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first_imgAt least seven persons were killed in landslides at three places in the hill district of Tamenglong in Manipur in the wee hours on Wednesday, police said. The incidents took place between 2.30 am to 3.00 am at Tamenglong town, they said. Rescue operations are on with the help of the district administration and state police, a police officer said, adding poor accessibility of the area was causing hindrance to the operations. Unofficial reports said the victims were mostly children.last_img

The NFL draft starts Thursday night, and during the coverage you’ll probably hear about safe and risky picks. In some cases, the risk is specific to the player. Perhaps Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is a risk for his history of alleged off-the-field misconduct, while his counterpart at Oregon, Marcus Mariota, comes with worries that his stock was inflated by the Ducks’ spread offense. But some of the risk is also considered intrinsic to certain positions, while other positions carry a reputation for being particularly low-risk.The trouble, though, is that there’s no way to prove which positions consistently offer good returns on draft investment — at least not with football data in its current state. And in large part, that’s because we can’t really evaluate on player performance as accurately for the so-called non-skill positions.For instance, taking a quarterback (like Winston and Mariota) might seem like a hazardous bet to make early in the draft. But it’s possible that QBs only appear risky relative to other positions because we can more readily measure a quarterback’s performance statistically. In other words, when Ryan Leaf posts a 39.0 quarterback rating as a rookie, he’s easy to identify as a bust, but his linebacking equivalent might be harder to recognize.Here’s another example. You could use Pro-Football-Reference’s Approximate Value (AV) to estimate the odds that a player’s performance1We’re looking at the first five seasons of a player’s career. will live up to the expectations of where he was drafted, and break those numbers down by position:You’d find that the average offensive lineman2Weighted by the expected value of the pick, so that successful high picks are rewarded more — and highly-touted disappointments are more heavily penalized. meets or exceeds the median AV expected of his draft slot about 59 percent of the time — the NFL-wide average across all positions is, by definition, 50 percent — while the average receiver3Lumping together wide receivers and tight ends. provides positive value for his pick slot only 41 percent of the time. And quarterbacks wouldn’t be far behind receivers on the “risky” list, beating expectations at a rate of only 43 percent.But there’s another clear pattern in the AV data: The positions that seem like the riskiest picks are also the ones where we have the most data to differentiate between good and bad performances. Coincidence? Probably not.An offensive lineman’s AV is based solely on his team’s offensive performance, his own playing time and any accolades he receives (like Pro Bowl or All-Pro nods). So, short of being outright benched, there’s very little he could do to distinguish himself negatively under the structure of the study above (or those like it). A skill-position player struggling to meet expectations, on the other hand, can be identified via his inferior yardage, touchdowns, turnovers and the like. (To the extent that those metrics are even good descriptors of player performance.)It’s similar to the phenomenon that causes linemen to boast a far higher Pro Bowl “retention rate” than other offensive positions, particularly quarterbacks. The less information voters have to go on, the more they rely on a player’s priors (and perhaps rightly so). And the same can go for the draft, where certain positions can feel safer simply because we don’t have glaring, easily-quantifiable evidence to the contrary.The answer, of course, is more data. When Chase Stuart conducted a more granular (if anecdotal) look at offensive tackles using ProFootballFocus grades, for instance, he found what seems to be a healthy bust rate even for a position often tagged as one of the most reliable. Then again, PFF grades aren’t universally accepted as gospel, either; besides, they only go back to the 2007 season (as opposed to 1950 for AV).That’s why, for now at least, it may not be possible to truly say whether certain positions are more or less likely to live up to their draft-day expectations. It’s another unanswerable question to throw onto the pile of things about the NFL draft that we just don’t know. read more

After years of playing it cool in the free-agency game, the San Antonio Spurs entered the market this month and were the clear-cut winners. That probably shouldn’t be a surprise: Winning is pretty much what the Spurs do. And these summer victories have them poised for many more once the season starts.The Spurs nabbed LaMarcus Aldridge, the best (realistically)1There was little chance that Memphis’s Marc Gasol or San Antonio’s own Kawhi Leonard would switch teams, and while Cleveland’s LeBron James hasn’t officially re-signed, it’s basically a foregone conclusion that he’ll be back with the Cavs. available free agent of the summer, negotiated new contracts for essential wings Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, convinced Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili to each forgo retirement in favor of another crack at a championship, and even managed to snag veteran forward David West for $11 million less than he would have made had he opted into the final season of his contract with the Indiana Pacers.In other words, it was a good week for Gregg Popovich.To measure just how good it was — or how dominant next season’s Spurs figure to be, I dusted off last year’s preseason projection system (fueled by Real Plus-Minus), plugged projected RPM values into Rotoworld’s depth charts, and (unscientifically) estimated how much playing time each player will receive.2Basically, I looked at last year’s minutes per game for each player, as well as how many minutes per game were logged by others who will be at the same position on his 2015-16 team, eventually ballparking a reasonable figure. (In other words, it was definitely not scientific.) Here’s a first pass at how good San Antonio could be next season:That predicted power rating of +8.9 means the Spurs are talented enough to win about 60 games,3That estimate is based on the Spurs’ being in the Western Conference. Because the West is (somewhat significantly) better than the East, it takes more talent for a team to get the same number of wins out West than it would if they were in the East. which is very high for a true talent projection. A lot of luck and variance lurks out there, ready to make a team’s record different from its underlying skill, so most teams that win 60 or more games don’t actually possess 60-win talent. (Using Statistical Plus/Minus talent ratings, I found that only 18 percent of teams that won 60 or more games in a season4If a season was shorter than 82 games, I prorated it. since 1979-80 truly had 60-win talent on their rosters.) But this Spurs roster appears to really have that much talent.It’s a formidable group that stacks up against any of the other teams across the league — even the defending champions in Oakland. To test this, I ran similar projections for a handful of other notable teams that were either good last season and didn’t lose much talent over the offseason (like the Warriors) or have enjoyed an eventful offseason thus far.5The official list of teams I checked, in order of projected 2015-16 quality: the Spurs, Warriors, Cavaliers, Thunder, Rockets, Raptors, Grizzlies, Clippers, Wizards, Mavericks, Bucks, Hawks and — just for fun — the Knicks. (As a sanity check: Yes, the Knicks are projected to be very bad.) Here were the best of those squads:According to these preliminary projections, the Spurs are excellent, although they’re not a super-team. (In other words, they’re not a juggernaut that looks poised to blow away the rest of the league.) In the eyes of RPM, they’re essentially tied with Golden State now as the best team in basketball, closing the gap that existed between the two teams last season.But San Antonio and Golden State do seem to be well ahead of the rest of the league. Cleveland ranks third among teams I checked but is still four to five wins behind the leaders, according to the power ratings. (Oklahoma City is two to three wins behind Cleveland; Houston is one to two wins behind Oklahoma City; and then there’s Toronto and a distant group containing Memphis and the Clippers.)The Spurs were already among the class of the league before strengthening their roster this summer. While San Antonio may not shatter any records, its surgical dissection of the free-agent market has left it with arguably the best team in basketball. read more

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King’s “Auld Lang Syne” For The Record: Shakira David Bowie’s ‘…Ziggy Stardust…’ | For The Record Daft Punk For The Record: ‘Random Access Memories’ Their final album before retiring from live shows, find out how the Fab Four’s seventh studio album changed their sonic directionRenée FabianGRAMMYs Aug 2, 2018 – 11:07 am By 1966, the Beatles — John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr —were ready for a change in their musical direction. Namely, they planned to retire from live performances. Before that, however, they released their seventh studio album on Aug. 5, 1966, Revolver. 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first_imgHEMPSTEAD, NY — Colleen Fitzpatrick, of Wilmington, excelled during the Spring 2019 semester at Hofstra University, achieving a GPA of at least 3.5 to earn a spot on the Dean’s List.About Hofstra UniversityHofstra University is a nationally ranked and recognized private university in Hempstead, N.Y. that is the only school to ever host three consecutive presidential debates (2008, 2012 and 2016). Our campus is a leafy oasis just a quick train ride away from New York City and all its cultural, recreational and professional opportunities. We offer small classes and personal attention, with the resources, technology and facilities of a large university. Students can choose from more than 160 undergraduate program options and 165 graduate program options in the liberal arts and sciences, education, health professions and human services, the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs, the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law, the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Hofstra University is a dynamic community of more than 11,000 students from around the world who are dedicated to civic engagement, academic excellence and becoming leaders in their communities and their careers.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Hofstra University via Merit.)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.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Colleen Fitzpatrick Named To Dean’s List At Hofstra UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Colleen Fitzpatrick Named To Provost’s List At Hofstra UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Colleen Fitzpatrick Named To Dean’s List At Hofstra UniversityIn “Education”last_img read more

first_img.Forty villages in Balaganj upazila of Sylhet were inundated due to heavy rains and rise of water level in the Kushiara river, rendering over 1500 families marooned, reports UNB.Balaganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer Pradip Sinha said a meeting of upazila relief and disaster management committee was held on Monday and 5 tonnes of rice have been allocated for the flood victims of the upazila.Balaganj sadar union chairman Abdul Munim said, about 700 families of the union have been marooned.Makrashi, Singrakona, Monohorpur, Sarmanandapur and Sonapur villages of Boaljur union are the worst affected areas, said Boaljur UP chairman Md Anhar Miah.UNB Habiganj correspondent reports: Several thousand people of Chunarughat upazila of the have been marooned due to flood caused by heavy rain and onrush of hilly water.Some dwelling houses near Balla border area were damaged due to incessant rain.Vesicular movement on Shayestaganj, Chunarghat-Madhobpur road came to a halt as the road in Chandichora area on Old Dhaka-Sylhet highway was damaged due to flood, said Chunarghat Upazila Nirbahi Officer Sirajum Munira.Meanwhile, Khwai river was flowing 280 centimetres above the danger level on Tuesday morning threatening the town protection embankment at Tetuiwa, Kamrapur, Mashulia points.According to sources at the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), the Kawai river was flowing above the danger level due to fresh spell of rainfall over the last few days and onrush of water from upstream hilly areas of Tripura.last_img read more

first_imgKhulna 33.5  25.0  77     64 Rain/thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty/squally wind is likely to occur at a few places over Dhaka, Mymensingh, Chattogram and Sylhet divisions and at one or two places over Rajshahi, Rangpur, Barishal and Khulna divisions in the next 24 hours till 6:00pm tomorrow (Friday).According to UNB, day and night temperature may remain nearly unchanged over the country, Met office said.The sun sets in the capital tomorrow at 06:16pm and rises on Saturday at 5:46am.Country’s highest temperature 34.0 degree Celsius was recorded on Thursday in Jashore and Chuadanga and lowest 18.5 degree in Srimangal.Highest and lowest temperature and humidity recorded in some major cities and towns today were:City/Town Temperature Humidity in Celsius in percentage Dhaka 33.1  21.6  79   61 Cox’s Bazar   32.0   24.4  77   79 Mymensingh  29.8  21.0   91   78 Rajshahi   33.0 21.8   91    73 Rangpur   27.6  20.0 73    67 Sylhet   32.4 20.6   69     69 Max: Min: Morning Evening Barishal  33.0    20.5  78    68 Chattogram   30.8 24.3   80    76last_img read more

first_imgWomen wait with their children under a shed for food rations at an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp on the outskirts of Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria on 6 June 2017. Reuters File PhotoPersistent conflicts and extreme weather are currently driving high levels of severe food insecurity, particularly in Southern African and Near East countries, which continue to require humanitarian assistance, said a report issued on Thursday by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation.Some 39 countries, 31 of which are in Africa, seven in Asia and one in the Caribbean (Haiti), are in need of external food assistance—unchanged from three months ago, according to the Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.FAO stresses that protracted conflicts, extreme weather events and displacement continue hampering food access for millions of vulnerable people.Civil conflicts and population displacement remain the key drivers of food insecurity in East Africa and the Near East, whereas dry-weather conditions reduced cereal outputs in Southern Africa, according to the report.FAO’s latest forecast for global cereal production in 2018 is pegged at 2587 million tonnes, a three-year low and 2.4 per cent below last year’s record high level.Cereal production in the 52 Low-Income Food-Deficit Countries (LIFDCs) is projected this year at around 490 million tonnes, about 19 million above the past five-year average. The unchanged aggregate output reflects weather-reduced outputs in Southern Africa, Central Asia and the Near East that are foreseen to be offset by production gains in Far East Asia and East Africa, said the report.Civil conflicts, often coupled with climate-related extreme events, have taken their toll on food security of vulnerable populations in Central African Republic, Nigeria, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen among others, the report underlined.In Yemen, due to the ongoing civil war, an estimated 17.8 million people are food insecure and require urgent humanitarian assistance, a five percent increase from 2017, the report said.In the Central African Republic, about 2 million people, or 43 per cent of the total population, are estimated to be in need of urgent assistance for food due to the civil conflicts, several consecutive years of reduced agricultural production and poorly functioning markets, especially for displaced populations, host families and returnees, fuelled by violent clashes and inter-communal tensions.Poor rains in Southern Africa at key cropping stages curbed this year’s cereal production, with the largest reductions reported in Malawi and Zimbabwe. In Malawi, with this year’s cereal output estimated to be below average, the number of food insecure people in 2018 could more than double from last year to reach 3.3 million people.In Zimbabwe, 2.4 million people are estimated to be food insecure in 2018 as a result of a reduced cereal output and food access constraints stemming from low incomes and liquidity problems of vulnerable households.The Near East region has also suffered from insufficient rains that have reduced cereal output particularly in Afghanistan and Syria. In Syria, around 6.5 million people are estimated to be short of food and another 4 million people are at risk of food insecurity, according to the report.Dry weather conditions in South America have lowered cereal output in 2018 from last year’s record, particularly for maize. In Central America and the Caribbean, unfavourable rains also curtailed this year’s maize production, except in Mexico, the report noted.In Far East Asia, cereal production in 2018 is forecast to rise, primarily reflecting gains in Bangladesh and India, with the latter seeing a record wheat output this year due to favourable weather conditions.Similarly, in Bangladesh, beneficial weather supported by prospects of remunerative prices triggered an expansion in paddy plantings that drove up cereal production in 2018, following reduced outputs last year.And as a result of beneficial weather, cereal harvests in East Africa are also forecast to rebound from the reduced levels of 2017; however, torrential rains earlier this year and more recently in August resulted in floods causing localised crop losses.The 39 countries currently in need of external food assistance are: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Eswatini (former Swaziland), Ethiopia, Guinea, Haiti, Iraq, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zimbabwe.last_img read more

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:01 Davis Land | Houston Public MediaHarvey victims work with Health and Human Services representatives to apply for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program at Greenspoint Mall on September 22nd, 2017.People affected by Harvey still have time to get in on government health plans.While the national deadlines for coverage under Medicare or the Affordable Care Act have already passed, anyone who lives in the Texas counties with a FEMA disaster declaration has until December 31st to enroll or change federal health plans.The extension also applies to people who lived in those counties when Harvey struck, even if they’ve since moved away. For Medicare, the extension goes one step further, covering people who don’t live in the affected areas, if they require help making healthcare decisions from family or friends who were impacted by the storm.Angela Brice-Smith, the regional administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said health agencies realize people are still recovering.“You know, it’s such an incredible journey after your home has been damaged, and all of your things that you’ve accumulated over a long time have been lost or damaged,” she said. “It takes a while.”If you want either of the extensions, you have to request them from Medicare or from the federal health marketplace. Some proof that you qualify might also be required. Share Listen Xlast_img read more

first_imgBy DAVID CRARY and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — LGBT leaders are reacting furiously to a report that the Trump administration is considering a new definition of gender that would effectively deny federal recognition and civil rights protections to transgender Americans.Activists are pledging legal challenges if such a change is put in place, and they say it would run counter to numerous court rulings.(Courtesy Image/commons.wikimedia.org)According to The New York Times, a draft memo circulated by the Health and Human Services Department proposes defining gender as an immutable biological condition determined by a person’s sex organs at birth.Such a policy, if in place, would be the latest administration move targeting transgender rights. That includes an attempt by President Donald Trump to ban transgender people from military service.The administration has refused to comment on the memo.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta High Court administration has framed rules that consider strike by lawyers as interference to dispensation of justice in accordance with a Supreme Court order that said lawyers have no right to strike. A 69-day ceasework called by lawyers’ associations from February had severely affected the justice delivery system at the Calcutta High Court. The administration told a division bench of Chief Justice Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya and Justice Arijit Banerjee that the rules will be placed before the full court for approval. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsPetitioner A K Sarangi had moved a PIL seeking direction to the high court administration to comply with the apex court’s direction by framing appropriate rules under Section 34 of the Advocates Act, 1961 to make it clear that strikes by advocates will be considered interference with the administration of justice and for taking action against advocates who resort to cease work. The counsel representing the high court administration submitted before the bench that “the rules have been framed and are waiting to be placed before the full court for approval.” A ‘full court’ is a session of a court which is attended by all its judges. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedNoting the development, the division bench had disposed of the PIL on May 15.Srikanta Dutta, counsel for the petitioner, said that in 2002 the Supreme Court had passed a direction to the high courts in the ex-captain Harish Uppal versus Union of India case with regard to strikes by lawyers. The apex court had directed the high courts to frame rules under Section 34 of the Advocates Act, 1961, to make clear that any strike by lawyers will be treated as interference to the administration of justice, he said today. In 2015, Sarangi had filed an RTI application to know whether such rules had been framed by the Calcutta High Court administration. He was informed that the rules were yet to be framed, Dutta said.Sarangi had then filed a PIL before the high court seeking direction on the administration to frame the rules. In 2016, the then Chief Justice Girish Gupta and Justice Arindam Sinha directed that opinion in this regard be sought from all district courts in the state through the Bar Council of West Bengal and rules be framed within three months after receiving those. When the matter came up for hearing earlier this month, the administration told the court that rules have been framed. Three lawyers’ associations had called a ceasework from February 19 seeking appointment of judges to the high court, whose strength had fallen to 30 only against a sanctioned strength of 72.The ceasework was called off after the union law ministry had appointed seven new judges to the HC.last_img read more

first_imgDarjeeling: Police on Wednesday raided a house in Baghajatin Park area in Siliguri from where an illegal call centre was being allegedly run. Thirty-one women and five men were arrested in connection with this incident.Police are of the belief that illegal activities were taking place in the guise of the call centre. The police seized many mobile phones, sim cards and documents from the house. There are reports that numerous call centres that operate as friendship clubs and dating agencies have mushroomed in different parts of Siliguri. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataPolice have initiated an investigation. The house belongs to a lawyer. Around one year ago a person in the name of Prashanta Chowdhury had taken the house on rent. Chowdhury is a resident of Dabgram. They had claimed that they were using the premises for travel agency business. Mostly women used to work in the travel agency. However police on a tip off raided the premises. Prima facie police are suspecting that a flesh trade racket was being run along with telephonic dating service. Online the customers used to strike a deal and then the women would be taken to fixed locations including hotels and apartments. Police have seized computers, laptops from the premises. Interrogation is on. The owner stated that he had kept a copy of pan card, epic card and Adhar card of his tenant along with a copy of the trade license. He has handed all these documents to the police.last_img read more

first_imgMicrosoft researcher Lester Mackey and his teammates along with grad students, Jessica Hwang, and Paulo Orenstein have come out with a new machine learning based forecasting model along with a comprehensive dataset, called SubseasonalRodeo, for training the subseasonal forecasting models. Subseasonal forecasting models are systems that are capable of predicting the temperature or precipitation 2-6 weeks in advance in the western contiguous United States. The SubseasonalRhodeo dataset can be found at the Harvard Dataverse. Researchers have presented the details about their work in the paper titled “Improving Subseasonal Forecasting in the Western U.S. with Machine Learning”. “What has perhaps prevented computer scientists and statisticians from aggressively pursuing this problem is that there hasn’t been a nice, neat, tidy dataset for someone to just download ..and use, so we hope that by releasing this dataset, other machine learning researchers.. will just run with it,” says Hwang. Microsoft team states that a large amount of high-quality historical weather data along with the existing computational power makes the process of statistical forecast modeling worthwhile. Also, clubbing together the physics-based and statistics-based approaches lead to better predictions. The team’s machine learning based forecasting system combines the two regression models that are trained on its SubseasonalRodeo dataset. The dataset consists of different weather measurements dating as far back as 1948. These weather measurements include temperature, precipitation, sea surface temperature, sea ice concentration, and relative humidity and pressure. This data is consolidated from sources like the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center and the National Centers for Environmental Prediction. First of the two models created by the team is a local linear regression with multitask model selection, or MultiLLR. Data used by the team was limited to an eight-week span in any year around the day for which the prediction was being made. There was also a selection process which made use of a customized backward stepwise procedure where two to 13 of the most relevant predictors were consolidated to make a forecast. The second model created by the team was a multitask k-nearest neighbor autoregression, or AutoKNN. This model incorporates the historical data of only the measurement being predicted such as either the temperature or the precipitation. Researchers state that although each model performed better on its own as compared to the competition’s baseline models, namely, a debiased version of the operational U.S. Climate Forecasting System (CFSv2) and a damped persistence model, they deal with different parts of the challenges associated with the subseasonal forecasting. For instance, the first model created by the researchers makes use of only the recent history to make its predictions while the second model doesn’t account for other factors. So the team’s final forecasting model was a combination of the two models. The team will be further expanding its work to the Western United States and will continue its collaboration with the Bureau of Reclamation and other agencies. “I think that subseasonal forecasting is fertile ground for machine learning development, and we’ve just scratched the surface,” mentions Mackey. For more information, check out the official Microsoft blog. Read Next Italian researchers conduct an experiment to prove that quantum communication is possible on a global scale Stanford researchers introduce DeepSolar, a deep learning framework that mapped every solar panel in the US Researchers unveil a new algorithm that allows analyzing high-dimensional data sets more effectively, at NeurIPS conferencelast_img read more