US rule the World

first_imgPHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania:Jamaica had to play second fiddle to the United States in the Nike USA versus The World events on yesterday’s final day of competition at the 2016 Penn Relays.Jamaica’s only success came in the men’s 4×100 metres, where they took advantage of a big mistake by a strong USA Red team to win the event in 39.70 seconds. Jermaine Hamilton, Julian Forte, Rasheed Dwyer and Oshane Bailey were the members of the winning Jamaica quartet. USA Blue placed second in 39.02, with third going to St Kitts in 39.49. The USA Red team included the likes of Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers.Jamaica were second in three women’s relays the 4x100m in 42.90, 4x200m in 1:31.34, and 4×400 m in 3:29.00. The Americans won five of six relays contested.- R.Glast_img read more

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India A lose against South Africa A in tri-series opener

first_imgIndia A suffered a two wicket loss at the hands of hosts South Africa A in a low-scoring one-dayer of the cricket Tri-Series here on Wednesday.Put in to bat, India A recovered from a batting collapse, thanks to captain Manish Pandey’s patient 95-ball 55 and cameos from Karun Nair (25) and Yuzvendra Chahal (24 not out), but were skittled out for 152.In reply, South Africa A stumbled on their way losing eight wickets before overhauling the target in 37.4 overs.The hosts found themselves struggling at 16/2 after losing Henry Davids (5) and Dane Paterson (11) early. By the 16th over, the hosts had lost half their side with 71 runs on board as Reeza Hendricks (11), captain Khaya Zondo (15) and Heinrich Klaasen (24) were back in the dressing room.Thereafter, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal’s twin strikes in the 32nd over got rid of Dwaine Pretorius (38) and J.T. Smuts (0) within a space of four balls.The chase looked tough for the hosts and it was only after Farhaan Behardien (37) and A.M. Phangiso (3) got together that the hosts sneaked a win with 12.2 overs to spare.Earlier, left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso returned with a four-wicket haul and Pretorius scalped three to skittle out India A for a low total.Brief Scores: India A 152 (Manish Pandey 55, Karun Nair 25, Yuzvendra Chahal 24 not out, Aaron Phangiso 4/30, Dwaine Pretorius 3/24) lose to South Africa A 153/8 (Dwaine Pretorius 38, Farhaan Behardien 37, Yuzvendra Chahal 3/41, Axar Patel 2/35) by 2 wickets.last_img read more

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How FiveThirtyEight Is Forecasting The 2016 NCAA Tournament

CaliforniaSouth4187186.54.00.7 IndianaEast5193887.45.81.1 BaylorWest5183785.56.01.0 DaytonMidwest7178882.41.60.1 Florida Gulf CoastEast16154471.4<0.1<0.1 North CarolinaEast1207593.943.615.0 VirginiaMidwest1205292.530.49.8 Note, however, that Elo is still just one of six computer rankings that we use for the men’s tournament. The other five are ESPN’s BPI, Jeff Sagarin’s “predictor” ratings, Ken Pomeroy’s ratings, Joel Sokol’s LRMC ratings, and Sonny Moore’s computer power ratings. In addition, we use two human-generated rating systems: the selection committee’s 68-team “S-Curve”, and a composite of preseason ratings from coaches and media polls. The eight systems — six computer-generated and two human-generated — are weighted equally in coming up with a team’s overall rating.We’ve calculated Elo ratings for men’s teams only. For women’s ratings, we rely on the same composite of ratings systems that we used last year. You can find more about the methodology for our women’s forecasts here.As has been the case previously, our ratings are also adjusted for travel distance and (for men’s teams only) player injuries. Our injury adjustment has been slightly improved to account for the higher or lower caliber of replacement players on different teams: Stony Brook, for example, won’t be able to replace a star player as easily as Kentucky can.As a final reminder, these forecasts are probabilistic — something especially important to consider in the men’s tournament this year when there’s about as much parity among teams as we’ve ever seen. In some sense, every team but the UConn women should be thought of as underdogs to win the tournament this year.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s 2016 March Madness Predictions. Michigan StateMidwest2207891.833.98.9 VillanovaSouth2204591.322.46.4 Weber StateEast15162373.3<0.1<0.1 North Carolina-AshevilleSouth15155374.2<0.1<0.1 ConnecticutSouth9187285.32.10.3 Middle TennesseeMidwest15163875.0<0.1<0.1 SouthernWest16139268.0<0.1<0.1 DukeWest4191087.312.11.7 XavierEast2197387.79.91.8 IowaSouth7190485.93.20.6 Arkansas-Little RockMidwest12173478.90.2<0.1 Stephen F. AustinEast14182481.00.4<0.1 KentuckyEast4201490.715.94.4 OregonWest1203388.022.62.6 KansasSouth1209794.545.1%19.1% TexasWest6178884.75.90.9 UtahMidwest3188786.65.30.8 Miami (FL)South3193387.14.91.0 Holy CrossWest16142066.9<0.1<0.1 Texas A&MWest3191586.812.42.4 VanderbiltSouth11184685.62.40.5 MarylandSouth5187687.46.31.3 Fresno StateMidwest14170876.6<0.1<0.1 West VirginiaEast3195689.316.23.4 2016 NCAA Tournament team ratings Wichita StateSouth11189386.62.70.7 Stony BrookEast13166377.10.1<0.1 CincinnatiWest9179483.73.20.3 WisconsinEast7189684.82.90.4 OklahomaWest2197290.032.06.8 HawaiiSouth13173778.0<0.1<0.1 PittsburghEast10178782.31.20.1 Saint Joseph’sWest8181481.61.10.1 ColoradoSouth8175681.50.4<0.1 Northern IowaWest11175180.20.8<0.1 Welcome to FiveThirtyEight’s forecasts of the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments. We’ve been issuing probabilistic March Madness forecasts in some form since 2011, when FiveThirtyEight was just a couple of us writing for The New York Times. While the basics of the system remain the same, we unveil a couple of new wrinkles each year.Last season, we issued forecasts of the women’s tournament for the first time. Our big change for this year is that we won’t just be updating our forecasts at the end of each game — but also in real time. If a No. 2 seed is losing to a No. 15 seed, you’ll be able to see how that could affect the rest of the bracket, even before the game is over.Live win probabilitiesOur interactive graphic will include a dashboard that shows the score and time remaining in every game as it’s played, as well as the chance that each team will win that game. These probabilities are derived using logistic regression analysis, which lets us plug the current state of a game into a model to produce the probability that either team wins the game. Specifically, we used play-by-play data from the past five seasons of Division I NCAA basketball to fit a model that incorporates:Time remaining in the gameScore differencePre-game win probabilitiesWhich team has possession, with a special adjustment if the team is shooting free throws.These in-game win probabilities won’t account for everything. If a key player has fouled out of a game, for example, his or her team’s win probability is probably a bit lower than we’ve listed. There are also a few places where the model experiences momentary uncertainty: In the handful of seconds between the moment when a player is fouled and the free throws that follow, we use the team’s average free-throw percentage. Still, these probabilities ought to do a reasonably good job of showing which games are competitive and which are in the bag.We built a separate in-game probability model for the women’s tournament that works in exactly the same way but uses historical women’s data. Thus, we’ll be updating our forecasts live for both the men’s and women’s tournament.Excitement indexOur March Madness “excitement index” (loosely based on Brian Burke’s NFL work) is a measure of how much each team’s chances of winning changed over the course of the game and is a good reference for picking the best games to flip to.The calculation is simple: It’s the average change in win probability per basket scored, weighted by the amount of time remaining in the game. This means that a late-game basket has more influence on a game’s rating than a basket near the beginning of the game. We give additional weight to changes in win probability in overtime. Ratings range from 0 to 10, except in extreme cases where they can exceed 10.The index isn’t perfect — this year’s play-in game between Holy Cross and Southern was good, but perhaps not deserving of its 9.4 rating. But even if it doesn’t quite capture the difference between a closely contested slog and a Dunk City run to the Sweet 16, it does a nice job of quantifying how tight a game was and how many big shots were hit.Elo ratingsOtherwise, the methodology for our men’s forecasts is also largely the same as last year. But we’ve developed our own computer rating system — Elo — which we include along with the five computer rankings and two human rankings we used previously.If you’ve followed FiveThirtyEight, you’ll know that we’re big fans of Elo ratings, which we’ve introduced for the NBA, the NFL and other sports. We’ve now applied them for men’s college basketball teams dating back to the 1950s, using game data from ESPN, Sports-Reference.com and other sources.Our methodology for calculating these Elo ratings is highly similar to the one we use for NBA. They rely on relatively simple information — specifically, the final score, home-court advantage, and the location of each game. (College basketball teams perform significantly worse when they travel a long distance to play a game.) They also account for a team’s conference — at the beginning of each season, a team’s Elo rating is regressed toward the mean of other schools in its conference — and whether the game was an NCAA Tournament game. We’ve found that historically, there are actually fewer upsets in the NCAA Tournament than you’d expect from the difference in teams’ Elo ratings, perhaps because the games are played under better and fairer conditions in the tournament than in the regular season. Our Elo ratings account for this and also weight tournament games slightly higher than regular season ones.Elo ratings for the 68 teams to qualify for the men’s tournament follow below. North Carolina-WilmingtonWest13172277.70.2<0.1 YaleWest12179280.21.0<0.1 Cal State BakersfieldWest15163575.00.1<0.1 GonzagaMidwest11191686.03.20.5 TEAMREGIONSEEDELOCOMPOSITEFINAL 4CHAMPS Southern CaliforniaEast8173381.40.2<0.1 IonaMidwest13175978.20.1<0.1 Texas TechMidwest8177781.30.4<0.1 TempleSouth10173078.50.2<0.1 ArizonaSouth6195389.06.01.8 Oregon StateWest7174077.60.2<0.1 Seton HallMidwest6191484.51.80.2 Virginia CommonwealthWest10179883.12.20.2 Fairleigh DickinsonEast16141766.7<0.1<0.1 ChattanoogaEast12161076.6<0.1<0.1 South Dakota StateSouth12173578.60.2<0.1 ButlerMidwest9181584.22.50.3 MichiganEast11176879.60.3<0.1 BuffaloSouth14161375.7<0.1<0.1 PurdueMidwest5193888.713.02.7 Iowa StateMidwest4186786.56.41.0 Austin PeaySouth16147768.8<0.1<0.1 RATINGSPROBABILITY OF… HamptonMidwest16148868.6<0.1<0.1 SyracuseMidwest10177282.71.30.1 ProvidenceEast9182482.50.80.1 TulsaEast11169079.90.2<0.1 Notre DameEast6183284.42.60.3 Green BayWest14166776.20.1<0.1 UPDATE (6:30 p.m. March 18): We’ve updated this post to add information about the excitement index. read more

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Dortmund bus bomber handed 14year jail sentence

first_imgThe man behind the bomb attack on Borussia Dortmund’s bus in 2017 has been sentenced to 14 years in prisonThe defendant, who only goes by the name of Sergej W. due to German privacy laws, has been convicted on 28 accounts of attempted murder.The Daily Echo reports that the sentence was handed out in a Dortmund state court today.The attack occurred on April 11, 2017, as the Dortmund team travelled to the Signal Iduna Park for a Champions League quarter-final match with AS Monaco.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Defender Marc Bartra, now at Real Betis, and a police officer were both injured as three explosions were set off near the bus.Sergej W allegedly betted that Dortmund’s shares would drop in value by taking out a loan.He later launched a bomb attack on the team bus and tried to cover it up as Islamic terrorism.last_img read more

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TiananmenSquare30 Rare pictures documents emerge as reminder of Chinas bloody past

first_imgProtesters helped each other as they faced violence by the Communist part’s troops in 1989.Jian LiuJune 4 marks the 30-year anniversary of the brutal crackdown of student-led protesters by the People’s Liberation Army in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989. A document titled ‘The Last Secret: The Final Documents From the June Fourth Crackdown”, released by Hong Kong-based New Century Press, has revealed grim details of one of the biggest human rights violations in history. “Kill those who should be killed, sentence those who should be sentenced,” Wang Zhen, a veteran Communist with a famously fiery temper, said regarding pro-democracy protests, according to the collection.With no official reports, it is said that over hundreds, if not thousands, of unarmed protesters and civilians were killed when soldiers opened fire in and around Tiananmen Square on 3–4 June 1989.By violently crushing citizens demanding democratic rights such as the right to speech and anti-corruption provisions against autocratic power structures, China made it clear that the fruit of dissent was death. The new collection of documents and pictures released ahead of the Tiananmen Square anniversary is a reminder of Communist China’s repression of human rights.  By May, 1989, television broadcast of the protest drew thousands.Jian LiuJian Liu was a 20-year-old fashion student in Beijing in the spring of 1989 when the movement took place. He captured the spirit of the movement for 50 days through his analog camera. In April, 1989, the beginning of pro democracy movement began as students marched at Tiananmen Square commemorated the death of the Communist Party chief and political reformer Hu Yaobang.Jian LiuNow 50, Liu decided to publicly release his images with the help of Humanitarian China, a California-based organization that gives grants to impoverished dissidents and their families. He had asked his friend to bring over the film negatives from China after he learned that his teenage daughter, studying in China, had no knowledge about the massacre.Similarly, Bao Pu will release his book titled “The Last Secret, The Final Documents From the June Fourth Crackdown” ahead of the massacre’s anniversary this year. The book revealed never-before disclosed transcriptions, preserved by an official present of the meeting of the Politburo, the principal policymaking committee of a communist party held at the headquarter of the Communist power in Zhongnanhai discussing the aftermath of the massacre. The Last Secret, The Final Documents From the June Fourth CrackdownWhile the book does not divulge the total number of participants in the meeting, 17 entries were known to be registered. All begin by proclaiming “I completely agree”, “I completely support” Deng Xiaoping, the then de facto ruler’s, decision to mobilise the army “to end anti-party riots and counter-revolutionary acts”.Pu’s father, Bao Tong, was a well-known policy secretary who was jailed for advocating for social reforms along with Zhao Ziyang. In early 1989, Bao Tong served as the policy secretary to Zhao Ziyang, the general secretary of the Communist Party. Zhao and Bao wanted the party to go easy on the Tiananmen protesters, but Deng Xiaoping had disagreed. Deng ordered the dismissal of the two officials and gave permission to his troops to ‘clear’ the Tiananmen Square.Later, Beijing orchestrated a show trial for Bao, accusing him of alerting protesters on the government’s plan to implement martial law. Bao spent seven years behind bars, mostly in Beijing’s notorious Qincheng prison, until his release in 1996.After having witnessed the happening and aftermath of the June 4 massacre, Pu along with his wife Renee Chiang founded the New Century Press in 2005. The Hong Kong-based publishing house focuses on suppressed political events banned by mainland China. Its breakout book “Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Premier Zhao Ziyang” was based on the tapes the former leader secretly recorded during his house arrest following Tiananmen. That book and others have shed light on the events and players involved with the unleashing of military force on June 4, 1989. Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Premier Zhao ZiyangAmazonHowever, while these books continue to be banned in mainland China, the silence and lack of public discourse regarding the Tiananmen Square massacre have made Chinese historians, writers, photographers and former activists who have tried to chronicle the country’s dark past raise concerns. Government-aided crackdowns of such initiatives are ways through which the state has made the historic movement erased from public memory.Publishing houses, memorials museum such as Hong Kong Tiananmen museums, former protest leaders and their leaders are under constant threat of “pre-emptive strikes” by detaining, interrogating, and placing house arrests, according to the Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders, a coalition of human rights groups.#TwitterMassacre In the eve of 30-year anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre, Twitter suspended thousands of anti-Chinese communist accounts worldwide, including mine. My account was unblocked in 12 hours. I demand official explanation from Twitter.— 龚小夏 Sasha Gong (@Sasha_Gong) June 1, 2019This year, activist Deng Chuanbin was placed under criminal detention on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” for tweeting a post commemorating the Tiananmen protest on 18 May.Another instance such as the police ordering 82-year-old Ding Zilin, mother of slain-17-year-old Jiang Jielian, killed by troops on June 4, leave her home in Beijing and travel to her hometown Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, is a common tactic to ensure that no discourse takes place in the country regarding the bloody movement.This is a common tactic the authorities use against activists in an effort to silence them during politically sensitive periods and to make it less likely they will speak with foreign media, according to Amnesty International. In 2016, the Beijing Public Safety Bureau assured that “every corner of the capital was covered under the video surveillance system”.ReutersChina is notoriously known to be one of the most surveillanced countries in the world.  In 2015, China’s national police force, the Ministry of Public Safety, announced the creation of an “omnipresent, completely connected, always on and fully controllable” national video surveillance network. The MPS and other agencies discussed the use of facial recognition technology in combination with the video cameras to catch ‘lawbreakers’. According to the London based global information provider, IHS Markit, it is estimated that in China, there were 176 million cameras in 2016 and they plan to have 450 million more installed by 2020. As per an article by China Daily in 2016, the Beijing Public Safety Bureau assured that “every corner of the capital was covered under the video surveillance system”.Across China, domestic security accounted for 6.1 percent of government spending in 2017, the Ministry of Finance said. The figure translates into 1.24 trillion yuan ($196 billion) as compared to the 1.02 trillion yuan in defence spending.last_img read more

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Claims for up to Rs 1 lakh crore may hit Anil Ambaniled

first_imgAnil Ambani-led Reliance Communications (RCom) may be hit with claims of up to Rs 1 lakh crore as lenders and creditors rush to file claims before the May 21 deadline in the bankruptcy case. REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeAnil Ambani-led Reliance Communications (RCom), facing insolvency proceedings, could be hit by claims for nearly Rs 1 lakh crore, media reports say. Lenders and creditors are racing to meet the May 21 deadline to file claims. The final claim could be more than double the Rs 46,000 crore debt that the defunct telco has on its books, reports say.RBSA Advisors LLP, the interim resolution professional (IRP) that the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has appointed, is receiving the claims of domestic and global banks as well as operational creditors including the government, mobile phone companies and telecom tower firms, a report in the Economic Times says. “The last date to send claims is May 21 and as per the calculations, dues worth Rs 75,000-90,000 crore will be asked for. The total amount may even go beyond that,” one of the unidentified sources the report cites says.Another person aware of the development said: “Besides the national banks, Chinese lenders and bondholders will demand their dues along with the interest.” The total claim could easily be the largest claim seen in an insolvency case in India, sources say.The claims cover “obliger and co-obliger”, which means the debt of RCom and its units Reliance Infratel and Reliance Telecom, and the debt of other subsidiaries and step-down companies of the telecom firm will be taken into account. The total claim could thus be more than double Rs 46,000 crore that RCom books show. Shares of Reliance Capital (RELCAPITAL) and Reliance Power (RPOWER) plunged 5.25 per cent and 4.88 per cent, respectively, on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) by Monday noon. “This will be the highest claim amount in an insolvency case so far,” the report said Manoj Kumar, head, M&A and insolvency at law firm Corporate Professionals, as saying. “Also, there should not be much difference between the final amount approved by the IRP and the claim amount since it will vary only with respect to dues of operational creators.”RCom was forced to shut its wireless operations late 2017, dragged down by its debt and widening losses amid intense competition ignited by the entry of elder sibling Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio in September 2016. RCom tried to sell its wireless assets, such as spectrum and towers, to Jio but failed due to a slew of legal cases, forcing it to opt for insolvency proceedings under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC).Rcom’s insolvency case has resumed in the NCLT after an appellate tribunal vacated a stay on the proceedings. RCom is the second telco after Aircel to enter bankruptcy proceedings after going under a debt of Rs 20,000 crore. Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson may not be among the claimants as it has already received Rs 550 crore from RCom following a Supreme Court order.last_img read more

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N Korea accuses CIA of plot to assassinate Kim

first_imgNorth Korea on Friday accused the CIA and Seoul’s intelligence services of conspiring to assassinate the isolated country’s leader Kim Jong-Un with a biochemical weapon, amid heightened tensions in the region.In a statement the powerful ministry of state security, said it had foiled a “vicious plot” by a “hideous terrorists’ group” to attack the North’s “supreme leadership”.The accusations come with the US and North trading threats over the latter’s nuclear and missile programmes, and as Washington considers whether to re-designate Pyongyang as a state sponsor of terrorism.That follows the killing of Kim’s estranged half-brother Kim Jong-Nam by two women using the banned nerve agent VX at Kuala Lumpur international airport.Both Malaysia and South Korea have blamed the North for the assassination, which retorts that the accusations are an attempt to smear it.The security ministry statement, carried on the North’s official Korea Central News Agency (KCNA), said the CIA and the South’s intelligence had suborned, bribed and blackmailed a North Korean citizen named only as Kim to carry out the attack.Possible locations included the mausoleum where Kim Jong-Un’s father and grandfather—the North’s founder—lie in state, or a military parade.Such an operation would be extremely difficult to prepare and carry out successfully. The North’s leader is surrounded by tight security at all times, and Pyongyang maintains a gigantic surveillance system over its own population that is ingrained at every level of society, where open dissent is unknown.The CIA told its agent Kim it had access to radioactive and “nano poisonous” substances whose lethal results would appear only after six to 12 months, the statement said.Kim—described as “human scum”—received payments totalling at least $740,000 and was given satellite transceivers and other materials and equipment, it said.He had multiple contacts with South Korean intelligence personnel, and an accomplice who had a Chinese-sounding name, Xu Guanghai of the Qingdao Nazca Trade Co.Checks on China’s National Enterprise Credit Information system show that a company of that name was formed on March 7 this year, with a Xu Guanghai named as its legal representative, and business areas including “chemical products”.No details were given in the ministry statement of how the supposed plot was uncovered, or of Kim’s fate. But in a potential sign of an internal purge, it said that the ministry will “ferret out and mercilessly destroy the terrorists”.‘Empire of evil’ -The lurid accusations come with Pyongyang and Washington at loggerheads over the North’s banned weapons programmes, which have seen it subjected to multiple sets of United Nations Security Council sanctions.Pyongyang, which says it needs nuclear weapons to defend itself against invasion, has carried out a series of missile launches and threatened a sixth atomic test, while the administration of new US President Donald Trump has said that military action was an “option on the table”—raising fears of a spiralling conflict.The alleged plot was a “hideous crime” the security ministry said, and tantamount to “the declaration of a war”.The statement came hours after the US House of Representatives in Washington voted to broaden US sanctions against the North.The measure, which now heads for the Senate, also gave the Trump administration 90 days to determine whether Pyongyang should be re-designated as a state sponsor of terrorism, after it was removed from the list in 2008.The North Korean statement described the US as a state sponsor of terrorism itself, and an “empire of evil”.Analysts said the accusations could be a pre-emptive attempt to try to dissuade Washington from any attempt at a surgical strike on its leadership, as suggested by some commentators.The North believes the US and South are seeking to assassinate Kim, said Professor Koh Yu-Hwan of Dongguk University.It was “unimaginable that individuals can get close enough to Kim to harm him in light of supertight security there”, he told AFP.But the allegation was also “aimed at keeping its people on their toes and strengthening its grip on them”, and intended “to distance itself from the assassination of Jong-Nam who was killed by a chemical weapon”.North Korean commandos infiltrated Seoul in January 1968 in a failed attempt to assassinate its then leader Park Chung-Hee. Bullet holes are still visible on a tree above the presidential Blue House.last_img read more

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