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HMD teases Nokia smartphone launch in India, could be Nokia 7.1

first_imgHMD Global is hinting that it may launch a new Nokia phone in India soon. The company posted from the Nokia India Twitter account a teaser video with a caption that reads “Get ready to #ExpectMore”. Now, some of you may have recognised that this is the same hashtag being used for a Nokia launch in Dubai on December 5, which suggests that the same phone or phones will be coming to India as well. And based on all the reports so far, our bet is on the Nokia 7.1.The tweet by Nokia India does not reveal whether it is the Nokia 7.1 or not. The short video essentially shows a bed of roses in sober red which turns bright and vivid within an outline of a phone with a notch. Now, this suggests that we are looking at a Nokia phone with the company’s new PureDisplay technology and there are only two phones so far that offer this display – Nokia 7.1 and Nokia X7. The Nokia 7.1 was launched in London a couple of months ago and is yet to make its way to India. Notably, the notch in the teaser is small which further suggests the Nokia 7.1 launch rather than the Nokia X7 (Nokia 8.1) as the latter comes with a wider notch. The Nokia X7 has been launched in China and is tipped to be launched globally as the Nokia 8.1 in Dubai on December 5.It was reported a few weeks ago that the Nokia 7.1 would come to India by the end of the month, but it now seems we are looking at a December launch. It is also possible that the company is planning a simultaneous launch in Dubai and India on December 5 given the new teaser. Moreover, HMD will likely launch three Nokia phones at its event in Dubai and we can expect some of them to make their way to India.advertisementNokia 7.1 specificationsThe Nokia 7.1 sports a 5.84-inch FHD+ (2246×1080) IPS LCD display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. It is the first Nokia phone to bring a PureDisplay screen. This is proprietary technology that HMD says offers higher contrast and deeper colours. It also supports HDR10 so streaming videos on platforms like YouTube and Netflix will offer a sharper viewing experience.The Nokia 7.1 is powered by a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 636 chipset, which is similar to the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The phone will be offered with 3GB and 4GB of RAM along with 32GB and 64GB of internal storage, respectively. Both the variants support storage expandability up to 400GB via microSD card.Notably, the new Nokia phone gets a dual camera setup with Zeiss-branded lenses, something that was missing on the 6.1 Plus. It sports a 12-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture and 1.28 micron pixels and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor for depth support. Up front, the Nokia 7.1 gets an 8MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture. HMD says the Nokia 7.1 can capture true-to-life HDR images. The camera app also gets a Pro mode and bokeh effect, among other things.last_img read more

CMA CGM Unites Containerships MacAndrews under One Brand

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Containerships French shipping major CMA CGM is joining its Containerships and MacAndrews brands under the single Containerships brand from April 1, 2019.By joining the forces of two intra-European multimodal transport companies, CMA CGM said it would create and develop an Intra-European leading brand, combining maritime and inland solutions with complementary regional footprints.“This new, innovative single brand will thus be able to unlock major synergies and concentrate its resources on commercial growth and on the development of high quality services for its customers,” the company explained.CMA CGM added that the integration of the local agencies’ networks would also allow for the creation of a tailored intra-regional service.last_img read more

Plus grand powwow de lhistoire du Canada atlantique

first_imgLe plus grand pow-wow de l’histoire du Canada atlantique et le premier pow-wow ou Mawio’mi national organisé à l’est de Montréal débute aujourd’hui 25 juin au Halifax Common et mettra en vedette des danseurs et joueurs de tambour de partout en Amérique du Nord. L’événement débute à midi et se poursuivra jusqu’au dimanche 27 juin à 19 h. « Membertou 400 est une célébration haute en couleur, joyeuse et spirituelle de notre culture, a dit Deborah Ginnish, directrice générale de Membertou 400. Cette célébration s’adresse aux gens de toutes les races et de toutes les religions, et elle est sans précédent au Canada atlantique. Et aussi, pour plusieurs d’entre nous, il s’agit d’un rêve devenu réalité. » Pendant la fin de semaine, les gens pourront visiter un village traditionnel mi’kmaq où se dérouleront des démonstrations culturelles, des compétitions de danse autochtone incluant la danse libre, traditionnelle, à clochettes et de l’herbe, des compétitions de tambour et un marché où l’on retrouve plus de 40 vendeurs autochtones ainsi que de la cuisine autochtone. L’entrée aux événements familiaux est gratuite. Il n’y a aucun siège assigné et le stationnement est limité. Les concerts présentés pendant la fin de semaine incluent : Buffy Sainte-Marie le vendredi à 20 h, Shane Yellowbird le samedi à 20 h, The Relatives le samedi à 17 h et un hommage musical au peuple mi’kmaq le vendredi et le samedi à 18 h. Pour consulter l’horaire et obtenir plus d’information sur les célébrations du 400e anniversaire du baptême du grand chef Membertou, consultez le www.membertou400.com . Consultez également le guide de l’étiquette relative au pow-wow (en anglais seulement) à l’adresse www.membertou400.com/about/pow_wow_etiquette .last_img read more

Auditor General takes aim at access to health care for remote First

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA _ Canada’s auditor general is taking issue with the quality of health care in remote First Nations communities, lacklustre efforts to rehabilitate prisoners and the dearth of oversight governing boutique tax credits _ the Conservative government’s election bauble of choice.Many of the findings in Michael Ferguson’s spring report to Parliament touch on some key planks of the government’s likely election platform _ protecting Canadians and cutting their taxes _ while exposing more shortcomings in how the country’s Aboriginal population is treated.Ferguson says despite their big-ticket status, tax-based expenditures _ boutique tax credit measures such as the children’s fitness tax credit, for example _ are not properly evaluated or subject to adequate oversight by Parliament.The report also finds that Health Canada can’t say for sure that all eligible First Nations individuals in remote communities in Manitoba and Ontario can access sufficient clinical and client care services and medical transportation.He says Canada lacks a national strategy to deal with the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance _ the emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections, or “superbugs,” due to the misuse of powerful antimicrobial drugs.The audit also says National Defence should have kept a closer eye on its former watchdog, who extended consultant contracts without proper authorization and approved his own hospitality expense claims.Ferguson also finds that lower-risk offenders are being released from prison later in their sentences and with less time supervised in the community because Correctional Service Canada recommends early release less often.Some 80 per cent of offenders were behind bars beyond their first parole eligibility date, while more offenders are being released directly from medium- and high-security penitentiaries.last_img read more

Ontarios chief coroner to probe fire related deaths in Indigenous communities

first_imgThe Canadian PressOntario’s chief coroner is setting up a panel of experts that will look at dozens of residential fires in Indigenous communities that have killed nearly 60 people in just over a decade.Dr. Dirk Huyer says the panel – called the chief coroner’s table – will include coroners, forensic pathologists, fire investigators and members of Ontario’s Indigenous communities.“We know there is a disproportionate number of fire deaths occurring in Indigenous communities relative to non-Indigenous communities and we really want to understand what we can about it,” Huyer said in an interview.“This (table) is really drilling down deeply into each of the deaths … to look for systemic issues, trends or patterns.”Huyer said 58 people died in 34 house fires in Indigenous communities between 2007 and 2016 – numbers for 2017 are not yet available.The rate of fire-related deaths in Indigenous communities is more than 10 times higher than in the rest of the country, according to the federal government’s First Nations Fire Protection Strategy for 2010-2015.Huyer’s fact-finding mission follows repeated requests for a coroner’s inquest into fire safety from the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, which represents nearly 50 nations in northern Ontario.One of them, Pikangikum First Nation, lost nine people, including a five-month-old infant, in a house fire in March 2016.“It’s devastating, it’s worrisome to know that our communities are so vulnerable,” Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler said.In the wake of the Pikangikum fire, the Nishnawbe Aski Nation established a fire safety campaign that, in part, promotes the use of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.“Many of our homes still rely on wood stoves for heat, so we (also) want to ensure the stoves don’t pose a danger,” Fiddler said. “If we need to replace chimneys we’ll replace chimneys.”Unlike an inquest, the chief coroner’s table will not necessarily produce a report or make formal recommendations, Huyer said. But the table can be launched more quickly, and will have more leeway to investigate the broad issue of fires in Indigenous communities, he added.The panel has until February 2019 to complete its work.Nishnawbe Aski Nation leaders are still hoping for a full inquest but they will co-operate with Huyer’s panel, Fiddler added.Matthew Miller, president of the Ontario Native Fire Fighters Society, said he is “completely in support” of Huyer’s plan.“I believe that it has the ability to assist us to getting First Nation fire protection to adequate levels,” said Miller, who is also fire chief for the Six Nations of the Grand River community near Brantford, Ont.“It is very important to gather First Nation fire-related data as it will assist in identifying possible solutions with a more focused lens on the identified issues which are killing our First Nation people,” he added.Miller recalled a house fire in December 2017, in which a three-year-old boy died.“I cannot adequately put into words the impact that this tragic fire had on our community,” he said. “We have had numerous close calls in recent years with successful rescues but unfortunately we cannot save everyone.”last_img read more

Spanish PM urges Catalans to defeat separatists at polls

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain – Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy urged voters in Catalonia on Sunday to defeat the separatists who led the region’s recent drive for independence when they go to the polls in an early election next month.Rajoy, who used previously untapped constitutional authority to call the Dec. 21 regional election, told members of his conservative Popular Party at a Barcelona hotel that “we want a massive turnout to open up a new period of normalcy” in Catalonia.Rajoy’s visit to Barcelona, Catalonia’s main city, was his first to the region since he used the constitutional powers to stifle the secession push led by the regional government.After Catalonia’s Parliament voted Oct. 27 in favour of declaring independence, Rajoy responded by firing top government officials, dissolving the Parliament and ordering the early election.Spain’s Constitution says the nation is “indivisible.”“It’s urgent to return a sense of normality to Catalonia and do so as soon as possible to lower the social and economic tensions,” Rajoy said Sunday. “The threat of the separatists is destructive, sad and agonizing. Secessionism has created insecurity and uncertainty.”Polls show a tight race between Catalan separatists and politicians who want the region to remain a part of Spain. In Brussels on Sunday, those favouring independence for Catalonia rallied near the European Union quarter.Rajoy’s party has won three national elections since 2011, but secured less than 10 per cent of the vote in Catalonia’s 2015 regional election.The Popular Party continues to poll behind several other parties in the region, including the pro-business Citizens and the Socialists, which both oppose secession.The far-left separatist CUP party decided Sunday to participate in the December elections. The CUP is one of three pro-secession parties in the region.Rajoy defended his decision to temporarily take over running Catalonia under a section of the Spain Constitution that allows central authorities to intervene in regions where officials act outside the law.Catalonia’s separatists, and even some moderates, have criticized the measures as heavy-handed.“Exceptional measures can only be taken when there is no other option, and we adopted them to stop the increasing attacks to peaceful coexistence,” Rajoy said.Apart from the government takeover, 10 Catalan separatist leaders have been jailed while their roles in promoting secession are under investigation. Catalonia’s deposed president and four former members of his Cabinet fled to Brussels and plan to fight extradition to Spain.Rajoy linked the continued economic recovery of Spain, and especially Catalonia, to the removal of pro-independence parties from power.Over 2,000 companies have relocated their headquarters from Catalonia due to fears of being cast out of the European Union’s common market in the case of secession. Employment numbers also showed that Catalonia fell behind other parts of Spain in October.“But I say that the recovery of legality and normalcy will help reactivate the economy,” the prime minister said.last_img read more

Top rankings for Grade 5 and OL exams will not be announced

The best rankings for the Grade 5 Scholarship Examination and Ordinary Level examination O/L will not be announced in future.Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said a decision has been taken not to announce the island’s best rankings for the two exams in future.

Deputy mayor urges Ford to speak

(Updated) The heat continues to turn up on Toronto mayor Rob Ford as he has yet to address allegations that he was caught smoking from what looked like a crack pipe.Deputy mayor Doug Holyday, who had been defending Ford, is now saying that he needs to come out with a statement so the city can move on with its business.Holyday says Ford told him that he had legal advice not to say anything.“I would like the mayor to speak up regardless, I’ve said that right from the outset. The only story out there comes from the Toronto Star, and if the mayor has another version he should be out there putting that forward so people can make a decision.”“At this point it hasn’t happened but I think the longer this goes on, the worse it gets.”“we can do our business here. If the mayor was hospitalized or if the mayor went on a vacation, or if something else happened to take the mayor away from the seat of city hall here, we would still continue on with business. That’s the way that this is set up. This operation doesn’t depend on any one person.”Ford has a meeting with his executive committee, which will present him with a letter urging him to make a statement. He’s not forced to step down and there are no legal measures to push him aside.Ford’s chief of staff was fired this week, reportedly for asking him to seek professional help.Media – including CHCH’s Sean Leathong – remain camped outside Ford’s office waiting to see if he does come out to make a statement.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

27 people killed in attack at hotel in Mali

An extremist group led by a former Al-Qaida Commander is claiming responsibility for a deadly siege at a luxury hotel in Mali. Mali is a former French Colony, and many in France see this latest violence as a new assault on their country’s interests. One week after the deadly attacks in Paris. The UN says 27 people were killed and two Jihadis died after militants armed with guns and grenades stormed the Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali’s capital of Bamako, Friday morning. Roughly 140 guests and 30 employees were taken hostage. Mali is a land-locked country in West Africa with a population just shy of 17 million. French is the official language. There’s a Canadian Embassy in Bamako. It’s about a 20 minute drive from the site of Friday’s hostage taking.Canada has economic connections with Mali. Canadian companies have made significant investments in the country’s mining sector. And that investment is essential, because Mali depends on gold mining for revenue. And right now, it’s considered to be among the 25 poorest countries in the world. Two Canadian were in the Radisson Blu Hotel when the attacks took place Friday morning. One is a clerk for the House of Commons, the other an employee of Quebec’s National Assembly. Both were in Bamako for a meeting of Francophone Parliamentarians and both are safe.They were two of at least 170 people inside the hotel, many of them foreigners. Reports say at least 27 people are dead. A government official says no more hostages are being held, but a UN official says UN peacekeepers on the scene had seen 27 bodies in a preliminary count, and that a search of the hotel was continuing. read more

CN Rail expects increased growth for 2012 benefits from CP Rail strike

CN Rail expects increased growth for 2012, benefits from CP Rail strike by News Staff Posted Jul 25, 2012 6:19 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – CN Rail (TSX:CNR) said Wednesday it now expects higher earnings for 2012 after boosting its second-quarter net profit to $631 million and increasing revenues by 13 per cent.“If you look at it from a financial standpoint, our agenda is working,” chief executive Claude Mongeau told analysts during a conference call.“We do have momentum,” Mongeau said.CN revised its financial outlook upward, saying it will deliver up to 15 per cent growth in adjusted diluted earnings per share for the year despite an additional pension expense of approximately $100 million.That compares with CN’s April outlook calling for 10 per cent growth in 2012 adjusted diluted EPS.The Montreal railway also said it will generate free cash flow of approximately $1 billion, compared with April’s outlook calling for free cash flow of $950 million.Canada’s largest railway had $1.44 earnings per diluted share, compared to year-earlier net income of $538 million, or $1.18 per diluted share.Revenues increased 13 per cent to $2.54 billion for the quarter over the same period in 2011, including $40 million in incremental revenue from the short strike at rival Canadian Pacific Railway in May, CN said.The operating ratio — a key performance metric in the railroad industry that calculates the percentage of revenues spent to operate the railroad — was 61.3 per cent, unchanged from the year-earlier.“I think our second-quarter results showed a lot of strength,” Mongeau said.But Mongeau did acknowledge that there could be an economic slowdown in the United States in the second half of this year and said he’s also keeping an eye on China’s economy.Excluding grain and fertilizers, CN says it registered solid traffic increases in every commodity group in the second quarter and noted the increases were due to economic growth, market share gains and the strike at CP Railway.Mongeau said the strike gave CN an opportunity to service some of CP Railway’s customers on short notice, adding he hopes in the future to “deepen” relationships with some of them, such as potash exporter Canpotex.Adjusted earnings per share — which excluded a net income tax expense of six cents per diluted share — came in at $1.50, beating analyst estimates.Analysts’ estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters put revenue at $2.51 billion for the second quarter, and earnings per share were estimated at $1.48.In comparison, Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (TSX:CP) said a series of expenses, ranging from a nine-day strike in May to management transition costs, contributed to weaker second-quarter earnings.CP Rail reported net income fell to $103 million, or 60 cents per share, in the three months ended June 30. That compares to a profit of $128 million, or 75 cents per share, a year earlier.CN’s former chief executive Hunter Harrison is now president and CEO of competitor CP Rail.When asked about Harrison leading CP Rail, Mongeau said he will focus on his own railway.“We have one franchise to manage, we will have our hands full doing that,” he told analysts.Harrison, 67, is credited with turning CN into North America’s most successful railway company — a track record lauded by Canadian Pacific’s largest shareholder in its push for change at the top.CN argued during a highly public battle between CP’s former leaders and activist shareholder William Ackman that Harrison continued to have contractual obligations to his former employer.In late June, CN issued a statement congratulating Harrison on his appointment but warning that it won’t be dropping a legal battle it launched earlier this year.CN has said it was concerned that it will be difficult, if not impossible, for Harrison to perform his new duties for CP without drawing upon his broad knowledge of CN’s confidential information, which he is not permitted to do.National Bank Financial Research analyst Cameron Doerksen noted that CN Rail’s adjusted EPS of $1.50 was ahead of estimates.Doerksen also noted “some positive impact” from the CP Railway strike for CN Rail.“This business is largely temporary, although it did allow CN to showcase its service with its competitor’s customers,” Doerksen said in a research note.He said the outlook for CN Rail remains positive and has a share price target of $87.“Given that the new guidance is close to in-line with our existing forecast, we do not expect to make any major changes to our estimates.”Shares in CN Rail closed down 48 cents to $86.83 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

Trump doesnt back down from his Muslim proposal or contentious questioners

by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Dec 9, 2015 2:37 am MDT Last Updated Dec 9, 2015 at 3:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Among Chris Cuomo, Joe Scarborough and George Stephanopoulos, it was tough to tell which television host became more exasperated talking to Donald Trump about his proposal to block Muslims from entering the United States.Trump made himself as available to the news media as he always does, despite espousing a plan more polarizing than any in a campaign that has thrived on confrontation. The stakes had perceptibly changed, though, and that made for electric if not always informative television moments Tuesday.“He gives access,” said Scarborough, hours after the MSNBC host’s red-faced anger with Trump led him to abruptly cut the candidate off. “It’s ironic that the very candidates who call and complain that he’s on the show aren’t willing to do the same thing,” Scarborough said.The call-in telephone interview with Trump has become a staple of TV news programs the past few months. News producers hate such interviews — nothing’s more boring than a disembodied voice speaking over a still photograph on the screen — but can’t resist Trump’s ratings catnip. He’s a favourite of “Morning Joe,” and on Tuesday was also interviewed by Cuomo on CNN and Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”Ten minutes into the “Morning Joe” interview, Scarborough essentially threw Trump off the air for talking over interviewers. “Donald, Donald, Donald, Donald, Donald,” he said. “You’re not going to keep talking. We will cut to a break if you keep talking.”And he did. After the commercial, Trump stayed on the air for nearly a half-hour more.Not that it was easy. Mark Halperin asked four times during the MSNBC interview whether Trump agreed with the World War II policy of keeping Japanese-Americans in internment camps before the candidate stated the obvious: He wasn’t going to answer.More than one GOP presidential candidate texted Scarborough or co-host Mika Brzezinski while Trump was on to complain about the airtime he was getting, Scarborough said. He wouldn’t reveal the identity of those who sent the text messages, but said they didn’t include Lindsey Graham, who did appear later on the show.Trump’s interview with Cuomo was more heated, with the CNN anchor saying that experts were calling his plan stupid and accusing Trump of spreading lies. “You can’t just throw out notions without anybody checking on them,” Cuomo said. He said Trump’s proposal was counter to the nation’s ideals.“It seems to me that you’re acting out of fear, not making us look strong, rejecting what America is all about,” Cuomo said.Frank Sesno, a former CNN Washington bureau chief who’s now a professor at George Washington University, said he delayed his commute to work to see Cuomo and Trump go at it. “You both want to watch and avert your eyes,” he said. “That’s what makes it so compelling.”For many television journalists, the Muslim proposal marked a turning point, making them more intent on holding Trump accountable, he said.“Unlike most candidates who … become defensive or retract it, he’s a moth drawn to the camera’s flame,” Sesno said. “The more you offer in terms of TV time or microphone time, the more he takes it.”The live format suits Trump better, because he can blow past journalists and ignore questions. Stephanopoulos seemed most hamstrung by the lack of time he had available, repeatedly trying to interrupt Trump for specifics.While Trump was on MSNBC, Scarborough said Republican analyst Nicolle Wallace passed him a note, suggesting Trump would not only survive this episode but thrive on it.“Most of these interviews help him because they set him up as the truth-teller that takes on the mainstream media,” Scarborough said. “We’ve seen that play out time and time again.”Trump did not appear Tuesday on what would seem as a friendlier outlet. Fox News Channel can claim the largest number of potential Trump voters as viewers.Scarborough gave Trump credit for showing up after “Morning Joe” spent its first 90 minutes mostly filled by the show’s commentators criticizing him. He hasn’t seen a presidential candidate offer so much access since John McCain’s 2000 campaign.“Trump shows up and he’s not afraid to take tough questions,” he said.___Follow David Bauder at twitter.com/dbauder. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/david-bauder Trump doesn’t back down from his Muslim proposal or contentious questioners read more

How Much College Quarterbacks Are Worth

This February, amid the ongoing debate about whether college athletes should be paid, the University of Iowa’s Athletic Director Gary Barta went on TV and said he wasn’t in favor of paying athletes because doing so would be too complicated. Barta appeared on a local talk show and spoke at length about the effects markets have on coach pay, and said that a system for paying student-athletes was out of the question.“I’ll probably choose to do something else for a living if we ever had to go that route, because it’s so complex,” he said. Iowa’s student-athletes were part of an athletic department that helped the university make almost $100 million in sports revenue last year.Commentators have pointed to racism, greed and tradition as three reasons that college athletes aren’t paid. But Barta’s anti-pay comments got at another issue: logistics. To pay a college athlete fairly, a school first needs to figure out how much he or she is worth.That’s a fraught calculation, but not an impossible one. Let’s use college football quarterbacks as our case study. With the advent of advanced analytics and public disclosures about universities’ athletic department income, we can begin to approximate what each quarterback is worth to his university. Heisman Trophy-winner Jameis Winston of Florida State University, for example, is worth an estimated $3 million more than the average college quarterback. In his time at Stanford University, Andrew Luck was worth even more.We arrived at those calculations after building a model that relied on nine seasons of data on 6,884 football games from the BCS conferences and eight years of school financial data.1You can read the full paper here. Data for 2013 hasn’t been released yet for some schools. For 2013, we’ve estimated value using data from 2004 to 2012. Armed with those stats, we were able to identify the quarterbacks who generated the most revenue in college football over the last several years.First we quantified how much each quarterback helped his team win. That’s something that’s done in plenty of other sports. FanGraphs calculates a statistic called wins above replacement (WAR) in baseball using fielding, hitting and baserunning statistics for position players. In basketball, Wages of Wins creates an analogous statistic called Wins Produced based on a number of player statistics, including field goals made, missed shots, rebounds and blocked shots.Measuring player value is harder to do in football than it is in other sports because multiple players are involved in every play. So we used ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating (QBR),2Disclosure: ESPN owns FiveThirtyEight, but our research was conducted well before we had any arrangement with FiveThirtyEight. which factors in clutch play, ability to avoid sacks, and yards after the catch by the receiver, among other things.The first step of our analysis used a “school-fixed effects” win-probability model to isolate how each quarterback affected his team’s winning percentage. We controlled for opponent quality, home field advantage and “school-fixed effects,” because a star quarterback at a football powerhouse like the University of Florida will win more games than one at Baylor University, all other things being equal. For instance, Heisman Trophy-winners Tim Tebow and Robert Griffin III started a similar number of games and had similar average career QBRs, but Tebow won 11 more of the games he started because his team was better than Griffin’s.From there, we took the QB’s marginal contributions and extrapolated them over an average season to estimate an expected “wins added.” For example, our results show that Tebow (2007) and Griffin (2011) added about three wins over what would have been expected from an average QB playing during their award-winning seasons.3Full details of the model and results can be found in our research paper.Calculating a quarterback’s win share was the easy part; calculating his economic value is more difficult. Using eight years of BCS schools’ financial data, we estimated the increase in revenue from an additional win.4Football program financial data was compiled using the U.S. Department of Education database. This data may underestimate football program revenue — athletic department financial statements often include revenue “not allocable by sport” (which we did not include in our primary results) that is potentially attributable to success on the gridiron. We controlled for a school’s average inflation-adjusted football revenue5Using “team fixed-effects” again. so that we could see the differences among schools with similar winning percentages. For example, the University of Texas averaged more than three times the annual football revenue over the period, likely due to its larger market size and more storied football tradition. We also controlled for variables within a season that might also have had an impact on revenues, such as year, the number of home games, change in conference affiliation, and local economic conditions like the home state’s unemployment rate.We found that, across all types of schools, the value of one additional win is close to three-quarters of a million dollars. We ran the model separately for small- and large-revenue schools, and found this figure to be consistent.6This estimate includes whatever expected boost current-season performance might have on the following year’s revenues.A truly elite college quarterback can add more than four wins and over $3 million to his school’s annual football revenue, as we saw in the table above. Andrew Luck’s career at Stanford is a good case study. In 2008, Luck’s predecessor, Tavita Pritchard, averaged a QBR of just 47.0 (slightly below our sample’s mean QBR of 52.6) and the Cardinal had a 5-7 record. Our model estimated that, based on his QBR, Luck added roughly two, 4.5 and 3.5 wins in his first,7In Luck’s first season as starting quarterback in 2009, his average QBR was 71 and he led Stanford to an 8-4 regular season. second8In his second season, Luck averaged an astonishing 89 QBR and the Cardinal went 12-1. and third9In his final year before turning pro, Luck’s team went 11-2; his average QBR that season was 80. seasons. So Luck earned $2.5 million in additional revenue per season over what an average quarterback’s performance would have brought in. During Luck’s three-year tenure, actual Stanford football revenues averaged $2.7 million higher than in Pritchard’s last year. Other star quarterbacks such as Sam Bradford (Oklahoma) and Pat White (West Virginia) saw similar increases at their schools of close to $2 million per season.Of last season’s quarterbacks who were drafted into the NFL, Teddy Bridgewater, now of the Minnesota Vikings, was the most valuable. Winston still bested him, though.The NLRB’s recent ruling that athletes at private colleges can unionize may eventually change the economics of college athletics. University leaders are trying to make sure it doesn’t. During a recent House of Representatives hearing on college athlete unionization, Stanford’s athletic director, Bernard Muir, said, “If (Stanford’s athletes) are deemed employees, we will opt for a different model.” read more

Northern Lights Could Be Visible in US Over Labor Day Weekend

first_imgStay on target You might want to look up over the Labor Day weekend. The northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, will be visible this weekend in parts of several northern US states, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).The Earth’s most spectacular natural light show, forecast for Saturday and Sunday, is a result of geomagnetic storm activity, the agency said. The auroras could illuminate the the skies over parts of the states  of Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, New York, Vermont, and Maine.Getting a jump start on this weekend’s #aurora – reports coming in from ME, VT and the great lakes regions. Should be more tonight and tomorrow night. Here’s the NLN clock showing when to expect G1 and G2 storming. Should be best tomorrow evening. pic.twitter.com/PHuj4JiMCl— Northern Lights Now (@NorthLightAlert) August 31, 2019Aurora watchers can view the interactive map maintained by the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks for updated aurora forecast.According to National Geographic, a monster-sized hole in the solar corona — the upper atmosphere of the sun — cracked open this week. The activity released an intense gust of charged particles called the solar wind, which has been speeding through the inner solar system at two million miles an hour, with Earth in the center of its path.The racing cloud is now expected to lash Earth between August 31 and September 1, and when it smashes into Earth, the collision will cause a geomagnetic storm, a temporary disturbance of the our planet’s magnetic field.The electrons in the solar wind will also accelerate as they follow the lines of Earth’s magnetic field to the planet’s poles, where they will “careen into air molecules and spark auroras,” National Geographic said.#NorthernLights possible Saturday night and Sunday night for the #GreatLakes region. Space Weather Prediction Center issued a G2 Moderate Geomagnetic Storm Watch. This means they could extend down into the Great Lakes. https://t.co/N2GJrJr4gI #OHwx #PAwx #CLEwx #NWS #ThisIsCLE pic.twitter.com/dJsnOntEj6— NWS Cleveland (@NWSCLE) August 30, 2019Though they may be visible further south than usual, the best locations where the aurora borealis is more likely to be visible will still be in the most northern parts of the US close to the border with Canada.The best time to see the aurora — commonly seen as green but could range from pink to purple glows — is a few hours before or after midnight with a clear, dark sky creating the best conditions.Some ideal locations in the US to see the predicted light show include Headlands International Dark Sky Park in Michigan, the Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota, and Glacier National Park in Montana.If you’re planning to photograph this weekend’s northern lights, it’s recommended that you use a manual camera, use a tripod, and use as wide an angle lens as you have. Writing in Forbes, Jamie Carter, author of A Stargazing Program for Beginners: A Pocket Field Guide, also recommends keeping the flash off and using a remote shutter cable to prevent the camera from moving.More on Geek.com:NASA Tracer Rockets Give Northern Lights a Glow UpMysterious Glowing ‘Dragon’ Aurora Spotted Over IcelandThis is What An Aurora Looks Like From Space NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System last_img read more

New stipulation added to RAW Womens Championship match at SummerSlam updated card

first_img New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions Now Playing Up Next Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns The Miz Videos Articles Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Becky Lynch How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands WhatsApp WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) WWE announced today that a new stipulation will be added to the RAW Women’s Championship match at SummerSlam this Sunday, August 11.Becky Lynch will defend her RAW Women’s Championship against Natalya in a Submission Match. Natalya initially made the challenge on last week’s RAW, but she didn’t think Lynch would accept.SummerSlam takes place on Sunday, August 11 from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Here is the updated card for this Sunday:WWE Universal ChampionshipBrock Lesnar (c) vs. Seth RollinsWWE ChampionshipKofi Kingston (c) vs. Randy OrtonRAW Women’s Championship – Submission MatchBecky Lynch (c) vs. NatalyaSmackdown Women’s ChampionshipBayley (c) vs. Ember MoonUnited States ChampionshipAJ Styles (c) vs. RicochetIf Kevin Owens loses, he will quit WWEKevin Owens vs. Shane McMahonCharlotte Flair vs. Trish StratusDolph Ziggler vs. The Miz“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt vs. Finn BalorRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipHow To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky LynchVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter Facebook Google+ Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Ric Flair threatens WWE with legal action over Becky Lynch’s “The Man” gimmick Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Locationlast_img read more

Two teachers receive statewide awards

first_imgBattle Ground – Two Battle Ground Public Schools teachers have received statewide awards.Beth Doughty, a teacher at Chief Umtuch Middle School, was named Washington’s 2017 History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Andrea Johnston, an art teacher at Tukes Valley Primary, was named the Washington Art Education Association’s 2017 Elementary Art Educator of the Year.According to a district news release, Doughty has created interactive units allowing her students to engage with history. She will receive a $1,000 honorarium and is eligible for the national award. Chief Umtuch Middle School will receive a set of American history books and Gilder Lehrman educational materials.Johnston was recognized for her collaboration with her colleagues and curriculum that takes students’ interests into account. Johnston is also eligible for future nominations for regional and national awards from the National Art Education Association.last_img read more

Fire officials seek community education volunteers

first_imgThe Vancouver Fire Department is looking for new volunteers to join its Fire Corps community education program.If you’re a U.S. citizen who is at least 16 years old and can pass a background check, you’re eligible to apply to become a community education volunteer.Fire Corps is not a volunteer firefighter program, but more of a community outreach effort. The program addresses issues related to fire safety and preparedness, but volunteers do not participate alongside firefighters in emergency response. Instead, Vancouver’s Fire Corps volunteers have a number of duties, including staffing community safety events, making presentations to local preschoolers and kindergartners and installing smoke alarms.While Fire Corps accepts volunteer applications year-round, the deadline for applications to the community education program is Sept. 21. Additionally, applicants must complete Fire Corps training, commit to five volunteer events and attend at least seven monthly meetings per year.In a press release on Friday, Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli said that anyone who … has an interest in improving the safety of our community is encouraged to apply for a community education volunteer position.“We rely on our Fire Corps volunteers to help us connect with and educate our citizens about fire and life safety,” she said.Learn more about Vancouver’s Fire Corps chapter, and apply to join, on this website. More information is available at www.cityofvancouver.us/fire/page/fire-corpsJacob Nierenberg: 360-735-4523; jacob.nierenberg@columbian.com; twitter.com/JacobNierenberglast_img read more

Increased pensions distribution from tomorrow in Nizamabad

first_imgNizamabad: District Collector M Rammohan Rao said the increased pensions will be distributed from 20 July, at a review meeting on pensions with MPDOs and other officials here on Thursday. The Collector said an action plan will be formulated to implement the government’s decision to increase Aasara pensions. He said that constituency-wise list of pensioners will be prepared and suggested the authorities to coordinate with the public representatives of the district and take steps to distribute the pensions.DRO Ramesh Rathod, MPDOs and others participated in the meeting.last_img read more

Health complex accountant shot in Bagerhat

first_imgMap of BagerhatThe accountant of Fakirhat Upazila Health Complex was shot by some unidentified miscreants in Singati village of Fakirhat upazila on Monday night.The victim was Ashim Kumar Chakrabarti, 55, of the village.Quoting family members, Fakirhat police station officer-in-charge Abu Zahid said the miscreants shot Ashim while he was returning home from his office around 8:00pm, leaving him injured.Later, his family members took him to Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH).Ashim was out of danger thought he sustained bullets in his abdomen, said Rafiqul Islam Gazi, medical officer of KMCH.last_img read more