Super 2 Clash: Hearts bolstered by the return of sextet

first_imgHearts of Oak have been bolstered by the return to training of key players ahead of their Super 2 clash against KotokoSamuel Yeboah, Ashitey Ollenu, and Kennedy Appiah headline the list of returnees to full fitness together with Selasi Adjei, Musah Inusah, and Evans Gbeti.The six were all at training on Tuesday at the Legon Ajax Park and they are part of the Hearts team that have gone into secret camping ahead of the big game.Samuel Yeboah has been missing in action since the Techiman City game having complained of illness and later a foot injury but he’s back with the team now.Fans favorite Ashitey Ollenu was also not feeling well after captaining the side in the FA CUP and has missed two games but he is back with the team.Left back Kennedy Appiah has fully recovered from a thigh injury and has pitched camp with his colleagues. Striker Selasi Adjei has overcome his troubling knee injury and has been training with the team; same as long time absentee Musah Inusah, who has also won the fight against a niggling ankle injury.Goalkeeper Evans Gbeti has also returned to the side after picking up a back injury prior to the Samartex game.The return of the six players is a major boost for the team ahead of Monday’s big game.We are happy to welcome all of them back; but stay with us on all our social media platforms for confirmation from the technical team of whether the returnees will be available for selection for the big game.Read how Hearts have fared so far in the league  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Relief as Donegal mother is transferred after two-week wait for bed

first_imgA young Donegal mother who had an agonising two-week wait for a bed at St James’ Hospital in Dublin was finally admitted last night.Lorraine Miller from Gleneely was transferred to Dublin on Wednesday night and admitted to the oncology unit at 1am.Lorraine had been waiting for 14 days for specialist treatment at St James’, but a lack of beds prevented her from being transferred and admitted. She had been receiving care at Letterkenny University Hospital for an infection.The case was raised in Dáil Éireann yesterday by Donegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue, who called on the Taoiseach to intervene and sanction an immediate transfer for Lorraine.The Taoiseach said it would be illegal for him to direct the HSE on an individual case.It is hoped that the transfer will bring some relief to Lorraine and her husband Stephen after their ordeal. Relief as Donegal mother is transferred after two-week wait for bed was last modified: December 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cow size: Increasing mature body weight of the United States cow herd

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There has been a 30% increase in cow mature size over the last 30 years. From 1975 to 2015, cow numbers have decreased by 35%, but beef production has been maintained at a level similar to 1975. In response to the low cow numbers, carcass weights have increased. These relationships suggest that the progeny of small cows, similar to the weights observed in the 1950s and 1960s, would not have the potential to produce the carcasses necessary to maintain beef production at the current level with the number of cows currently in the national beef cow herd, unless they take part in a postweaning growing period.This phenomenon is explained by the increased productivity per calf in the progeny of the United States cow herd. The average hot carcass weight in 2014 was 38% greater than 1975, averaging 870 pounds in 2014 compared with an average hot carcass weight in 1975 of 630 pounds.Use of growth promoting technology has contributed to a portion of the increase in carcass weight. Anabolic implants increase ADG by 21%, body weight at slaughter by 128 pounds, and hot carcass weight by 55 pounds. Additionally, β-adrenergic agonists increase body weight at slaughter by 18 to 24 pounds but increase hot carcass weight by 35 to 42 pounds. These growth promoting technologies only account for about 97 pounds of the 240 pounds increase in hot carcass weight, thus much of the increase in beef production per calf is likely linked to the use of EPDs and genetic selection for greater yearling weights, which in turn increases mature size. Beef production is more efficient because of technology advances in growth promotants, feed milling, and feed additives in the last 30 years.The average cow slaughter weights have increased from 1,047 pounds in 1975 to 1,369 pounds in 2005. This increase in cow bodyweight is tied to the genetic changes of the cow herd. For instance in the Angus breed the average yearling bodyweight of bulls and heifers has increased by 7.9 and 5.7 pounds per year since 1972 and selection for yearling body weight and weaning body weight have strong correlation with mature size.A 30% larger cow requires 22% more daily maintenance energy and will consume 22 to 28% more forage dry matter daily, decreasing cow carrying capacity of the farm or increasing input costs associated with pasture management, supplementation, and stored forages. Increased hay production and grazing strategies An indication of increased intensification of cow-calf production is displayed by the increased hay production over the last 40 years. The increased use of the round baler and other hay production technologies since the early and mid-1970s has lowered the labor requirement and increased the convenience of hay production and thus the total amount of hay produced. The OARDC-EARS research station at Caldwell was a location for much of this research (Check out Page 83 of this 1972 OARDC Research Summary). At the same time, forage management strategies (stockpiling and strip grazing) were being developed to reduce reliance on stored forages for wintering beef cows (Check out Page 1 of this 1970 OARDC Research Summary).Environment and cow size Research from the 1960s and 1970s indicates that in limited resource environments (Western Plains States for instance), the reduced efficiency of larger cows may be a limiting factor to the economics of production, whereas in less restricted environments (higher rainfall environments such as the humid states or in Dry Lot Feeding Systems.) mature cow size may not be a significantly limiting factor. ImplicationsIntensification has occurred through increased feeding of hay and stored forages, which increases the expense of maintaining the cow herd due to machinery, fuel, labor, and fertilizer costs. There are forage management strategies that can be used to reduce or replace the need for stored forages. For example, rotational grazing increases harvest efficiency of grazing livestock and can help maintain plant populations of clovers or other desirable forage species that lack persistence under continuous grazing management. Stockpiling of perennial pastures during the late summer for use during the fall and early winter can be utilized. Readers can checkout other grazing strategies at the OSU Forage Team Website.last_img read more

Major Hurricane Irma likely to strike Florida this weekend

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest AccuWeather reports after blasting the northern Caribbean, dangerous Hurricane Irma will turn toward the United States, potentially bringing life-threatening impacts from Florida to the Carolinas beginning this weekend.“This hurricane has the potential to be a major event for the East Coast,” Evan Myers, AccuWeather expert senior meteorologist and chief operating officer, said. “It also has the potential to significantly strain FEMA and other governmental resources occurring so quickly on the heels of Harvey.”“Because Irma is likely to move up along the east coast of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, people from the Florida Keys all the way to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, should prepare to be ready to evacuate coastal areas, starting with South Florida now,” Myers added.The storm should be taken very seriously and preparations should be hurried to completion.While Irma’s track beyond the Caribbean is not set in stone, AccuWeather meteorologists anticipate the southern Atlantic Seaboard will experience significant and possibly devastating impacts from Irma.Irma’s anticipated track will bring tropical-storm- to hurricane-force conditions to South Florida as early as Saturday. Flooding rainfall and damaging winds are expected to increase from south to north across the Florida Peninsula over the weekend.“If the center of Irma does pass near Miami and continues northward over eastern Florida, the impacts will be severe,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Mike Doll said.The most severe effects from the storm will extend outward about 50 miles from the storm’s center. Tropical-storm-force conditions can extend over 150 miles from the storm’s center.People should not be near the east coast of Florida, according to Myers.Those along the coast should heed all mandatory evacuations and strongly consider leaving if a voluntary evacuation is issued. This is true all the way up the southern Atlantic Seaboard toward North Carolina.If the storm makes landfall in Florida, isolated tornadoes could be spawned north and east of Irma’s center, threatening to bring further damage to some communities. Coastal areas would be inundated with storm surge.Low-lying and poor drainage areas will be particularly susceptible to flooding from Irma’s torrential rainfall.How quickly Irma turns to the north after passing Cuba will determine whether the center of the storm makes landfall in southeastern Florida or passes between Florida and the Bahamas.A large storm surge could inundate coastal areas even if the center of the storm stays offshore.“Although Hurricane Matthew last year passed east of Jacksonville, they experienced flooding due to water pushing into the St. Johns River,” Doll said. “The same thing could happen with Irma.”Irma may lose some of its strength by the time it approaches Florida due to interaction with nearby land. However, it will remain a powerful and dangerous hurricane.“It is also possible that Irma doesn’t make landfall over South Florida and heads into the eastern Gulf of Mexico, but this is an unlikely scenario at this point,” Doll said.Those from Georgia to the Carolinas will need to be on alert for direct impacts from Irma beginning as early as late Sunday and Monday. This includes preparing for power outages, flooding and major disruptions.“A landfall across the Carolinas is certainly within the realm of possibilities,” Doll said.Should Irma make landfall along the Southeast coast, it would likely occur between Jacksonville, Florida, and Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, early next week. Isolated tornadoes could be spawned north and east of Irma’s center.Residents, visitors and government officials in these areas need to prepare now for the potential of destructive winds, flooding rainfall and a large storm surge.Heavy rain is forecast to spread inland toward the southern Appalachians, potentially leading to extensive flooding due to the mountainous and hilly terrain. Damaging winds will become less of a concern the farther inland Irma moves. Some of Irma’s rain may reach into the mid-Atlantic and Northeast toward midweek.There is a low chance that Irma completely misses the United States.“Stay tuned to local government information and AccuWeather.com for timing of the hurricane’s progress, remember it is not too early to prepare to leave; pack bags, gas up your car and prepare your property now,” Myers said.last_img read more

Google Data Centers Use A Lot Of Hot Air

first_imgRelated Posts Google likes a lot of hot air.This is not a sophomoric rejoinder at the speaking proclivities of Google’s marketing staff or its legal team. Rather, its a literal statement.When heated by the Sun, hot air rises, and in its place, cooler air will blow in to fill the void, which is where we get wind. And wind is something with which Google is making a great deal of use to power the needs of its data centers and offices. Nowhere was this more evident than yesterday’s announcement of Google’s commitment to purchase 240 megawatts (MW) of power generated by the Happy Hereford wind farm near Amarillo, TX.The wind farm will feed into the Southwest Power Pool, the grid that serves Google’s Mayes County, OK data center, according to Matt Pfile, Senior Manager, Data Center Energy and Location Strategy.In the announcement, Pfile mentioned that with this agreement, which is expected to start producing energy for Google in 2014, Google consumes “more than 570 MW of wind energy, which is enough energy to power approximately 170,000 U.S. households.”That’s a lot of houses, to be sure. That’s about half of the households in my state capital of Indianapolis, and 0.15% of the total U.S. household number.But out of curiosity, how many servers would that much energy power?Coincidentally, XKCD artist Randall Munroe just happened to do the legwork that could help answer this question in this week’s installment of What If? XKCD. The site takes on the answers to such questions as how long would it take to drain the oceans, what would happen to a Sunless Earth and when the Sun finally set on the British Empire.This week, Munroe answered the question of how many data punchcards would be needed to match the amount of data Google stores. Among his educated guesses, Munroe needed to answer the question of how many servers Google has, and he did so by figuring out Google’s known energy consumption and using a base figure for per-server power consumption: 215 W.Presuming Munroe’s assumptions are correct—and they would seem to be very much in the ball park—then that means that if Google uses all of that wind power for servers in its data center, then it would be powering 2.65 million servers on wind energy alone.Which is a lot of hot air.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Tags:#Google#wind energy center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … brian proffittlast_img read more

Festive in Mokokchung

first_imgThe village of Chuchuyimlang lies in the territory of the Ao Nagas, 28 km from the district capital town of Mokokchung, and it has several reasons to be proud. Founded in 1620 C.E., it is one of the oldest and also among the largest in the district. Once feared warriors and head-hunters–a heritage that is symbolised today more in the design and colour of their ceremonial costumes than in attitude–its industrious and enterprising residents have been among the most prosperous in the state, including one who, it is said, even gave a large loan to the British treasury!For the villagers though, the greatest satisfaction must be its age-old practice of inviting neighbouring villages and clans to join in the festivities of Moatsu, one of the major festivals of the tribe. In recognition of this generosity–and perhaps because the village had the best parties in the district–the Tourism Department of Nagaland has held its official celebrations at Chuchuyimlang since 2000. In return, the canny villagers used their village development fund to construct a Tourist Village, a museum to house their artefacts and cottages for tourists, a facility you will be quite thankful for because it will mean that you will not have to drag yourselves back to Mokokchung in the middle of the night. You can drive the 105 km from Jorhat, the closest airport, in good time, as the road through the hills is good for the greater part. If you reach right on the day of the celebration, it’s best to stop outside the village gate so that you can walk into the celebrations. If the drums have already started beating, you should know that the dancing is about to begin. Hurry and take your place. The first evening of Moatsu is about to begin.Moatsu is an important social event and cultural thanksgiving by the Ao Nagas that takes place in May each year after the sowing is over. In advance of the holidays, homes are decorated, chickens, pigs and cows are fattened and beer is brewed. Village Councils have to complete civic work, including repairs and construction of houses; wells are to be cleaned before the rainy season. Gifts are exchanged: young men get new belts for their daos, knives, from their lovers, married men from their wives and girls receive bamboo pipes. Everyone dresses up in their finest; every night there is a lot of singing, feasting and dancing around bonfires. Many romances blossom at this time.It was different in the old days. Then, the festivities lasted for six days. The boys of the morung, the male dormitory, were responsible for all the arrangements–from the collection of firewood to the renovation of the ceremonial dancing drums. Like roadies at a rock show, they would spend days getting everything shipshape for the festival, dedicatedly repairing and cleaning, clearing the village and even taking charge of the animals to be slaughtered for the feasts. And it was at the morung that the mankodong, or Skull Tree, would display the human skulls and other trophies of war mounted on a bamboo pole.The first three days were a curtain raiser to the main celebration; young people danced at one spot, the elders at another. Local games and sports were organised including a lively tug-of-war with the men pulling against the women. On the fourth day, there would be a parade of men of achievement, dressed in their distinctive shawls of merit that no one else is permitted to wear. And on the last day there was unbridled celebration from morn to the next dawn, at which time an animal would be sacrificed, signalling the end of the festival.Since the advent of Christianity to Nagaland, many of the old customs have been abandoned and the celebrations are now confined to three days, May 1 to 3, each year. The curtailment does not seem to dampen the essence of Moatsu; on the contrary, it seems to intensify its substance. Dancers from the khels (village localities) in their vibrant traditional clothing, distinctive feathered headgear and long-established steps, continue to recount the ancient tales and fables. Young men still court young girls, though not always in the traditional manner. Elders, who all year round maintain a reserved bearing, still get caught up in the informality of the occasion. And the tug-of-war continues to draw partisan support and loud cheers. The village sparkles as it has done for centuries, with lights and laughter and the prevailing optimism of a prosperous year to come. Fact fileDomestic tourists visiting Nagaland require Inner Line Permits, issued by the Deputy Resident Commissioner at Nagaland House, Delhi and Kolkata; Assistant Resident Commissioner, Shillong; Additional Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur; Deputy Commissioner, Kohima. Detailed information can be had from the Directorate of Tourism, Nagaland; tel: (0370) 224 3124StayWhile there are some private hotels in Mokokchung, the Tourist Lodge (0369-222 9343/5011) is more likely to have better facilities and services. Chuchuyimlang Tourist Cottages: They are newly built and have all mod cons. Reservations through the tourism department at Kohima; tel: (0370) 224 3124/227 0072EatNaga cuisine includes a lot of meat, often smoked and frequently doused with chillies, more so at festival times. Pork dishes are the Ao specialities. Fermented bamboo shoot is also used extensively to flavour dishes. Everything may look delicious but it is prudent to ask what you are being served. Check out the local rice beers as well.ShopNaga handwoven shawls and fabrics are well-known throughout the country, each tribe having its own colours and designs. Ao shawls are black and red and are available at the Nagaland Emporium in Mokokchung. You should also find them at Chuchuyimlang for the Moatsu festivities. Handicrafts of wood and stone, the specialities of the region, can also be found at these places.SeeUngma, 3 km from Mokokchung town, is the oldest and largest of the Ao villages and is the second largest village in Nagaland. Considered the mother village of the tribe, it is said that the village was founded by the entire Ao tribe when it moved from its ancestral home, Chungliyimti.About 18 km from Mokokchung, Longkhum is another of the oldest Ao villages. In head-hunting days, its strategic location made it the first line of defence against marauding tribes. Mopungchuket, 19 km from Mokokchung town, prides itself on being the best kept village in Nagaland. The people are friendly and welcome a chat.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

In the news today April 11

first_imgSix stories in the news for Wednesday, April 11———MILITARY SHAVES RESTRICTIONS ON PONYTAILSThe Canadian military isn’t letting its hair down just yet, but for the first time, women in uniform will be allowed to wear ponytails. The move, which also makes nylon stockings optional when in a skirt and permits flat shoes instead of pumps or oxfords, is the latest effort to modernize the Canadian Armed Forces after the recent easing of restrictions on beards, boots and off-duty marijuana use. It also comes amid a concerted effort by senior commanders to increase the number of women in the military, which has so far moved slower than some had hoped. Chief Warrant Officer Alain Guimond, the military’s top non-commissioned officer, says the military is trying to better reflect the Canadians they serve while welcoming new members into the ranks.———TRUDEAU DEFENDS CHANGES TO ASYLUM LAWSConservative Leader Andrew Scheer sidestepped questions about the changes to refugee eligibility proposed by the Liberals, focusing instead on his own party’s belief in an immigration system that is “fair, orderly and compassionate.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending controversial changes to asylum laws included in an omnibus budget bill tabled this week. He says his government wants to ensure Canada’s refugee system is fair for everyone. Scheer blames Canada’s border woes on Trudeau, based on a tweet he issued in 2017 in which he welcomed refugees to Canada.———SCHOOL SHOOTER TO APPEAL FOR YOUTH SENTENCEA lawyer for a young man who shot and killed four people and injured seven others in northern Saskatchewan is to argue in court today that the offender should serve his sentence as a youth. The shooter was weeks shy of turning 18 when he killed two brothers at their home and then a teacher and a teacher’s aide at the La Loche high school in 2016. He was sentenced as an adult last year to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years after pleading guilty to first-degree murder, second-degree murder and attempted murder. Defence lawyer Aaron Fox plans to ask the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal to sentence the shooter as a youth or order a new hearing.———FIRST MODIFIED SALMON TO HIT CANADIAN STORESGenetically modified salmon raised in Prince Edward Island are poised for the leap to grocery shelves. This is a Canadian first but has left traditional producers concerned about setting their farmed fish apart. Environment Canada recently gave notice it has approved U.S.-based AquaBounty to grow the salmon at its site about 74 kilometres east of Charlottetown. AquaBounty says it would begin stocking its Rollo Bay facility “as soon as possible,” with the first harvest of AquAdvantage salmon estimated late next year. Sylvain Charlebois, director of the agrifood analytics unit at Dalhousie University, says it’s likely AquaBounty “production will be ramped up in Canada.”———DEADLY RABBIT DISEASE RETURNS TO VANCOUVER ISLANDBritish Columbia’s chief veterinary officer is urging anyone who sees a dead rabbit or notices rabbit colony populations declining to report them to conservation officers so officials can monitor the potential spread of a deadly virus. Jane Pritchard says four rabbits in the Parksville area tested positive for calicivirus, which is highly contagious and causes rabbit hemorrhagic disease. The virus can kill rabbits in 36 hours but does not affect any other animals or humans. It was first identified in the province last year and killed hundreds of rabbits across much of Vancouver Island and in Delta near Vancouver.———RETIRING CALECHE HORSES TO BE FOUND NEW HOMESThe City of Montreal is planning to save the famed carriage horses from the glue factory. The city announced yesterday it will offer to buy the animals for one thousand dollars each and give them to the SPCA, which will work with a refuge to find them new homes. The carriages, called caleches, will be taken off the roads by the end of the year. A council member noted a lot of the owners started to talk about how they would send their animals to a slaughterhouse and different things.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Taiya Alice Hudy to appear in court charged with second-degree murder in the disappearance of Colin Robert Focht. The 25-year-old man was last seen Aug. 21, 2018, and human remains thought to be his were found outside Yorkton, Sask., April 4.— The Commons defence committee hears from Lt. Gen. Paul Wynnyk, vice-chief of the defence staff, appears alongside two senior military officials for a study on diversity within the Canadian Armed Forces.— The House of Commons justice committee meets to discuss a request to study breaches of confidentiality in respect of the Supreme Court appointment process.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Michigan State And The Biggest NCAA Tournament Upsets Ever

1993(13) Southern1555(4) Georgia Tech19188.8 1993(15) Santa Clara1605(2) Arizona20196.0 2012(15) Norfolk State1443(2) Missouri20281.6% YEARWINNERELOUPSET VICTIMELOUPSET PROBABILITY 1999(14) Weber State1601(3) North Carolina19969.0 2014(14) Mercer1652(3) Duke19678.5 1987(14) Austin Peay1592(3) Illinois20226.1 Unsurprisingly, the list is dominated by 15-seeds that beat 2-seeds. Six of the eight all-time 15-2 upsets make the list, leaving out Richmond over Syracuse in 1991 and Lehigh over Duke in 2012, which Elo doesn’t consider to have been especially unlikely.3This is partly because Elo accounts for geography; the Richmond-Syrcause game was played just 100 miles from Richmond’s campus in College Park, Maryland, for example. In addition to Norfolk State’s win over Missouri, Coppin State’s win over South Carolina in 1997 also rates as having been slightly more unlikely than the Michigan State result, although only barely so. Florida Gulf Coast’s win over Georgetown in 2013 and Santa Clara’s over Arizona in 1993 are in the same vicinity.But Michigan State was the highest-rated team on the list according to Elo. Not even Tom Izzo is immune from March Madness.CORRECTION (March 20, 12:10 p.m.): A previous version of this article gave the incorrect number of upsets by a No. 12 seed of a No. 5 seed listed in the table. The table lists six such upsets, not seven.[Check out FiveThirtyEight’s 2016 March Madness Predictions. 1995(14) Old Dominion1646(3) Villanova20217.0 1997(14) Chattanooga1593(3) Georgia19249.6 2001(15) Hampton1514(2) Iowa State18886.7 2013(15) FGCU1615(2) Georgetown19905.6 Having grown up a few minutes from the Michigan State campus, I’m a little bit upset about today’s upset. After two decades of Michigan State coach Tom Izzo’s amazing record in post-season play, we Spartan fans had grown to assume this was the sort of thing that only happens to Duke.But No. 2-seeded Michigan State lost to No. 15 Middle Tennessee State in St. Louis in one of the most memorable upsets ever in the NCAA Tournament. Unlike several of the purported “upsets” earlier in the first round, where the worse-seeded team was actually the favorite, this one was a real shock. In fact, our March Madness predictions had given Michigan State a 95 percent chance to win, while Vegas had the Spartans as 16.5-point favorites.So here’s a question I’m almost too embarrassed to ask: Was this the biggest NCAA tourney upset of all-time? The answer is that it isn’t quite, although Michigan State is possibly the best team to have lost its opening game.According to our Elo ratings, the biggest upset since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985 was Norfolk State over Missouri in 2012; Elo would have given Norfolk State just a 1.6 percent chance to win.1The FiveThirtyEight forecast model at the time, based on other computer rating systems, had similarly long odds: a 2.8 percent chance for Norfolk State. It isn’t that Missouri was all that great, but Norfolk State looked like an especially easy mark, having barely outscored its opponents during the regular season against one of the weakest schedules in the country.Middle Tennessee, by contrast, can play a little bit. They beat a major conference team, Auburn, during the regular season, and came within 6 points of VCU. No, they aren’t the 1967 UCLA Bruins, but Elo would have seeded Middle Tennessee as a 14 instead of a 15. A big part of that was their .386 shooting percentage from 3-point range entering the game; that translated into 11 for 19 from behind the arc this afternoon.However, Michigan State looked like a very strong 2-seed. Elo had the Spartans as the second-best team in the country, after Kansas, and Las Vegas betting lines had given Michigan State the second-best chance of winning the tournament. Thus, Middle Tennessee’s pregame win probability was just 5.5 percent according to Elo.2Note that our forecast model for this year combines Elo with other rating systems, but I’m using Elo alone for these historical comparisons since we have data on it going back all the way to 1985. In this case it doesn’t matter, however; Middle Tennessee’s upset probability was about 5 percent according to both Elo and our model. Here’s the complete list of the biggest upsets: 2005(14) Bucknell1585(3) Kansas19416.7 2005(13) Vermont1650(4) Syracuse19999.4 2016(15) Middle Tenn.1638(2) Michigan St.20785.5 2015(14) UAB1602(3) Iowa State19599.1 2013(14) Harvard1671(3) New Mexico19589.8 The biggest upsets in the men’s NCAA Tournament, since 1985 1997(15) Coppin State1513(2) South Carolina19635.4 read more

Disabilities Act to bring equal opportunities in The Bahamas touts Minister

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 9, 2017 – Nassau – No one is to be left behind or left out of a progressive, prosperous Bahamas and that includes the disabled among us.   The lack of opportunities in education, employment, accessible public transportation, better access to proper healthcare and buildings and other services generally are not escaping the attentions of those who can bring about the changes needed to make life equally as convenient for those with disabilities as it is for residents without them.Minister for Social Services and Urban Development, Lanisha Rolle in addressing those gathered at the Harry C Moore Library Auditorium at the University of The Bahamas in Nassau said it is the duty of Government to ensure equality.   An inaugural conference, sponsored by UB in conjunction with the Ministry was aimed at drumming up support for and touting the country’s seriousness about ensuring there are equal rights for the disabled in The Bahamas.“The Disability Act is to achieve the equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities and to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disabilities.   The landmark Persons with Disabilities Act ensures dignity and protects the rights of persons with disabilities to fully participate in every aspect of society on an equal basis with others.”The Minister called the conference a gesture at a renewed sense of cooperation and collaboration between government and important stakeholders.#MagneticMediaNews#TheDisabilityAct Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TheDisabilityActlast_img read more

Acerbi Lazio cant underestimate AC Milan

first_imgLazio defender Francesco Acerbi warned his teammates to not let their guard down against an injury-hit AC Milan sideManager Gennaro Gattuso will be without at least nine members of his squad ahead of Sunday’s Serie A showdown with Lazio.Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli and star striker Gonzalo Higuain are among the absentees for what could be a potentially crucial game for Milan.But Acerbi will not be taking them lightly with Milan just a point behind fourth-place Lazio in the Serie A table.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I’ve already talked about it with [Gigio] Donnarumma,” said Acerbi, according to Football-Italia.“The Rossoneri have some important players out with injury, but they still have great quality and they’ll definitely come to Rome to win.“We can’t underestimate Milan, or we risk looking bad.”Sunday’s game will take place at the Stadio Olimpico with kick-off to begin at 18:00 (CET).last_img read more

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