first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. – Hours-long wait times at California Department of Motor Vehicles offices in recent months have been unacceptable, the agency’s leader told lawmakers at a Tuesday hearing in response to public outcry over the delays.DMV Director Jean Shiomoto told lawmakers wait times spiked several months ago as Californians update their licenses to meet new federal security standards known as Real ID.The agency underestimated how long it would take to explain the new requirements to customers and ensure they have necessary documents, Shiomoto said.Shiomoto asked lawmakers Tuesday for additional money to hire more employees, possibly as much as $26 million on top of the millions in additional funding the agency has already been granted.When Assemblyman Phil Ting visited a San Francisco DMV office in his district last month, he said the line snaking around the block looked more like a queue for rock concert tickets than for people trying to renew their licenses.“I was shocked,” the Democrat told The Associated Press. “What we’ve been hearing are horrific wait times of six or seven hours. That’s unacceptable.”Lawmakers have given the department millions of dollars in additional funding to accommodate higher demand as Californians update their licenses to comply with the federally mandated security upgrades.The federal law was enacted in 2005 in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and requires new ID cards to carry special markings.After Oct. 1, 2020, airport security checkpoints won’t accept non-compliant cards. Californians must apply for new cards in person at DMV offices.The department has already hired hundreds of additional employees to handle increased demand. The agency is also encouraging people to complete some paperwork before arriving in person and is piloting text message alerts for waiting customers.Assemblyman Phillip Chen is requesting an audit of the department and how it is handling the Real ID changes. The top complaint he’s heard from his constituents recently is about the long wait times at DMV offices.“We want to make sure we’re not putting money into a broken system,” the Diamond Bar Republican said.The Joint Legislative Audit Committee will weigh Chen’s audit request Wednesday.To ease the long wait times, the DMV is staffing 60 offices on Saturdays and extending morning hours at 14 offices.“We want to do better and we will do better,” Shiomoto said. “Our customers deserve it.”last_img read more

Hamilton police have arrested a 24-year-old man after police seized crystal meth, cash, and drug paraphernalia on Sunday.Shortly before 1 a.m., officers spotted a cyclist violating the Ontario Highway Traffic Act near Barton St. East and Ottawa St. North.Police say the man riding the bike tried to “obstruct the officer” and was subsequently arrested. Investigators seized 15 grams of crystal meth, several cell phones, some cash and various drug paraphernalia to support drug trafficking.Joshua Forbes, no fixed address, has been charged with possession controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime and fail to comply probation.

A co-working space for women that’s drawn the ardour of thousands of Instagrammers is set to expand to Canada.The Wing, a New York-based networking and social club, said this week that Toronto is among the six new locations joining its burgeoning pastel-hued chain.The female-focused company is part of a wave of modern sororities geared to female entrepreneurs, merging a fierce can-do motto with feminist ideals tailor-made for a generation of self-starters.It joins several other Canadian ventures that similarly put career women in their sightlines, including Toronto’s exclusive Verity Club and its luxury spa, the co-working and wellness space Shecosystem with its yoga classes and Madonna dance parties, and the pretty and perky penthouse space Make Lemonade. Other spaces include Montreal’s LORI hub, which stands for Ladies of Real Influence.There is quite a male-dominated culture in a lot of these spaces and that presence is quite overpowering “It’s important to have the space where we all feel comfortable and that this is ours, that we have ownership as well,” Rachel Kelly, Make Lemonade’s founder and owner, says of her inspiration.“If you start exploring a couple of the co-working spaces you’ll notice there is quite a male-dominated culture in a lot of these spaces and that presence is quite overpowering,” she adds.“Just the overall vibe — the bro vibe — is a big thing.”The Wing’s promotional material includes the taglines: “A home base for women on their way,” “Your throne away from home” and “Say goodbye to the old boys’ club.”It was founded by PR exec Audrey Gelman and business partner Lauren Kassan, and was inspired by the women’s social clubs of the early 20th century.It launched in Manhattan’s Flatiron district in October 2016, expanding to SoHo a year later. Then came a third spot, in Brooklyn, in February, and a fourth heads to D.C. this spring.All locations are created by an all-female design and architecture team and feature a menu of food, wine and cocktails created by female chefs, sommeliers and mixologists. There are also showers and lactation rooms.The Wing says its first Canadian outpost is slated to open in early 2019, the address yet to be determined.Other new locations include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Williamsburg and London.There certainly appears to be demand in Canada for such a venture.Professional networking opportunities devolve into social pitches. (Men were) usually asking, ‘What are your plans today?’ or, ‘What are you doing after work?’ versus ‘What do you do for work? Twenty-two-year-old entrepreneur Kim Kirton says she joined Make Lemonade after souring on more traditional co-working spaces.“Sometimes I would feel uncomfortable just working, just the way people would kind of look at me,” says Kirton, who too often found professional networking opportunities devolve into social pitches.“(Men were) just coming up and usually asking, ‘Oh, what are your plans today?’ or, ‘What are you doing after work?’ versus ‘Oh, what do you do for work?”‘Kirton doesn’t suggest she’s experienced any misconduct, stressing that her concerns were primarily focused on finding the best place to run her online wardrobe business, UnCo.“I have a startup here in the city and I’m trying to be like every other entrepreneur and trying to grow my business.”Although none of the members are men, Rachel Kelly says they’re certainly welcome to join Make Lemonade, as long as they adhere to an “inclusivity mandate” that bans “sexist, racist, xenophobic, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, classist or otherwise discriminatory language.”Since launching last September, Kelly says she’s drawn 80 members in various fields including editing, food, publishing, law, fashion and tech. In addition to workspaces, she offers mentoring, workshops and mixers.But some question whether women-targeted initiatives are the answer.Sarah Kaplan, director of the Institute for Gender + the Economy at the University of Toronto, worries they push women to the sidelines, instead of levelling the playing field.“I’m not a big fan, personally, of cloistered solutions,” she says.“I’m sure it will satisfy the needs of some people who feel like it’s just a more pleasant or safer or more conducive (place) to do the kind of work that they want to do. But is this a huge market opportunity because women are so different from men? No. It’s just because the world of work is so gendered masculine that I think the only solution people can come up with is to cloister and I don’t think that’s the right solution.“I think we have to change the world of work. But that’s a bigger project.”‘We don’t see any limit to demand’: Co-working giant WeWork eyes 20 more locations in TorontoFive ways co-working spaces can work for regular companies, not just startupsArtisans share space to cut startup and running costsInitiatives such as implicit-bias training and diversity workshops clearly have not fixed organizational culture, Kaplan adds.“You have to actually change your processes and practices, you have to change how you think about the work, not just for women but also for men,” she says, seeing the need for men to participate equally at home.She also says corporate and full-time positions must be more accommodating to workers — often women — who need greater flexibility because of family obligations. Many have left the workforce or opted for “Plan B” ventures that have given rise to spaces like The Wing.“They still want to make money and they still want to participate in the economy but they can’t,” says Kaplan, bemoaning a lack of supports such as onsite daycare and lactation rooms.As a young woman, Kirton suggests self-esteem can hold back women, too, admitting, “Outside of certain spaces I definitely feel my self-doubt a lot bigger.”“Men sometimes are a little bit more vocal in their capabilities … or have a high level of confidence. Whereas women, not so much, so I can see why it could be intimidating.”Kaplan doesn’t see the same issues, pointing instead to “a world that isn’t going to fund you.”“Women are plenty confident, it’s just that they’re beaten down,” she says.“We’ve moved beyond mentoring, we know that that’s just giving free advice. What you really need is sponsorship, you need people who are going to stick their neck out, who are going to put their money where their mouth is.” read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Alberta Premier Alison Redford says she senses a shift in discussions with some U.S. government officials about the proposed Keystone XL oilsands pipeline.After her fifth trip to Washington, D.C., Tuesday to lobby for the project, Redford says some people there are starting to appreciate that shipping bitumen by rail generates more greenhouse gases than shipping it by pipeline.Redford says she met with U.S. State department officials as well as members of Congress and the Senate and the talks went very well.She says she continued to promote Alberta’s environmental record, including carbon capture and storage projects and new land use policies.Some Americans say the Keystone XL pipeline would reduce U.S. reliance on crude imports from unfriendly countries and create jobs, but others argue the environmental risks are too high.TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) filed its Keystone XL proposal more than five years ago and expects a decision will be made soon.“I actually feel that the discussion that I have been able to have with people, some of whom I have met before who are following this closely and some who I have met for the first time, leads me to believe that people are really fully seized with these issues, have understood the discussion that we have been trying to have out of Alberta and that it is going very well,” she said Tuesday.The US$5.4-billion Keystone project would ship bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.Redford suggested she was encouraged by the discussions in the U.S. capital about shipping crude derived from the oilsands by pipeline versus by rail.“A lot of that product is being transported by rail at the moment, and that is something that is receiving quite a bit of attention in the United States, partly because we know that transportation by rail leads to higher greenhouse gas emissions than a pipeline would,” Redford said.Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty talked about oil pipelines, including Keystone XL, in front of a business crowd in Edmonton Tuesday.“I was in Texas the other week and I can tell you the support for the Keystone pipeline is huge,” he said.“I am hopeful that the sensible course will be followed.”Flaherty touted the three options for shipping oil to port through Canada as well — west through the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, north to the port of Churchill, Man., by rail and east to New Brunswick by pipeline.“I think we should do them all, personally. This is the future of the country — it’s long term. I think we should move on all fronts.” he said. “We need to do something.” Alberta’s premier says Washington trip to promote Keystone pipeline went well by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 12, 2013 6:23 pm MDT read more

State attorney general tells DraftKings and FanDuel to stop operating in New York AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Nov 10, 2015 5:16 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – New York’s attorney general on Tuesday ordered the daily fantasy sports companies DraftKings and FanDuel to stop accepting bets in the state, saying their operations amount to illegal gambling.In a pair of letters sent to the companies, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that after a one-month investigation, his office had concluded that the daily contests promoted like a lottery are essentially games of chance, not skill.He drew a sharp distinction between the operations of daily fantasy sports sites and traditional fantasy leagues, which he said remained legal.Schneiderman said the daily contests are “neither harmless nor victimless” and carry the same social and economic costs of other forms of gambling. In a separate statement, he accused the companies of being “leaders of a massive, multibillion-dollar scheme intended to evade the law and fleece sports fans across the country.”New York-based FanDuel insisted in a statement that its games are legal.“This is a politician telling hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers they are not allowed to play a game they love and share with friends, family, co-workers and players across the country,” it said. “The game has been played — legally — in New York for years and years, but after the attorney general realized he could now get himself some press coverage, he decided a game that has been around for a long, long time is suddenly now not legal.”Boston-based DraftKings said in a statement that it was disappointed in Schneiderman’s action, “particularly since he did not take any time to understand our business or why daily fantasy sports are clearly a game of skill.” It said the company would “vigorously pursue all legal options available to ensure our over half a million customers in New York state can continue to play the fantasy sports games they love.”Daily fantasy sports have become increasingly popular, with DraftKings and FanDuel blanketing the Internet and TV ahead of and during the 2015 NFL season with ads promising casual fans the opportunity to win big money playing in tournaments against other sports buffs who meticulously track player statistics.The sites have come under increased scrutiny since it was revealed last month that a midlevel DraftKings employee playing fantasy football beat more than 200,000 other players, winning $350,000 on rival FanDuel. The case raised questions about insider trading after game data not publicly accessible was inadvertently posted online.The companies have said their employees didn’t appear to violate industry rules but launched internal probes and barred their workers from playing on rival websites.News of that episode prompted Schneiderman to ask the companies to turn over information.Nevada regulators ordered the sites to shut down on Oct. 15, ruling that they couldn’t operate in the state without a gambling license. read more

In a ceremony presided over by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka was sworn in as the second Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women). Her predecessor, Michelle Bachelet, a former president of Chile, stepped down earlier this year.The appointment of Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka, former Deputy President of South Africa, was announced by the Mr. Ban on 10 July 2013. Mr. Ban said that Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka brings to her new position a wealth of experience in advocating for women’s issues “with a combination of strategic leadership, consensus building and hands-on management experience.”Among her prior appointments, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka was the first woman to hold the position of Deputy President of South Africa from 2005 to 2008.UN Women was established in July 2010 by a unanimous vote of the General Assembly to oversee all of the world body’s programmes aimed at promoting women’s rights. It is tasked with helping Member States implement standards, providing technical and financial support to countries which request it, and forging partnerships with civil society. read more

“The country is already a gigantic, devastated graveyard,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said in a statement issued by his office. “The number of war crimes already committed surpasses the worst nightmares. But it is in the power of both attacking and defending forces – and their foreign backers – to minimize further civilian casualties and avoid further crimes and atrocities. They must do so.”He added that even if the forces “have become so brutalized they do not care about the innocent women, children and men’s whose lives are in their hands, they should bear in mind that one day there will be a reckoning for all these crimes.” While exact figures are extremely hard to establish, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said that there are at least 150,000 civilians who are now effectively totally trapped in the opposition-held part of Aleppo. “We are deeply worried about what will happen to them as the fighting closes in and intensifies, while their already minimal supplies of food, water and medicine run out,” Mr. Zeid said.Meanwhile, as Government forces and their allies advance on the opposition-held eastern part of the city, armed opposition groups have escalated shelling in Government-held areas of Aleppo.“Advancing forces recently captured several areas in southern and western parts of Darayya, squeezing the remaining 8,000 civilians into an even narrower space of around one square kilometre of devastated urban ruins,” the High Commissioner said of an area in Western Ghouta, close to Damascus. Darayya has been under siege by Government forces and their allies since 2012. In addition, the situation in Manbij, in eastern rural area of Aleppo Governorate, is believed to be deteriorating dramatically due to fighting between ISIL and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), with near-daily air and ground strikes since June. Approximately 70,000 civilians are trapped in the city, according to UN figures. Mr. Zeid added that his Office (OHCHR) had received reports of a number of civilians, including women and children being killed and injured by airstrikes and ground strikes, as well as by landmines laid by ISIL. “Civilians have also reportedly been killed if they leave their homes or attempt to flee,” Mr. Zeid said. “Families are unable to access local cemeteries to bury their relatives who have died or been killed, and are burying them in their gardens or keeping the corpses in bunkers. The town has no electricity or water at present, and no medical facilities are known to be operating. As the SDF closes in on the city, ISIL has not permitted civilians to leave the area.” read more

Kerri Ann Podwinski has been on her own since she was 14. Barely a teenager, she moved out and started taking care of herself.Between making ends meet and her high school classes, something had to give. Her grades suffered.“I had no influential adults in my life,” she said, adding she was alone and dealing with mental health issues including anxiety and depression.Podwinski never believed university was within her reach.That changed when she attended the Second Chance program at Beamsville District Secondary School. Her teacher, Jon Bald, encouraged her to apply herself. He told her she was smart. That she could succeed.She believed him.“I worked three jobs saving money for university,” she recalled.Kerri Ann PodwinskiPodwinski went to night classes and completed some online courses to get the grades she needed to attend Brock University.Friday, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and earned the undergraduate Board of Trustees Spirit of Brock award.During her time at Brock, Podwinski logged a whopping 2,500 hours of volunteer service at the University and in the community.“I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today without all that volunteer experience. I’ve really grown as a person,” she said. “Brock offers a lot of opportunity for extracurricular involvement.”She spent five years volunteering with the Power Cord program at the Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-Being and said the inspirational and motivated people she met there solidified her commitment to working in health care.Mario De Divitiis, middle, presented the Board of Trustees Spirit of Brock awards to Kerri Ann Podwinski and Joshua Bowslaugh at Friday’s Faculty of Applied Health Sciences afternoon convocation ceremony.She also volunteered with MedPlus, Southridge Shelter, Youth Net Niagara, Niagara Health System and the Migrant Worker Health Interest Group.Joshua Bowslaugh was the recipient of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences graduate student Spirit of Brock award Friday.He completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Brock and was an outstanding student who was heavily involved in non-academic activities.Bowslaugh worked at Smart Start, as a teaching assistant and tutor in the Department of Kinesiology and as a volunteer in the SeniorFit program.Dean’s medals were awarded to Cameron Giles and Laura Wiens.Delivering the convocation address Friday morning was Department of Kinesiology associate professor Jae Patterson, the recipient of Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award.Professor Jae Patterson gave the convocation address to Faculty of Applied Health Sciences graduates after receiving the Excellence in Teaching Award Friday.He told the students about the importance of always challenging themselves.“Sometimes challenges are uncomfortable and sometimes it doesn’t make you the most popular person in the room, but there’s are a lot of benefits,” Patterson said. “If you look at the experts, the only way for them to get better and maintain their expertise, is for them to put themselves in challenging situations. Not only do you learn in challenge, you maintain your expertise in challenge.”The afternoon speaker was professor of Epidemiology Martin Tammemägi, an internationally recognized expert in the field of cancer screening.The convocation was President and Vice-Chancellor Jack Lightstone’s last before he leaves office at the end of the month. The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences ceremonies from Friday can be watched in full below:MORNING read more

Every year since his first presidential campaign, Barack Obama has shared his NCAA men’s college basketball tournament bracket with the public, and, for the last five years, predictions for the women’s tournament, too. As he’s chosen teams, many of them from swing states, he’s resisted the urge to play politics with his picks.Obama’s main bracket criterion: the number next to a team’s name. The lower a team’s seed, the more likely he is to overestimate its chances. The president has predicted a far smaller number of round-of-64 upsets than the tournaments have produced, and in the last seven tournaments he’s forecast just one men’s team with a seed below 9 to win more than one game.He also has a soft spot for certain states. The president loves teams from Connecticut, a reliably blue state, and Kentucky, a reliably red one.1Schools from those states get a bump of about 0.7 wins per year in his brackets, compared to the expected performance of their seed numbers. The effect is statistically significant (p<0.05). But that may just be a reflection of Obama’s preference for highly seeded teams: After controlling for seed, no state had a statistically significant effect on the president’s picks. He’s been pretty neutral on states where he’s lived, studied or had family ties, including Illinois, California, Kansas, Massachusetts and New York. (Hawaii hasn’t had a tournament team in the years of Obama’s brackets.)Other public figures have picked brackets, but Obama, a big basketball fan, is unusual in having entered so many of his bracket predictions into the public record2He usually has unveiled them on ESPN broadcasts. — enough to create a sample size bigger than some of the polls used to forecast his election and re-election, and to search for patterns in his picks.To assess Obama’s brackets, I compiled the number of wins he predicted for each tournament team in each season,3There are two groups of exceptions to this list.First, neither ESPN nor the White House was able to supply a copy of Obama’s 2010 women’s bracket, and the link from a blog post about it points to a different bracket. I gathered as much information as I could from press accounts of his Final Four picks that year, plus whatever I could glean from this video clip of his ESPN interview, and excluded from all analyses the 21 women’s teams in the 2010 tournament for which I couldn’t figure out the president’s prediction.Second, I excluded from the analysis any teams that hadn’t yet lost in this year’s tournaments, since we don’t know their final win totals.Here are links to Obama’s 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 men’s brackets, and to his 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 women’s brackets. and compared that number to two benchmarks: How did his picks compare to what might be considered typical picks, and how did they compare to how teams actually performed?The first benchmark was the average number of games that teams with the same seed had won for each tournament, over a period from the first year the tournament expanded to 64 teams41985 for men, 1994 for women. through the year before he picked the bracket.5That calculation was based on data provided by ESPN Stats & Information. I counted only wins from the round of 64 on, since the brackets Obama entered didn’t require entrants to predict play-in games. I assigned each play-in team half its seed’s expected wins, since only half the play-in teams advance to the round of 64.Obama, incidentally, has never picked the play-in winners to win their next game (a questionable strategy), and generally hasn’t picked the outcome of the play-in games, either, though he did write on his 2009 bracket — incorrectly, as it turned out — that Alabama State would beat Morehead State and enter the round of 64 as a No. 16 seed.This measure models the sort of information used by a typical tournament forecaster (or as typical as one in the White House can be): How well have teams of that seed done before?The second benchmark for Obama’s picks was the one used to score brackets for accuracy: how many games the teams won. This is both less and more fair than the first benchmark — less fair because he couldn’t have known how the teams would do when he submitted his picks, and more fair because it credits him for insights beyond the seed numbers.After subtracting either number — expected wins or actual wins — from Obama’s predicted win total for each team, we’re left with two possible measures for his lean toward or away from that team. When Obama picked Louisville to make the final last year as a top seed, the first measure scored that as a big pro-Louisville preference, since the average No. 1 seed from 1985 to 2012 averaged 3.375 wins. But the second measure detected a presidential slant against Louisville, since the Cardinals won the title. Conversely, Obama looks like a Washington, D.C., outsider based on his picks for the capital’s teams: He expected fewer wins for them than their seeds would have suggested. But his picks proved optimistic when the teams underperformed their seeds by a big margin.I now had a set of over 700 teams, each one with two scores indicating whether Obama was hard or easy on each team. I then looked up each team’s home state and ran a series of linear regressions to find whether politics could be driving the president’s picks.My first test: Was Obama backing the states that were most supportive of him, or — for his first bracket — the prior Democratic presidential candidate, John Kerry in 2004? Or, instead, was he throwing some love to the states that were most supportive of Republican candidates, hoping to sway their hoops-mad voters into his camp?Neither, best I can tell. For each year, I took the most recent presidential election data6Election data from Since March precedes November, for Obama’s 2008 tournament picks, the most recent election was 2004; for 2012, it was 2008. and subtracted the percentage of votes going to the Republican from the percentage received by the Democrat, then normalized the results.7For each election year’s data, I subtracted from each state’s figure the average of every state’s figure. This data normalization put all states for each election year on the same playing field: how far they leaned Democratic or Republican relative to the average state in that year. I then ran two regressions against this score, one for each of my scores of Obama’s picks. And I found no relationship whatsoever.The story repeats for other political indicators that might have steered his picks: whether states were swing states,8I defined swing states as those with a gap of less than 5 percentage points in the previous presidential election between the vote shares of the Democratic and Republican candidates. and the probability that a single voter in that state — perhaps a fan of a team Obama could pick for the Final Four — could swing the presidential election.9Based on work by Columbia University statistician Andrew Gelman and FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver, using Silver’s 2008 presidential-election forecasts; Gelman provided me with a table of probabilities by state. For each possible factor, I ran the same pair of linear regressions.10Technically, I ran two pairs of linear regressions for the probability of one voter swinging the election: One using the raw probability, and one the logarithm of the probability, since the probabilities were minuscule and varied by orders of magnitude. And each time I found no clear relationship.11Six out of the eight coefficients were positive, which would suggest Obama was favoring Democratic states or electorally vital states, but none of the results was statistically significant.There was one highly statistically significant relationship: between Obama’s picks and a team’s seed number. For each improvement in seed of one — say, from 5 to 4 — Obama was likely to give the team a bump of about 3 percent of a win relative to its seed’s expected wins, and about 4 percent of a win more than the team actually won.12Seed was highly significant: p<10^-6. After controlling for seed, all the political factors still produced insignificant effects and half their coefficients were negative, suggesting any hint of a lean by Obama was more a product of seed number. And for each regression, p>0.4.Here’s another way of saying that: President Obama backs favorites to win even more than they have historically. And he’s remained consistently risk-averse, ranging from three to six upset picks in the round of 64 in his seven men’s tournament brackets. He’s never picked a team seeded below 13 to win a game, though six have over those years.13It’s probably imprudent to pick too many early upsets by big underdogs since their opponents are favorites not only to win but to go on to advance far in the tournament. But many fans do pick at least one. The millions of entrants to’s bracket challenge this year and last averaged about one pick per three brackets of a 14, 15 or 16 seed to reach the round of 32.Obama predicted wins for 32 teams seeded 10 and below, from the round of 64 on, for the seven men’s tournaments from 2008 to 2014.14 I didn’t count wins by 9 seeds over 8 seeds as upsets since those teams are so closely seeded. Yet 50 percent more teams have won at least one game. He was especially downbeat about the chances of teams seeded 12 or lower, predicting just eight wins for the group. Some 29 teams seeded that low have combined to win 38 games.Obama’s caution intensifies as he moves through the men’s bracket to later rounds. He’s picked just one team seeded 7 or worse to make the Sweet Sixteen in seven years of men’s bracket-picking.15North Carolina State, in 2012. Obama was right. Yet 27 teams with seeds that low made a Sweet Sixteen since 2008 — including two teams, Connecticut and Kentucky, that qualified for the Final Four on Sunday. Conversely, though nine No. 2 seeds have lost before the Sweet Sixteen, Obama has picked every one to make it that far.16He evidently considered choosing Clemson to upset No. 2 Oklahoma in 2009’s round of 32 but crossed out that pick and went with the chalk — correctly, as it turned out. Obama has backed no Elite Eight teams with seeds worse than 5, yet nine such teams have made it that far. And he’s picked no national semifinalist seeded worse than 4, yet seven Final Four teams have fit that category.When Obama has predicted a men’s upset, he has guessed well. By chance alone, you’d expect that 14 of the teams he picked seeded 10 or below to pull off at least one upset of a higher-seeded team would have done so.17That calculation is based on the actual rates of upsets for each seed number, and how many upsets he predicted. Yet 18 got at least one win — including all five of the 12 seeds he backed. Obama is on the verge of displaying a statistically significant forecast skill in the men’s brackets.180.1>P>0.05.In the women’s tournament, where favorites tend to dominate, Obama’s caution has been merited. He’s picked 12 teams seeded 10 or worse to pull off first-round upsets since 2011,19I excluded the incomplete 2010 Obama women’s bracket from this analysis, in case his picks for the omitted teams deviated sharply from his picks that we know. and 13 have. He’s shown no particular ability to identify upset victims, forecasting three correctly compared to an expected total of 2.4.Obama also seems to like certain teams more than others, though with just 12 of his brackets on record, no team has a sample size large enough to draw broader conclusions. His likes, relative to expected and actual performance, include Baylor, Kentucky, Louisville, Marquette, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Ohio State. By contrast, Obama is hard on Arizona, Gonzaga, Oklahoma, San Diego State, Texas and Xavier.20The effect for Baylor, Louisville and North Carolina is statistically significant (p<0.05) for his picks relative to the teams’ seed numbers; he typically gives those teams one more win than their seed suggests. The effect vanishes, though, for those schools when examining how they did relative to Obama’s picks. In other words, their results suggest he was mostly right when picking them to outperform their seed. The effect is also smaller and statistically insignificant after controlling for seeds, since those teams tend to have high seeds. Adding that control reveals that Obama has been hard on Washington State, to a statistically significant degree: Controlling for seed, Obama has under-picked the Cougars by an average of nearly two wins per tournament, relative to their seed. His view on some schools looks different depending on the measure: Obama seems like a Duke-backer based on the Blue Devils’ results, but his picks have been in line with their seed numbers.Separating his preferences for certain schools’ men’s and women’s teams is especially tough because of the sample-size problem. So it’s hard to say whether he likes Cal’s women’s teams but dislikes their male counterparts, or if that’s just a statistical fluke.Asked about the president’s picking strategy, the White House press office referred to his statements to ESPN when unveiling his brackets.21Here are video clips of Obama’s chats with ESPN’s Andy Katz about his 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 brackets. Obama usually talks about specific teams in those broadcasts, rather than a broader strategy. The country’s chief executive has a soft spot for team chiefs, mentioning more coaches than players in recent years. (He has high praise for Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and North Carolina’s Roy Williams; in 2012, he admitted, “I’m just a sucker for the Tar Heels.”) He likes point guards and teams with momentum. Last year, he mentioned his “Big 10 bias.”22Obama does back Big 10 teams beyond their seed to a statistically significant degree, but the effect isn’t significant after controlling for seed, since Big 10 teams usually are highly seeded. Because of all the conference realignment during Obama’s bracket-picking years of 2008 to 2014, I studied only the conference he mentioned liking and counted only Big 10 teams that were in the conference throughout the period. When Obama does mention a player, he is sometimes motivated by where the player comes from rather than where his school is. For example, he said he picked Duke to reach this year’s Elite Eight partly because Blue Devils star Jabari Parker comes from Chicago. And Obama is aware of his tendency to back favorites. He said this year, “I know these are not imaginative picks, but I think they’re the right ones.”It’s hard to argue with the president’s preference for favorites: Picking upsets incorrectly is more damaging than picking upsets correctly is valuable. And lately, it’s working for him. He picked the women’s champion correctly twice in four tries, got one of the surprising men’s Final Four teams right this year — No. 1 seed Florida — and is in the 74th percentile of ESPN’s bracket contest. However, he may regret taking the relatively daring step of backing a No. 4 seed, Michigan State, to win the title. It was his first time picking a men’s or women’s champion that wasn’t a No. 1 seed, and the Spartans’ elimination on Sunday left him without any chance of gaining further points next weekend. In presidential brackets, as in presidential politics, risk-taking sometimes backfires. read more

first_img95,000 70,000 Mine      2009 Forecast   274,000 At $10 silver, $1.75 copper, $0.50 zinc and $0.50 lead, by-product cash costs are expected to trend below $300/oz over the five-year plan, positioning Goldcorp for strong sustained margins and cash flows over the long term. 214,000 245,000 Red Lake  270,000 235,000  YearForecast Gold Production 61,000 2,324,000   290,000  620,000  95,000  12,000 2,300,000   55,000 96,000    2008 Production   In Canada, an emphasis on underground mine development and enhanced underground exploration at Red Lake will result in similar 2009 gold production levels compared to 2008. The completion in 2009 of a major multi-year infrastructure investment will restore shorter-term operational flexibility and provide the platform for longer-term production increases. Opportunities to enhance Red Lake’s core production, including an open pit and redevelopment of the Cochenour mine, will be studied and advanced according to the company’s capital spending program.At Musselwhite, exploration success over the last several years has identified higher grade ore in the PQ Deeps area, which will begin to be reflected in increased gold production and decreased total cash costs in 2009 and beyond.  Engineering work has commenced on underground infrastructure upgrades to support increased ventilation and higher underground mining rates, resulting in expected performance improvement at the mine in future years.Total cash costs at Porcupine mine are also expected to decline as Goldcorp has taken several steps to optimise operations. Stripping of waste rock for the next phase of the Pamour pit has been deferred, and the surface operations will move to mining of ore stockpiles by mid-2009, resulting in lower operating costs during the year.On December 8, 2008, Goldcorp provided a detailed update of its Peñasquito project in Zacatecas state, Mexico.  As reported, the project remains on schedule for mid-year mechanical completion of the sulphide mill (SAG Line 1) and production of initial concentrates in the fourth quarter of 2009, with commencement of commercial production scheduled for January 1, 2010.  Construction of the second SAG line will continue throughout the year.Improved operations at Los Filos are expected to lead to increased gold production in 2009.  A substantial production decrease is forecast at El Sauzal as the mine nears the end of its life.  The priority at El Sauzal over its remaining four-year mine life will focus on maintaining low costs and optimizing operations for eventual mine closure.In Central and South America, another solid year is expected at Marlin in Guatemala.  Improvements in underground mining experienced in 2008 are expected to contribute to continued production strength in 2009.  At the company’s 37.5%-owned Alumbrera mine in Argentina, expected decreases in copper and gold production in 2009 are consistent with a general downward trend in metals production over the mine’s remaining nine-year life. Capital expenditures for 2009 are forecast at approximately $1.4 billion, including $530 million for Peñasquito and $430 million for Pueblo Viejo.  Exploration expenditures in 2009 are expected to amount to approximately $95 million, of which approximately one-third will be expensed, with efforts focused on replacing reserves mined throughout the year.  General and administrative expense is forecast at $74 million for the year. Depreciation, depletion and amortization expense is expected to be approximately $205 per ounce of gold produced, and the company expects an overall effective tax rate of 40% for 2009.Peñasquito remains the primary driver of the company’s 50% gold production growth expected in the next five years, with significant contributions from Red Lake and Pueblo Viejo.  Year-by-year gold production is forecast as follows: Alumbrera (37.5%)  — Porcupine  20,000 El Sauzal  San Dimas  87,000 Marlin  Goldcorp produced a record fourth quarter gold output of 692,000 oz in 2008 and production for the year exceeded 2.3 Moz, meeting previously issued guidance. Its year-end unaudited financial statements are expected to be released on February 19, 2009. The calculation of operating costs for 2008 has not yet been completed, but total cash costs are expected to meet previous 2008 guidance of some $300/oz of gold on a by-product basis.“Goldcorp completed 2008 with production momentum, financial strength and a strong, well-funded growth pipeline in safe jurisdictions,” said Chuck Jeannes, President and Chief Executive Officer.  “Our top priorities in the year ahead are meeting or exceeding operational targets, preserving our strong balance sheet amid a challenging metals price environment and continuing the development of an asset portfolio that is expected to deliver 50% growth in gold production over the next five years. We are particularly focused on start-up of the Peñasquito mill during 2009, as the expected commencement of commercial production at year-end will be the primary driver of our gold production growth in 2010 and beyond.”Goldcorp also provided production and cash cost guidance for the 2009 year.  The company expects to produce approximately 2.3 Moz of gold at a total cash cost of approximately $365/oz on a by-product basis and $400/oz on a co-product basis.  Forecast production increases at most of Goldcorp’s mines are expected to be offset by significant planned declines at Alumbrera and El Sauzal.Strong cash flows, debt-free balance sheet and an undrawn $1.5 billion credit facility will fund key near-term growth projects including start-up of the first sulphide mill circuit at Peñasquito, construction of the large Pueblo Viejo project and completion of the Red Lake underground development program.  Spending at certain longer-term growth projects will be temporarily deferred while these key projects are developed, including shaft construction projects at Éléonore in Quebec and Cochenour at Red Lake.  At Porcupine, plans for an open pit and potential underground operation at Hollinger will also be deferred. Sufficient resources have been allocated to these projects in 2009 to maintain continuity of exploration, engineering and permitting programs, while maintaining the ability to accelerate development when market conditions improve. Assumptions used to forecast total cash costs for 2009 include a by-product silver price of $10/oz; a by-product copper price of $1.75/lb; an oil price of $65/barrel and the Canadian dollar and Mexican peso at $1.20 and $12.50 respectively to the US dollar. The company is currently evaluating opportunities to contain input costs and minimize foreign exchange risk through the hedging of both oil and currencies. Gold production levels on a quarterly basis are expected to be generally consistent throughout 2009.  Mine-by-mine actual 2008 gold production statistics and estimated 2009 gold production are as follows: Marigold (66.7%)  20112.9 million Wharf  241,000 Total   20102.6 Million Peñasquito  165,000 Los Filos  189,000 Musselwhite  20092.3 Million 629,000  San Martin 291,000  160,000 20123.2 Million 20133.5 Million 210,000 last_img read more

first_img Watch every episode of Firefly Funhouse, Top 10 Greatest Kings of the Ring Bray Wyatt Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWEs Bray Wyatt Says Goodbye On Twitter “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt being advertised for Title Match at Hell In A Cell PPV Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Maria Kanellis hospitalized with flu-like symptoms on Tuesday, pregnancy unaffected Facebook Matt Hardy Says John Olivers WWE Claims Are Outdated Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMatt Hardy Says John Olivers WWE Claims Are OutdatedVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next WWE ring announcer JoJo (Joseann Offerman) and WWE star Bray Wyatt (Windham Rotunda) both announced on Instagram Wednesday they are expecting a child.JoJo noted that the baby, a boy named Knash is expected to arrive in June.  She also stated that she and Bray Wyatt will make their returns when the time is right. Mike Rome has been filling in for JoJo as the RAW ring announcer due to her absence from WWE television and and house shows which is now believed due to her pregnancy. Bray Wyatt’s last televised appearance was last August during the Summer Slam go home edition of RAW where he tagged with Matt Hardy. His last appearance with the company was November 24, 2018 at a Starrcade event in Cincinnati, OH. You can check out both JoJo’s and Bray Wyatt’s Instagram posts below: John Oliver WWE’s Bray Wyatt Cited In Car Accident Could Bray Wyatt Return During WrestleMania? Matt Hardy Confirms He Has Not Retired From WWE Now Playing Up Next Twitter Videos Articles Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

first_imgUpdate on the status of DACA Posted: February 16, 2018 February 16, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThis week we expected progress on immigration, instead it looks like lawmakers aren’t making any moves. In the meantime, the courts and federal agents are taking an active role.The US Supreme Court is expected to decide whether or not to intervene in the DACA negotiations controversy.Plus, immigration agents arrested more than 200 people for violating immigration laws. Of the 212 arestees, 195 were either convicted criminals or have been issued a final order of removal and failed to leave the United States.More than 55% of those arrested had prior felony convictions for serious or violent offenses. In a statement from ICE officials, they are focused on “individuals who pose a threat to national security and public safety.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries also breaks down the details of the Senate’s four failed immigration bills. Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgIf you ever wondered what is considered “normal” weather-wise for today and the next several days, this would be about it. The temperatures will be very close to seasonal averages and things will continue on the dry side. If you like highs 75 to 80 degrees or so with a smattering of morning clouds on occasion, then this forecast is for you!No thunderstorms are in the forecast either, so it will be a quiet entry into the weather log for a while — not much to write home about.With only a couple of days left to go to round this month out, we are just about dead on for the average mean temperature in Vancouver. It is 68.4 degrees, just 0.1 degree above average. I bet that will end up right on. In the rainfall department we will end up with less than half of average at .24 of an inch. Of course this is our dry month, so really not much to talk about rain-wise anyway.There are those that are waiting for that first 90 degree day but I certainly do not see that on the seven day forecast. In fact, for the first two weeks of August we may not see anything higher than we are having right now. The marine air conditioning will remain running while the rest of the nation swelters. There is some indication we could see a little moisture next weekend but that may evaporate from the extended forecast by then.Late afternoon temperatures around the Northwest Saturday ranged from the mid-60s along the coastal beaches to 70 degrees in Puget Sound and around 80 degrees in southwest Washington and the Willamette Valley. East of the Cascades, it was in the 80s and the only 90 degree weather I could see was in southeastern Oregon. Enjoy the new week and I will chat with you on Tuesday at months end!Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at read more

first_imgOfficial portrait of United States Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). Photo: Office of United States Senator Rand PaulRepublican presidential candidate Rand Paul spoke in Anchorage and Fairbanks on Tuesday, kicking off a swing through western states for the Kentucky conservative. Paul received an enthusiastic reception.Download AudioThe ballroom of the Westmark hotel was packed to hear what Rand Paul had to say. The senator from Kentucky is one of almost a score of Republicans vying to be their party’s contender for the presidency. Paul sounded traditional conservative themes of smaller government and tax cuts. But he tried to set himself apart from fellow Republicans when it came to government waste. He told the audience, he would hold the Pentagon accountable just as much as civilian bureaucrats.“Can you have $500 hammers and $600 wrenches and say, ‘we’ve got plenty of money?’… I’m all for auditing the Fed and the Pentagon.”Rand Paul also tried to distance himself from his competition in his resistance to foreign wars, particularly in the Middle East, and his objections to the National Security Agency’s combing through private cell phone and internet traffic.Paul drew perhaps the loudest round of applause Tuesday in Fairbanks when he vowed to shut down all Federal funding to Planned Parenthood.“And if you disagree and you say, ‘what about women’s health?’ There are 9,000 community health centers. There are community health centers that have doubled and tripled in size.  And they’re available across America, and they do not do what Planned Parenthood does.”Rand Paul’s stump speeches in Fairbanks and Anchorage follows a trail his father Ron Paul, blazed four years ago in his own search for the White House. How effective the younger Paul’s message is with the party base and independent voters won’t be known until early state nominations in Iowa and New Hampshire play out.last_img read more

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:25Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:23?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Xiaomi might have decided against expanding its Poco-series in India, but Poco F1 is still just as relevant for those who want a value-for-money smartphone without breaking the bank. Poco F1, the sole survivor of the Poco-series, was well-received by consumers and critics alike and it packs decent hardware even while comparing to the phones today.Xiaomi is hosting Poco Days sale on its official store and on Flipkart to offer a steep discount on the Poco F1. If you’ve been keeping your eyes on the Poco smartphone, this might be the ideal time to purchase the phone.Poco F1 comes in three storage configurations and one special edition. The base model with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage hasn’t received any discount during the sale, but it is already selling at its lowest ever price of Rs 17,999. The deal that you should really be looking at is for the higher-end variants.Poco F1 128GB variant is available for Rs 18,999 during the sale, saving buyers Rs 2,000 on the purchase. The 256GB model gets an even better deal, where it is now available for Rs 22,999 instead of Rs 27,999. The top-of-the-line model, Poco F1 Armoured Edition, is also available at its lowest price ever – costing just Rs 23,999 during the sale. Poco Day sale 2019Mi.comPoco Days sale is live since Friday and it ends on Wednesday, July 31. In addition to the flat discounts, customers also get Rs 2,000 additional discount on exchange. There’s a Jio bundle offer giving customers Rs 2,400 instant cashback and up to 6TB Jio 4G data. The offers are also available on Flipkart.Poco F1 is a good value purchase, especially with the discount. For those who crave for more, like the new design and better cameras and performance, Xiaomi offers Redmi K20 Pro as a successor to the Poco F1, even though it doesn’t fall under the same series. The Redmi K20 Pro is priced at Rs 27,999, which makes Poco F1 a suitable buy for those who cannot afford the high price tag. Poco F1 comes with powerful Snapdragon 845 octa-core CPU and a big battery.KVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaTo refresh your memory, the Poco F1 features a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio and a notch to house the front camera and proximity sensor. The handset is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with Adreno 630 GPU. In terms of cameras, there are 12MP and 5MP sensors on the back and a 20MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture take care of your selfies.Poco F1 is powered by a 4,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support, Android 9.0 Pie-based MIUI 10 and supports Widevine L1 certification. It comes with dual SIM card support, USB Type-C port and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. Customers can choose from Rosso Red, Graphite Black and Steel Blue colours. Is Redmi Note 7 the new-age Nokia 3310?center_img Closelast_img read more

first_imgKrishna Kaberi BiswasA speedy tribunal in Dhaka on Thursday sentenced a man to death in a sensational case over the murder of former college teacher Krishna Kaberi Biswas in Mohammadpur in the capital, reports UNB.The condemned convict is M Jahirul Islam Polash, manager of a broker house in Gulshan. He was tried in absentia.Under section 302 of Penal Code, the court fined him Tk 100,000.Besides, under section 20 and 7 of the Penal Code, the court sentenced him to life term imprisonment for the attempt to murder Kaberi’s husband and two daughters, leaving them injured.Under the sections, the court also fined him Tk 50,000, in default, he has to serve one year more imprisonment.Krishna Kaberi Biswas, 36, wife of BRTA deputy director Sitangshu Shekhar Bishwas and a former teacher of the city’s Mission International College, came under a brutal hammer attack by Jahirul at their apartment in Mohammadpur Iqbal road on 30, March 2015.Jahirul entered the flat of Sitangshu, who was acquainted to him, to greet him on his belated birthday. Then Jahirul hit him on the head with a hammer after making him drowsy with contaminated juice, leaving him injured.As Krishna wanted to save her husband, the killer hacked her with a kitchen sickle and later set her on fire. She died the next day.Their 14-year-old daughter Srabani Biswas Sruti and eight-year-old daughter Arti Biswas were also injured in the attack.Later, Sitangshu’s brother Sudangshu Shekor Bishwas filed the murder case with Mohammadpur police station on April 1 accusing Jahirul and his brother-in-law.Later, police pressed chargesheet acquitting his brother-in-laws.After examining all the records and witnesses, Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 judge Shahed NurUddin handed down the verdict.last_img read more

first_imgIn our constantly evolving world of advanced physics engines, retina displays, and that are graphics cards that are  pushing games over 100 frames per second, it’s hard to look at a game like the original Super Mario Bros. and imagine what it would be like if it was published today. As a 2D scroller, Mario was a fun but challenging even in the early levels. The creator of the original First Person Mario (Freddie Wong) has come back to show everyone how unbelievably impossible the ending of this game would have been in 3D.First Person Mario: Endgame is the sequel to the original demonstration of what Mario would look like if it were made using today’s FPS happy world. In the original, it was made pretty clear that the experience would be chaotic. It sounds almost as crazy as playing the 2D version with a 5-foot wide Lego controller, but that’s been done already.The first part of Mario, at least in 2D land, is pretty easy though. The obvious question is whether or not you could survive in that same experience later on in the game. A quick look at FPM: Endgame pretty clearly makes the answer a flat “no”. Even if you were able to survive jumping from tank to tank and taking out the baddies, there’s no way you could manage jumping on the sheer volume of cannonballs being shot at you. Even in a 3D space, being stuck on those tanks makes it impossible to strafe or dodge in any way. There’s only one thing to do: jump and pray.Once you get beyond the tanks, of course, you’ve got to take on the final boss. 3D Bowser is infinitely more menacing that his 2D self, and seeing his massive body flung towards you makes it hard to imagine you’re going to be able to run underneath of him in time. Of course, you know you you’re going to win, and you’ve got that HUD showing you life in 2D is so much simpler while you panic. The battle comes rapidly to a close and Bowser inevitably puts his massive body through the floor and plunges to his doom. Everything is as it should be, and Mario ends as the hero we all remember him.The most impressive part of this visual experience is that it comes at the hands of five talented individuals after four weeks of rendering and anmation. Brandon Laatsch lead the way to the sequel with a combination of 3dsMax, After Effects, Premier, Vray, and Krakatoa. Brandon comments that on a single computer this project would have taken 50 hours in just rendering, but through a networking his computers together the process took significantly less time overall. You can take a look at a behind the scenes for this impressive video on Brandon’s YouTube channel.last_img read more

first_imgCrediting Shoaib Akhtar for bringing back rhythm in his bowling, Indian pacer Mohammed Shami has said the former Pakistan speedster advised him to shorten his run-up, which has helped him increase his pace.“The recent change in run-up has surely increased my pace. So I am continuing with it and hoping that it pays rich dividends. I did have a chat with Shoaib (Akhtar) bhai and he suggested that I should reduce my big strides. So shortened my stride and it has worked. It (the new run-up) is smooth and comfortable and it has also increased my pace,” Shami said. Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaShami, who returned to action against West Indies after missing a game due to a niggle, bagged three wickets at the WACA to help table-toppers India register their fourth straight win and book a quarterfinal berth from pool B. With the Men in Blue now in New Zealand for their final two games of the league, Shami is keen to carry on the good work without making any more changes to his action. “I don’t want to change much in my action. And most of the ex-players have advised me against making any major changes to my action. It is always a double edged sword, to change one’s action. It can work for you or go against you. I don’t want go through this confusion and I am satisfied with the little change that I have made to my run-up,” I do not want to make much changes to my action or strategy in New Zealand as well,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The Congress unit in West Bengal is in favour of fighting the coming Lok Sabha election “alone” in the state despite the party forging alliances with different regional outfits in other parts of the country in its bid to oust the BJP. The view has been communicated to Congress President Rahul Gandhi and the final call on the issue would be taken by the AICC leadership, West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee (WBPCC) President Somen Mitra told PTI. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The Congress has already been hit with the exodus of its elected representatives to the Trinamool Congress. The Bengal unit of the Congress feels that an alliance with either the CPI(M) or the Trinamool Congress will not serve the “long term” interests of the party. Such an eventuality will only further erode the party’s base in the state though it had tasted success in Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh by forging alliances with regional parties the JD(S) and the Samajwadi Party, Congress leaders said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed “During my meeting with our party president Rahul Gandhi I had clearly said that it would be good if we fight the Lok Sabha election alone. We may not win many seats but our party will continue to exist in Bengal in the future,” Mitra said. “Forging an alliance with the Trinamool Congress might give us more seats, but it will also ensure that the Congress will cease to exist in Bengal as TMC is more keen on poaching our MLAs and elected representatives,” Mitra said. Senior Congress leaders like P Chidambaram have advocated state-wise alliances to defeat the BJP at the Centre. According to state Congress leaders, aligning with the CPI(M)-led Left Front will not serve any purpose as it will not ensure winning seats as the Left itself is facing a rout in the state. “So we have told the Congress president that it is better for the future of the party in Bengal that we fight the Lok Sabha election alone. Doing so may not ensure too many seats, but it will at least guarantee revival of our organisation in the long run,” AICC member Subhankar Sarkar said. Congress sources, who did not wish to be named, said one of main reasons behind the decision against aligning with the TMC is that the party is not very sure if it would be offered more than four LS seats, it presently has in the state, by the ruling party. “Everyone aspires to contest the election on a ticket of the party he has been working with. But due to alliances with the TMC in 2001, 2009 and 2011 and CPI(M) in 2016 our organisation has suffered badly. We could neither offer seats to our party leaders, nor could we put up our symbols in various seats. That has badly damaged our organisation,” a senior state Congress leader said. The argument against going for an alliance with the CPI(M) is lack of consistency on the part of the Left Front to remain in an alliance as it had unilaterally walked out of the alliance in 2016 after its defeat in the state assembly polls. There are some leaders within the state unit like Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury, the Congress MP from Malda South and the brother of late party stalwart ABA Ghani Khan Chowdhury, his niece Mausam Benazir Noor, also an MP from the same district, who are strongly advocating Congress-TMC alliance to stop the march of BJP in West Bengal. Former PCC president and MP Pradip Bhattacharya, who is also chairman of the party coordination committee, agreed that the mood of the state leadership is to go alone in the polls. He said, the assembly election result in five states and the outcome of the all party meeting on November 22 in New Delhi will be crucial and play a deciding factor while chalking out Congress’ strategy. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during TMC’s Martyrs Day rally on July 21 had set the target of winning all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state. “We don’t need anybody in Bengal. We can fight and win on our own,” a senior TMC leader said. CPI(M) central committee member Sujan Chakraborty said all secular and democratic forces should come together in order to defeat the BJP and TMC. Out of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal, the TMC had won 34 seats, Congress four and CPI(M)and BJP two each in 2014. The four seats which elected Congress MPs are in Malda and Murshidabad districts, which were traditional strongholds of Congress but have been penetrated by TMC. In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, Congress had contested 14 seats in the state and TMC in 27 seats and SUCI in one seat. The Congress had then won six seats, the TMC had 19 seats and the SUCI(C) one. West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh has mocked Congress, saying that the Congress will not be able to win a single seat in the state this time whether it forges an alliance or not.last_img read more

first_imgBankers’ Meet, a think tank of leading professionals from Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance companies, is holding its fourth national conclave in New Delhi, on February 28, 2019.An initiative by TKWs Institute of Banking and Finance Society, Bankers’ meet is known for crystal gazing the future of financial services in India. The BFSI Vision 2022, released in 2015 was well accepted by government and central bank. The vision helped in clarifying the policy direction and inspired many digitisation initiatives in financial services ecosystem. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe objective of this event is to create a BFSI Vision Roadmap for engaging a billion BFSI customers digitally. The BFSI ecosystem encompasses 4Ps – Policy, People, Products and Processes. 16 eminent leaders will speak on the opportunities and challenges that the ecosystem poses. Eight industry committees from different BFSI segments are being formed. Each committee will focus on different aspects and propose solutions to make the BFSI vision come true. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveCommenting on the need of Bankers’ Meet, RK Dubey, Convener and former CMD of Canara Bank, said that “BFSI has to catalyse India’s growth to a $5 Trillion economy. The 4th Bankers’ meet is an attempt to steer the efforts of financial services in this direction.” Lt Governor of Puducherry, Dr Kiran Bedi has agreed to inaugurate the initiative and inspire BFSI leaders to take this step. A few other invitees at the meet include Dr Charan Singh, Chairman, Punjab and Sind Bank; Padma Shri Dr Pritam Singh, Advisor to Prime Minister; Chetna Gala Sinha, Co Chair, World Economic Forum; VG Kannan, CEO, Indian Banks Association; Arijit Basu, MD, State Bank of India, and other CEOs from insurance, broking, and more. Explaining the process, Professor Amit Goyal, Director, TKWs Institute of Banking and Finance explained, “The deliberations will be compiled together into a roadmap document which will be circulated to the PMO, MoF, RBI, sector regulars and CMDs of 500 BFSI companies. This will set a precedence for the industry and propel nation to achieve the dream of becoming third largest economy.”last_img read more