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Texas cheerleader saves choking toddler during homecoming parade

first_imgiStock(ROCKWALL, Texas) — A high school cheerleader sprung into action at her homecoming parade in Texas when she spotted a toddler choking and managed to save him, she and the little boy’s family said.Tyra Winters, a 17-year-old student at Rockwall High School, told ABC News Wednesday that she was on the school’s float with her cheerleading squad and the football team on Sept. 18 when she heard murmurs that a child was choking in the crowd.She scanned the crowd and saw a little boy whose face was “super, super red.”“At this point, he’s kind of turning purple,” Winters said.She then jumped off the float and ran to the boy, who was with his mother, and successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver.“I picked him up and then I tilted him downwards and gave him two or three back thrusts. He then was spitting everything up,” Winters said.The boy’s mom, Nicole Hornback, told ABC News that she had tried to perform the Heimlich on her son, 2-year-old Clarke, but wasn’t successful.“I just literally was holding him out and just running through the crowd trying to hand him off to anyone,” Hornback said.She called Winters “very brave” and praised her for being so willing to take a child’s life in her own hands.The three reunited Tuesday, but Clarke didn’t remember Winters.“It’s hard for him because he’s so young,” she said. “He doesn’t even remember what he ate for breakfast.”Winters said even so, the two had a good time together and shared a high-five.She’s grateful that she could be there for Clarke, and that her mother taught her the Heimlich a few years ago.“I knew exactly what to do from that point on,” Winters said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi 4 set to launch today in India, will be Amazon exclusive

first_imgXiaomi Redmi 4 is launching today in India at an event to take place in New Delhi at around 11:30 am. Soon after the launch, this mid-ranged smartphone is expected to go on sale exclusively on Amazon.in. The online retail store has already started pre-booking the phone. Alongside the Xiaomi Redmi 4, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer is also expected to launch Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime. Although, we aren’t sure about the Redmi 4 Prime launch yet. The company sent out press invites for the event a few days ago, but didn’t quite reveal the name of the device that they are planning to unveil at the New Delhi event today.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 4 India launch set for May 16, price likely to be around Rs 8,000Xiaomi Redmi 4 launch event will be live streamed on their company website. You can watch the live stream here .To recall, both the Xiaomi Redmi 4 and Redmi 4 Prime was initially launched in China back in November 2016. Alongside these mid-ranged phones, Xiaomi also launched the Redmi 4A, which is already launched in India in March 2017. Redmi 4 was launched in China at a price tag of CNY 699, which roughly estimates around Rs. 6,900, while the Redmi 4 Prime was announced at CNY 899, roughly Rs. 8,900. As far as the rumours are concerned, both the devices will be fall below Rs 8,000 category phones.Both the Redmi 4 and Redmi 4 Prime comes with an identical metal unibody design, 2.5D curved glass display, the fingerprint sensor on the back and hybrid dual-SIM slot as well. Like there are similarities, both the phones differ in several aspects. Redmi 4 sports a 5-inch HD display with 720×1280 pixel resolution, while Redmi 4 Prime packs 5-inch full-HD display with 1080×1920 pixels.advertisementOn one hand, Redmi 4 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, while Redmi 4 Prime is backed by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC. Both the Xiaomi smartphones run MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and were launched in several colour variants — gold, grey, and silver back in China. Well, no confirmation on which colour variant might hit the Indian shores. Also Read: Xiaomi has sold over 40 lakh Redmi 3S phones in 9 months in India, it claimsOn the camera front, the Redmi 4 comes packed with a 13-megapixel camera on the rear camera with a f/2.2 aperture, 5-lens system, PDAF, and dual-LED flash. While on the front panel the smartphone fits a 5-megapixel camera with a f/2.2 aperture. It further comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage, while Redmi 4 Prime comes with 32GB internal storage. The memory of both the phones can be expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.These mid-ranged smartphones are set to launch today in India and will be made Amazon exclusive products.last_img 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

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First full Aladdin movie trailer takes a magiccarpet ride onto screens

A full trailer for the live-action Aladdin movie has materialized.The trailer for the Guy Ritchie-directed film was released Tuesday during Good Morning America, just a month after footage from the upcoming Disney movie came out at the Grammy Awards.  Will Smith plays the prankster Genie, a role made famous by Robin Williams in the 1992 animated version. Mena Massoud plays Aladdin, with Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine. Smith’s blue-skinned appearance in the Grammy footage already has sparked plenty of social buzz. But as the new trailer makes clear, blue is an optional choice for this Genie. There are times when he’s not tinted in that color, whether to attend a party or just to lounge around.Massoud is loving his whole new world. “Still pinch myself sometimes at the idea of playing this iconic character,” the actor tweeted. “His journey in this film is only something I could have dreamed of playing with. This trailer is only a sliver of the adventures you’ll see this May.”    1 Tags Ok, the musical numbers in the new #Aladdin are looking pretty spot-on 🕺 pic.twitter.com/KbCr5WjG3d— Fandom (@getFANDOM) March 12, 2019 Disney Yikes. This is just one of those movies that was never meant to be live action. Jasmine should be smoking hot. Jafar should be scary. The lead looks mad lame. Will Smith is so obnoxious and not funny. It was a classic. A classic. Now this trash.— Liz 🏳️‍🌈 (@bklyn_goes_hard) March 12, 2019 much better but what an awful Jafar casting, doesnt look scary and his voice, omg his voice isnt intimidating, wth people, your are crippling one of the greatest villains of all time.— Guillaume Dauphinais (@delphs) March 12, 2019 Amazing the difference a full trailer can make….definitely more interested in #Aladdin now. pic.twitter.com/N4BDyq2iFd— Jordan Maison (@JordanMaison) March 12, 2019 Aladdin opens May 23 in Australia and May 24 in the US and UK. Comment 77 Photos Some fans gave the new trailer a thumbs-up. Still pinch myself sometimes at the idea of playing this iconic character. His journey in this film is only something I could have dreamed of playing with. This trailer is only a sliver of the adventures you’ll see this May. Get ready for a whole new world. #Aladdin pic.twitter.com/XQgcG6LI75— Mena Massoud (@MenaMassoud) March 12, 2019 TV and Movies Others were down-right harsh, complaining that Marwan Kenzari, who plays villain Jafar, doesn’t seem evil enough. 2019 movies to geek out over Share your voice read more

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