Beside The Points For Monday Dec 4 2017

Oh, and don’t forgetThe Detroit’s Silverdome did not implode this past weekend, a state it has had a lot of practice of doing but this was the weekend that they really wanted it to implode. We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe College Football See more NFL predictions See more NBA predictions NBA All newsletters Things That Caught My EyeChapecoense make a return!Five days after the one-year anniversary of the crash that killed 71 people and nearly destroyed the Chapecoense soccer team, the rebuilt Brazilian club clinched a return to the 2018 Copa Libertadores, the very tournament that the 2016 squad was traveling to compete in the final against Atletico Nacional. The 2-1 victory over Coritba meant Chapecoense will finish eight and qualify for the group stages of the South American club competition. [Goal]Tiger Woods? Now there’s name I haven’t heard in a few days.Tiger Woods, golfer, competed in the Hero World Challenge last week mounting another return to professional golf. Despite being the 1,199th ranked golfer in the world, Tiger has been claiming headlines despite not winning a tournament since 2013. Indeed, he gets more ink than all the people who have at times held the No. 1 world ranking since 2014. Tiger Woods has been the most written about player in golf for 24 of the past 47 months. On one hand, that’s nuts, on the other hand, the whole objective of golf is to play the least amount of golf, right, so from that point of view the golfer not playing all that much golf may very well be the best, right? Right? [FiveThirtyEight]Ohio sports receives newest chip for amply chipped shoulderThe College Football Playoff selection committee was presented with a difficult decision on whether to award Big Ten champion Ohio State with the fourth playoff berth or whether to give America another Alabama-Clemson game. Going into the day, we estimated there was a 40 percent change Ohio State would get the ticket, 28 percent chance it’d go to Alabama, and a 20 percent chance it’d go to USC. Only one other time in playoff history did a team that wasn’t a conference champion get into the playoff Clemson will face Alabama and Oklahoma will play Georgia in the first games of the playoff. [FiveThirtyEight]How fortunate for RussiaRussia, the hosts of the 2018 World Cup, got into what appears to be one of the weakest groups in modern World Cup history, with Group A — Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Russia and Uruguay — having an average Elo rating 97.8 points lower than cup average. That’s the lowest since 1986. As a result, Russia has a 74 percent chance of advancing out of the group stage. [FiveThirtyEight]Try out our fun new interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Ingram & Kamara remain ridiculousThe tandem running backs of the New Orleans Saints have been running all over the league this season, and Sunday’s win over NFC South rivals the Carolina Panthers involved both racking up more than 100 yards from scrimmage, the fourth game this season they’ve both pulled that off. No running back duo has pulled off such a feat since Roger Craig and Wendell Tyler for the 49ers in 1985. [ESPN]Niners win and give Cleveland a path to the top pickA San Francisco 49ers win over Chicago means that Cleveland is two games ahead of San Francisco and New York Giants in pursuit of the the No. 1 pick of the 2018 NFL draft. By day end Sunday they had in the ballpark of a 90 percent chance of claiming the top pick. [ESPN]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number6 winsKansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, and Oakland are each 6-6, and any of them could plausibly win the AFC West. Right now Kansas City has the inside track, with a 59 percent chance, Los Angeles has a 26 percent chance and Oakland has a 15 percent chance. For each team, winning the division the only conceivable path to the postseason: They’d each be fighting the 7-5 Ravens and 8-4 Jaguars or Titans for those wildcard spots. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: Sunday, noonishneil:Bama!andrea:What do we think of this? I was biased in favor of Ohio despite my Michigan background but thought they’d choose AlabamaThat said all the stuff about Alabama’s consistency was surprising to me because good teams playing less good teams are going to consistently look better than good teams playing good teamsDoes that make sense?neil:Yeah, definitely. Although to Bama’s credit, they played a number of teams roughly as good as Iowa (Miss State, LSU, etc) and handled them instead of losing by 31. (Then again, they also didn’t have any signature wins like OSU had over Penn St. and Wisc…)In that sense, the committee probably did hold Ohio State’s low point against them, and downplayed their high pointsPredictions NFL See more college football predictions read more

For World Book Day 2019 a new take on an old way

first_img 0 Tags Share your voice There’s one day of the year I particularly miss Barcelona, my home. It’s not Christmas or New Year’s Day. Definitely not Easter (even if I’m very particular to a certain kind of sweet available only around that time). Not my birthday. Not the annual festival to commemorate the city: La Mercè. Although that one comes in a close second. Nothing beats free concerts on the streets, fireworks and human towers, right? Well, almost nothing.I moved to the States almost 13 years ago and I’m past the homesickness you tend to experience when you start living in a new or unknown place. But every year on April 23, World Book Day, it still aches a bit not to be on the streets of my hometown. It’s a day that promotes reading and publishing that’s been celebrated worldwide since 1995 but goes back to the late 1920s in Catalonia. We celebrate it with books and roses.Roses on Sant Jordi’s day in Barcelona last year. Xavi Torrent/Getty Images The thing is, there’s a lot to celebrate on that date. On the one hand, it’s Saint George’s day — la diada de Sant Jordi. He’s the patron saint of Catalonia. According to the legend, Sant Jordi was a knight who saved your typical princess in distress from a dangerous and very hungry dragon. The knight killed the dragon and from its blood grew a bush of bright red roses. Sant Jordi gave the most beautiful of the flowers to the princess. And Catalans have been doing the same with their loved ones ever since. The giving-red-roses part, that is. Not the dragon-slaying bit. After so many years far from home, I’ve developed a system to celebrate the day here. Culture So Sant Jordi’s day is like Catalan lovers’ day (el dia dels enamorats). Valentine’s Day but much better, in my completely unbiased opinion. Especially because we celebrate all kinds of love, not only for the person you are in love with but also for friends and family members. Although traditionally it was the women who received the roses, the whole celebration is now in tune with contemporary culture and it’s encouraged to give flowers to everyone, regardless of gender. Even if you aren’t much into flowers, there are more ways to say “I love you,” “I like you” or “I love myself” that day. Besides the rose vendors, the streets are full of bookstalls. You’re encouraged to buy a book or two for your loved one(s). And you can even get the newest releases signed since many authors can be found hanging around the bookstore stands among the main streets Rambla Catalunya, La Rambla and Passeig de Gràcia.world-book-day-8Enlarge ImageI never get tired of books.  Angela Lang/CNET The books were added to the equation in the late 1920s. The brilliant idea to have a day dedicated to literature, a book party (festa del llibre), traces to Valencian writer and editor Vicent Clavel. April 23 is also the anniversary of the deaths of Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare, which makes the whole thing very fitting.And in 1995 UNESCO joined the party, declaring April 23 World Book and Copyright Day. (I know, that doesn’t sound quite so appealing.)After so many years far from home, I’ve developed a system to celebrate the day here. It’s not the same, but it’s good enough. My husband normally gets me a dozen red roses. In Barcelona, per tradition, I would have gotten one from him and one from my dad. But I’m glad we’re not sticking strictly to the norms.And that day we go to a bookstore and buy books for one another — and for ourselves. Last year he got me Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects and I got him Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Death by Black Hole. The previous year he chose nonfiction for me (Marie Kondo’s Spark Joy and Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl), while I chose fiction for him (Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go). I tend to go to a different bookstore another day during Sant Jordi’s week and treat myself to even more reading material. (I gave myself Lucia Berlin’s A Manual For Cleaning Women and Elmore Leonard’s Out of Sight these past years.) I never feel guilty about buying books, even when I know I might not read all of them. My Goodreads’ Reading Challenge has a goal of 24 books this year. I always have a pile of books on my nightstand patiently waiting for me. Technically you can celebrate Sant Jordi every day by supporting your local bookstore, but it feels good to have a special party and make the most of that day or that week. In the end, the idea is to spend it with people you like, and with literature. The roses are completely optional but highly encouraged.Now you know. This Tuesday, if you see someone on the street carrying a single red rose with a long stem, chances are they’re a Catalan expat trying to make someone special happy.Sant Jordi's Day in BarcelonaPeople looking at books to buy on Sant Jordi’s day in Barcelona last year.  Xavi Torrent/Getty Images Originally published April 22.  Post a commentlast_img read more

World Bank retains Indias growth rate for fiscal 2020 at 75

first_imgWorld Bank.ReutersAfter the World Bank projected India’s growth rate at 7.5 percent, the Modi-led NDA government has got another reason to cheer after performing exceedingly well in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections.In the next three years, India’s growth rate will be supported by robust investment and private consumption.The Bank in its Global Economic Prospects released Tuesday said that India is estimated to have grown 7.2 per cent in fiscal year 2018/19, which ended March 31. A slowdown in government consumption was offset by solid investment, which benefitted from public infrastructure spending.As against a growth rate of 6.6 per cent in 2018, China’s growth rate in 2019 is projected to be dropped to 6.2 per cent and then subsequently to 6.1 per cent in 2020 and 6 per cent in 2021, the bank said.With this India will continue to retain the position of being the fastest growing emerging economy. And by 2021, its growth rate is projected to be 1.5 per cent more than China’s 6 per cent.According to the World Bank, growth in India is projected at 7.5 per cent in Fiscal Year 2019/20 (April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020), unchanged from the previous forecast, and to stay at this pace through the next two fiscal years.”Private consumption and investment will benefit from strengthening credit growth amid more accommodative monetary policy, with inflation having fallen below the Reserve Bank of India’s target,” it said.Support from delays in planned fiscal consolidation at the central level should partially offset the effects of political uncertainty around elections in FY2018/19, it said.The World Bank said that India’s urban consumption was supported by a pickup in credit growth, whereas rural consumption was hindered by soft agricultural prices.On the production side, robust growth was broad-based, with a slight moderation in services and agricultural activity accompanied by an acceleration in the industrial sector. Weakening agricultural production reflected subdued harvest in major crops on the back of less rainfalls, it said.Services activity softened mainly due to slowing trade, hotel, transport, and communication activity. The industrial sector benefited from strong manufacturing and construction with solid demand for capital goods. The slowing momentum in economic activity in late 2018 carried into the first quarter of 2019, as suggested by softening services and manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Indexes, the report said.Observing that the new Goods and Services Tax regime is still in the process of being fully established, creating some uncertainty about the projections of government revenues, the report said fiscal deficits continue to exceed official targets in some countries — India, Pakistan.Pakistan’s growth, on the other hand, is expected to slow further to 2.7 per cent in FY2019/20, which begins July 16, as domestic demand remains depressed and as current account and fiscal deficits diminish only gradually.last_img read more

Hasina seeks vote to make Dhaka beautiful

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a rally on Gulshan Youth Club ground on Friday. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina today called upon the city dwellers to vote for Awami League candidates in the 30 December general election to keep the party in power for building a modern capital.“We have multifaceted plans to build Dhaka as a scenic city livable for every citizen and ensure all civic amenities, development of commuting system and its beauty,” she said.“If elected we will construct elevated ring-road around Dhaka and the survey is going on for underground metro rail to make the city free from traffic congestion,” she added.Sheikh Hasina was addressing her first electioneering meeting in the city organized by Dhaka North unit of Awami League on Gulshan Youth Club ground in support of Awami League candidates in eight parliamentary constituencies of the 11th Jatiya Sangsad under Dhaka North City Corporation.Sheikh Hasina said her government resolved the acute crisis of water and electricity in the capital and the country as well after being elected in the 2008.All roads in the Dhaka City were also in dilapidated condition when her party took office in 2009, Sheikh Hasina said adding that the city was also reeling on the problems of mugging, terrorism and militancy.The prime minister said the Awami League government after taking office got over the problems one after another. Now the city is free from loadshedding and water crisis, she said.“The foremost goal of our government is to change the lots of the people of Bangladesh, not making fortunes for ours,” Sheikh Hasina said.Once Dhaka Medical College and Hospital was the only hospital for the citizens, she said. The Awami League government has established hospitals in every nook and corners of the Dhaka City to facilitate for the citizens modern healthcare services, she said.Sheikh Hasina said her government has already taken project to build multi-storied buildings for low and middle incoming group people and slum dwellers aimed at ending their miserable life. They would be able to live in those flats on daily, weekly or monthly rent basis, she continued.The prime minister said her government has established eleven new schools and colleges in Dhaka city. Many schools were nationalized improving their infrastructures, she added.Pointing to the construction of many flyovers in the city the prime minister said works on metro rail and elevated expressway have been launched. Elevated ring road would also be constructed around Dhaka city, she added.Dhaka city has been divided into two parts and all unions of Gulshan, Banani and part of Dhaka North were brought under Dhaka North City Corporation to allow the citizens enjoying all civic facilities, she said.With Dhaka North City Unit AL president AKM Rahmat Ullah in the chair, the meeting was addressed, among others, by Awami League presidium member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, mayor of Dhaka South Sayeed Khokan, Awami League backed mayor candidate of DNCC Atiqul Islam, central party leader Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Jubo League Chairman Omar Faruk and central leaders of the party Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Bahauddin Nasim and Abdur Rahman.Sheikh Hasina introduced the candidates of eight constituencies under DNCC. They are- AKM Rahmat Ullah (Dhaka 11), Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal (Dhaka 12), Sadek Khan (Dhaka 13), Aslamul Haq (Dhaka 14), Kamal Ahmed Majumder (Dhaka 15), Elias Mollah (Dhaka 16) and Akbar Hossain Pathan (Dhaka 17) and Sahara Khatun (Dhaka 18).Sheikh Hasina said Dhaka city should be made more attractive as many foreign and local people travel the capital city in many purposes, particularly for employment.In this regard, the prime minister pointed out the development of Hatirjheel in the heart of Dhaka and digging of a 100-feet wide canal along 300-feet road from Kuril.Power distribution system and power substations in the capital would be constructed underground to protect the power supply from storm, cyclone or any natural disaster, she said.Sheikh Hasina said people achieved independence and right to speak in mother tongue by giving vote to ‘boat’ (election symbol of Awami League). The country and live of every people is moving towards prosperity as they have given vote to Awami League in 2008 and 2014, she said.Every citizen is enjoying benefits of the socioeconomic development of the country made by the government and they are pursuing a better life than ever before, she said.“Earlier, a day labour used to buy ¾ kg of rice with his daily income. Now they can buy 8/10 kg rice as their purchase capacity has been improved,” she said, adding that Bangladesh is no more a nation of beggars. The country is now self-reliant in many areas including food production.Sheikh Hasina said the pace of development should be continued and militancy, terrorism and drug should be dealt strictly.She recalled militant attack at Holy Artisan Hotel in Gulshan which claimed lives of many foreign nationals. After the incident, she said, the Awami League government with an iron hand has uprooted militancy from the country.The prime minister said her government has taken plan to set up 100 special economic zones in the country where more than 10.25 million people would get their jobs side by side with boosting the country’s economy.“Awami League didn’t open Hawa Bhaban to indulge in corruption, and Awami League didn’t eat up the orphans’ money,” she said and described BNP as the ‘symbol of corruption’ and Awami League as the ‘icon of development’.Khaleda Zia is now in jail on charges of misappropriation of orphans’ money. However, Awami League didn’t lodge the case against her, rather those whom she favoured most sued her on that charges, the prime minister said.last_img read more

Anantyatra journey of eternity

first_imgThose who have communed with the world, their toils shall end and their faces shall flame with glory. Not only shall they have salvation, but many more shall find freedom with them. Those who hear of this power or approach it, neither die nor be born again.Dinesh Gaur has depicted the eternal journey of the human soul in his series of photographs, called Anantyatra. The photographer has transformed his spiritual values and his search for the eternal truth in this series. He believes that, the human body is the temple of God where he is waiting for you through his art. Looking within, with a longing in the heart and silence of one’s soul one will find God– not see him, he says. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDinesh believes that, those who have material eyes only, seek Him in vain, in outward things. In the body resides the priceless jewels of divinity. In the body lies are all the material realms and planes. The body is the treasure of the eternal truth, reached only trough meditation with the guidance of master. The photographer also believes that all the gods are in the body- the whole creation itself, the spiritual region, and the material planes. In the body dwells the Lord Supreme who nourishes all. “My series Anantyatra is the manifestation of my thoughts and inner consciousness of Moksha,” says Dinesh Gaur.His philosophy of art portrays the magnificence of cosmos in the symbolic fashion. “Words are entirely incomplete to describe this experience, for now as the disciple I completely recognize my absolute separation from the material universe and from the languages of the physical world.”last_img read more

Dr Achyuta Samanta honoured with Changemaker award

first_imgDr Achutya Samanta, Founder, KIIT and KISS has been awarded with ‘Businessline Changemaker Award 2019’ – instituted by The Hindu BusinessLine, leading business daily, published by The Hindu Group.Dr Samanta from Odisha was awarded and felicitated by Dr Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister of India, at an awards function in New Delhi on March 15, 2019. The winners across six categories of awards were also felicitated during the event, which included Arun Jetly, Finance Minister of India for GST and Bezwada Wilson, Founder, National convenor of Safai Karmachari Andolan for radication of inhuman and in dignified practice of Manual scavenging. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe award focuses on recognising and celebrating people and organisations, who through their ideas and actions, have brought about positive change in our society. Dr Samanta won the award as change maker for social transformation because of relentless efforts in improving the condition of the society and his years of dedication in reducing the number of people living in hunger, poverty, illiteracy and unemployment. Among 600 nominations, he made it to the award through selection after an elaborate process that began with the seeking of nominations, rigorous process of scrutinizing and short listing them based on select parameters, and finally, jury selection. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe Changemaker Awards from Businessline have been recognised by industry leaders as the most credible awards, with an extremely rigorous and independent selection process. The award reflects that Dr Samanta has been able to touch lives and it also evinces that so many people put their valuable trust in him. Expressing his pleasure over getting the award, Dr Samanta said, “I accept this honour with a profound sense of gratitude on behalf of all our stakeholders. This recognition has further enthused us to rededicate ourselves in the service of children, the torchbearers of tomorrow.” “It first started with transformation of my own life and surroundings followed by transforming lives of the deprived, downtrodden and destitutes” added Dr Samanta.last_img read more

TV Startup Aereo Countersues Big Broadcaster

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global A tech startup that’s aiming to change the way people access and watch TV programming is fighting back after being subjected to numerous lawsuits from some of the largest broadcasting companies. The company, called Aereo, filed a lawsuit Monday against CBS Corp. in federal court in Manhattan after the broadcaster said it would pursue further legal action to shut Aereo down.In addition to CBS, broadcasters including ABC and Fox have been fighting Aereo, claiming the company is stealing their programming and re-selling it. Aereo uses miniature, internet-connected antennas to let customers stream live TV to any type of device — a mobile phone, tablet, computer or smart TV. Aereo charges $1 for daily access and $80 for a 12-month prepaid subscription.Aereo doesn’t pay broadcasters since the signals it is capturing are already freely available to individuals. Aereo argues that its antennas are legally no different than the ones people already use to watch TV in their own homes.”About 54 million Americans use some sort of antenna to watch TV,” the company said in a recent blog post. “This is not piracy. This has been part of the American way since the beginning of broadcasting.”In its lawsuit, Aereo is seeking judgment that its service does not violate federal copyright laws or infringe CBS’s copyrights. It is also asking that the judgment be applied nationwide. As of now, Aereo’s service is available only in the metropolitan area of New York City, but Aereo plans to bring it to Boston later this month.While Aereo has been fortunate so far — federal judges in New York turned down broadcaster requests for an injunction to stop Aereo from operating — it may face new challenges as it expands beyond New York. Last month, CBS communications executive Dana McClintock tweeted: “Stealing our signal will be found to be illegal in Boston, just as it will be everywhere else.”Aereo did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Related: Russell Simmons Sets His Sights on YouTube with ‘Post-Racial’ Programming Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 2 min read May 7, 2013 Register Now »last_img read more