FiveThirtyEight More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Jan. 24, 2017), we chat about last weekend’s NFL blowouts and begin to think about the Super Bowl. Next, we interview Duke’s Lexie Brown, who recently made 56 straight free throws, the sixth-longest streak in NCAA history and the new ACC record. Finally, the Philadelphia 76ers are suddenly on a hot streak. We investigate how the Sixers’ season has recently taken a winning turn and look at whether it’s too late for Philadelphia to be a playoff contender.Links to what we discussed:In case you missed it, ESPN recapped the Falcons’ 44-21 defeat of the Packers and the Patriots’ 36-17 AFC title win against the Steelers.FiveThirtyEight’s Neil Paine took a look at Matt Ryan’s incredible season and explained why it’s not a fluke.The Patriots won with less talent than usual, writes Ty Schalter.Duke’s Lexie Brown was named the ACC Player of the Week this Monday.espnW’s Mechelle Voepel reports on the NCAA committee’s early reveal of the top 16 women’s basketball teams.The Ringer’s Ben Detrick explores the Philadelphia 76ers’ surprising hot streak.Significant Digit: $4,045, the amount “The Fish Guy,” an aquatic services company, sought from Buffalo Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes in a lawsuit. The company moved Spikes’s tropical fish and aquarium to Buffalo from Rhode Island in 2014 after he joined the Bills.
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Daring Greatly is a family band from Canada now living in San Diego that’s been touring the country for the past four years.Daring Greatly has partnered with Music House to build a stronger community while sharing positive messages in music and wil perform at the Winston’s in Ocean Beach on February 16th at 9 p.m.The five piece consists of a father, his two adult sons and their two best friends.For more information about the band Daring Greatly click here. Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Daring Greatly to perform in Ocean Beach Posted: February 15, 2019 February 15, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom
The ballots contain some other Game of Thrones nuggets. The Iron Throne, The Last of the Starks and The Long Night all appear in the directing category. Most of the fan complaints around the final season centered on the writing for the show rather than the directing. HBO also offered up Game of Thrones in categories ranging from art direction to costuming. The show gilded its already gaudy trophy case at the Emmy Awards in 2018 when it won for outstanding drama. Will it add another? Some fans might argue against it. Game of Thrones are shameless, I’m dYYYING!!!!!!!! bEsT wRiTiNg #Emmys pic.twitter.com/e42gUSNgZw— Patrick (@PatrickSikler) June 11, 2019 Share your voice so who thought it was a good idea for hbo to submit 8×06 of game of thrones for an emmy nomination in best writing category when this episode is of the most boring season finales to ever exist pic.twitter.com/UkI5dGFPdG— ellie (@odairannies) June 11, 2019 Burning questions we still have about Game of Thrones Game of Thrones HBO 0 42 Photos Bran contemplates the series finale Emmy chances. HBO Game of Thrones fans had lots of complaints about the writing for the show’s final season, particularly the last two episodes. One of the scripts that fed a massive petition calling for a rewrite is now up for consideration for the Emmy television awards. The 2019 Emmy Awards nominating ballots arrived on Tuesday. HBO had six episodes to choose from, including the widely lauded A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, but it decided to submit the divisive finale episode The Iron Throne in the category for best writing. The ballots will be used to narrow down the submissions to the final nominees. Some fans weren’t thrilled at the choice, and posted various derisive GIFs and images in response, which goes to show hard feelings are still lingering. One showed a picture of Ted Danson from The Good Place with the caption, “Even metaphorically, it’s lame.” Another showed Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) cracking up. Tags TV and Movies Post a comment
Infosys may have dampened sentiments after it lowered its full-year revenue guidance on Friday, leading to the stock hitting a new 52-week low but that did not affect select stocks that gained sharply on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). These included L&T Finance Holdings (up 7.41 percent), Dewan Housing Finance (up 5.82 percent), Petronet LNG (up 5.34 percent) and Voltas (up 4.64 percent). Some of these stocks also hit a new 52-week high on Friday.Benchmark indices ended the day with minor gains of around 0.10 percent, with the BSE Sensex closing at 27,673 and the NSE Nifty at 8,583.The highlight of the day was the September quarter results of Infosys, India’s second-largest IT software services exporter. The company reported growth both in net profit and revenues but dampened with its second downward revision of revenue guidance for the current fiscal, to 8-9 percent from 10.5-12 percent given while announcing June quarter results.Read: Here is what Vishal Sikka, Pravin Rao, MD Ranganath said after Sept quarter resultsThe stock closed 1.02 percent down at Rs. 1,041.30 on the BSE but not before hitting a new 52-week low of Rs. 996.15 during intraday trading. In addition to Infosys, other stocks that hit a new 52-week low included Idea Cellular and Hexaware Technologies.SpiceJet ended 3.85 percent higher at Rs. 60.65 on news of stock upgrade. ICICI Prudential Life Insurance closed with gains of 2.53 percent at Rs. 325.65, much below the issue price of Rs. 334 per share.ICICI Bank ended flat at Rs. 241.85. In a regulatory filing, the private sector lender that it will be declaring its September quarter results on November 7.SBI shares gained 0.88 percent to end at Rs. 251.90.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) were net sellers of Indian equities worth Rs. 911 crore on Thursday, the day the benchmark indices lost about 1.50 percent on buzz that the US Federal Reserve could raise interest rates by December this year.Among sectoral indices, the BSE IPO index closed 1.50 percent higher while the realty index rose 0.79 percent.
The death toll in Tuesday’s ghastly bus accident in Telangana of India rose to 57 even as the state government suspended an official of the state road transport corporation and ordered an inquiry.As many as 43 people were also injured in the accident that occurred when an overcrowded state-run bus fell into a gorge in Telangana’s Jagtial district.The Telangana State Road Transport Corp (TSRTC) bus carrying 100 passengers fell off Kondagattu Ghat Road while returning from Anjaneya Swamy temple atop Kondagattu Hills, about 190 km from Hyderabad.Overload and brake failure is suspected to be the cause of accident. Telengana’s transport minister Mahender Reddy has ordered a probe into the tragedy.The dead include 30 women and four children, officials said.The injured are undergoing treatment in hospitals at Jagtial, Karimnagar and Hyderabad. The toll could further go up as the condition of some of the injured is stated to be critical.The dead include driver B Srinivas who apparently lost control when the bus approached a speed breaker.Telengana’s chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao expressed shock over the accident. He has announced Rs 500,000 ex-gratia each for the families of the dead. TSRTC announced Rs. 300,000 ex-gratia each.The transport minister, who visited the accident site, also announced suspension of Jagtial TSRTC depot manager Hanumantha Rao.Jagtial Superintendent of Police Sindhu Sharma said the accident occurred around 11:00am when the bus was coming down from the hill and was to join the highway.The victims belonged to Jagtial and Peddapalli districts.Heart rending scenes were witnessed at the accident site as some of the injured lay amid bodies crying for help. Wailing relatives of the victims crowded Jagtial Hospital, where the medical staff struggled to deal with the large number of casualties.Meanwhile, locals have voiced their anger against the authorities over poor condition of the road and the alleged negligence of TSRTC.
Share Graphic by Todd Wiseman / The Texas TribuneA year after Texas’ attorney general questioned whether fantasy sports are legal, state lawmakers are considering proclaiming that they are.In a non-binding opinion in January 2016, Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton equated paid fantasy sports sites to online gambling, which is illegal.But one fantasy football-playing Democrat in the Legislature has filed a measure that he says would protect Texans who play the online games from repercussion. The measure will be considered in a hearing on Monday, and a Republican has filed a similar bill in the Senate. The proposal by state Rep. Richard Peña Raymond, D-Laredo, would classify fantasy sports as games of skill, not of chance. Eight members of the Texas House — including Raymond — have signed on to the bill as authors or co-authors of House Bill 1457. In an interview prior to the hearing, Raymond said he was inspired to file his bill after talking to constituents who worried the government would take away their right to play the game. “I play fantasy football. I have a lot of friends that do,” Raymond said. “I filed the bill just to clarify, but I think [fantasy football] is legal already … If you don’t think fantasy football is a game of skill, then you haven’t played it.”Fantasy sports allows fans to draft real players from various sporting leagues to create a fictional team. The players’ real-time statistics are then compiled and the team with the highest overall ranking wins. Fans can track their teams through web sites or apps.Ten states have passed laws declaring fantasy sports legal contests of skill, according to the Texas Fantasy Sports Alliance.Paxton’s opinion suggested paid fantasy sports sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel — which offer Texans the potential to win money through their virtual teams — violated the state’s prohibition on betting on games of chance. While critics say fantasy sports sites are hubs for illegal online gambling, others contend the games are based on skill and are therefore legitimate.“It is beyond reasonable dispute that daily fantasy leagues involve an element of chance regarding how a selected player will perform on game day,” the opinion states. Free fantasy sport sites — like those hosted by Yahoo, ESPN and the NFL — are not in dispute.Raymond said Paxton’s opinion “kind of muddied up the water a little bit about whether or not people could play fantasy football in Texas.”Paxton’s office declined to comment on Raymond’s legislation since it is currently pending.A spokesman for the Texas Fantasy Sports Alliance, a group backed by FanDuel and DraftKings, said the organization is working to convince Paxton that the companies’ operations are legal. He also said he was glad Raymond’s bill has support from both sides of the aisle. “A lot of representatives acknowledge that fantasy sports is not a partisan issue, it’s a Texas issue,” spokesman Scott Dunaway said, adding that there are more than 4 million Texans who play fantasy sports each year. “We’ve been playing fantasy sports for decades.”“I promise you, fantasy football is a lot more like chess than the roulette wheel,” Raymond added.State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, filed a companion bill in the upper chamber. Her proposal has not been scheduled for a hearing.Read related Tribune coverage:A state lawmaker has filed legislation to make sure Texans can play fantasy sports online without repercussions.Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wants a lawsuit filed against his office by fantasy sports site DraftKings moved to Travis County.While placing bets in fantasy sports leagues may involve skill, there is still an element of chance that would equate such leagues with illegal gambling in Texas, Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a nonbinding opinion.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/04/03/bill-would-clarify-legality-fantasy-sports-receive-first-hearing/.Texas Tribune mission statementThe Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.
Kolkata: The Alipore Zoological Garden has finally managed to increase the number of fishing cats in the zoo after many years. The zoo authorities are upbeat about the increase in population of the animal as fishing cat is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.”The fishing cat is the state animal of Bengal. But its population is threatened with the wetlands in the state declining severely in the last decade. So, we have decided to increase the population of the animal in the zoo. We had two pairs of fishing cats here. Now, they have given birth to three babies which means that the population have gone up from four to seven,” said Asis Kumar Samanta, director of Alipore Zoo. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”We found out that the pairs were not mating while they were in public view. So, we decided to try out something different and kept them hidden for a period of one year. This yielded fruits and they gave birth to three babies,” a senior zoo official said.The babies which were kept away along with the adult females for another period of six months have been brought in public view recently and the visitors are really excited. “We have plans to set them free in the open, once there is a further rise in their population,” Samanta said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) is a medium-sized wild cat of South and Southeast Asia that live foremost in the vicinity of wetlands, along rivers, streams, oxbow lakes, in swamps and mangroves and lives on fishes. “The state government in the last few years have taken some steps in conservation of wetlands but there have been incidents when people have netted these animals and killed them. There is still a lack of awareness among people about this animal species, which is endangered and hardly attack any human being ” a senior zoo official said.
Kolkata: Has the over dependence of people on meat indirectly helped unholy people to thrive on the business of carcass meat in the state? A nationwide survey conducted by the Office of Registrar General and Census Commissioner states that around 98.55 percent of total population in Bengal is non-vegetarian, which is the second highest in the country after Telangana. Meanwhile, many believe that this huge demand of meat across various markets in the state might have prompted some people to run a parallel business of trading carcass meat, which is allegedly collected from dumping grounds, stored in cold storages and later delivered to various restaurants and hotels in the state. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to the sample registration system (SRS) baseline survey 2014 released by the registrar general of India, around 98.7 percent of male and 98.4 percent of female in Bengal are non-vegetarians. This means only 1.3 percent of the total male population in the state is vegetarian while figure stands at 1.6 in case of females. Bengal ranks second in the list of states, in regard to the prevalence of non-vegetarianism among the population aged 15 years or above, as published in the report. The data shows that around 71 percent of Indians over the age of 15 are non-vegetarians.The percentage of non-vegetarians across the country has, however, has dropped from 75 Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedpercent in 2004. The survey says that Telangana has the highest number of non-vegetarians with 98.8 percent men and 98.6 percent women enjoying meat, fish and eggs, marginally higher than Bengal. Other states with a high non-vegetarian population include Andhra Pradesh (98.25%), Odisha (97.35%) and Kerala (97%). Vegetarianism, as it is often interpreted as a practice in the country, encouraged or imposed by ideologies of religion and caste, is basically a food habit. Many people think that a life without meat would be boring, unhealthy, and damaging to your body. However, it is debatable. Rajasthan tops the list when it comes to vegetarianism. Around 73.2 percent men and 76.6 percent women in Rajasthan are vegetarians. Haryana follows next with 68.5 percent men and 70 percent women depending on vegetarian diets. Whereas in Punjab, around 65.5 percent of the male population and 68 percent of the female population eat vegetarian food. Ever since the carcass meat row has come to light, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and police conducted raids at various places and seized a huge amount of rotten meat. The selling of various items of meat has dipped considerably since the incident took place. Sudesh Poddar, President of Hotel and Restaurant Association of Eastern India said: “We have issued directives to the restaurant owners to buy meat from reputed suppliers having trade and Food Safety and Standards Authority of India license. We have also asked hoteliers and restaurant owners to get the meat tested at a private laboratory. The situation is gradually improving.”
June 1, 2017 Code Conference 2017 began May 30 and will run through June 1 at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. Some of tech’s most prominent figures are in attendance sharing their insights on what’s happening today — and what’s next. We’ve summarized some of the interesting tidbits below and will update this page as more speakers take the stage.Big-name VC says self-driving cars will lead to job boomMarc Andreessen, one of Silicon Valley’s most high-profile venture capitalists, said we shouldn’t be concerned that self-driving vehicles will lead to a loss of jobs. Just the opposite, the co-founder of VC firm Andreessen Horowitz argued at Code Conference 2017.Related: Study: $5,000 Is the Self-Driving Car Sweet SpotHe compared it to the rise of the automobile industry, which people at the time worried would put those who worked with horses and carriages out of work. It did, but the prevalence of cars led to a boom in manufacturing as well as paved roads and a boost to businesses such as hotels and restaurants.“It’s a recurring panic,” he said. “This happens every 25 or 50 years, people get all amped up about ‘machines are going to take all the jobs’ and it never happens.”Not only could self-driving tech lead to fewer traffic deaths and a boost in productivity when people don’t have to drive anymore, it could also cause a boom in exurbs, which go beyond suburbs.Microsoft’s former CEO’s big regretSteve Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft, said that he was too slow to recognize the need for the giant to get into hardware.“I wish we’d built the capability to be a world-class hardware company, because one of the new expressions of software is essentially the hardware,” he said. Microsoft purchased phone maker Nokia under his leadership, which ended up a failure.Related: The Craziest Patents by Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Google and MoreMeanwhile, Ballmer also discussed Jack Dorsey, CEO and co-founder of both Square and Twitter. Ballmer said Dorsey will eventually have to choose one company to lead.“Being a CEO is a hard job, I can speak to that,” Ballmer said. “Being a CEO of two things, I can’t even imagine.”He also added that Microsoft didn’t try to buy Twitter.Netflix’s CEO says net neutrality no longer a ‘primary battle’ for the companyThe FCC recently voted to take the first steps to undo the Obama administration’s net neutrality rules, which were designed to prevent internet service providers from favoring certain websites over others. While this poses a large threat to up-and-coming internet-based businesses, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said fighting the rule changes is not a priority for his company.“It’s not our primary battle at this point,” he said. “I think Trump’s FCC is going to unwind the rules no matter what anybody says.”He added, “We had to carry the water when we were growing up and we were small, and now other companies need to be on that leading edge.”Meanwhile, he said Netflix and Facebook aren’t competing for the same content.Hillary Clinton says Democrats need better content marketingFormer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed the many reasons she believes she lost the presidential election to Donald Trump, including the media, fake news and Russian hacking. But another thing she pointed to was the failure of the Democratic party to convey its story to voters.“We are not good historically at building institutions and we’ve got to get a lot better, and that includes content,” Clinton said. “We have a great story to tell. I found when I started the campaign that I had to say in practically every one of my speeches, ‘Barack Obama saved the economy and he doesn’t get the credit he deserves.’ I had to say that because people had been told differently.”Interesting insights from a prominent VC’s annual reportEvery year, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Mary Meeker presents a report on the state of the internet. Here are some highlights from this year’s findings:Nearly one in five businesses are worried about being locked in with a cloud provider, up from 7 percent in 2012.People are picky about which companies they’re willing to share health data with. A 2016 survey revealed they’re more open to sharing with Google, Microsoft, Samsung and Apple than Amazon, Facebook and IBM.The day when we will be able to talk with our machines is fast approaching. Meeker’s report revealed that Google can understand human language with 95 percent accuracy. 5 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free
More Europe, new interline agreements in store for Transat in 2017 TORONTO — After announcing details of its new 2017 Europe and Guided Tours brochures last week, Transat hosted an industry reception in Toronto to highlight the changes in its Europe program from 2016, as well as Air Transat’s plans to adopt interline agreements in the near future.Denise Heffron, VP National Sales & Commercial, told media and industry partners that the company has recently gone through a process she refers to as “refinement.” After working with analysts for three months during which Transat evaluated its valued relationships, Transat found that there’s room for improvement in the way it sells travel.“We wanted to make sure that we’re maximizing what we’re doing so that we can be better,” she said. “We asked ourselves, ‘Are we working with the right partners at the right time with the right product?’ You’ll find that we’re going to be working more closely with you from now in, particularly with regard to marketing.”More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesPart of this self-evaluation included Transat’s recent streamlining of brands. Having once included brands like TMR, Nolitours and Transat Discoveries, the company finally “made the leap” and is now utilizing only the Transat and Air Transat brands.“Through our research, we found that the greatest equity we have is in the Air Transat brand, followed by Transat,” she said.Dan Prior, Rita Polegri, Denise HeffronGilles Ringwald, which joined Air Transat last month as its new Commercial Vice-President, confirmed that the company will soon be delving into the business of interlining, a common practice for many airlines. Air Transat, which didn’t have the need to partner with other airlines before, is now taking measures to expand its network and increase its frequencies through new interline agreements in order to stay competitive.With these agreements in place, Air Transat will be able to offer direct flights from major Canadian cities to leisure destinations in Europe, which will provide greater flexibility of schedules and frequencies and expand the number of destinations it offers. For example, Air Transat currently does not fly to Athens from Montreal or Toronto, but “in the future we can with interline partners,” said Ringwald.More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesRingwald confirmed that interlining will begin in 2017 and will be firmly in place by November 2017.In 2016, Air Transat offered direct flights to 27 destinations in 13 countries, from five Canadian cities. It had a capacity of 862,638 seats, up 7% compared to 2015. In 2017, Air Transat will offer increased frequency on several routes, including: Montreal-Paris (14 flights/week); Montreal-Marseille (5 flights/week); Montreal-Barcelona (5 flights/week); Montreal-Lisbon (4 flights/week); Montreal-Athens (3 flights/week); Toronto-Athens (3 flights/week); Montreal-Venice (3 flights/week); Montreal-Madrid (2 flights/week); Montreal-Malaga (2 flights/week); Montreal-Prague (2 flights/week), and Toronto-Zagreb (2 flights/week).For more information on Transat’s Europe 2017 program, click here. Posted by Share Monday, November 14, 2016 Travelweek Group Tags: Transat << Previous PostNext Post >>