Numbers are your biggest enemy; calculation your biggest nightmare; numericals your biggest weakness and passing in Mathematics examination your biggest challenge.Yes, you are suffering from ‘Number phobia’ or ‘Maths Phobia’! There are many students who score really well in all the theoretical subjects, but just because of Maths being their weak point, their percentage gets affected a lot.There are times when you are scoring above 90s in almost all the subjects, but your low score in Maths, spoil your entire performance. Well, practice does makes one perfect, but few of us still do not get the knack of it ever after hours of solving sample papers and mock tests.This becomes a big obstacle when the question of pursuing careers like that of Chartered Accountancy (C.A), Research Analyst, Engineer, Accountant and the like arises, as these professions require you to be pretty good with the numbers.But you still can have a chill pill as there are various distinct career streams which you can pursue, that would provide you with great growth opportunities as well as good salary.We bring before you 6 such careers, which might interest you and relieve you of the thought, that you cannot have a bright career, if you’re weak in Maths.1. Public Relations (PR) ExecutiveIf you possess both good writing skills and communication skills, Public Relations is the right stream for you. You need to have a good convincing skills so as to convince clients and need to leave your shy nature, if any, at home.advertisementAs a Public relations specialist, you will have to write press releases, draft speeches, attend media rounds, coordinate interviews and represent your organization in front of the clients.2. Foreign Language TeacherDemand of foreign language teacher, is very much on rise and if you have a keen interest in studying and teaching some new language, this might be a good option for you.You need to possess a professional degree or diploma in the language of your choice to become a foreign language teacher. Languages like French, Spanish, German, Mandarin etc are very much in demand and most of the schools and colleges have a vacancy of a good teacher who could teach the same.3. Social WorkerIf you understand the problems and ongoing issues affecting the society and are aware about the areas on which work needs to be done for the betterment of the society, then becoming a social worker is the right thing to do.This profession requires you have compassion and the heart to do something for people who are suffering. You can get associated with NHOs and foundations or start up your own and help out the needy. More than a stable salary, this profession provides an inner satisfaction.4. LawyerYou know how to keep your opinion forward and prove your point. You want to raise a voice against injustice done towards someone or something, then the profession of Lawyer provides you a platform for the same.One of the most sought after professions in India, it requires one to possess serious advocacy skills and use the same for the genuine benefit of the society. It is a very high paying profession but loads of patience, hard work and dedication is required.5. WriterIf you like to play with words and like to pen down your thoughts, getting into the writing profession might definitely be your cup of tea. To become a writer, firstly you need to be an avid reader. Reading enhances your intellectual skills as well as thought process.Most importantly, you have to be passionate about what you write as writing is one profession in which you can excel only if you have keen interest. There is no space for boredom in it. A lots of careful pondering has to be done before you finally decide to jot down something, because public will be reading the same.6. ActorGone are the days when only looks were your ticket to enter the acting profession. True that you need to have a good personality to charm the audience, but more than that good and influential acting skills are something which are mandatory to make your mark.A career in acting is one such stream, in which you do not require to possess any professional academic degree, leave apart being good in Maths. All the more, if you’re a hit, the salary offered in this profession is great!
For a franchise used to spending the business end of the Indian Premier League (IPL) wondering what went wrong, the Delhi Capitals have surprised themselves by making the playoff with two matches to spare in a remarkable turnaround.If their long-suffering fans found it difficult to be upbeat about the team at the start of this season, they could hardly be faulted.The underperforming side underwent a major rebranding late last year – becoming the Delhi Capitals with a new jersey, a new logo and a new anthem – after JSW Sport, part of a $13 billion business conglomerate, acquired a 50 percent stake.Turn up your sound and hear our Head Coach Ricky Ponting and Co-owner Kiran Grandhi talk about our season so far!Team performances, DC fans and everything else that’s helped shape our journey into the playoffs. Watch now!#ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/CxCRDMw0U1 Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 30, 2019They appointed Australian Ricky Ponting as the head coach, but still ended the season bottom of the standings, their fourth such finish in 11 seasons.To their fans, who had not seen the side make the playoffs since 2012, all of the changes looked cosmetic as they prepared for another season of underperformance.”Everybody down to the last man is performing in this team.”Mr. @sajjanjindal and @SGanguly99 are ecstatic after our qualification to the playoffs #DCvRCB #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/RoI94rYIYu Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 30, 2019Ponting, however, knew they just needed to be patient.”Success doesn’t happen overnight,” Ponting said in a team video. “Even last year, we felt we were very close to playing great cricket … but all the big moments popped up.”advertisement”This year we’re winning those moments.”That’s largely because of the balance in the side.Delhi retained wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, skipper Sheras Iyer, who was elevated into the role during the middle of last season, and South African speedster Kagiso Rabada while adding opener Shikhar Dhawan – smart investments that paid off.The team effort this year contrasts with the sporadic individual brilliance of last season.”These did not add up to anything,” Ponting said. “We had outstanding individual performances but not much in the middle.”This year (opener) Prithvi (Shaw) played well when we needed him to, Shikhar played well on a number of occasions, Rishabh won two games of his own and Rabada is the leading wicket-taker by a long way.”Delhi have IPL’s youngest skipper in Iyer, who was just 23 when he was appointed, but his relatively youthful side have been guided by Ponting and former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who came on board as an advisor earlier this year.Ganguly’s presence has been particularly helpful to fellow left-handers like Pant and Dhawan and the improved performances have brought the fans back to Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.”It helps when you win,” Ganguly said. “It helps when you play well, that’s what brings people back. If you can do that, this would be a big brand.”Sajjan Jindal, Chairman and Managing Director of the JSW Group, which also owns teams in India’s franchise-based soccer and kabaddi leagues, agreed.”The world wants to be with the winners, nobody likes the loser, right?” he said.”After seven years, coming into playoff, it’s a big deal for Delhi Capitals. I’m sure they will go a long way. And I won’t be surprised if they win this championship.”Also Read | IPL 2019: CSK players get a ‘Rish-hug’ from Pant ahead of high-profile clash vs DCAlso Read | IPL 2019: Ponting, Ganguly know how to make match winners, says Shikhar Dhawan
Northern Ireland 1 Germany 3: World Cup holders secure spot at Russia 2018 Rob Lancaster Last updated 2 years ago 04:35 10/6/17 Charles McQuillan/Getty Images Sebastian Rudy scored his first international goal to help Joachim Low’s side make it nine wins from nine in qualifying. Reigning champions Germany booked their place at next year’s World Cup with a 3-1 victory over Northern Ireland on Thursday.Needing just a point in Belfast to top Group C, Joachim Low’s side overcame a number of key absences, as well as a spirited home side, to make it nine wins from nine in qualifying.Despite being without World Cup winners Mario Gotze, Sami Khedira, Manuel Nuer and Mesut Ozil – as well as Timo Werner – Germany demonstrated their strength in depth as two first-half goals saw off their nearest rivals on the road. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Sebastian Rudy let fly with a right-footed rocket inside two minutes to score his maiden international goal, his wonder strike briefly silencing a boisterous crowd inside Windsor Park.Any hopes of the hosts marking Michael O’Neill’s 50th match in charge with an upset disappeared when Sandro Wagner – starting up top in place of the absent Werner – spun away from his marker to curl in a second in the 21st minute.Joshua Kimmich added a third for Germany, volleying in from a tight angle in the closing minutes, before Josh Magennis nodded in a late consolation for Northern Ireland with the last kick of the game.R̶u̶d̶y̶ Rude.#DieMannschaft #NIRGER 0-1 pic.twitter.com/Wef9KJPhN5— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) October 5, 2017 Northern Ireland had not conceded in qualifying since a 2-0 defeat against the same opponents in Hannover last October, winning five on the trot to make sure of a top-two finish. However, their slim hopes of catching the group leaders suffered a blow inside two minutes with Rudy’s long-range stunner.The Bayern Munich midfielder spectacularly broke his duck for Germany by thrashing a first-time shot beyond Michael McGovern, the ball curling away from the goalkeeper to find the net via a deflection off the upright.Germany’s second was almost as impressive, Wagner cleverly turning the defender tight to his back to create the chance to curl home a left-footed effort from the edge of the penalty area.The goal was a reward for Wagner’s persistence, the Hoffenheim forward having twice gone close previously with headers, the first saved at close range by McGovern before the woodwork kept out a calculated flick from Kimmich’s teasing cross.Despite barely getting a kick for long periods in the first half, Northern Ireland went close to halving the deficit when Corry Evans’ goal-bound poke was blocked by the advancing Marc-Andre ter Stegen.68 – Joachim #Löw has the highest winning percentage (68%) of all German National Coaches. Success. #NIRGER pic.twitter.com/LUN32FFROw— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) October 5, 2017Yet the close shave failed to be a catalyst for a second-half fightback as Germany resumed their dominance immediately after the break.McGovern produced a finger-tip save on the stretch to turn a Thomas Muller header wide, while substitute Leroy Sane wastefully blasted over with just the goalkeeper to beat.Conor Washington saw a rising left-footed drive clip the woodwork and go over before Kimmich put the game beyond doubt with Germany’s third, the full-back inadvertently teed up at the back post by Jonny Evans’ clearing header.Northern Ireland at least had the last word through Magennis, who reacted quickly after Gareth McAuley had headed a deep corner back across. The goal was just reward for their vocal support, although they will have to negotiate the play-offs if they are to join their opponents in Russia. read more
Liverpool boss Klopp: Napoli can win Champions Leagueby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes Napoli are good enough to win the Champions League.The Reds and defending champions suffered a humbling 2-0 loss to the Italian outfit in Naples.Goals from Dries Mertens and Fernando Llorente were enough to give Napoli the win.Speaking about the game and Napoli, Klopp said to the club’s official website: “They can win the competition, that’s how it is. “If you have a good plan, if you have good players, which is what they obviously have, then they can win the competition. “We experienced that you don’t have to be the best team in the world to win the Champions League. “You have to be in the right moment, you need to be lucky in some situations and when there’s only two guys in the room that think it’s a penalty you still have to accept that’s a penalty, but that’s all. “They can win the competition, of course.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Marrakech – The so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has posted graphic photographs showing the brutal execution of four men and one woman on charges of homosexuality, theft, and infidelity to Islam.Photographs posted on the ISIS website show two allegedly homosexual men in Iraq being thrown off a tall building as a large crowd of onlookers watches their bodies plummet and shatter as they hit the ground.The two men are seen with blindfolds at the top of a building being held by two ISIS members before being thrown off the building, after having been “convicted” of being homosexual. The “sentence” was imposed under a provision of the law that requires “execution of prescribed penalties against all those who commit an act against Lot’s nation,” according to the ISIS website. Beside the pictures is the following commentary by the ISIS official website managers: “Execution of the legitimate verdict on those who have committed the Great Corruption.”Another photograph posted on ISIS’s official website shows two men being crucified on charges of being thieves.An ISIS member reads the charges against the two alleged thieves out loud before they are then shot by other ISIS militants in the head.ISIS also published a photo showing a woman draped in an all-black niqab standing in front of an ISIS member, about to be stoned to death on an accusation of infidelity.Since ISIS proclaimed itself the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, it has committed numerous crimes and human rights abuses which have been condemned by the world, precipitating a military response against the self-proclaimed state by several countries including the United States and Morocco.
Ms. Haq, who is the Secretary-General’s new Special Representative to Timor-Leste, most recently served as deputy envoy and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan from 2007 to 2009. Prior to that, she was served the same functions in Afghanistan.She has broad management experience of complex missions, especially in Asia, making her “well-placed to lead the integrated peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste,” known as UNMIT, according to a press release.The official has also worked as the Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery at the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in New York, as well as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in both Malaysia and in Laos.Her career with the UN has also taken her to Thailand, Myanmar, Bhutan and Indonesia. 5 January 2010Ameerah Haq of Bangladesh, a humanitarian official with over three decades of experience with the United Nations, arrived today in Timor-Leste to take up her post as the world body’s top envoy to the fledgling Asian nation.
It was one of two reports released Monday as the cash-strapped government weighs the economic benefits of shale gas development and the concerns of some in the public who have voiced their opposition to growing the industry.FREDERICTON — New Brunswick’s infrastructure and legislation aren’t strong enough to ensure public health is protected should the shale gas industry be expanded, the province’s chief medical officer of health warns in a report released Monday.In her report, Dr. Eilish Cleary makes 30 recommendations that aim to address what she says is a lack of research on the health effects of the shale gas sector.Cleary’s report highlights the possible benefits a thriving shale gas industry could offer the province such as increased employment and tax revenues, but it also flags a gamut of potential health risks that include deteriorating air and water quality, increased truck traffic accidents and a “Boomtown Effect.”“These negative impacts can include increases in crime, drug and alcohol abuse, sexually-transmitted infections and domestic violence,” Cleary says in her report.“Because the Boomtown Effect is thought to be more intense for small communities with a traditional way of life that did not previously involve the industrial sector responsible for the boom, there may be a risk to New Brunswick communities unless this effect is anticipated and mitigated through strategic investments.”As it stands, the province is not ready for shale gas development, she says.“Proper controls and mechanisms to protect and monitor health must be put in place to reduce the risk of spoiling the potential benefits from economic gains through adverse health outcomes,” the report says.“Action should be taken well in advance of any proposed expansion. Current infrastructure, capacity, processes and legislation are not adequate to meet the needs. The funding of these recommendations will not be insignificant; however there may be opportunity to have much of the costs absorbed by the industry.”Cleary calls for measures that include monitoring the health of people who live or work near a shale gas site, disclosing all chemical compounds used by the shale gas industry, and provisions for the handling and disposal of wastewater.The province’s Health Department said Cleary and Health Minister Hugh Flemming were unavailable to comment Monday. Cleary is scheduled to hold a news conference Tuesday to discuss the report.The Progressive Conservative government initially said earlier this month that it would not release Cleary’s report because it was considered confidential and designated as ministerial advice.But days later, former health minister Madeleine Dube said parts of the report would be released. Environment Minister Bruce Fitch then promised to release the report in its entirety.It was one of two reports released Monday as the cash-strapped government weighs the economic benefits of shale gas development and the concerns of some in the public who have voiced their opposition to growing the industry.In his report released earlier in the day, University of Moncton biologist Louis LaPierre says New Brunswick should proceed with shale gas exploration but with a phased-in approach that would limit it to one to three sites to allow for research and development.LaPierre, who was hired by the provincial government in May to study the shale gas industry, released his report following public meetings throughout the summer.LaPierre’s report rejects a moratorium on shale gas development as sought by the Opposition Liberals, saying it would halt research on the issue and not be in the province’s interests.“A moratorium on future shale gas exploration activities would not provide the opportunity to address the concerns of the citizens nor would it enable government to define the economic potential of the shale gas industry,” he says in the report.Interim Liberal Leader Victor Boudreau took issue with that.“This is a commercial exploitation of shale gas that is occurring in the province of New Brunswick,” Boudreau said.“In no way would a moratorium prevent research from happening. It may prevent the commercial exploitation, but it doesn’t have to stop the research.”LaPierre began his review following the release earlier this year of a government paper on shale gas containing 116 recommendations that addressed issues such as well designs, royalties and protection of water supplies.LaPierre told a news conference that he repeatedly heard the public’s concerns over water during his consultations.“Citizens in New Brunswick spoke passionately to me on the need to protect their water,” he said.LaPierre also said he would like to see four universities — Mount Allison University, the University of New Brunswick, St. Thomas University and his own — work together to establish a research institute that would gather data on the shale gas sector.“We need credible data for New Brunswick, not extrapolated data from away.”Energy Minister Craig Leonard said he needed more time to study LaPierre’s report, but added that he was interested with its recommendations.“The approach that he is suggesting for a way forward is intriguing,” Leonard said. “It would certainly reduce the amount of risk that’s out there and give a better comfort level to people about moving forward.”Green party Leader David Coon accused LaPierre of not taking environmental concerns seriously.“We believe you can’t make shale gas and fracking safe with regulations,” Coon said. “Besides, it’s a fossil fuel, and he seems to have forgotten we have a climate crisis.”LaPierre also recommends that a portion of any shale gas developed in New Brunswick should be reserved for use within the province.
The donation will go to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) to provide drought-resistant wheat and chickpea seeds, as well as fertilizer and agricultural advice, to 8,000 poor families in Samangan Province – one of the areas most severely affected by the drought. According to the Islamabad-based Office of the UN Coordinator for Afghanistan, the relief effort aims to give farmers improved seed of suitable varieties in order to increase crop yields. In addition to boosting food production, the project is expected to create opportunities for seasonal employment for labourers engaged in harvesting and processing the seed. After harvesting the crops, the farmers are expected to keep enough of the seeds produced to cover the same area the next year. FAO encourages farmers to exchange surplus improved seeds with neighbours and relatives. The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan as a whole is in a sharp downwards spiral that will continue until at least next summer. Since summer 2000, over 1 million Afghans have left their homes, including over 700,000 who are internally displaced within their country. The UN estimates that during this year the number of internally displaced Afghans will top 1 million.
“Iraq must come together to overcome violence. There is a need, more than ever before, to speed up the formation of a government that will assert respect for Human Rights and the rule of law in an alarmingly deteriorating security situation in Iraq,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi said today. Sectarian tensions are higher than ever and mutilated bodies continue to appear on the streets on a daily basis, he added in a statement, stating that he was appalled by the daily cases of torture, arbitrary arrests, and extrajudicial executions that have affected all communities and led to the internal displacement of Iraqi civilians. He called on the Iraqi authorities to take firm action to stop the violence and ensure that citizens enjoy the rights and protection stipulated by Iraqi and international laws. Mr. Qazi’s statement followed his address yesterday to the Arab League Summit conference in Khartoum, Sudan, in which he declared that a government in such a crisis situation should seek to the fullest extent possible to govern by consent and win the trust of Iraq’s citizens regardless of their ethnic and sectarian background.“While fully upholding respect for the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, the international community has a duty to caution Iraq’s political leaders that there is no alternative to the creation of a national government,” he said. “An administration which is perceived as merely a loose collection of interest groups will not succeed and is far below what Iraqis deserve.”He stressed the need for a new atmosphere in Iraq to establish mutual confidence and a more imaginative political discourse built on political flexibility to counter the perception that there are only two alternatives: civil war or dismemberment of the country.“An inclusive political process built on objectives which are directed to serve the public national interest should be given priority,” he said. “These in turn depend on the willingness of Iraq’s leaders to see beyond their opponent’s identity politics, and to articulate a future vision of Iraq that sees in multilateralism an important balance to serve Iraq’s national unity.” He noted that the lack of adequate security serious hampered rehabilitation and reconstruction and disruption to basic services, with a huge financial and social cost. “All Iraqi parties have to work towards achieving joint national reconciliation instead of local conflicting interests,” he said. “The neighboring and regional states have a special responsibility to assure the Iraqi people that their involvement in supporting Iraq’s political process is intended to ensure the success of the national accord,” he added, referring to the Arab League’s involvement in convening the National Accord preparatory conference in Cairo last November. The conference itself is slated to be held in Baghdad in June.
Market forces more oil companies to idle operations by Jonathan Muma Posted Jan 13, 2016 7:38 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email (Stock photo: FreeImages.com) As the price of oil continues its historic slide, more companies are shutting down wells and going into survival mode.West Texas Intermediate fell to its lowest level in more than 12 years Tuesday, briefly dipping below US$30 a barrel, before closing at US$30.44Many companies made budget assumptions that oil would rebound to at least US$40 or US$50 a barrel to start the year, but now that that hasn’t happened, they’re in the process of putting the cap on wells and slashing spending.David Yager, national leader Oilfield Service MNP LLP, explains why it’s hitting heavy oil producers in Alberta so hard:“In some cases it costs more to lift it out of the ground than you can fetch for it, so it’s sort of like selling dollar bills for 85 cents,” he said.That’s especially true for those pumping heavy oil, which is more expensive to convert to a useable product.For example, the Globe and Mail reports output at Canadian company Gear Energy Ltd’s wells cost upward of CAN$37.50 a barrel for crude which is selling for less than CAN$20 a barrel.The paper says Connacher Oil and Gas Ltd. has cut production by 3,000 barrels a day, Baytex Energy Corp. is suspending about 2,400 barrels a day at its operations and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd is cutting back a whopping 10,000 barrels a day.Yager says it makes sense, and may actually lead to higher prices.“People say, ‘Well this is stupid, I can’t throw good money into that,’ they shut-in their wells, all of a sudden the supply/demand equation reverses, the prices go up and things return to normal, albeit at a slower pace,” he said.Some analysts say larger companies have the financial backing to keep pumping even at sharp losses.
The NBA MVP derby was once a two-man race between James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors.Not anymore.After recording his fourth straight triple-double on Wednesday night with a ridiculous stat line of 49 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is undeniably an MVP contender.Westbrook’s recent output has been mind-blowing: He’s averaging 37 points, 13.5 rebounds and 10.5 assists per game during his triple-double streak, which began as he was closing out one of the best statistical months in NBA history. As ESPN’s Stats and Info group noted, Westbrook’s performance in February (31.2 PPG/10.3 APG/9.1 RPG) was just the second time an NBA player ever averaged 30 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists per game over a calendar month.1Minimum 10 games played in the month. (The first — and, until recently, only — player to do it was inner-circle Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson.)But there are barriers to Westbrook’s MVP candidacy. Algorithms based on previous MVP voting trends still consider him a long shot for the award, with Basketball-Reference.com’s MVP tracker assigning Westbrook a mere 6.6 percent probability of winning. By contrast, the tracker says it’s about 66 percent likely that either Curry or Harden takes home the hardware.The key determinant there: Oklahoma City’s record. Both Curry’s and Harden’s teams have won in excess of two-thirds of their games — good for the first- and fourth-ranked records in the Western Conference, respectively — while Westbrook’s Thunder have a winning percentage of 55.7 percent and are clinging to the eighth (and final) playoff spot in the West. Fair or not, team performance has historically mattered to MVP voters. (Although Westbrook will likely get bonus points for keeping the Thunder afloat in the playoff race during spells in which defending MVP Kevin Durant was injured.)Plus there’s the question of where Westbrook ranks statistically, even after his recent streak of brilliance. Single-season Real Plus-Minus (RPM), Value Over Replacement Player (VORP) and Win Shares all have Harden and Curry ranked No. 1 and 2 in terms of value produced this season. So if things hold steady over the next six weeks, Westbrook will have to overcome both the stats and historical patterns of MVP voting if he is to win the award. It’s been done before, but not all that often.Then again, what does “Most Valuable” even mean? It’s a debate that comes up every year, in every sport, and it never ends with a satisfactory answer. The great sportswriter Joe Posnanski put it best in a podcast last fall:I love [the MVP] because it makes us argue about the word ‘valuable.’ … When somebody named the MVP award, you know in their mind they just had: ‘Best Player.’ The best player ought to get an award, and what are you going to call it? Just call it the ‘Most Valuable Player’ award. OK, great.And ever since then, we have been parsing that word to absolute death. I think my favorite argument against somebody winning the MVP award is when they say, ‘Look, it’s not the Player of the Year Award or the Most Outstanding Player — it’s the Most Valuable Player.’ Like there is any difference between any of those things. You’re just pulling synonyms out.I love that, and in a way, I would never want that to change because it brings up such extraordinarily stupid arguments that just rage on and on every year.And this year’s NBA race brings a particularly interesting twist. According to long-term predictive RPM, which is the best single-number assessment of a player’s current talent level,2In the sense that it best predicts out-of-sample lineup results. the best player in the league is still probably Cleveland’s LeBron James — as he has been for the past three seasons running.James was so far out in front of his peers a few seasons ago that he could afford a relative down year (by his standards). But therein lies the problem — the game’s best player hasn’t quite played like it this season. By just about any metric, Harden, Curry and Westbrook have been better than James in 2014-15.This kind of thing happens all the time in baseball, where performance fluctuates wildly around true talent. (Or did anyone really think Ken Caminiti was the best player in a league that featured Barry Bonds in his prime?) But basketball is supposed to be different — in the absence of voter fatigue, there’s a lot of crossover between MVP and “best player” in the NBA, to the point that the former can circle back to become a referendum on the latter.So do you still give the 2014-15 MVP to the best player? OK, then give it to James. Or do you honor the player who has had the best season? Then you have to decide between Harden and Curry. Or maybe you just eschew the whole process and give it to Westbrook — if not the Most Valuable, possibly the Most Electrifying Player in the NBA right now.
When athletes on the Ohio State baseball team step up to the plate next season, they’ll be gripping a new and relatively unfamiliar type of bat. Beginning Jan. 1, all NCAA teams must use bats that are aluminum — like the bats they have used in the past — but are designed to knock the ball slower, at the same speeds as wooden bats. “It’s definitely going to change our game,” OSU coach Greg Beals said. “It’s not going to be as offensive.” The new regulation is a response to rising offensive statistics by college baseball teams. Some say the aluminum bats are to blame for the offensive outburst and hope the new bats will level the playing field. “The teams that are going to be successful are teams that get ahead of the curve,” Beals said. “You don’t want to play 15 to 20 games and realize, ‘Oh hey, the games are going to be different.’“ Players also have to adjust to using the new bat. “A well-struck ball that sometimes might go for a double or even a home run, stays in the yard or is cut down to a single,” senior infielder Tyler Engle said. Although teams aren’t required to use the new bats until January, OSU has been practicing with them all fall. “We’ve seen enough in our scrimmage games here in the fall that we know the games are going to be different,” Beals said. “We’ve got to value each base runner and each base that we can get.” Athletes said the Jan. 1 deadline to switch over to new bats won’t be a problem. “Nike is our bat manufacturer and Nike has supplied us with a full line of the new bats for our guys to use,” Beals said. The new regulation also aims to protect pitchers, who have taken more hits from fast-flying balls in recent years. But Engle said he doesn’t think pitchers will be much safer. “They are such a short distance away and the force (of the ball) coming off the bat, I don’t think they have enough time to react anyway,” he said. Some athletes have said the new bats have a smaller “sweet spot,” but the bats aren’t expected to stump batters who have been successful in the past. “Good hitters are still going to get hits, and good teams are still going to score runs,” Beals said. Using an aluminum bat similar to their wooden counterparts might help college players prepare for using wooden bats at the professional level. “It definitely will prepare our guys a little bit more for playing at the professional level,” Beals said. The Buckeyes won’t be the only ones getting used to the new bats, but Engle said to expect lower-scoring games next spring. “I think everybody in the country is going to have to (change) because the balls aren’t leaving the yard,” Engle said. “You won’t see too many double-digit run games.”
La perte du pelage chez l’homme : une adaptation à la course bipèdeAu terme d’une recherche basée sur des modélisations informatiques, des universitaires britanniques proposent une explication simple à notre ‘nudité’ – caractéristique unique parmi les mammifères, généralement couverts de fourrure : la nécessité, pour nos ancêtres homininés africains, de moins transpirer lors de leurs déplacements rapides… sur deux pattes. Pouvoir courir plus vite, plus longtemps et sur de plus longues distances pour se procurer de la nourriture : telle est la raison pour laquelle les ancêtres de l’Homme ont progressivement perdu leur pelage, selon le Dr David Wilkinson, de l’Université John Moores à Liverpool et le Pr Graeme Ruxton, de l’Université de Glasgow. À l’aide de puissants outils de modélisation sur ordinateur, ils ont étudié l’adaptation du corps humain à la course, et notamment la fonction de sudation.À lire aussiCette vidéo retrace l’évolution de nos ancêtres en moins de 2 minutes”Notre modèle informatique nous permet d’éprouver la théorie selon laquelle la forme du corps humain est une adaptation pour courir sur de longues distances sous un climat chaud. Il suggère que si le premier humain dressé devait bien marcher ou courir sur de courtes distances (vers un arbre pour échapper à un prédateur, par exemple), il ne pouvait pas courir sur de longues distances pour attraper son dîner. Les humains sont des mammifères transpirants – une chose peu répandue – et nos résultats montrent combien les taux de sudation comptent lorsqu’il s’agit de courir sur de longues distances, sous les tropiques”, explique le Dr Wilkinson.Le chercheur voit ainsi dans ces travaux la confirmation d’une “très bonne théorie”, émise dès les années 1980 par le Pr Peter Wheeler, également de l’Université de Liverpool. Le 15 septembre 2011 à 11:05 • Maxime Lambert
Ouverture du 11e Apple Store de France à La DéfenseUn nouvel Apple Store a ouvert ses portes le 25 mai, dans le quartier de La Défense, en banlieue parisienne. Il est ainsi le onzième magasin de la firme ouvert en France, le sixième en Île-de-France.Les magasins de “pomme” se multiplient partout dans le monde. En France, le onzième apple store vient d’ouvrir ses portes le 25 mai. Le sixième magasin d’Île-de-France se trouve dans la galerie commerciale les Quatre Temps, dans le quartier de La Défense, en banlieue parisienne. Il est ouvert de 9 heures à 20 heures du lundi au samedi. Ainsi que le dimanche de 11 heures à 19 heures.Une heure avant l’inauguration du magasin, une centaine d’Apple Addict faisaient déjà la queue devant la boutique. Les milles premiers arrivés ont pu recevoir un tee-shirt et découvrir des employés tout feu tout flamme, accueillant les nouveaux clients dans une ambiance bon enfant.Ce nouvel emplacement s’avère stratégique pour la firme, puisque ce n’est pas moins de 44 millions de visiteurs qui se rendent dans le centre commercial chaque année. Néanmoins, la boutique des Quatre Temps ne se distingue pas des autres Apple Store en France, contrairement à celui d’Opera qui dispose d’une “Briefing Room”, un espace dédié aux professionnels.À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?D’autres magasins sont en projets. À venir, une boutique à Strasbourg et une autre dans la région de Dijon pour sûr. Viendrait ensuite un magasin à Aix-en-Provence, dont le conseil municipal a reçu les plans d’un futur Apple store, ainsi qu’à Marseille, à en croire le site macgeneration.La multiplication de ces sites de vente pourrait également revêtir un autre but tactique : contrer Samsung et ses futurs “Samsung Zone”, le plus tôt, le plus vite et dans le plus de lieux géographiques possibles.En ce qui concerne l’ouverture du 11ème Apple Store français, Maxisciences était à la Défense pour l’occasion et vous invite à suivre son reportage sur l’évènement, en vidéo.Le 29 mai 2012 à 16:21 • Maxime Lambert
The attorneys who appeared before Judge Robert Lewis on Thursday afternoon received something few litigants ever do from a judge: A standing ovation.They had sparred over whether a racing bicyclist nicknamed “Menacin’ Tennyson” was guilty of life insurance fraud because she was partaking in dangerous behavior at the time of her death, which would have violated terms of her insurance policy.Instead of a verdict, the judge gave the attorneys applause. The life insurance scenario was fictitious and the crux of the trial was how well the litigants could explain facts of the case, introduce evidence and cite case law.After the two-hour trial, the judge gave them a thumbs-up, but still offered the nervous-looking rookies dressed in business suits a few pointers.“First and foremost, find ways to slow down,” Lewis said. “Get down to the heart of a case to what a jury really wants to know.”The “attorneys” were students from Hudson’s Bay High School and Columbia High School in White Salmon participating in the annual district mock trial tournament at the Clark County Courthouse.The tournament began Wednesday with 10 teams from seven area schools competing in six rounds. In addition to Bay and Columbia, the schools included Camas, Fort Vancouver, Ridgefield, Seton Catholic and Stevenson high schools.
Mohegan reveals details of Hokkaido IR concept Load More “In response to the great success of the ‘1st Hokkaido IR Showcase’ held in January 2019, the demand for trade shows of the ‘IR industry is increasing,” Innovent said in an announcement.“Therefore, we have decided to hold an exhibition that brings together products and services indispensable for Japanese IRs.”More information can be found at www.ir-expo.jp/hokkaido-ir/ Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions Japan’s Innovent Inc has announced that it will host the 1st Japan IR Expo at Hokkaido’s AXES Sapporo on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 December 2019.Supported by The Federation of Hokkaido Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Hokkaido Economic Federation, Hokkaido Keizai Doyukai and Hokkaido Tourism Organization, the 1st Japan IR Expo will be held for the first time in Hokkaido as an exhibition specializing in the IR industry. It is aimed at creating opportunities for local companies to enter the IR industry in Hokkaido should the region be selected as one of three locations for Japan’s first integrated resorts. RelatedPosts Hokkaido sets some budget aside for IR marketing as latest public survey shows promise
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is in the process of drafting an Environmental Impact Statement on a proposed Cook Inlet Oil and Gas Lease Sale. It’s could open up the federally-managed waters of Cook Inlet to oil and gas exploration. BOEM held a series of public scoping meetings on the Kenai Peninsula last week.Download Audio
Paytm, a mobile payment services firm, has obtained the nod of its board to raise $375 million from an affiliate of its present investor, Alibaba Group.The current fund raising puts the valuation of the online payments processor at $1.83 billion, allowing it to become one of the most valuable internet startups in the country.The board has approved the latest funding as the company surpassed the targets laid out by the stakeholder regarding the doling out of funds.Paytm, owned by One97 Communications Ltd, is expected to receive the latest funding within a span of six months, sources close to the development said, Live Mint reports.The transaction will raise the stake of Ant Financial Services, a unit of Alibaba, to 41 percent in the company.Prior to this, Alipay Singapore E-commerce Pvt. Ltd had invested $200 million into Paytm, taking its stake to 25.88 percent, according to documents filed with the registrar of companies (RoC).Alibaba had changed the name of Alipay financial services to Ant Financial Services Group in October, last year.”When a strategic investor steps in, you tend to go with the strategic partner for follow-on rounds,” said Vineet Toshniwal, managing director of investment bank Equirus Capital.With a valuation of $1.83 billion, Paytm finds a place among the most valued startups in the Indian e-commerce space, next to online retailers Flipkart and Snapdeal and cab aggregator OlaCabs.”Paytm has already surpassed the business targets set aside for it,” said the source.Flipkart is currently the most valued startup backed by big venture capital firms, with its valuation skyrocketing to $15 billion from $1.5 billion in October 2013, followed by Snapdeal and Ola.Recently, Noida-based Paytm announced its plans to enter the e-commerce sector. The company expects its secure platform and the range of options will enable it to take on Snapdeal and Flipkart.”We have 33,000 sellers and we expect this to touch one lakh by year-end. They can list their products in simple steps and customers can also communicate with the seller through chat that is built into the platform,” Paytm founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma told The Economic Times.SAIF Partners, a venture capital firm, is also an investor in the company holding 37 percent stake.
An accused in a case filed over the ‘gun attack’ on a senior police officer was killed in a reported gunfight between detectives and criminals in Jurain graveyard area of the city early Tuesday, reports UNB. The detectives recovered two pistols, two magazines and, a bullet from the spot after the ‘gun battle’ that also left three members of the Detective Branch of police injured.The deceased, aged around 30, could not be identified yet.Senior assistant commissioner (DB, West Zonal Team) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Md Shahadat Hossain said his team arrested Delwar Hossain Shanta, an accused in the case filed with Shyampur police station over the gun attack on DB AC Rahul Patwari, from Jatrabari area on Monday night.According to his statement, the DB team conducted a drive near Gate-2 of Jurain graveyard around 1:40am today to arrest his cohorts, he said.Sensing the presence of the detectives, the criminals, numbering four, opened fire on them which forced the law enforcers to retaliate, Shahadat said.During the exchange of fire, one of the criminals sustained bullet injuries while others fled the scene, he said, adding that three DB men were also injured in the incident.Later, the bullet-hit criminal was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where physicians declared him dead around 4:00am, said Mahbubul Haque, sub-inspector of Shyampur police station.Senior AC Rahul sustained bullet injuries as criminals fired gunshots when he along with his team members was conducting an operation against illegal firearms in Shyampur area on 12 August.