Want To Win A Heisman Follow These 8 Simple Steps

Step 8: If no QBs are left, the RB wins. If a QB remains, he wins.Players eliminated: 10Players clinched: 12Players remaining: 0Who it knocks out this year: Nobody.Who it clinches the Heisman for this year: Baker Mayfield, OklahomaThe final step is a little chaotic. First, you check if any quarterbacks are left after pruning down the list based on statistics and team losses. If there’s a QB who survived all of the checkpoints above, that player wins the Heisman. (Congrats to Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma, tonight’s likely winner!) If there is no QB left over, the trophy goes to the running back who cleared all of the statistical benchmarks from Step 7. The one exception: If the remaining QB had fewer than 4,000 passing yards and 40 touchdown passes, and a surviving RB eclipsed 2,200 yards from scrimmage on a team with zero or one losses, the Heisman goes to the running back. (This gets us Reggie Bush over Brady Quinn in 2005 and Derrick Henry over Mayfield in 2015 but preserves Carson Palmer’s win over Larry Johnson in 2002.)12Penn State had 3 losses heading into its bowl game that year. For running backs, you gotta be in peak form to knock off a qualified QB. And that’s all there is to it! It’s just that simple. Follow the eight steps above, and you’re guaranteed to be holding the Heisman on a December night in New York City. (Until something unexpected happens — in which case we’ll tweak the rules to make it fit. Science!) It’s Heisman Trophy time! In advance of the upcoming announcement, we wanted to scientifically determine how the voters choose the winner. Using our combined expertise in analytics — one of us has a Ph.D. in political science (with a focus on complex systems) and the other was a stats consultant for a professional team — we discovered an amazingly simple formula for becoming a Heisman Trophy winner. We couldn’t keep this newfound knowledge to ourselves, so we thought we’d share our findings with all the college football players out there so they can plan accordingly. Step 3: Be on a team that has three or fewer losses.Players eliminated: 21Players remaining: 108Who it knocks out this year: Bryce Love, Stanford; Lamar Jackson, Louisville; Khalil Tate, ArizonaUnfortunately, winning the Heisman isn’t just about individual excellence. The award disproportionately goes to players on the top teams in the country. Since 1998, 32 percent of Heisman winners have been on a team that was undefeated going into its bowl game, and 26 percent were from a team with just one loss. Meanwhile, no player on a team with more than three losses has won the award. That’s bad news for two of this season’s finalists — Stanford’s Bryce Love and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, each of whom plays for a four-loss squad. The good news, Bryce and Lamar, is you can tell your grandkids it wasn’t your fault. Step 7: Meet some not-so-basic statistical thresholds (if you’re an RB).Players eliminated: 15Players remaining: 22Who it knocks out this year: Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin; Saquon Barkley, Penn State; Kerryon Johnson, AuburnEven though they do win sometimes, Heisman life is hard for running backs. Because voters want so desperately to give the award to a QB, the statistical bar a ball carrier needs to clear in order to qualify for the award is pretty high. In our sample of seasons since 1998, no RB won the Heisman with fewer than:1,980 yards from scrimmage16 rushing TDsThose are extremely lofty standards that few running backs can match. None of our remaining running backs met those requirements this season,11Bryce Love is currently only 7 yards shy of this requirement and is likely to hit this in his bowl game. But we eliminated him back in Step 3. which leaves us with only one clear Heisman favorite for 2017. Step 5: Meet some basic statistical thresholds (if you’re a QB).Players eliminated: 28Players remaining: 50Who it knocks out this year: Nobody.Although a player’s statistics aren’t perfectly correlated with his chances of winning the Heisman, there is a bare minimum level of output you have to meet in order to seriously contend for the award. For quarterbacks, those numbers are mostly associated with passing (surprise!), but they can be augmented slightly with rushing. No QB left in our sample won the award with worse stats than:30 passing TDs1 rushing TD11 interceptionsThese qualifications cull the list of historical hopefuls considerably, narrowing it down to quarterbacks who were highly productive rather than marginal candidates who survived the previous cuts by being on a good team from a big conference. All of 2017’s remaining QB contenders passed those benchmarks with flying colors, though, so, sadly, this step doesn’t help us zero in on a winner for this year. Step 6: If you’re a QB, have fewer team losses than the other QBs.Players clinched: 1Players eliminated: 12Players remaining: 37Who it knocks out this year: Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State; J.T. Barrett, Ohio StateAs we mentioned earlier, Heisman voters are all about QBs who just win, baby. So at this stage, we reshuffle every signal-caller who hasn’t yet been eliminated and keep only the passer whose team lost the fewest games heading into its bowl (using total touchdowns as the tiebreaker). There is one exception to this rule: If a QB with more losses registered 5,000 or more yards of total offense in a season when no other passer cracked 4,000, that quarterback leapfrogs everyone to win the Heisman.9Obviously. But it’s a rare exception, invoked only once in our sample: When Robert Griffin III (whose Baylor Bears lost three games) got the hardware over Andrew Luck (one loss). Talk about tough Luck.10RGIII’s win here also eliminates RBs Montee Ball, Trent Richardson and LaMichael James Step 4: Run for 15 or more touchdowns (if you’re a QB).Players clinched: 6Players eliminated: 24Players remaining: 78Who it knocks out this year: Nobody.The Heisman loves quarterbacks — they’ve won 14 of the 19 trophies handed out since 1998 — but not always for their passing skills. When a running QB has an especially great season, the voters are quick to show him some love: Of the seven historical QBs with 15 or more rushing TDs (among those we haven’t already eliminated), six — Marcus Mariota, Eric Crouch, Cam Newton, Lamar Jackson, Johnny Manziel and Tim Tebow — ended up winning the Heisman. And the seventh — Kansas State’s Collin Klein — had the bad fortune to produce his season the same year Manziel pulled off the feat with better overall numbers.6Manziel crushed Klein in terms of total offense, with 5,116 yards to 3,561. We’ve avoided the guideline this year, though; no remaining QB on our list came close to 15 scores on the ground, since Lamar Jackson was eliminated in Step 2.7The Heisman world is a harsh world. But the broader life lesson remains: It isn’t about personal accomplishment, it’s about how good you are compared with everyone else.(Note: The statistics we used for historical candidates were through the end of the bowls, which isn’t ideal — but hey, you work with what you’ve got.8You might even call it the ol’ “college football try.” But because we believe in fairness, we prorated this year’s candidates’ stats for an extra game going forward. You’re welcome!) Using the top 10 in the voting each year since 1998,1We chose 1998 as our starting point because that was the first season of the Bowl Championship Series, when college football’s true modern era began. (And not at all because the 1997 Heisman race is difficult to model.) we analyzed 191 Heisman nominees to figure out what tends to separate the winner from the rest. Then, we applied it to this year’s likely hopefuls to see how they’d fare.2Thanks to a 10th place tie last year, we have an odd number in our sample.Here’s our foolproof plan for Heisman glory:(Note: We intentionally jury-rigged some of these rules and thresholds to perfectly explain the past winners in our sample. We know, we know: It’s not exactly statistically kosher for making future “out of sample” predictions — and may or may not violate rules of “basic scientific inference.” But it’s fun! And regardless of our playful cherry-picking, we still might learn something about the selection process along the way, in spite of ourselves.)Step 1: Be a QB or an RB.Players eliminated: 35Players remaining: 156Who it knocks out this year: Ed Oliver, HoustonWe found that only eight positions have ever been among the top 10 nominees for a Heisman, and only two — quarterback and running back — have won since 1998. (The others to make a top 10 all-time are DB, DL, LB, TE and WR,3Which were called “ends” in ye olden days of football. plus exactly one OL.) Voters’ hard-and-fast dedication to QBs and RBs hasn’t always been as rigid; several receivers and tight ends won the award in previous eras, and Charles Woodson won as a defensive player in 1997.4Woodson also returned kicks, though, and occasionally played receiver on offense. But for the most part, you aren’t winning the Heisman unless you’re a QB or an RB, particularly in recent seasons. (Sorry if rushing or passing just isn’t your thing.) Step 2: Be part of a Power Five conference (or Notre Dame).Players eliminated: 27Players remaining: 129Who it knocks out this year: McKenzie Milton, UCF; Rashaad Penny, San Diego StateOf the 11 conferences represented among our 191 players, only five — not coincidentally, the current Power Five conferences of 2017 (so, the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC) — plus Notre Dame5Which is independent but gets the same treatment as a power-conference school, because, well, it’s Notre Dame. were actually home to a Heisman winner. In order to find a Heisman recipient from a non-power conference, you’d have to go back to 1990, when Ty Detmer of Brigham Young (which played in the WAC) took home the award. Although some minor-conference stars have come vaguely close over the past decade — in our sample, Northern Illinois’s Jordan Lynch and Hawaii’s Colt Brennan each finished third — it’s extremely unlikely that one would have a season spectacular enough to offset the voters’ preference for big-program stars. read more

10yearold girl survives shark attack in Australia

first_imgOFFICIALS SAY THAT a 10-year-old girl has been attacked by a shark off Australia’s east coast.A spokeswoman for the New South Wales state ambulance service says that they received a report the girl was bitten on the wrist by a shark on today off a beach at Lennox Head, 200 kilometers south of Brisbane.Paramedics treated the girl at the scene for a serious injury to her hand and took her to a local hospital. She was in stable condition.Although sharks are common off Australia’s coast, the country averages fewer than two fatal attacks per year. Two men were killed in shark attacks off Australia’s east and west coasts in the space of a week in November last year. They were the only fatalities for 2013.Read: Man gets in fist-fight with shark… and wins >Read: Shark warning in Hawaii after 1,400 tonne treacle spill >last_img read more

Gardaí arrest two men wanted over attempted murder of police officers in

first_img Image: RollingNews.ie Image: RollingNews.ie Thursday 23 Mar 2017, 1:22 PM 6,882 Views Mar 23rd 2017, 1:22 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share3 Tweet Email Gardaí arrest two men wanted over attempted murder of police officers in Derry The PSNI said that two men had been arrested by gardaí under a European Arrest Warrant as part of join operation. https://jrnl.ie/3302755 GARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED two men in relation to the attempted murder of two police officers in Derry in 2015.The PSNI said that two men had been arrested by gardaí under a European Arrest Warrant as part of a joint operation.The men (aged 29 and 32) were arrested in Dublin in connection with the attempted murder of two police officers at Eglinton, Derry on 18 June, 2015.In the incident in question, a viable bomb was left under a police officer’s car which was parked outside the home he shared with his wife, who is also a police officer.The bomb was discovered and later defused by army technical officers.Five men were arrested following the incident but all were released without charge.The two men were due to appear this morning before the High Court in Dublin.Comments have been disabled for legal reasonsRead: Gardaí recorded almost one million more breath tests than they actually carried outRead: Man arrested after pulling Luas emergency lever causing injury to passengers By Cormac Fitzgerald Short URL No Comments last_img read more

San Diego County Regional Airport authority announces funding pact with airlines for

first_imgSan Diego County Regional Airport authority announces funding pact with airlines for transit projects Posted: July 2, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, July 2, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority announced a 10-year agreement with its airline partners Tuesday to improve transportation access to San Diego International Airport and potentially pave the way for a Metropolitan Transit System trolley route to the airport.The investment pact, totaling more than a half-billion dollars, could eventually fund multiple infrastructure projects to increase transit connections between the city of San Diego and the airport. The agreement includes funding from both the Airport Authority and its associated airlines that serve the San Diego International Airport.The projects, which are not yet approved, could include a multi-modal access road between the city and the airport, which would reduce traffic on Harbor Drive by roughly 45,000 vehicles each day. Harbor Drive is currently the main connection between the city and the airport.The Airport Authority continues to work with the city, MTS, San Diego Association of Governments, Port of San Diego, Caltrans and the North County Transit District to draft potential transit connections. According to the Airport Authority, the reduced congestion on Harbor Drive could allow for the addition of MTS Rapid bus and trolley lines along the street.“This agreement ensures that the Airport Authority will have the means to effectively partner with other regional agencies to improve access to the airport through transportation and transit projects,” said Airport Authority Board Chair April Boling.The agreement includes $350 million to on- and off-airport transit projects that will be completed collaboratively with the Airport Authority’s partner agencies and $165 million for the planned multi-modal corridor. The agreement does not include additional funding for transportation projects from local agencies like SANDAG.According to Boling, the agreement could also support projects in the Airport Development Plan like shuttle service from the Old Town Transit Center, a walking and biking path along Harbor Drive and new amenities at Terminal 1 such as bus shelters and information kiosks. All off-airport projects will require approval by the Federal Aviation Administration.“The airport and the airlines provide significant economic impact for the region and this is just the latest example of that commitment,” said Airport Authority President and CEO Kim Becker. “I sincerely appreciate the airlines’ willingness to participate in this agreement and pre-approve a significant investment in transportation and transit infrastructure.” KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday February 2 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Saturday, February 2, 2019:#1) Wilmington Travel Basketball’s Parents Night OutWilmington Travel Basketball is holding its annual Parents Night Out from 8pm to midnight at the Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks (777 South Street). The event will feature live music by DJ Dave Glinner, plus raffles. Tickets can be purchased for $20 each or two for $30.  Contact a coach or team representative for tickets.#2) WHS Hockey & Wrestling In ActionThe WHS Girls Varsity Hockey Team hosts Melrose High at noon at Ristuccia, while the WHS Boys Varsity Hockey Team hosts Melrose High at 2pm at Ristutcica. The WHS Varsity Wrestling Team battles multiple schools at a meet at 10am at Reading High.#3) Shawsheen Tech Learn To Swim RegistrationShawsheen Tech will be holding registration for their upcoming Winter Learn to Swim Program. Walk-in sign-ups will be held at the Shawsheen Tech Pool on Saturday, February 2 and Saturday, February 9, from 9:30am-12:30pm, in the pool hallway. The registration form with additional information can be found HERE. Have a question? Contact Aquatics Director at jtildsley@shawtech.org.#4) Book Store Next Door OpenThe Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.#5) Wilmington Food Pantry OpenThe Wilmington Food Pantry (142 Chestnut Street) is open from 10am to noon for food donation drop-offs. Learn which food items the Pantry is most in need of HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 19, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, June 6, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, January 9, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Medium term prospects of NBFCs are not uniform Gandhi

first_imgThe medium term prospects and challenges of non-banking finance companies (NBFC) would differ for different segments, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Deputy Governor R.Gandhi said on Monday.”In my opinion, the prospects for the sector in the medium term are not going to be uniform. Different segments of the sector are poised for different prospects and challenges,” he said at a conference on NBFC sector organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here.He said the NBFC-MFI (micro finance institution) segment would shrink as big 10 of them would convert themselves into small finance banks in the next one year or so.Gandhi said this would provide higher impetus for others in the sector to grow not only because of the space vacated by bigger players but also due to the capital that would be released as those converting to small finance banks will pay off the existing investors as part of capital rejig.”The infrastructure NBFCs will have greater scope in the coming years, both because the economic growth will bring forth new projects and banks, having learnt lessons in the recent past, will have a restrained approach towards such projects.”If the Infra-NBFCs will have their structuring these projects in a careful way, they will have good prospects,” he said.He said NBFCs will have space for market funding or loan funding of big corporate in the medium term as the large exposure regime for the banks would apply by 2018 while the investment companies will have bright prospects as the equity and corporate bond markets expand.On the regulatory front, Gandhi said regulations vary depending the types of NBFCs and this needs to be minimised and a move made towards activity-based regulation.”The regulatory framework, put in place in November 2014, is a first step in this direction. Going forward, we will work towards greater harmonisation of the regulations with a view to reducing the number of NBFC categories,” he said.Nevertheless the RBI considering the developmental needs of the economy will continue to approve new types of NBFCs, Gandhi said.He said the total number of NBFCs have come down from 51,929 in 1997 to 11,769 as on September 30, 2015 whereas the asset size has grown from Rs.75,913 crore as at end March 1998 to Rs. 1,610,729 crore at end September 2015.last_img read more

Trump says only one thing will work for N Korea

first_imgDonald Trump, Kim Jong-UnUS president Donald Trump said Saturday that diplomatic efforts with North Korea have consistently failed, adding that “only one thing will work.”Trump has engaged in an escalating war of words with North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un, trading insults amid rising tensions between the two nuclear-armed rivals.”Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid,” Trump tweeted.It “hasn’t worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of US negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!”Trump returned to the theme when he appeared on former governor Mike Huckabee’s show on Trinity Broadcasting Network television on Saturday, blaming previous administrations for not having adequately addressed the issue before.This “should have been handled 25 years ago, it should have been handled 10 years ago, it should haven been handled during the Obama administration,” the president said, referring to his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.The US has not ruled out the use of force to compel Pyongyang to halt missile and nuclear tests, and Trump has threatened to destroy the country.The mercurial American president also told journalists at a recent gathering with military leaders to discuss Iran, North Korea and the Islamic State group that the current period “could be the calm before the storm,” declining to clarify his remarks.In recent days, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson flew home from meeting with top Chinese officials, Trump tweeted that his envoy was “wasting his time” in trying to probe North Korea’s willingness to talk.- Insults and threats -The message came after Tillerson had revealed there were backchannels between US and North Korean officials.Secretary of Defence James Mattis later expressed support for the diplomatic track in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.”The Defense Department supports fully Secretary Tillerson’s efforts to find a diplomatic solution, but remains focused on defense of the United States and our allies,” Mattis said.In his debut speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if it threatens the US or any of its allies, deriding Kim as “Rocket Man” and warning he is on a “suicide mission.”Kim responded by calling Trump a “mentally deranged dotard.”Trump’s administration has also been at the forefront of a drive to impose a series of sanctions against North Korea in response to its sixth nuclear test — the largest yet — and the firing of two missiles over Japan.North Korea’s main economic partner China has signed up to the sanctions, including restrictions on imports, as has Russia.The United States fought a bloody conflict in Korea from 1950-1953 that ultimately ended in stalemate and the continued division of the peninsula after hundreds of thousands of Chinese troops entered on the side of the north, turning it into a war of attrition.A renewed military conflict on the Korean peninsula would come with devastating consequences: in addition to its nuclear weapons, North Korea has a conventional arsenal that could wreak havoc on the South Korean capital Seoul, which is located near the “demilitarized zone” dividing the two countries.last_img read more

Resignation Wave On Capitol Hill Might Not Be Over

first_imgJose Luis Magana/APHouse Speaker Paul Ryan administers the House oath of office to Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, during a mock ceremony in January. Farenthold reached a private 2015 settlement for $84,000 with his former communications director over sexual harassment allegations.Party leaders played a pivotal role in forcing the resignations of three members of Congress within three days this week, and their work might not be done yet.House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., were instrumental in the respective resignations of Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz. (Franks announced his resignation was effective Friday after he said his wife was admitted to the hospital.)Two additional congressmen, one Republican and one Democrat, also face allegations of sexual harassment and growing calls to resign, but so far they are resisting those calls.Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, reached a private 2015 settlement for $84,000 with his former communications director over sexual harassment allegations. Politico first reported on the details of the previously private settlement, including that it was paid for by taxpayers. Farenthold denies any wrongdoing, but announced this week that he would reimburse the Treasury out of pocket.The House Ethics Committee announced late Thursday that it was reviving its inquiry into the allegations, citing more information that has been disclosed and a willingness from Farenthold and his former aide to participate in an investigation.Only two of Farenthold’s colleagues, GOP Reps. Barbara Comstock of Virginia and Mia Love of Utah, have so far called for him to resign. The speaker has not called on Farenthold to go but the renewed ethics investigation could affect Republicans’ calculations.Democratic leaders have been swift to condemn Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., and call for his resignation of allegations first reported by BuzzFeed that he sexually harassed a woman who worked on his 2016 campaign and quit over his behavior. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray Lujan and Pelosi quickly called for him to resign over the allegations, but Kihuen is pushing back.“I do find it interesting that the DCCC, Leader [Nancy] Pelosi and Chairman Ben Ray Lujan, they knew about these allegations last year,” Kihuen told ABC News. “They looked into them. They didn’t find anything, and they continued investing millions of dollars in my campaign. They went out there and campaigned for me.”Pelosi and Lujan deny that they knew or that any investigation occurred.There is no clear standard for forced resignations, and there are simmering frustrations among conservatives and liberals alike that lawmakers are being tossed overboard without any conclusive evidence to prove that what they did was wrong. It’s further complicated by the argument that some politicians have made — most notably with President Trump in the case of Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore — that ultimately the voters should get to decide their fates.Capitol Hill has for years been intolerant to lawmakers accused of any kind of sexually charged bad behavior. Already this year, Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Tim Murphy, a social conservative, resigned over extramarital affairs and allegations that he wanted a mistress to have an abortion.While the knee-jerk urge of Congress is to purge lawmakers over sexual impropriety, there is also a long history of lawmakers who have weathered the allegations, won re-election and left on their own terms.For instance, Sen. David Vitter, R-La., admitted to using prostitutes in 2007. He refused to resign and won re-election three years later. He retired on his own terms in 2017. Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais weathered allegations over extramarital affairs and pressuring a woman to have an abortion. He has won re-election three times.Whether or not Farenthold and Kihuen can withstand growing pressure to bow out is an open question on Capitol Hill, and with no clear metric for when a lawmaker should resign, there is fresh pressures on party leaders to be the ones who set the standard.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Official Pikachu Shoes Fit For Any Pokémon Trainer

first_imgPut a little PikaPika in your step with these adorable new Pikachu shoes coming to you from the minds of Japanese shoe fashion label Esperanza.With the popularity of Pokémon hitting an all-time fever pitch via Nintendo DS games, anime series, and the super viral Pokémon GO app, now seems to be the time for the release of tons of products inspired by the franchise.AdChoices广告Step out in true Pokémon gamer style with the most adorable set of kicks yet, called the Pikachu Collection.A set of 4-inch heels is the signature pair of this collection, featuring a dangling Pikachu tail from the back, and Pikachu ears protruding from the front. ¥12,744, or about $123 USD.For those of us who are heel-challenged, there’s also a flat version of this shoe, much more suited to walking the streets of Tokyo looking for Pokémon. ¥9,612, or about $93 USD.The all-over print flats feature a multitude of grinning Pikachus that will bring a smile to any Pokémon trainer’s face. There are tiny Pikachu tails on the backs of these shoes as well! ¥9,612, or about $93 USD.If red is more your thing, check out the two curious Pikachu faces adorning these flats, with a subtle red Pokéball print covering the shoe. ¥9,612, or about $93 USD.Each pair of adorably bright shoes comes with a signature Pokéball-inspired shoe box, perfect for hiding your horde of Pokéballs.The shoes are available for pre-order with a 10% discount on Esperanza’s site now. They will also all be sold over-the-counter at most Esperanza shoe stores throughout Japan starting in mid-October. The Esperanza store in the famous Shibuya 109 building will also feature a limited time Pikachu photo booth!So who out there is going to spring for these novelty shoes? Gotta be the very best!last_img read more

Where on Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego

first_imgStay on target Master criminal Carmen Sandiego has been been evading detection since 1985.A new Google Earth game, though gives ’90s gumshoes and modern explorers a chance to find the gentleman thief.In “The Crown Jewels Caper,” Google pays homage to Brøderbund’s original educational mystery video games—and the edutainment franchise they spawned.Rife with puns, rhymes, and alliteration, the 1980s computer series focused on teaching children geography; players followed clues, tracking and apprehending Carmen Sandiego’s henchmen, before eventually bagging the crime boss herself.Carmen Sandiego is on the run again (via Google Earth)“Like many of my friends, I spent much of my time in the ’90s obsessing over ‘Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?’” Google Earth Program Manager Vanessa Schneider wrote in a blog post.“But Carmen Sandiego was more than just fun facts for children and adults alike,” she continued. “The globe-trotting game taught me the world was bigger than my couch, and got me excited to learn about new cultures and customs.”The titular character went on to star in four TV shows—including the classic game show that taught me everything I know about the world map—and a series of books.Now, she’s on the run again in Google Earth’s collaboration with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt—the first in a series of Carmen Sandiego games slated for the satellite map.“It’s for all those gumshoes who grew up with the chase, and for the next generation feeling that geography itch for the first time,” Schneider said.Your mission, should you choose to accept it… (via Google Earth)To get your assignment, look for the special edition Pegman icon in Google Earth for Chrome, Android, and iOS.Good luck, super sleuths!Netflix resurrected that iconic scarlet coat and fedora early this year in the animated TV series Carmen Sandiego.The global chase, featuring Carmen (Gina Rodriguez), her friend Player (Finn Wolfhard), and the famous V.I.L.E. Training Academy for Thieves, began streaming in January.More on Geek.com:Google Earth Takes You On ‘Voyage Through Black History’Google Earth Brings Beatlemania To a Computer Near YouMario Replaces the Google Maps Arrow for National Mario DayWeird Sh*t Discovered With Google Maps Explore Our Changing Planet On the Go With Google Earth TimelapseGoogle Earth Takes You On ‘Voyage Through Black History’ last_img read more

Nothing to say on reintroduction of JU entrance tests Guv

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi today said he had “nothing to say” about the decision of Jadavpur University to reintroduce entrance tests in the Arts faculty, and said the varsity’s executive council was within its rights to lay down admission norms. “The admission committee has been formed by the EC, it has laid down certain norms to conduct admission tests (to six humanities streams). The tests will now be conducted as per the stipulated norms… I have nothing to say in this matter,” Tripathi, who is also the Chancellor of JU, said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed Tripathi was asked to comment about the decision of the EC to reintroduce admission tests to the six humanities subjects in undergraduate courses – English, Comparative Literature, Bengali, History, Political Science and Philosophy. On JU Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das’s statement that he would ask Tripathi to relieve him and Pro-VC Pradip Ghosh of their responsibilities, the Governor said, “Let him (VC) come. I will take appropriate measure after talking to him and taking a view of the whole situation.” Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJP Entrance tests to the six arts subjects will be held on different dates from July 21 to July 25. Students would be admitted based on the 50:50 formula – equal weightage on marks obtained in admission tests and in board examination, a decision which had originally been taken at the June 27 EC meeting and subsequently scrapped, before been reintroduced. JU Registrar Chiranjib Bhattacharya has said no external experts will be involved in the admission process, which will be conducted by faculty members.last_img read more

Asking questions from destiny

first_imgOpening at the Visual Arts Gallery on August 14 is Georgina Maddox curated stubbing show of powerful figuratives on canvas, as well as sculptures in a quixotically titled show ‘Destiny, Sold Out’.”Fate and Destiny are perceived as twin sisters, that guide humankind through the perils of life. Destiny may be read as both redemption and nemesis of human existence,” says critic and curator Maddox. “According to Modern philosophers, destiny ultimately revolves around death, rather than the events of one’s life while fate has been connected to the concept of life. This has however been challenged. Destiny and Fate have been relevant in every civilization whether Hellenic or Vedic, since the dawn of time.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis exhibition features probing paintings by Shiffali Wadhawan and surreal sculptures by Tapasya Gupta. It explores the notion of destiny and the various myths, traditions, allegories, and perceptions created around it.”Destiny has been formally defined as the power or agency that predetermines and orders the course of events,” opines Maddox one of the finest critics in the country. ” Shiffali and Tapasya examine in detail and depth the human condition and its relation to the idea of destiny. Often in situations of complete despair when there is no answer in sight we humans are faced with the big question ‘why is this happening to me?'” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWith the figurative perfectionist Shiffali Wadhawan, the objects and figures work as references that invests these works with a strong biographical and emotionally resonant note. Wadhawan works on realist principles but it is her approach and subject sensitivity that brings in a surrealism that is both symbolic as well as sensitive to her output rooted in a consistent set of emotional themes. Indeed, the eternal thread may be read as the realm of the unconscious, timeless and eternal, from which the multifarious and at times contradictory forms of her art emerge. The finesse and felicity of forms and scale of these works reflect the artist’s research into correspondences between the shapes of human figurines and the contours of bird in the realism of a scenic spectacle. The flamingoes appear formally factual, but within their perfection of form and figure, we can glimpse spirits of different ages and statuses and will evoke mediums or visionaries engaged in a conversation that is part convocation and part choral lament. With allusions to the reality of life-destiny and dictates and spiritual travel, Wadhawan offers a conversation for these imagined voices and premonitions and underscores the brevity of human existence relative to cosmic and geologic time in which nature plays a vital part.Tapasya Gupta creates hybrid sculptures that dwell both on symbolism as well as the blended realities of today. She expands her ongoing explorations into the histories of specific mediums bronze, metal wood as well as fiberglass to give us stories within stories. In these quaint hybrids like creations, we glimpse artistic forms and dualities as well as cultural symbolism.In her sculptures, Tapasya traces the history of the contours in composition across centuries and diverse geographies – following its transitions and shifting associations, from the sacred to the political to the emotional. Her sculptures invade the space in moments when the storyline ascends and descends and then recedes, channeling a discomfort within sterile environments and the invisible alien aftermaths that engulf us and transform our very inner recesses.The show runs till August 18 at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre.last_img read more

Go the Distance

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » As part of its focus on the customer experience, eBay is intent on rewarding sellers who go the extra mile to meet or exceed customer service standards. “We want to promote the best customer experiences and demote those sellers who are underperforming,” says John McDonald, a senior director on eBay’s U.S. trust & safety team. “By encouraging sellers in this way, we will help them deliver that fantastic buying experience.” eBay offers three major benefits to exceptional sellers who maintain their status:1. Discounts for PowerSellers: For the first time ever, PowerSellers can receive tiered discounts based on feedback customers give about their buying experiences. Volume sellers who maintain a Detailed Seller Rating, or DSR, of 4.6 or higher will receive rebates on their fees ranging from 5 percent to 20 percent, with 20 percent off for those who maintain a 4.9 or higher average within the previous 30 days.2. Better payment protection: PowerSellers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong are eligible for expanded protection against claims, chargebacks, reversals of unauthorized payments, and merchandise not received when they have registered PayPal accounts linked to their eBay accounts. Only transactions that are conducted through PayPal are eligible. The protection is free, has no annual limit and no longer requires a confirmed address for a transaction to be covered.3. Increased exposure: In addition, all great sellers are getting increased listings exposure thanks to Best Match search results, which were introduced last year and, in March, became the default search criteria for eBay listings. Best Match is different from traditional eBay searches, which defaulted to the item ending soonest, says Todd Lutwak, senior director of eBay’s seller development team. “Best Match takes into account format, time ending, relevance–how closely it matches what we think the buyer wants based on the title of the listing–and attributes,” says Lutwak. “We’re also elevating the sellers with high DSRs.”Best Match allows buyers to find relevant items faster, increasing their level of satisfaction. In fact, since it was rolled out as a search engine, Best Match has proved to be the best sort method for successful buyer conversion. And because sellers with higher DSRs are elevated, it’s more likely that buyers will have positive experiences. August 18, 2008 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

Broad City actress Abbi Jacobson comes out says shes open to dating

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The comic actress,  who plays a spoof version of herself in the Comedy Central series, has spoken about her love life.‘I kind of go both ways; I date men and women,’ she said.‘They have to be funny, doing something they love.‘I don’t know – I’ve never really been interviewed about this before.’Jacobson’s sexuality has been of question to the queer community.It was rumored she had dated Portlandia actress and Sleater Kinney front-woman Carrie Brownstein.Abbi Jacobson comes out as bisexualThe vast bulk of the interview focused on Jacobson’s career.Other than starring, creating, writing for and sometimes directing, Jacobson has other projects. GAYSTARNEWS- Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson has come out center_img Broad City star Abbi Jacobson has revealed she is open to dating women. She is starring in the new Netflix movie called 6 Balloons. Te film, in which she costars with Dave Franco, shows the normally comic actress in a dramatic role.She is the devoted sister who tries to take care of her relapsed heroin-addicted brother and his child.A second season of her modern art podcast, titled A Piece of Work, will also be released soon.In the first season, Jacobson interviewed RuPaul to discuss performance art. The queen repaid the favor by having her and Broad City co-star Illana Glazer’s guest judge stint on RuPaul’s Drag Race.The actress will also be voice acting in the upcoming animated Netflix show , Disenchantmnt, where she’ll be playing an alcoholic medieval princess named Bean.So does she have time to date?‘Who knows?’ she said. ‘The world is my oyster.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Alexa Chung admits she’s open to polyamory and same-sex relationships: ‘I’m overdue losing my lesbian virginity’InfoWars’ Alex Jones is part of a gay sexual harassment scandalMatilda star Mara Wilson opens up on her ‘bisexual impostor syndrome’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/broad-city-actress-abbi-jacobson-comes-says-shes-open-dating-women/last_img read more

5 pop stars performing at Birmingham Pride plus their best songs

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… She then released a highly acclaimed EP in 2011, which she followed up with a Southern rock-pop album Fake Sugar in 2017. The best cut from her solo discography is moody electropop masterpiece I Wrote The Book (complete with Vogue-esque black and white video).[embedded content]4 Louise Redknapp (Saturday)She’s experienced a career renaissance since appearing on the 2016 series of Strictly Come Dancing. But cult pop fans know and love Louise for her flawless pop output in the 90s and early 00s.The former girlband member sang on Eternal’s amazing first album (listen to Stay and Save Our Love) before enjoying a lengthily solo career, releasing 12 top 20 singles including Naked, 2 Faced and Pandora’s Kiss.[embedded content]5 MNEK (Saturday)He has co-written hits for blockbuster poppo artists such as Madonna, Beyonce and Dua Lipa over the least few years. But MNEK has simultaneously been building the foundations for solo superstardom. This properly began with 2015’s Never Forget You, a global smash hit single with Swedish singer Zara Larsson.This year, he’s ramping things up a notch with addictive recent single Tongue, and an upcoming debut album.[embedded content]For more information about Birmingham Pride, visit the official website.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . 1 Nadine Coyle (Saturday)Nadine first found fame in 2002 on ITV show Popstars: The Rivals. She of course became part of the all-conquering girlband Girls Aloud, alongside Cheryl Cole. The pop five-piece landed 21 top 10 singles between 2002 and 2012, including Sound of the Underground, Love Machine and The Promise.center_img MNEK | Photo: Tongue artwork While Nadine’s failed to teach the heights of Girls Aloud since the group’s first (and second) split, she has released some hugely underrated pop gems, including her debut Insatiable, and last year’s employment motivation anthem Go To Work.[embedded content]2 Louisa (Saturday)The 2015 X Factor winner has hit the UK top 10 with winner’s single Forever Young and Tears, her dance track with electro-opera band Clean Bandit.However, her best track to date, the sensual Best Behaviour, somehow missed the top 40 completely. (That said, it did still manage to sell 200,000 copies, earning a silver certification.)[embedded content]3 Beth Ditto (Saturday)The Gossip frontwoman is known for belting out queer 00s standards like Standing In the Way Of Control and Heavy Cross. Brighton Pride 2017: The Pet Shop Boys and 5 more massive pop stars performingThe 12 best singles by girl band members gone soloKylie Minogue will play NYC Pride’s Pride Island this JuneRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/5-pop-stars-performing-at-birmingham-pride-along-with-their-5-best-songs/last_img read more

Reuters plans buyouts job cuts in United States

first_imgNo related posts. NEW YORK – The Reuters news agency is planning voluntary buyouts and seven jobs cuts in the United States, along with the relocation of its Washington editing desk, its journalists’ union said Thursday.The buyout plan, offered to employees who have worked for the news wire for more than 18 years, will provide severance above the standard contract, according to the Newspaper Guild of New York, which says 97 of its members meet the requirements.Reuters management also informed the union of its plan to cut seven union-represented editorial jobs: two positions in New York, which will be outsourced to Bangalore, India, and five in Miami, where the agency will keep just one person.Reuters also plans to close its editing desk in Washington and to bring those duties to its New York office. The current editors will have the option of either moving to New York or transferring to any open reporting positions in Washington, according to the union.The management plans to finalize the staff reductions and the desk closings by the end of 2013.Reuters had announced last week it planned to cut some five percent of its editorial staff, according to a source close to the company.The union reported the same figure but emphasized management representatives, during a meeting Wednesday, did not clarify whether the employees who take the buyout will be counted among the five percent.Reuters is one of the world’s biggest global news agencies, along with Agence France-Presse and the U.S.-based Associated Press. It employs more than 2,800 journalists, according to the latest annual tally from its parent company, financial information group Thomson Reuters.The newswire represents just a small part of Thomson Reuters, which mainly earns its revenues from financial terminals it provides in banks and trading floors and from the distribution of specialized financial and legal information.The company had announced in February it was cutting 2,500 jobs in its “Financial and Risk” division, which oversees the financial terminals, and CEO James Smith warned last week more “tough decisions” were coming, in a message to the company’s 60,000 employees. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Mr Vladislav Doronin

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterMr Vladislav Doronin, international businessman, philanthropist and owner of Aman since August 2015 has achieved a successful settlement of all claims in the long-running court dispute. The High Court in London has today issued an order confirming the settlement. As a result of this settlement, Mr Doronin continues to be in full control of the luxury hotel group Aman.The settlement was concluded with KPMG as liquidators for Mr Omar Amanat’s vehicle ‘Peak Hotels & Resorts Limited’ (PHRL) following its recent involuntary liquidation. PHRL had brought the initial claim in the High Court of England & Wales.As part of the settlement, PHRL has agreed to retract all allegations made against Mr Doronin, his businesses and business relationships. Furthermore, PHRL has agreed to pay compensation of £12m GBP in respect of Mr Doronin’s costs, and those of his fellow Director, Mr Johan Eliasch who was a party to the court case.Mr Doronin said, “I am delighted that my position has been fully vindicated in this settlement. I was always sure of this outcome and it is great news that the truth has prevailed. This was a long process and the claims brought by PHRL should never have been started. However, I am excited at being able to continue what I started: building this business, one of the most fantastic brands in the world, without any further distraction”Mr Doronin added, “During my time at Aman as Chairman, I have restructured the company with new top management and invested capital into existing properties as well as bringing new projects to fruition including opening four new hotels – Aman Tokyo, the first urban Aman hotel, Amandayan, Amanera, Amanemu and the expedition vessel Amandira. We have a new development and technical services team in place which will allow us to expand and generate new revenue streams.”Mr Doronin went on to say, “I have always acted in the best interests of Aman, whilst having to deal with the disruptive actions of Mr Amanat, who Mr Justice Henderson described during this process as a man with ‘an established record of dishonesty’. So I intend to pursue my personal claims against Mr Amanat in the New York Courts because it’s my social responsibility to make sure he cannot defraud others in this way – I will carry on the fight.”Following this settlement, Mr Doronin has full executive control of Aman. For the record, Mr Amanat no longer has any association or connection with Aman. AH Overseas Ltd is the new holding company that owns the luxury hotel group. All Mr Doronin’s counterclaims have been withdrawn as part of the settlement, bringing to an end any involvement on the part of Mr Doronin or his companies in the London court proceedings.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Woman biker killed in Limassol collision

first_imgA 30-year-old woman on a motorcycle was killed on Sunday in Limassol when her bike was hit by a car driven by a 79-year-old man near the Limassol hospital.Eftychia Kleomeni died instantly when she was thrown from her motorbike after it was hit by a car coming out of a side road. She had been travelling on a main road.The woman and the car driver were taken to Limassol hospital where doctors pronounced Kleomeni dead on arrival. The pensioner was not seriously injured but was undergoing medical tests.“The first indications appear to show that the driver of the motorcycle may have been speeding but forensic tests will be carried out to prove or reject this fact,” a traffic police spokesman told CNA. He said it was not immediately clear whether she had been wearing a helmet.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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