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.
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.
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.
Obese 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.
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 read
Distributed 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.