ohio – Living in the shadows of the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant’s cooling tower, which soars above Lake Erie in Ohio like an oversized lighthouse, brings with it some give-and-take.On the plus side, it generates tax money that once paid for a high school swimming pool and auditorium. Then there are the stockpiles of radiation pills and emergency drills for students in case of a disaster.For the small, mostly rural towns that are home to 61 U.S. nuclear plants that produce one-fifth of the nation’s electricity, each one has been like the golden goose supplying high-paying jobs and money for roads, police and libraries.But those same places and their residents are bracing for what may come next due to the soaring costs of running aging reactors that have speeded up the closings of a handful of sites and are threatening at least a dozen more. That’s because once the power stops flowing, so does the money.Towns that already have seen nuclear plants shuttered are now dealing with higher property taxes, cuts in services and less school funding — a new reality that may linger for decades.In Wisconsin, the tiny town of Carlton saw the source of roughly 70 per cent of its yearly budget disappear when the Kewaunee nuclear power plant closed four years ago. That resulted in the first town tax in its history.“Financially, we benefited, but now we’re going to pay the price for the next 40 years,” said David Hardtke, the town chairman.When operations ceased at the Crystal River Nuclear Plant along Florida’s Gulf Coast, “it was like something going through and wiping out a third of your county,” said Citrus County Administrator Randy Oliver.To make up the difference, property tax rates went up by 31 per cent and 100 county workers were let go — so many that Oliver worries there won’t be enough to evacuate residents and clear roads if a major tropical storm hits.While the nation’s fleet of nuclear power plants wasn’t designed to last forever, closures are happening earlier than expected because repair costs are astronomical and it’s harder to compete with cheaper natural gas-fired plants and renewable energy sources.The former head of the nuclear industry’s trade group said last year that economic pressures have put 15 to 20 plants at risk of a premature shutdown.FirstEnergy Corp. will decide by next year whether to close or sell its plant in Pennsylvania and two in Ohio, including Davis-Besse, unless the states change regulations to make them more competitive.The uncertainty around Davis-Besse and a plan to lower its value caused the local school board to shelve plans to build a new elementary building for the district, which stands to lose $8 million a year without the plant.New Orleans-based Entergy Corp., owner of the Palisades nuclear plant in Michigan, announced plans late last year to close in 2018 even though it has a license to keep operating another 14 years.How much the losses will add up to isn’t clear yet, said Dennis Palgen, a township supervisor where the plant has operated since 1971.“We’re just in a state of limbo right now,” he said, adding that plans to buy a new fire truck are on hold.The plant and its 600 workers have been good neighbours, he said, buying backpacks for school children and emergency generators for the township. “The list goes on and on,” Palgen said.In some cases, utilities are paying communities and schools during the first few years to help ease the sudden loss of their largest employer and taxpayer.But what makes recovering tough is that almost all nuclear plants are in out of the way places that have become heavily reliant on them. And they employ specialized workers who are quick to leave for still-operating locations.To make matters worse, many closed sites can’t be redeveloped for new uses because they’re still storing radioactive waste.Some hope the Trump administration’s new budget proposal to revive the mothballed disposal site at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain will eventually allow for new development at the former plants.“We have become a de facto nuclear waste dump. It just sits there, and sits there forever,” said Al Hill, the mayor in Zion, Illinois, where spent nuclear fuel remains stored on prime property along Lake Michigan even though the plant shut down 20 years ago.On top of that, the closing took away half of the city’s tax base and pushed property taxes to the highest in the state, making it difficult to lure new businesses, Hill said.Left behind are empty storefronts and little foot traffic, said Chris Daisy, who runs a downtown bicycle shop.“It’s had a devastating effect on this town,” he said. “It’s terrible. Any town with a nuclear power plant in it or near it is in danger of suffering the same fate.”___Follow John Seewer at http://twitter.com/jseewerap read more


April rise is just the ticket for bus and coach recovery

Bus and coach market shows signs of recovery, up 35.5% in April to 843 units.Purpose-built sector posts growth of 50.0% in the month, with year-to-date now down just 5.8%.Converted bus market continues to rise, up 21.9% in April to 390 units.“April saw a large number of bus and coach orders hit the road resulting in substantial growth in the month, up 35.5% to 843 units,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “The sector enjoyed increases across the board with the purpose-built segment posting gains of 50% and converted buses rising by more than 21%. The growth in April and recent market positivity has seen the rolling year rise 4.0%, an encouraging sign following the slow start to the year.”UK bus and coach registrations: 2014 and % change on 2013Big buses 8.5t gvw and over and coaches 16t gvw and overClick through to download the April 2014 bus and coach registrations news release and data tables.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more


Coach Cal Blew It

By Nate Silver Podcast from Indy: The Kentucky Loss and Monday Night’s Matchup Even 38-0 teams can go through mistimed offensive slumps, and the Kentucky Wildcats went through one at a very bad time Saturday night. Kentucky went more than 5 minutes without scoring in its loss to Wisconsin on Saturday. Between Karl-Anthony Towns’ jumper with 6:37 to go in the second half, and Aaron Harrison’s layup with 56 seconds remaining, Kentucky was stuck on 60 points, while Wisconsin swung from being 4 points behind to 4 points ahead.A lot of credit must go to Wisconsin’s stout defense, which looked a lot better than its Pomeroy rating (just 55th best in the country). But the Wildcats didn’t help themselves Saturday night with three shot clock violations down the stretch. Those violations were symptomatic of a larger problem: Kentucky’s torpid pace down the stretch helped doom them.This will involve more math than the usual “hot take,” so hang tight while we take a tour of probabilities. We’re most interested in one big question: Did Kentucky increase its chance to win by slowing its pace, thereby giving each team fewer possessions?At first blush, it seems like Kentucky was better off slowing the game down.The Las Vegas point spread and over-under line projected a final score of roughly Kentucky 67, Wisconsin 62 before the game. (FiveThirtyEight’s model had a similar projection, favoring Kentucky by 4.5 points.) In a game of 60 possessions per team, that translates into 1.12 points per possession for Kentucky and 1.04 per possession for Wisconsin.I simulated the final six minutes of the game 100,000 times using these offensive efficiency figures and a few guesstimations.1I had to guesstimate how the points are distributed between 3-point, 2-point, 1-point and 0-point possessions; Wisconsin will have a relatively high number of 3-point possessions, since they shoot so well from outside, for instance. My guesstimates were as follows: Kentucky scores three points 8 percent of the time, two points 41 percent of the time, one point 6 percent of the time, and no points 45 percent of the time. Wisconsin scores three points 12 percent of the time, two points 32 percent of the time, one point 4 percent of the time and no points 52 percent of the time. That gives Kentucky an offensive efficiency rating of 1.12 points per possession, and Wisconsin 1.04 points, as desired. I also assumed that Kentucky would win 55 percent of the time if the game went to overtime. Up by 4 in a game with 12 more possessions per team2At about 20 seconds per possession, six minutes would ordinarily allow nine more possessions per team. But there are more clock stoppages late in the game. So let’s assume that each team would have 12 further possessions if Kentucky played normally. Kentucky won 81.9 percent of the time. That winning percentage increased to 83.3 percent in a game with 10 possessions per team instead.3I’m assuming there were 10 possessions, not 12 possessions because of Kentucky’s slow pace down the stretch; which ran a minute or two off the clock.So at a first glance, slowing the game down seems like a good idea for Kentucky — they were ahead, after all.But there are reasons not to do it. Kentucky is the slightly better team — or at least that’s what Vegas and the FiveThirtyEight model thought before the game — and in the abstract the better team should want to play a longer game (a game with more possessions). Under our assumptions, if Kentucky and Wisconsin played an infinitely long game, Kentucky would always win. So it was slightly unusual for Kentucky, a Goliath of a basketball team, to adopt a “David strategy” instead.This alone wasn’t enough to make Calpari’s strategy a poor one, however. Even though Wisconsin was the underdog, the difference was small enough that you’d still rather give them fewer chances to catch up, according to the simulations.But Kentucky also almost certainly made its offense less efficient by slowing the pace down. Rather than looking for good shooting opportunities in the first half of the shot clock, it tried to rush shots near the end of possessions. (Wisconsin’s defense, to reiterate, had something to do with that. But Kentucky hadn’t had much trouble finding shots earlier in the game, shooting 60 percent in the first half.)Exactly how much less efficient is hard to say, but efficiency declines significantly as the shot clock runs down to zero. NBA teams score about 1.12 points per possession when they shoot in the first 10 seconds of the league’s 24-second shot clock, but that efficiency declines to 0.92 points per possession in the final four seconds of a possession. These numbers aren’t perfect for any number of reasons — not least because they’re drawn from the NBA rather than college hoops — but they give us at least some sense for the magnitude of the effect.So that got me wondering how much Kentucky’s offensive efficiency would have to decline to render Calipari’s strategy counterproductive. The answer: Not much at all.In the table below, I’ve used the simulation model to estimate Kentucky’s chances of winning with reduced offensive efficiency. For example, a 10 percent reduction in offensive efficiency — meaning that the Wildcats are scoring at a rate of about 1.01 points per possession instead of 1.12 — would reduce their win probability to 76.8 percent in a game with 10 more possessions per team. That’s considerably worse than the 81.9 percent chance they had by playing regular basketball, but permitting 12 possessions per team. Even a 3 percent reduction in offensive efficiency would reduce Kentucky’s winning chances.There are a lot of other factors to consider in the real world, of course, like how Wisconsin might have altered its strategy in response to Kentucky. Still, Kentucky seemed to be playing into Wisconsin’s hands, especially given that the Badgers are terrific in half-court sets — but much worse than Kentucky in transition — and ordinarily prefer to play at one of the slowest paces in college basketball. Wisconsin might have found a way to win anyway — they’re a terrific team, and the game wasn’t all that much of an upset. But Coach Cal made their path to the National Championship a little easier. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code read more


The AllTime Leaders In Undeserved AllStar Appearances

Who’s started too many (or too few) All-Star Games?Number of times a player started the All-Star Game, vs. the number of times he led his position in wins above replacement (WAR) Manny Ramirez62+4Bernie Williams14-3 1996ALSS7.1John Valentin8.2-1.1 Ivan Rodriguez127+5Robin Ventura05-5 1985NL1B5.3Steve Garvey1.0+4.3 1995ALSS5.9John Valentin8.7-2.8 Reggie Jackson62+4Chris Hoiles03-3 2001ALSS0.0Alex Rodriguez*11.5-11.5 Rod Carew83+5Ian Kinsler04-4 Ozzie Smith118+3 Andre Dawson74+3 YEARLGPOSRIPKEN WARWAR LEADER AT POS.WARDIFF Pete Rose50+5Chuck Knoblauch03-3 1984NL1B7.6Steve Garvey0.3+7.3 1981NL1B6.7Pete Rose1.9+4.8 Wade Boggs118+3 Mark McGwire63+3 Cal Ripken179+8Keith Hernandez18-7 1980NL1B11.1Steve Garvey4.8+6.3 Derek Jeter95+4Matt Holliday25-3 Roberto Alomar96+3Mike Schmidt710-3 Ichiro Suzuki95+4A. McCutchen25-3 Josh Hamilton52+3Tim Wallach03-3 Yadier Molina30+3 1987ALSS9.5Alan Trammell11.4-1.9 As for more current players, a mild modern version of Hernandez is Joey Votto, who was beaten out for this year’s NL first-base starting job by Ryan Zimmerman. Including this season, Votto has led the position in WAR four times, but he’s only been named a starter twice. (Meanwhile, today’s less extreme version of Ripken is catcher Salvador Perez, a four-time starter but a two-time WAR leader.) It is a bit harder to find players with huge gaps between reputation and performance these days, though, and you might think that’s due to the rise of sabermetrics in recent seasons.But if so, it’s not showing up in the overlap between voting results and our by-the-numbers picks. If anything, All-Star lineups don’t align with the stats any better now than they did decades ago. This season, 53 percent of the actual starters would also be starters if we picked the rosters by WAR; the long-term average (since 1975) is 50 percent. The percentage of common players between the two lineups has fluctuated around that mark for as far back as our data goes:That doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll see somebody challenge Ripken’s (or Hernandez’s) records for misplaced All-Star voting anytime soon. But with the voters still foregoing the cold logic of statistics in favor of sentiment, it does mean there’s still a chance for it to happen, for better and for worse.Check out our latest MLB predictions. Ripken isn’t the only one, though. Some of the players received an overly generous haul of All-Star nods due to the scarcity of big names at their position. Hall of Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez was an automatic pick for many All-Star voters for more than a decade, seldom having much competing star power to draw eyes away from his checkbox on the ballot (with all due respect to Jason Varitek and Jorge Posada). As a 35-year-old in 2007, Pudge — who was very much on the decline by that point — was still a more enticing pick for fans than Ramon Hernandez, Kenji Johjima and Gerald Laird, for obvious reasons.Meanwhile, the anti-Ripken is longtime Cardinals and Mets first baseman Keith Hernandez, who only started a single All-Star Game (1986) despite leading National League first basemen in WAR eight times. Four of those seasons, the slick-fielding Hernandez was thwarted by Steve Garvey, who — not coincidentally — is tied for third on the “over-selected” list above. He also lost out to Jack Clark, Al Oliver and even Pete Rose, who moved to first base (and was one of the league’s worst fielders there) late in his career. PLAYERVOTERSWARDIFFPLAYERVOTERSWARDIFF Jose Bautista41+3Devon White03-3 Robinson Cano52+3Robin Yount25-3 1999AL3B3.3Tony Fernandez5.9-2.6 1998AL3B1.3Robin Ventura8.4-7.1 Sandy Alomar30+3Eddie Murray14-3 Ripken is the undisputed king of undeserving All-Stars. Don’t get me wrong: He’s an inner-circle Hall of Famer and one of the greatest shortstops to ever play the game. But he also racked up some really generous All-Star starting bids over the years, taking the honor away from seven different players. (In 2001, he was voted in as a third baseman over Troy Glaus, who was having a far superior season at the position, and later traded starting positions with shortstop Alex Rodriguez. I only counted A-Rod’s displacement in this list.) Cal’s CasualtiesSeasons where Cal Ripken Jr. started the All-Star Game despite not having the most WAR at his position Sources: Fangraphs, Lahman DB Joe Carter30+3 1997AL3B2.4Jeff Cirillo8.1-5.7 Dave Winfield81+7Jeff Bagwell16-5 ASG STARTS ACCORDING TO…ASG STARTS ACCORDING TO… YEARLGPOSHERNANDEZ WARVOTE LEADERWARDIFF Kirby Puckett63+3 * Rodriguez shifted to 3B to make room for Ripken, displacing 3B WAR leader Troy Glaus.Sources: Fangraphs, Lahman DB Major League Baseball’s annual All-Star Game, which takes place Tuesday night in Miami, is supposed to be a celebration of the best ballplayers in the world collected in the same place for a few days a year. But it’s also a salute to fan favorites and other sentimental picks, even if the stats say they haven’t played up to snuff. This is to be expected, because the fans vote to determine the starting position players; the casual fan is less likely to be scrutinizing the BABIP of every National League shortstop than he or she is to just pick the person with the familiar name.So for every no-brainer All-Star like Barry Bonds in the early 2000s (or Mike Trout in more recent seasons), there have been starters like Cal Ripken Jr. in 2001 — a year he finished below the replacement level1Never mind that he homered on a grooved pitch from Chan Ho Park in the game. — or Reggie Jackson (who’d hit .216 since the 1983 All-Star break) in 1984.But what would the All-Star Game look like if the stat geeks had full control over who played? Which players have consistently been voted into the All-Star Game despite weak stats? Are the rosters at least getting better over time?To judge who deserved to start the All-Star Game in a given year, I began with wins above replacement (WAR) data from FanGraphs.2I usually blend FanGraphs’ version of WAR with that of Baseball-Reference.com, but only FanGraphs calculates monthly WAR splits. Since there’s something of a debate over whether the selection process should only consider first-half stats or a longer timeframe, I compromised by giving a player credit for both his first-half WAR from the season in question3Defined as his WAR for the months of April through June. as well as his second-half WAR from the previous season, with the former getting double weight. (That way, more than half of a season is always considered, but emphasis is given to more recent performance.) I split this figure by position according to how many games the player spent at each spot on the diamond and ranked the players within each position for each league in each season.(For the purposes of this exercise, I only looked at position players, since starting pitchers are selected by the managers and their eligibility is governed by a rule about how recently they pitched before the All-Star Game.)Although Ripken was named an All-Star starter 17 times in his 21-year MLB career, he was only the best player at his position by WAR nine times — an eight-game difference that ranks as the biggest discrepancy for any All-Star since 1975.4FanGraphs’ monthly WAR splits go back to 1974, but as noted above, I used the previous year’s second-half stats in my ranking. Ryne Sandberg96+3 Steve Garvey83+5Andruw Jones03-3 V. Guerrero74+3Lance Parrish25-3 Greg Luzinski30+3 1979NL1B6.4Steve Garvey6.0+0.4 Tony Gwynn95+4Jesse Barfield03-3 Positional rankings are based on a blend of first-half WAR for the season in question and second-half WAR from the previous season.Sources: FanGraphs, Lahman DB 1983NL1B7.6Al Oliver4.7+2.9 Mike Piazza106+4Grady Sizemore03-3 George Brett94+5Barry Bonds1115-4 1987NL1B7.1Jack Clark7.0+0.1 1993ALSS3.1Omar Vizquel5.6-2.5 Keith’s list of grievancesSeasons where Keith Hernandez did not start the All-Star Game despite having the most WAR at his position read more


Geek Answers Why arent we building a space elevator

first_imgLaunching an object into space, even a small object, is incredibly expensive. The rocket fuel needed to get a space shuttle into orbit reflects a huge cost as well as significant attention from engineering and operating teams. NASA almost literally burns money on every launch. A space elevator offers to spread the explosive energy of rocket fuel out over time; blasting an object into orbit takes minutes, while a space elevator would probably take days to make the same ascent.Space elevators have a lot of advantages over alternative solutions,  but probably the biggest is economic: right now there’s pretty much no bigger obstacle to putting a man on Mars than the budget. Frankly, we might already be there if we had a quick and cost-effective way of putting components in space, testing them there, maybe even building them in that environment. Though it’s foreign to us, space is turning out to be a much less intractable problem than the Earth itself. Right now it costs about $25,000 to put a kilogram into orbit — with a space elevator, that number is estimated at about $200.For this minor inconvenience, however, we get much by way of advantage. Firstly, since the power can flow in more slowly it need not be released as a rapid chemical reaction like an explosion. A dedicated power plant ought to serve quite well, making our possible track to the stars an all-electric solution. So why not build the thing?There are a few technological hurdles to address. Firstly, the backbone. For a space elevator to keep from ripping itself apart at the slightest movement, it would have to be both flexible and strong — to be precise, stronger than any material every created. Until recently, nobody had ever heard of a substance that could take the strain over a total length of several kilometers. Carbon nanotubes are the assumed future solution, but right now their manufacturing is nowhere near ready for a project like this. Fibers of several meters in length will be required to weave together a ribbon capable to doing the job. Today, the longest are a couple of centimeters.Additionally, power becomes a problem when transferring it many kilometers up a vertical cable. Assuming we won’t have a nuclear reactor posted every few kilometers for a booster shot of power, some sort of highly conductive cable would be needed to provide power all the way up — and so carbon nanotubes again become interesting. Their highly conductive nature would make them perfect for efficient energy conduction over such long distances.The ribbon also needs to be anchored out in space, of course, and the solution is as simple as the problem: use an anchor. Known as the counterweight, this large mass is put into geostationary orbit over the point at which the ribbon in anchored so that it can keep the ribbon taught. It will have to be a very massive object though — and how do we get something like that into orbit without already having a space elevator? One proposed solution is to capture an asteroid. Another is to take a piece out of the Moon.There are of course other problems, other unknowns, but if we could figure out real solutions to the issues of tensile strength and electrical conductivity, and of how to lasso a suitable counterweight, a working space elevator likely be quick in following.last_img read more


Greek archaeologists find remains of embracing couple in Neolithic tomb

first_imgThe remains of a man and woman locked in an embrace, which were found at an archaeological site near the Diros Caves in the Peloponnese, constitute a “stunning discovery” dating to around 3,800 BC, the head of the dig has told Kathimerini.“It is possibly the oldest grave to have ever been found,” according to Giorgos Papathanassopoulos, who has led excavation work at the Diros site since the 1970s. “It is the most stunning discovery,” he added, noting that the fact the couple were buried together indicated the importance given to the institution of family after death in ancient times.The remains, which were unearthed last year and in 2013, were analysed using radiocarbon dating. The results of the analysis, which were made public last week, showed that the bones belonged to a man and a woman, both aged between 20 and 25.Archaeologists were also studying the remains of another couple whose remains were found in an adjacent grave to the one containing the embracing pair. The second couple are believed to be older and were found buried in a more “conventional” fashion, Papathanassopoulos said.The fact that an ossuary and several ceramic urns, beads and other offerings were found in the grave points to “an organized society,” he said.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


Three New Fish Species Discovered in Extreme Ocean Depths

first_imgStay on target More than 80 percent of Earth’s oceans are still unexplored. But researchers like Alan Jamieson and Thomas Linley are working to change that.Joining an expedition to the Atacama Trench, the Newcastle University scientists helped uncover information about life in one of the deepest places on the planet.Among their discoveries are what the 40-strong team believe to be three new species of sea snails, known as “the pink, the blue, and the purple Atacama Snailfish.”The colorful creatures (members of the Liparidae family) were captured on camera feeding and interacting some 4.6 miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean.Their presence, however, may not be the most shocking detail: Analysts were surprised to find that these deep-sea animals do not fit the preconceived stereotype.Instead of giant teeth and a menacing frame, the fish are small, translucent, scale-less, and, essentially, highly adept at living where few organisms can.“There is something about the snailfish that allows them to adapt to living very deep,” postdoctoral research associate Linley said in a statement. “Beyond the reach of other fish they are free of competitors and predators.”Appearing active and “very well-fed,” these snailfish are probably at the top of the local food chain—predator to other invertebrate prey.Newcastle scientists and engineers worked for five years developing technology for the exploration of ultra-deep environments, like the Atacama Trench, which runs nearly 3,700 miles along the west coast of South America.On a recent expedition, the team deployed their baited camera system, which takes up to four hours to sink to the bottom of the ocean floor, a total of 27 times. More than 100 hours of video and 11,468 photographs were captured at the seabed.Analysts even managed to capture one of the new species, which, when removed from the extreme pressure and cold of their natural habitat, “are extremely fragile and melt rapidly,” according to Linley.The specimen was in very good condition and is currently being described by the Newcastle group, with help of colleagues from the US and London’s Natural History Museum.Watch the video above to see the slimy snailfish, with their long tadpole-esque bodies and almost fluorescent complexion.Researchers also filmed “astonishingly rare” footage of long-legged crustaceans known as Munnopsids—about the size of an adult hand. Though the exact species remains unknown, Linley is excited about this “incredible” find.“Especially the flip they do as they switch from swimming to walking mode,” he added.U.S. institutions are also making great strides underwater: MIT recently introduced a soft robotic fish that swims alongside real seafood. And earlier this year, 100-plus new marine species were discovered around Bermuda. Read more about fish and Earth’s oceans.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Watch: Great White Shark Bumps Into Boat Near Whale CarcassMan Paddles 2,900 Miles Across Pacific to Help Curb Ocean Pollution last_img read more


Fire District 13 levy lid lift has big support

first_imgVoters in Fire District 13, in north Clark County, overwhelmingly chose to approve a property tax increase the district said it needed to maintain emergency services.Early vote tallies from Tuesday night show 67 percent of district voters choosing to approve the levy increase, voting 417-201.The vote increases the property tax levy for the district’s services to $1.25 per $1,000 of a property’s assessed value, an increase from about 84 cents per $1,000.The new rate puts the full annual levy amount for a $300,000 house to about $375.The vote returns the levy rate to where voters placed it in 2004. State law prohibits fire district revenue increases beyond 1 percent annually, so the rate dropped as property values rose and ultimately, according to district staff, limiting resources.District staff said emergency calls have more than tripled since 2004, and the increase in levy dollars will go toward paying for and maintaining replacement firefighting equipment.The vote did not require a supermajority, and there appeared to be no organized opposition to the increase.Fire District 13 is associated with North Country EMS, but both have different funding sources.last_img read more


Former football coach jailed for child abuse

first_imgJames Torbett, who was involved in setting up the Celtic Boys Club in Scotland, abused his position of trust to sexually abuse three boysThe High Court in Glasgow has sentenced 71-year-old James Torbett for abusing his position of trust and sexually abusing three boys.The former football coach was involved in setting up Celtic Boys Club according to Sky Sports.“Your involvement in setting up and organizing the activities of youth football in Celtic Boys Club might in other circumstances have appeared public-spirited and commendable,” judge Lord Beckett said before sentencing Torbett to six years in prison.“However, what this case has shown is that you used the club as a front and a recruiting ground for boys who you could sexually abuse.”“The love which young boys have for the game of football, their competitive spirit, their dreams of playing professionally and perceived association with Celtic Football Club, which is a revered institution for a significant part of the population, gave you substantial power over the boys whom you coached,” he added.“You groomed boys and contrived situations when you could abuse them. Yours was some of the most corrupting behaviors I have heard of in these courts.”last_img read more


Tree plantation drive conducted

first_imgYapral: GHMC staff organised a tree plantation drive at Patel Park in Yapral. Local corporator, ward members, area sabha members and residential welfare association members were present. They distributed homestead plants to the students of Rama Krishna Talent School.last_img


Julian Assange arrested by British police at Ecuadorean embassy

first_imgWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange makes a speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy, in central London, Britain February 5, 2016.REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/Files [Representational Image] WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by British police on Thursday after they were invited into the Ecuadorean embassy where he has been holed up since 2012.”Julian Assange, 47, has today, Thursday 11 April, been arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) at the Embassy of Ecuador,” police said.Police said they arrested Assange after being “invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorean government’s withdrawal of asylum.”last_img


Are Google Apps for Business Worth the Price

first_imgDecember 12, 2012 Google recently announced that Google Apps for Business will no longer be free for new small-business users. This suite of services — which includes Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Groups and many other tools — had been free for workgroups of no more than 10 users.Now, new businesses signing up for Google Apps must pay $5 per user per month, or $50 per user per year. So, for instance, a business with eight employees using the company’s Google Apps account would spend $400 year at the new annual rate. Pre-existing Google Apps business accounts remain free of charge, for now.For the new price, business users get some additional perks not available to individual free Google Apps accounts: 24/7 phone support, more Gmail storage (25GB compared to 10GB for free accounts) and the ability to purchase Google Vault archiving service for $10 per user, per month.Related: 10 Steps to Getting Started With Google Apps for BusinessBut whenever a free service turns paid, it’s usually a good time to evaluate the value it might offer. If you’re thinking about signing up for Google Apps for Business, consider which benefits to productivity, responsiveness, coordination, reliability, tech support, mobility or overall efficiency you’d hope to receive for the price. Even if your company has a grandfathered-in free account, what if Google someday starts charging you for it? What would make it worthwhile to stay and pay — or to switch to other options?One advantage of Google Apps is that it’s fairly comprehensive. The email and calendars apps are most popular, but the suite includes numerous apps, including Google Docs (document collaboration), Google Drive (file repository comparable to Dropbox) and Google Sites (simple website building and hosting). Going with alternative web-hosted options would probably involve turning to several providers, not just one.If you don’t plan to use more than a couple of apps in Google’s suite, it might not be worth paying for Google Apps for Business. But there are alternatives. If your company uses Microsoft Office applications, for instance, Microsoft offers a suite of online extensions called Office 365, available for $6 per user per month for up to 50 users. Microsoft 365 users also can subscribe to an online version of the Sharepoint suite of collaboration and conferencing tools. Plans range from $4-$22 per user per month. Extra storage is available for $0.20 per GB per month.Related: How the Cloud Can Save You From a ‘BYOD’ Tech NightmareFor a complete alternative to Google Apps for Business, probably the closest competitor in terms of breadth of service is Zoho — a diverse suite of business, collaboration, and productivity apps — including calendaring and e-mail. For business users, Zoho pricing varies by the applications you use and the number of users, starting at $12 per user per month. Like Google Apps for Business, you can use your own domain name on these services. Zoho doesn’t offer archiving comparable to Google Vault.Will Google’s new pricing structure cause you to steer clear of its popular business apps service? Let us know in the comments below. min readcenter_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more


Travellers petition against Jetstars service fee

first_imgAn online petition calling for Jetstar to reduce its fees has garnered support, in line with new Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) rules.Almost 10,000 people have signed the change.org petition, The Australian reported.New RBA rules state that card companies are able to ‘limit surcharges to the reasonable cost of acceptance’.Jetstar has an AU$8.50 ‘service fee’ attached to most bank card transactions.Some card companies argue the reasonable cost is less than one per cent of the transaction, yet based on current pricing, Jetstar’s fee can be as much as 14 percent of the transaction.RBA reforms aimed at stopping these over-the-top charges will not be monitored by any agency.“While Jetstar doesn’t have a credit card surcharge, we are aware of the new RBA standard applying to card schemes,” a Jetstar spokesperson said.Unhappy with Jetstar’s fees, Gold Coast local Klaus Bartosch launched the change.org petition.“They claim the AU$8.50 is a ‘service fee’, but it’s plain and simple a credit card surcharge – and it’s not right,” Mr Bartosch said.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. Online petition gaining ground.last_img read more


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