Significant Digits For Friday March 25 2016

Welcome to Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. Regular host Walt Hickey is still on vacation, and NCAA basketball is still happening. As a result, I’m still here with another all-March Madness SigDig. Enjoy! 0.015 rating pointsThere are close matchups, and then there are close matchups. Tonight’s Notre Dame-Wisconsin tilt belongs in that second category, with the teams separated by just 0.015 points in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings. It’s basically as close to a coin flip as you can get — our prediction model lists the game as exactly 50-50 for both teams. [Kenpom.com]19 percentage pointsIn a Sweet 16 field largely devoid of Cinderella candidates, 10th-seeded Syracuse will have to do. According to the FiveThirtyEight model, they started the tourney with a 1 percent chance of making the Final Four; now that probability is 19 percentage points higher, the biggest gain of any team left standing. [FiveThirtyEight]1995 seasonThe University of Virginia will be looking to make its first Elite 8 appearance since the 1995 tournament when it takes on Iowa State Friday evening. By most measures — including winning percentage, the AP poll and the Simple Rating System — this year’s Cavaliers are better than the 1995 version, but they’ll have to win to prove it — the bracket doesn’t lie. [Sports-Reference.com]3,950 winsNorth Carolina and Indiana are two of the most storied programs in the history of college basketball, having combined for 3,950 victories in 5,728 games since 1901, and they’ll face each other in Friday’s late game. With a 73 percent chance of winning, UNC has the edge to take win No. 3,951, according to our model. [Sports-Reference.com]118 winsThe University of Connecticut women’s basketball team has been completely unstoppable with Breanna Stewart leading the way these past few seasons. They’ve won 118 of their last 119 games — all by double-digits, and all but 18 by 20 or more points. UConn looks to extend their run against Mississippi State Saturday morning. [FiveThirtyEight]If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news.And if you see a significant digit in the wild, send it to @WaltHickey — or to @Neil_Paine, I guess, if you feel like it. read more

Christian Soldat nets game winner OSU mens soccer extends winning streak to

OSU junior forward Danny Jensen (9) tries to keep the ball away from Cleveland State sophomore forward Kareem Banton (20) on Oct. 21 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 1-0. Credit: Christopher Slack / Lantern PhotographerJunior forward Christian Soldat was the hero of the night for the second time in five matches, as the Buckeyes pulled through for a 1-0 victory against Cleveland State.The OSU men’s soccer team extended its winning streak to eight and improved its record to 9-4-2 overall, while the Vikings fell to 6-7-1 on the season.The last-second goal was a déjà vu feeling for Soldat, who had another game-winner against Bowling Green when he scored with three seconds left on the clock in regulation.Soldat added 10 seconds to that clock on Wednesday night’s hero, as he sent in the winner with 13 seconds left. With the match scoreless and the clock running down, Soldat said the Buckeyes began to feel a sense of urgency.“We know the clock is winding down and we hear that there’s one minute left and we have to push everybody forward,” Soldat said.Despite the grabbing the win over CSU and keeping the program-record winning streak, the Buckeyes struggled to come out with the victory.Wednesday night was the first time the Buckeyes and the Vikings met and it showed in the game, as both teams struggled to figure out the other.The best look of the first half for either team came when Soldat attempted a shot in the 28th minute, but he could not execute.The game remained scoreless going into halftime and the Buckeyes knew they had to make adjustments if they were going to keep their streak alive.“If we can pick up our defensive pressure a little bit in the second half, I think we’ll do better,” OSU coach John Bluem said in an interview with Big Ten Network heading into halftime.Even with the halftime adjustments, the second half of the game was looking like the first half for much of the duration, as neither team could get a point on the board.The game seemed like it was going into overtime, until Soldat came up with the goal when junior forward Danny Jensen danced around a swarm of Viking defenders and tapped the ball in front of the net, where Soldat was in perfect position to put it home.“We have Danny Jensen putting his whole body on the line, sliding, winning the ball at the end line,” Soldat said describing the play. “He gets up and looks up and plants the ball straight in to (redshirt freshman forward Jacob) Duska. Duska gets his shot blocked and it just falls right to me to put in.”Senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer only needed to make one save to preserve his seventh clean sheet of the season, including his fourth consecutive. The Union, Kentucky, native received Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors in each of the last three weeks for his strong play of late.Overall, shots were 12-4 in favor of the Scarlet and Gray, while OSU held a 5-2 lead in corners.Looking to get the winning streak to nine, the Buckeyes will prepare to travel to Piscataway, New Jersey, to face Rutgers at 1 p.m. on Sunday. read more

Mens Soccer Ohio State wraps up the regular season at Wisconsin

Ohio State redshirt junior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried saves a shot attempt in Friday’s game against No. 8 Michigan State. Ohio State lost to No. 8 Michigan State. Credit: Colin Gay | Sports EditorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team (1-13-2, 0-6-1 Big Ten) will conclude the 2018 regular season when it travels to Wisconsin (8-5-2, 5-2 Big Ten) on Sunday afternoon.The Buckeyes enter the season finale on an eight-game losing streak, in which the team has only managed to find the back of the net four times. On the other side of the pitch, Wisconsin enters the match coming off of back-to-back victories over Michigan and Northwestern, trying to secure the second seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament. The Big Ten Tournament, which will kick off next Sunday, will see Ohio State enter as the ninth and lowest seed in the tournament. Indiana has earned the No. 1 seed, clinching its first Big Ten title since 2010 after defeating Ohio State in Columbus on Wednesday night. The Badgers offense is driven mainly by a pair of talented freshmen forwards from Illinois, Andrew Akindele with three goals and four assists and Noah Melick with four goals and one assist. Wisconsin’s second-leading goal scorer is redshirt senior forward Isaac Schlenker, who has three goals on the year.In order for Ohio State to find the win column, its forward group, led by the team’s leading scorer, redshirt freshman forward Devyn Etling, and the team’s leader in shots taken, senior forward Michael Prosuk must have an impact on Sunday afternoon.“We have to keep moving forward, one thing I give these guys credit for is they battle. They battle, and they battle and they battle. Against Wisconsin we’ve got to find some goals,” Maisonneuve said. “Again, if we defend like we did [against Indiana], we’ll be successful, we just have to find some goals.”In goal for Ohio State, redshirt junior Parker Siegfried is coming off a brilliant performance against No. 2 Indiana on Wednesday. Siegfried secured a season-high seven saves as his play between the pipes kept Ohio State alive all night. “The good thing about this, although we didn’t get the result we wanted, I think we’re going to kind of have a lot of confidence rolling into Wisconsin on Sunday,” Siegfried said. His backline, which had a strong outing against Indiana must have a repeat performance to give Siegfried some support. After the match against Indiana on Wednesday, Siegfried said that relishing their role as an underdog helped them against the Hoosiers and he said he thinks it will help them against Wisconsin in the finale. “I just think accepting that underdog mentality and kind of running with it is huge for us,” Siegfried said. “And I think we did that [Wednesday night] and we gave it to them a little bit so I don’t think Indiana wants to play us here again in the Big Ten quarterfinals after that. If Indiana doesn’t want to play you, then Wisconsin probably doesn’t want to play you.”Between the pipes for Wisconsin is junior goalkeeper Dean Cowdroy has a 0.93 goals against average alongside a .776 save percentage. Siegfried, has a 1.89 goals against average and a .644 save percentage for Ohio State through its 16 matches this season. Ohio State and Wisconsin are scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. read more

Man stabbed dead in Cumilla

first_imgAn expatriate was stabbed to death over a previous enmity at Jora Meher village in Cumilla Sadar upazila on Tuesday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Shahid Miah, 55, son of certain Momtaz Miah of the village.Shahid had been at loggerheads with Ripon, 30, son of Azgar Ali of the village. Ripon stabbed Shahid around 8:00pm, leaving him injures, according to witnesses.Shahid was taken to Comilla Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead.Police said that they were investigating the killing.last_img read more

The Latest Lawmakers Say Flynn Sidestepped Disclosure Rules

first_img Share The Latest on the congressional probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election (all times local):1:20 p.m.An attorney for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn says that his client told the Defense Intelligence Agency that he would be traveling to Moscow to attend a gala for a Russian state-sponsored television network.Attorney Robert Kelner says Flynn also talked with the Defense Intelligence Agency staff after he returned from the trip and answered any questions they asked.Kelner’s comments came the same day the two top congressmen on a House committee investigating Flynn said that the former lieutenant general may have violated federal law by accepting tens of thousands of dollars in payments as part of the trip. Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said Flynn could be criminally prosecuted because, as a former Army officer, he was barred from accepting the foreign payments._____11:20 a.m.The senior members of Congress on the House Oversight Committee say classified military documents show that the Trump administration’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, did not ask permission or inform the U.S. government about payments he received for appearances before Russian organizations in 2015 and for lobbying that helped Turkey’s government.Flynn’s failure to obtain permission from military authorities for the payments raises concern whether Flynn violated a constitutional ban on foreign payments to retired military officers. That’s according to Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings.The two leaders of the oversight committee said there was no evidence Flynn complied with federal law. They said Flynn could be criminally prosecuted, and they said Flynn should surrender the money he was paid.___10:55 a.m.The White House is refusing to provide lawmakers with information and documents related to President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser’s security clearance and payments from organizations tied to the Russian and Turkish governments.The White House was responding to requests made last month by the House Oversight committee. The committee made six requests, and the White House cited reasons it could not comply with each of them.Trump has said he fired Michael Flynn because of misleading comments he made to the vice president about his discussions with the Russian ambassador during the transition. Flynn is among the Trump associates being investigated by Congress and the FBI for possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia._____8:45 a.m.Former acting attorney general Sally Yates is scheduled to appear at a congressional hearing next month on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.Yates is to appear May 8 along with James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence.The hearing before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee was announced Tuesday morning.It will mark her first appearance on Capitol Hill since she was fired in late January after refusing to defend President Donald Trump’s travel ban.last_img read more

Houston Religious Leaders Condemn ICE Raids While Community Prepares

first_imgShannon Harrison/Houston Public MediaImam Qasim Khan denounces actions against immigrants at the Al Tawid Mosque in Houston.Muslim and Christian faith leaders, along with immigrant advocates, are condemning the Trump administration’s plans to detain undocumented immigrants in cities across the country. Raids are scheduled to happen over several days and are likely to take place in Houston and nine other major cities, the New York Times first reported Thursday. President Donald Trump postponed the operation last month.“Those of you who are facing a possible atrocity this coming Sunday morning, let us encourage you to be strong, to be vigilant, to do good. Because the good person is the strong person. And the evil person, like the one we have in office, in Washington, he’s a spiritual and a moral weakling and God will deal with him in due time,” said Reverend Ronnie Lister. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /00:47 Sharecenter_img X Lister joined several religious community leaders in speaking out against current leadership and questioning the morality of current immigration policies and practices. Shannon Harrison/Houston Public MediaReverend Ronnie Lister railed against current immigration policy under President Trump.“This administration is terrifying our community,” said Marta Ojeda, national coordinator of Interfaith United Justice Worker Center.Lawyers are encouraging immigrants not to open their doors unless there is a warrant signed by a judge and not to answer questions about immigration status. The Immigrant Rights Hotline can also field questions regarding raids and the legal aid available. The number is 1-833-468-4664. Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative legal director Andrea Guttin said that raids are targeting people who have deportation orders because they failed to show up in court.“These families are being targeted for deportation without notice of their court dates, without access to legal counsel and without an opportunity to fairly present their case before an immigration judge,” Guttin said in a statement. She also said these operations put family members or people nearby at risk of being picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “ICE increasingly apprehends other people in these ‘targeted’ raids including those with family members — particularly children — who are U.S. citizens, green card holders or have other types of legal status in the country,” Guttin said.Local lawmakers reactHarris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said that while she hasn’t received any communication from the federal government directly about raids, she’s encouraging immigrant families to be aware of their rights. “These raids seek to subvert our sense of community by putting the very heart of Harris County, our diversity, in the crosshairs of a shameful political maneuver,” Hidalgo said in a statement.I represent a large immigrant community in Houston, the most diverse city in America. I am opposed to #iceraids. Please watch this video & #knowyourrights. Allies, stand up for our community. #txlege #FamiliesBelongTogether pic.twitter.com/N8dG3mgeQo— Gene Wu (@GeneforTexas) July 12, 2019In a written statement, U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee called the raids  a “political stunt,” adding that, “it has the effect to imperil lives and especially jeopardize the lives of children.”  The Heights office will be prepared to be of assistance as the raids are proceeding. Before Sunday, however, The Heights office will also be available for general constituent services today and tomorrow.— Sheila Jackson Lee (@JacksonLeeTX18) July 11, 2019Raid threats sparking fear  Raids also impact immigrant communities by causing anxiety and fear, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told CNN.“I’ve had children come up to me at a forum saying ‘I’m afraid to go to school, I’m afraid to leave the house, I’m afraid to come home and find that my parents are gone’ and these are American children, U.S. born children, so it’s creating havoc in our community,” Acevedo said. The #Houston flea market is usually crowded on Sundays, but workers here tell me that threats of #ICEraids have slowed business today: pic.twitter.com/TkSy3HrZys— Elizabeth Trovall (@elizTrovall) June 23, 2019Last month in June, the threat of raids diminished turnout in flea markets in Houston.In the Rio Grande Valley, patients didn’t turn up to their doctor’s appointments on the Monday after planned raids, even though they had been postponed. “We had a lot of people call and say ‘Oh I can’t make my appointment’ or ‘just for a couple weeks I’m going to stay home,” said Rebecca Ramirez Stocker, executive director of Hope Family Health Center in McAllen, Texas. “Our numbers dip, which is scary and it’s hard,” said Stocker, who knows many people avoid getting vital medical treatments because they are afraid of immigration law enforcement. last_img read more

Exercise may cut gestational diabetes risk in obese women

first_imgObese women are at increased risk of complications during pregnancy, the most common of which are gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, a large increase in weight as well as pre-eclampsia.“It’s important to reduce obesity-related pregnancy complications because they can have long-term consequences for both the mother and her child,” said a researcher from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway.Obese mothers are also at an increased risk of needing a caesarean section and giving birth to large babies. These complications can have a great impact on the health of both mother and child, not just during pregnancy, but also later in life, the researchers said. The findings showed that the amount of exercise needed to reduce the risk of gestational diabetes is not very high. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“That meant that even a little training during pregnancy can be beneficial,” said Kirsti Krohn Garnæs, doctoral candidate at NTNU. Further, women who followed the exercise regimen also showed lower blood pressure towards the end of their pregnancy.Women in the exercise group were invited to three weekly supervised sessions of 60 minutes throughout the course of their pregnancy. The training consisted of 35 minutes of moderate intensity treadmill walking and 25 minutes of strength training. The control group was given standard prenatal care. Of these, only two in the exercise group versus nine in the control group developed gestational diabetes.last_img read more

Loosen Up Here Are 6 Ways to Get More Comfortable on Camera

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. June 22, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global As of the start of 2016, 65 percent of senior marketing execs cited visual assets, like video, as critical to telling their brand’s story. What does that mean for you as a businessperson? It’s time to get comfortable in front of the lens. Embracing video opens up a whole new realm of ways to reach your target audience, from media appearances to new social staples like Periscope. Here are six ways to feel more at home on camera.Related: How To Make Your Business Messaging Effective In The Age Of Video1. Don’t wing it.Even if you’re the type who excels at flying by the seat of your pants, I beg you — don’t wing it the first time you’re going to be on camera, especially if it’s live. I’ve seen many a cool cucumber melt into a blubbering mess when a camera lens is shoved in their face, This can be avoided with a bit of preparation.2. Wear something comfortable and camera-friendly.If you don’t typically wear a three-piece suit, it’s probably not best to don one during your on-air debut. Wear what you’re most comfortable in while still looking polished. A pressed button-down in a solid, jewel-toned color feels easy-breezy and looks great on camera.Related: What to Wear When You’re In Front of the Camera3. Don’t give the death stare.Your natural instinct will probably be to stare directly into the camera lens. This is a normal urge, but it looks totally awkward if you never break your gaze.Instead of giving the death stare, think of it as having a conversation with a friend. You’d make eye contact, but you wouldn’t stare them directly in the eyes the entire time. It’s the same on camera. There are natural breaks when you might look away from the lens as you speak or listen to someone else speaking. Practicing in advance will help make this feel more natural.4. Go in with a game plan.If you’re appearing on camera for something pre-recorded — say, a promotional video — it might make sense to write and follow a script. But if you’re being interviewed by another person or are appearing on live television, it makes more sense to go in with a basic outline of what you want to talk about rather than a word-for-word script. Your responses will sound more natural.On an index card, write down five to 10 high-level bullet points with key words and phrases that will jog your memory of what you want to talk about. If you lose your train of thought, you can easily refer back to it and move on to the next point.Related: Let Customer Get to Know You With Video5. Don’t be afraid to pause and collect your thoughts.When appearing on camera, it’s not uncommon to lose track of what you were saying or go down a verbal rabbit hole that leads nowhere. If this happens, try not to get flustered. Simply take a breath, collect your thoughts, and begin again from the next bullet point on your list. Any pauses in speech feel infinitely longer in your head than they are in real life, I promise.6. Avoid the urge to pick yourself apart.If you’re not accustomed to seeing yourself on camera — or hearing your recorded voice — it’s easy to be your own worst critic. Go easy on yourself!The tiny quirks you notice about yourself are barely a blip on anyone else’s radar. Plus, no one gives a flawless performance on their first on-camera go-round. Practice makes perfect, and with a few trial runs you’ll be a video pro in no time.Want more actionable steps for getting more face time on camera? Check out my new course on securing media coverage for your business. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » 4 min readlast_img read more

Distributed video delivery specialist Edgeware and

first_imgDistributed video delivery specialist Edgeware and online video analytics company Skytide have launched a solution that enables real time Quality of Experience analytics for multiscreen services.The companies said the solution would help to ensure content monetisation, especially for wholesale CDN services where operators needs to report specific metrics to the wholesale customer. The Edgeware video servers create a virtual session that enables operators to report usage data tied to sessions and content. This, says Edgeware, reduces the complexity, cost and processing needed to provide accurate, real time QoE reporting to the integration layer.Skytide says its Insight for CDNs solution can handle the volume that ABR streaming demands and transform it into meaningful reports in real time.
“This is a perfect combination of state-of-the-art systems for analytics and video delivery,” said Jon Haley, vice-president, business development at Edgeware. “Together with Skytide, we offer the most scalable operator CDN solution in the industry.”
“Our joint solution enables operators to dramatically reduce the complexity, cost and turnaround times associated with QoE reporting and analytics in an adaptive streaming environment,” said Michael O’Donnell, CEO of Skytide.last_img read more

Sascha Pruter Pay TV operators will be best placed

first_imgSascha PruterPay TV operators will be best placed to manage the smart home on behalf of consumers, according to Sascha Pruter, head of Android TV programme management at Google.Speaking at the Multi-Network Solutions in the Real World Forum organised by content security provider Verimatrix at IBC, Pruter said the pay TV operators were best placed to expand their services beyond TV to “taking control of the house” because they have the customer relationship and can provide customers with a single number to call. “I think branding of pay TV operators will go towards a household brand rather than just a video brand,” he said.Addressing Google’s relationship with pay TV operators, Pruter said the first pay operators using Google TV as their platform of choice had launched Google Play stores on their TV services. “If we can come up with the right revenue model, [operators] can give consumers what they want while maintaining [their] own brand. For Google this is a partnership opportunity. Operators approach us and want to talk about these partnership opportunities,” he said.Pruter said that the user expectation had changed and consumers were used to going to app stores and getting things quickly. He said that one of the key requirements for operators is to be able to react quickly to trends. “The industry now seems to realise that reacting to changes has to happen fast to compete with the web and mobile,” he said.However, TV is still distinct from mobile, he added: “I don’t think all the principles from mobile apply to TV. Expectations of quality are very different. I’m much less tolerant of jitter on TV than when watching a YouTube clip while waiting for a bus.”Pruter said content regulations as well as rights issues needed to be challenged in many cases. “On the content side, yes, it take time to get rights but content owners are getting more used to things. They are realising that things in the way of consumers getting the content are harming them,” he said.Also participating in the session, Verimatrix CEO Tom Munro said that “one thing the operators can sell is trust” and that this would give them a role even in an app-centric world.Munro said that “the cord would become more difficult to cut” as operators move beyond video to applications such as home security.Speaking on the same panel, Francisco Saez Arance, service development director, global video unit Telefonica, agreed that OTT technology is enabling operators to innovate faster while maintaining the value of pay TV through legacy technologies. “We have to deal with complexity in the most open way that’s available,” he said. “As a pay TV operator with different operations, we are trying to leverage the existing assets and provide some unified layers that we brought from the OTT arena to provide unified experiences.” Saez said that the operator had “enough magical glue” coming from the OTT world to enable it to deliver consistent experiences.Saez said that Telefonica was leveraging cloud technologies to enable viewers to consume linear content in a non-linear way through features enabled by the cloud such as DVR and pause, leading him to use the phrase “flexilinear” to describe what is happening. He said that commercial agreements and contract rights are more challenging than technology restrictions in enabling all this to take place.Saez said that there is an issue about who controls user data and provides the user experience, including content search and discovery.“Some content providers are only providing access to services in a not very integrated way, but we are always looking to provide more value and looking at how to gather knowledge of their content assets and how to provide better recommendations. We integrate third party portals and their catalogues to provide value to their customers and it’s a question of the willingness of the content owners,” he said.last_img read more