17 killed in storms rain in UP

first_imgLucknow: Seventeen persons have died in separate incidents of dust storms, lightning and rain in various parts of Uttar Pradesh in the past 24 hours. According to reports, four persons died in Siddharthanagar, three in Deoria, three in Basti, two in Ballia and one each in Azamgarh, Kushinagar, Maharajganj, Lakhimpur and Pilibhit. In Siddharthanagar, a tin-shed collapsed, killing a labourer Rahim and leaving two women injured. In Basti district, Brijbhan Yadav died when lightning struck. He was working in his fields despite heavy rains. Also Read – ED can withhold names of tax evaders in Panama Papers: CIC Thirty-year-old Vishal died in Debrua village in Basti when a tree fell on him. He was returning from a medicine shop. His eight-year-old nephew Golu, who had accompanied him, has been admitted to the hospital in a critical condition. Budhna, 65, was sitting in the field when a tree fell on her, killing her on the spot. The incident took place in Dumariaganj in Siddharthanagar. In Deoria district, Shubham, 22, died when an electric pole fell on him in Bhulwani village in Deoria. In Gauribazar, in the same district, a woman Israwati, 55, was killed when lightning struck. In the same village an eight-year-old boy died when a wall collapsed on him. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed grief over the loss of lives and has directed district officials to provide all help.last_img read more

Ghazals are such beautiful part of my life Kaushiki

first_imgMumbai: Singer Kaushiki Chakraborty’s ‘Tera khayal’, a contemporary ghazal, is out and she says ghazals are a beautiful part of her life. Sung by Kaushiki, the song has been composed by Deepak Pandit and penned by Manoj Muntashir. “Ghazals are such a beautiful part of my life and ‘Tera khayal’ is so well written. It was an amazing experience to sing and shoot for this track,” Kaushiki said in a statement. Deepak added that the lyrics of “Tera khayal” are so beautiful and Kaushiki has sung the composition very beautifully. The song is very close to Muntashir’s heart. “I am glad that Kaushiki and Deepak got together to create such a beautiful melody,” he added. “Tera khayal” is available on Times Music YouTube channel.last_img read more

Toronto and US stock markets post minor gains amid steel tariff talk

first_imgTORONTO – Stock on both sides of the border eked out minor gains Tuesday as investors continue to focus on a back-and-forth in Washington over tariffs the White House wants to impose on steel and aluminum imports.The plans have faced opposition from other Republicans and business leaders who fear they could ignite a trade war and damage the global economy.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 3.91 points to 15,545.19, with mining and materials companies offsetting drag from the energy and industrials sectors.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 9.36 points to 24,884.12. The S&P 500 index was up 7.18 points to 2,728.12 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 41.31 points to 7,372.01.“I do think there is a calming of nerves on the trade risk front and I think that’s helping the market be a little bit calmer today,” said Colum McKinley, vice-president and portfolio manager of Canadian equities at CIBC Asset Management Inc.“But I would caution that we fully expect volatility, especially on the trade front, to come back into the forefront of investors’ minds, and that we are still deep in negotiations on NAFTA.”The TSX fell 1.8 per cent while U.S. stocks tumbled 3.7 per cent during a three-day losing streak last week after President Donald Trump announced plans to impose a 25 per cent tariff on steel imports and a 10 per cent tariff on aluminum imports.The president reaffirmed his plans during a news conference Tuesday afternoon, saying the U.S. has long been “mistreated” by trade deals and has been dealing with a massive trade deficit.He reiterated that if he’s able to make a deal with Canada and Mexico to improve the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement, “there will be no reason to do tariffs” on steel and aluminum from the two neighbours.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 77.53 cents US, up 0.47 of a U.S. cent.On the commodities front, the April crude contract was up three cents to US$62.60 per barrel and the April natural gas contract was up five cents at US$2.75 per mmBTU.The April gold contract was up US$15.30 to US$1,335.20 an ounce and the May copper contract was up three cents to US$3.16 a pound.– With files from The Associated Press.last_img read more

Qatar Airways Launches World’s Longest Flight

Doha – Qatar Airways launched the world’s longest non-stop scheduled commercial service with its inaugural flight from Doha to Auckland (New Zealand) taking off early on Sunday, a company spokeswoman said.Flight QR920 left the Qatari capital at 5:02am (0202 GMT) and is set to land in New Zealand at 7:30am local time (1830 GMT) on Monday.The Boeing 777 flight will take 16 hours and 20 minutes, pass over 10 time zones, five countries and travel 14,535 kilometres before reaching Auckland. Due to high-altitude winds, the return flight will take 17 hours and 30 minutes.In March 2016, Emirates airline launched what was then thought to be the world’s longest scheduled commercial flight, with a service from Dubai to Auckland (14,200 km). read more

UN helps Liberia feed schoolchildren left hungry by high food prices

18 September 2008The Liberian Government and the United Nations have launched a new school feeding programme in the capital Monrovia for 150,000 children going hungry because of high food prices. Another 400,000 rural school children are already benefiting from joint feeding programmes organized by the Government and the World Food Programme (WFP), according to a press statement issued by the UN agency today.“As the Government of Liberia responds to the impact of high food prices, WFP remains in the forefront of efforts to lessen this impact by working in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education to confront the obstacles in achieving universal primary education and to help children in the face of food insecurity,” WFP West Africa Regional Director Thomas Yanga said.Liberia is particularly vulnerable to high global food prices because of its heavy reliance on imports to meet national needs. High rates of poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition mean that the poorest people have difficulty coping with food price shocks.The Government has formulated a strategic response aimed at protecting vulnerable groups through safety net interventions such as school feeding, WFP said.In isolated south-eastern counties, low school enrolment and a wide gender gap in upper primary education coincide with high levels of chronic food insecurity and malnutrition. The Government and WFP have responded with a three-year development school feeding project which will run from September 2008 to August 2011 in Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, Maryland, River Gee and Sinoe Counties. read more

UN downgrades economic forecast for 2009 poorer countries to suffer most

“The world economy is expected to shrink by 2.6 per cent in 2009, down from a decline by 0.5 per cent according to the pessimistic scenario of the forecast presented in January,” according to a press release on the mid-year report “World Economic Situation and Prospects 2009,” by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).Rob Vos, Director of DESA’s Development Policy and Analysis Division, told a news conference in New York, “We are less sanguine than some observers about possible green shoots emerging. If they are there they don’t give much sign of being spring time. It is still very wintry landscape.” With its increasing impact both in scope and depth worldwide, the global financial crisis poses a significant threat to world economic and social development, including the fulfilment of the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally agreed development goals, according to DESA.Although the crisis originated in developed countries, “it is now evident that developing countries are being hit disproportionately hard through capital reversals, rising borrowing costs, collapsing world trade and commodity prices, and subsiding remittance flows,” it stated.During the first quarter of this year, world trade dwindled at a “dramatic” annual rate of more than 40 per cent, with the deepest impact felt by the exporting countries of Asia.Growth in Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to slow to 0.9 per cent, down from 4.9 per cent in 2008. South American economies are expected to shrink by almost one per cent on average in 2009, while Mexico and the Central American economies are projected to fall by more than 4 per cent. The report estimated that between 73 and 105 million more people will remain poor or fall into poverty in comparison with a situation in which pre-crisis growth would have continued. “Most of this setback will be felt in East and South Asia, with between 56 and 80 million people likely to be affected, of whom about half are in India. The crisis could keep 12 to 16 million more people in poverty in Africa and another 4 million in Latin America and the Caribbean,” it said.The report added that at present the stimulus is very unbalanced. “Eighty per cent of the stimulus is concentrated in developed countries, while most developing countries lack the fiscal space to provide social protection and counteract the consequences of the crisis.“In a more balanced global response, about $500 billion in additional development finance would be made available for countercyclical responses by developing countries.” The report predicted that with a coordinated, development-oriented policy scenario, the world economy would recover to an annual growth of 4-5 per cent in 2010-2015, led by a robust growth of 7 per cent per year in developing countries. This is in contrast to the uncoordinated scenario in which developing countries would recover at only half that rate,” DESA said. 27 May 2009The United Nations has downgraded its economic forecast for 2009, from an already pessimistic estimate made five months ago, and said the poorest countries would be hit the hardest. read more

Bad weather alert issued

The department of meteorology issued a bad weather alert this afternoon saying that more than 100mm of rain can be expected over the next few hours in some places.It also said that showers will continue at times in the North, Eastern, North-central, Northwestern and Uva provinces tomorrow (Friday). Thundershowers will develop at several places in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces and in the Galle and Matara districts during the afternoon and night.Monsoonal winds can be strengthen (up to 60 km/hr) times to times over the country and surrounding sea areas tomorrow. read more

Independent UN human rights expert urges Qatar to reform its justice system

An independent United Nations human rights expert has urged Qatar to make use of what she called its “privileged position” and embark on the reforms needed to consolidate its justice system and address its shortcomings. “Unlike many other countries around the world, Qatar has the financial means to support important reforms and effectively implement a wide range of measures,” said Gabriela Knaul, the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, as she wrapped up an eight-day visit to Doha yesterday. Ms. Knaul praised Qatar’s achievements since the adoption of the Law on the Judiciary in 2003 and its current Constitution in 2004. “The legal framework in Qatar is soundly grounded in the principle of separation of powers and the independence of the judiciary, both recognised in the Constitution,” she said. The Qatari court system was unified under the umbrella of the Supreme Judicial Council, a self-governing body of the judiciary that functions independently of the executive and this had significantly contributed to consolidating the administration of justice in the country, she added. However, the expert noted that the justice system faced serious challenges affecting the delivery of justice and upholding of people’s human rights. “The executive’s interference in the work of the judiciary, particularly in cases involving high-level persons or businesses, is still a matter of concern,” she said. Violations of due process and fair trial guarantees in the country, and the consequences that such violations often have on individuals’ lives and respect for their human right, were troubling, she said. “I am particularly concerned at the situation of people in vulnerable situations, including women, migrants and domestic workers, who face additional hurdles when seeking to access justice,” said Ms. Knaul. She pointed to the reported discriminatory treatment of non-Qataris in the justice system, noting that the State is obliged under international human rights law to guarantee the right to a fair trial for all individuals within its jurisdiction regardless of nationality. “I heard of a case where the defendant, a foreign national who did not speak Arabic, was made to sign a document in Arabic that included an admission of guilt. I also heard of cases where the defendant was not provided with interpretation during court hearings. “Such obvious violations of due process are unacceptable, any document or testimony given in the absence of translation or interpretation should have no legal validity,” Ms. Knaul said, calling on authorities to take immediate measures to investigate seriously and redress violations of due process and fair trial.She also highlighted the apparent lack of transparency and access to information in judicial proceedings, including during the investigation phase. To address this, she recommended that Qatar should, among other measures, urgently adopt modern technology tools, record all hearings, and publicise all judicial decisions and cases.Special Rapporteurs serve in an independent and unpaid capacity and report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, by whom they are appointed. Based on the information collected during the visit, Ms. Knaul will prepare a report to be presented to the Council in 2015. read more

Ohio State mens basketball still confident despite 4game skid

Junior guard Shannon Scott (3) looks for a pass during a game against Iowa Jan. 12 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 84-74.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFirst, it was 15 straight wins and a No. 3 ranking. Now, it’s four straight losses, an increased risk of dropping out of the top 25 and a season spiraling out of control.The Ohio State men’s basketball team has had an odd feeling about it lately.“It’s definitely been different. No one in that locker room has ever lost like this,” junior forward Sam Thompson said. “No one has ever lost four in a row and we know that it’s unacceptable for our program to lose four basketball games in a row.”The current skid is the first time OSU has lost four straight games since February 2009. In those four losses — to Michigan State, Iowa, Minnesota and Monday at Nebraska — the Buckeyes (15-4, 2-4) have struggled shooting the ball, making just 40.4 percent of their shots from the field. Points in the paint have been an issue as well, particularly in the last three games, as OSU has given up 120 points down low.Junior centers Amir Williams and Trey McDonald have struggled, causing OSU coach Thad Matta to play with a smaller lineup down the stretch late in games to give his team a chance. Williams has started all 19 games this season for OSU — along with senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr., junior guard Shannon Scott and junior forward LaQuinton Ross — but his recent play begs a question: Should there be a change to the starting five?“I haven’t even thought in terms of that, from what we did (Tuesday) to what we’re getting to go out and do here in practice. We’re going to compete and get after it and I want to see who’s standing at the end of the day, but I’ve had a lot of thoughts go through my mind. But the starting lineup — I haven’t even thought about that one,” Matta said after a brief pause. “We’ve started games well. Last couple, we’ve got off to decent starts. I’ve been pretty pleased with those, but we gotta get the middle and the end corrected.”No matter who starts or finishes the games, though, the end result has not been what OSU wants, as turnovers, missed shots and poor defensive executions have led to almost three weeks without a victory.“I don’t know if I’d call it a lack of confidence. I’d definitely say there is a different feel around than we had (19) days ago, but I wouldn’t call it a confidence issue,” Thompson said. “I would say there is a certain frustration level with the basketball team, just with losing. We’re not frustrated with each other, we’re not frustrated with the coaching staff, we’re just frustrated with ourselves that we aren’t coming out and doing the things we know we’re capable of doing.”Scott agreed with Thompson, and said the team is going to be “fine” once it gets back to what it needs to do.“We know what we have to do now, we know what we’re capable of doing as a team but until we take action and fix what we’ve been doing lately, we’re not going to be a successful basketball team,” Scott said. “Once we all get our heads straight and stick together, we’re going to be fine.”The team standing in the way of OSU putting a halt to its four-game skid is Illinois (13-6, 2-4), also a team that has lost four in a row. With both squads reeling, the intensity is likely to be high Thursday.“We both need wins. Illinois, right now, is in the same position as us, having lost four straight,” Thompson said. “I can’t exactly speak on how they feel, but we assume they feel the same way that we feel in that this is a one-game season.”“(It’s) another Big Ten game. Because I think you would look and say everyone in this league is, in one way or another, desperate,” Matta said. “You can’t take anything for granted. You gotta go out and play.”As OSU looks to get back on track, Thompson said it is using the four straight losses as motivation.“We’re not feeling sorry for ourselves. We’re not going to get down on ourselves. We’re a tougher basketball team than that,” Thompson said. “We’re a veteran-led basketball team and we’re going to do everything we can to make sure that we come out and play to the best of our abilities on Thursday.”Tipoff at the Schottenstein Center is set for 7 p.m. read more

Whos The Best Formula One Driver Of All Time

20Jackie Stewart1969-731877 6Alain Prost1987-912048 F1′s top racers (according to Elo)Top Formula 1 drivers since 1950, by the highest average Elo rating over a racer’s best five-year span 15Rubens Barrichello2000-041935 3Lewis Hamilton2014-182060 27Jacques Villeneuve1996-001856 7Mika Hakkinen1997-012047 29John Surtees1963-671846 17James Hunt1974-781905 11Nico Rosberg2012-161981 MethodologyUnlike most other sports where FiveThirtyEight uses Elo, Formula One is not a head-to-head sport; multiple drivers take to the circuit at the same time or in the same session, and the result is a combination of both car and driver. In order to make this work, we’ve made some assumptions about how to view the results:Driver and car are considered to be inseparable from Elo’s point of view. So when we say that Nigel Mansell’s peak Elo in 1992 was 2428, we really mean, “Nigel Mansell, driving the Williams-Renault FW14B, had a peak Elo of 2428.”Each session or race is treated as if it were a round-robin 1-on-1 tournament. A driver who finishes second out of 15 cars is viewed as having gone 13-1 in this tournament, losing to the first place finisher and defeating the rest.Elo includes each race that awards Formula One championship points3Except for the Indianapolis 500, which was part of the Formula One circuit in the 1950s. and the primary qualifying session for that race.If a driver fails to finish a race — whether because of mechanical failure or a crash — we treat that driver as if he or she didn’t compete in the race. This may reward drivers who are overly brave (or stupid) by not punishing them, or cars that were quick yet unreliable, but it avoids having to assign blame in controversial incidents or, even worse, clear cases where a crash was not a driver’s fault.Like several other FiveThirtyEight Elo systems, the average driver has an Elo score around 1500, while new drivers start with 1300 points. The “K-factors” in this version of Elo — which are multipliers that determine the sensitivity and fluctuation of a driver’s rating — are more extreme in the beginning of a driver’s career. Drivers start with a K-factor of 24 for approximately the first year, then reduce as they gain experience. Qualifying results are predictive of race results, which makes sense considering that qualifying results both set the starting grid for the following race and allow for drivers to demonstrate their raw speed and talent on a level field. The minimum K-factor for qualifying sessions is 16, while the minimum K-factor for races is 12. Drivers always gain Elo points after “defeating” another driver and lose ground after “losing” to them.The overall system is zero-sum, in that the total number of points remains constant before and after a session or race, but given that each session or race can include drivers with a range of K-factors, there can be asymmetric point gains and losses. We adjust for this by normalizing participants’ scores after each session. Without this normalization, it is possible in the short term both for Elo deflation to occur — a new driver does poorly and gives away more points than the opponents claim — and Elo inflation to occur — a new driver does well and gains more points than opponents lose. Given the rapid driver churn in Formula One — especially during the early years of the sport — these effects would be more noticeable than in other sports and would quickly lead to skewed rating scales across the seven decades of championships.To build the Formula One Elo, we used the historical race results compiled at github.com/emkael/elof1. These were pulled from various sources: Data for the 1950 and 1951 seasons came from Wikipedia, for 1952 and 1953 from second-a-lap.blogspot.com, and for subsequent seasons from ergast.com/mrd. Data for qualifying races was also pulled from chicanef1.com.Additional contributions by Gus Wezerek. 9Damon Hill1993-972000 26Juan Pablo Montoya2001-051860 France’s Alain Prost (No. 6) won a grand total of four championships in his career, tied for the third most ever. But from 1988 to 1991, he would claim only a single title, thanks largely to the otherworldly skills of Ayrton Senna (No. 1), his one-time McLaren teammate. Senna won more than 40 percent of the races he entered during that span, peaking with one of the highest Elo ratings ever in 1989. Even Prost’s lone title in those seasons — in 1989 — was more about Senna’s bad luck than Prost outracing him; although Prost beat his teammate only once all year in races they both finished, Senna suffered six retirements2And one controversial disqualification. to Prost’s three. Senna was so dominant that Prost ended up leaving McLaren for Ferrari in 1990; the rivalry would continue off and on for the next few seasons until Prost retired after his 1993 championship. Senna died the next year in a crash in the San Marino Grand Prix. Prost was a once-in-a-generation driving talent, but he had the misfortune to race against Senna, a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon. 1Ayrton Senna1988-922178 12Jim Clark1963-671978 23Mario Andretti1975-791865 8Niki Lauda1974-782025 21Graham Hill1961-651875 18Mark Webber2009-131899 10David Coulthard1998-021983 14Riccardo Patrese1989-931936 DriverBest five yearsAvg. Elo Rating 13Nelson Piquet1983-871946 Friends away from the track, Niki Lauda (No. 8) and James Hunt (No. 17) had a fierce rivalry behind the wheel that peaked during the 1976 season. Lauda went into the year as F1’s top-rated driver by Elo before suffering a fiery crash at the German Grand Prix that nearly took his life. Six weeks after being given last rites, Lauda somehow bounced back to finish fourth at the Italian Grand Prix. But in the end, Hunt ended up eking out the 1976 title by a single point over his Austrian rival. Hunt was quick again the following season, but he was unable to keep his car on the track; he took six poles to Lauda’s two but retired from eight of 17 races, six of which were due to mechanical failure. Lauda took advantage, claiming his second title in three years. 22Fernando Alonso2010-141870 19Alberto Ascari1950-541890 25Stirling Moss1957-611863 Argentine driver Juan Manuel Fangio (No. 5 in our all-time list) was F1’s first superstar, winning five of the first eight World Championships ever awarded, in 1951 and 1954-57. It would be 45 years before Michael Schumacher equaled (and then surpassed) Fangio’s title count. But Fangio did have a fierce contemporary challenger, in the form of Ferrari’s Alberto Ascari (No. 19). Ascari was the only racer to beat Fangio for the championship between 1951 and 1957 — even granting that Fangio sat out 1952. Ascari would die in a training accident in 1955, though, robbing Fangio of his greatest on-track rival. “I have lost my greatest opponent,” Fangio said. “Ascari was a driver of supreme skill and I felt my title (in 1955) lost some of its value because he was not there to fight me for it.” 16Gerhard Berger1990-941914 28Carlos Reutemann1977-811850 24Jean Alesi1992-961864 30Nigel Mansell1983-871846 * Includes the 2018 season, which is currently in progress.To be eligible, drivers prior to 1970 needed to take part in 25 percent of the season’s races and qualifying sessions. Drivers since then needed to participate in 60 percent of the year’s races and qualifying sessions. This should come as no surprise to racing fans — Senna is regarded by many other champions as F1’s greatest driver. Nor is it a shock to see Michael Schumacher, the seven-time World Champion, coming in at No. 2. But what’s striking is that Nos. 3 and 4 in the ranking above are current rivals: Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. How lucky are modern F1 fans, that we get to see two names on the all-time short list of greatest drivers going head-to-head every few weeks?Here are some of the racers and rivalries that defined entire eras of F1 history, according to our Elo rankings: 4Sebastian Vettel2009-132056 5Juan Manuel Fangio1953-572053 2Michael Schumacher2000-042106 Over the four-season stretch from 1962 to 1965, British rivals Jim Clark (No. 12) and Graham Hill (No. 21) represented the emergence of Britain as a force in the Formula One landscape, with Hill at British Racing Motors and Clark at the Lotus team founded by legendary designer Colin Chapman. During that time, the duo combined to claim 32 of F1’s 39 available pole positions — including every single pole of the 1965 season — and won 29 of 39 total races. They’d have been a perfect 4-for-4 on championships in that span, too, if not for bad luck in the last race of the 1964 season: Mechanical problems struck both Clark and Hill during the race, allowing John Surtees to claim the title by a single point over Hill. (Naturally, Clark and Hill bounced back to finish 1-2 in the standings the following year.) While most of the rivalries on this list were fueled by emotion, this one was all about the driving. Michael Schumacher (No. 2) had captured back-to-back F1 crowns with Benetton in 1994 and 1995 but had experienced uneven results after leaving for Ferrari, including a disqualification for dangerous driving in 1997. Driving for McLaren, Mika Hakkinen (No. 7) captured back-to-back championships in 1998 (with Schumacher finishing second) and ’99. Then in 2000, Schumacher finally outdueled his Finnish rival with four straight wins to close the season. It was his third career title and the first in the set of five in a row Schumacher would win until he was unseated by up-and-coming phenom Fernando Alonso in 2005. Schumacher finished his career with the most total championships of any driver ever, and he would call Hakkinen his “best opponent.” From 2008 to 2017, Lewis Hamilton (No. 3) and Sebastian Vettel (No. 4) won the F1 title every season except for two (2009 and 2016) — and one of them was runner-up in each of those years. And yet, we’re somehow only reaching the peak of this rivalry right now, since the dominant periods for Vettel’s former team, Red Bull (2010-13), and Hamilton’s Mercedes squad (2014-16) didn’t quite overlap. Starting last season, though, we’re finally getting some direct competition between these two four-time champions, and it’s given us moments like this deliberate collision at the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. According to Elo, Vettel has one of the best peak ratings of any driver ever, and Hamilton isn’t far behind, so if these two continue on their current trend, there’s plenty of room for the legend of this rivalry to grow. The greatest drivers in the world are assembling in Monte Carlo this weekend for Formula One’s flagship race, the Monaco Grand Prix. So we thought it was the right time to dive into the history of road racing’s fastest sport — and this being FiveThirtyEight, what better way to investigate that history than to use our favorite benchmark, the Elo rating system, to rate every driver of all time?Elo is a simple way to grade competitors based on a series of head-to-head results. Longtime FiveThirtyEight readers will know that we’ve put it to work before in ranking NFL, NBA, MLB, college basketball and football, and women’s and men’s club soccer teams. Here, we’re using it to rate F1 drivers going back to 1950, the first season in which the FIA World Championship of Drivers was staged.Rating each contestant in fields of more than 20 drivers is a bit different from rating teams that play one-on-one games, so we had to make a few tweaks to our usual Elo formula. (Skip to the bottom for all the details.) The short version, though, is that all drivers are assigned Elo ratings going into each qualifying session and race, which represent their form — along with that of their engine manufacturer, mechanics, pit crew and so forth — at that particular moment. The average is around 1500, with the best racers soaring into the 2000s. After each event, the driver’s rating will change based on the result: In general, finishing high helps you gain Elo points, while finishing low costs you Elo points. (Duh.) If a driver doesn’t finish a race, Elo acts as though that driver never entered the race. That avoids the question of fault for a crash or a mechanical failure, though it may reward drivers who take more risks to finish higher. It may also reward drivers who qualify well but do poorly on Sundays. But the best racers will consistently outduel the highest-rated of their peers.Most racers, of course, aren’t in that category. But a few drivers In F1’s history have managed to dominate for long stretches of time; sometimes they even came along at the right time to have an epic rivalry with another all-time great. You can see these legendary racers highlighted in the chart above, which you can also search and click to isolate other individual drivers’ ratings over time.So … who’s the best ever?To judge the best-ever racers according to Elo, we wanted to strike a balance between career performance and peak form. So we made a compromise: We averaged a driver’s Elo across the five best consecutive seasons of his or her career, provided the driver participated in a minimum percentage of that season’s races.1This threshold varies by era because of the low rate of finishing races in the early days of Formula One. Prior to 1970, a racer must have appeared in 25 percent of all races and qualifying sessions to be considered a participant that year; after that, the threshold was moved to 60 percent. According to the resulting metric, no driver in history was more dominant than the late Brazilian racer Ayrton Senna: read more

The Warriors Have An 85 Percent Chance Of Getting At Least 73

April 10@ SA32.6 Upcoming Warriors games 68<0.1%>99.9% April 9@ MEM82.7 712.699.7 The Spurs game is where things get muddy. I wrote a few days back about why prediction models tend to have trouble with end-of-season scenarios, but as the Warriors keep on winning, we can find some clarity. The Warriors and Spurs both won Wednesday night, leaving San Antonio five back in the loss column with seven to play for Golden State. That functionally locks up the 1-seed for the Warriors and leaves little reason for Gregg Popovich to play his starters in both games against Golden State.Complicating matters, the Spurs, like the Warriors, are undefeated at home. With a day of rest before and after the April 10 game against the Warriors, with Golden State on the second night of a back-to-back, San Antonio might just decide to play ball — CARM-Elo gives the Warriors just a 32.6 percent chance of winning if that happens. Then again, Popovich might run Kyle Anderson at the point for 40 minutes. It’s hard to tell with the Spurs.In a way, though, all you need to know about the Warriors’ late-season run can be found in those two plays up above. They’re still stylish as all hell, and they still deliver when it matters. It’s been a long season, and fatigue comes for every team this time of year, but if the quick-change shift to championship-level defense in the final four minutes or so of regulation and OT Wednesday night is anything to go by, there’s plenty left in the tank.Jay Boice contributed research. April 1vs. BOS89.2% April 3vs. POR90.1 700.399.9 WINSEXACTLY THIS MANY WINSAT LEAST THIS MANY WINS 7514.414.4 Using our CARM-Elo predictions, we now give the Warriors an 85.4 percent chance of breaking the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record of 72 wins and a 97 percent chance of at least tying it. Our colleagues at ESPN Stats & Info, using a model based on their Basketball Power Index, put the chances of 73 or more wins at 80 percent (one of the key differences is that the Spurs have overtaken the Warriors in BPI and play Golden State twice more this season).The Jazz game might have been the toughest left on the schedule for the Warriors. Golden State was on the second night of a back-to-back, on the road, and playing a defense that is in the top 10 in efficiency for the season but is much more formidable when Rudy Gobert is in the lineup (he’s played in just 55 games this season). The relative difficulty of the Utah game — Golden State was “only” a 61 percent favorite according to CARM-Elo — is one reason the Warriors’ odds of winning 73 or more leapt from 66 percent two games ago to more than 85 percent now. Of the team’s remaining seven games, five are at home, and only one comes as the second leg of a back-to-back.Golden State’s next game is Friday, against the Celtics, and the Warriors are an 89.2 percent favorite, according to CARM-Elo. That’s followed by home games against the Blazers (90.1 percent), Timberwolves (95.6 percent) and Spurs (65.7 percent). 690.1>99.9 April 13vs. MEM93.4 7331.585.4 Chance Warriors finish with: April 7vs. SA65.7 April 5vs. MIN95.6 DATEOPPONENTWIN PROB. 7211.797.0 Here are the first points scored in Wednesday night’s game between the Golden State Warriors and the Utah Jazz:And here are the last in regulation, when Golden State needed a last-second three to force overtime:The Warriors won easily in the extra period, mainly behind Draymond Green’s burly defending. Of course they did. Golden State has outscored opponents by +41 per 48 minutes in seven OT periods this season. At 68-7, the team is tied for the fourth-most wins ever in an NBA season — with seven games to play. 7439.453.9 read more

Urban Meyer focuses on individual play in Ohio State Spring Game

Redshirt-sophomore running back Bri’onte Dunn (25) looks to evade defenders during the 2014 Spring Game April 12 at Ohio Stadium. Gray defeated Scarlet, 17-7.Credit: Mark Batke / For The LanternTo Urban Meyer, the 2014 Ohio State Spring Game wasn’t about statistics, which intrasquad team won or lost, or which side played better as a unit.“It’s more of an individual — I’m not trying to evaluate an offense because who cares?” Meyer said after the Gray team defeated Scarlet, 17-7, Saturday at Ohio Stadium. “There are guys out there that will either never play or they’re not ready to play now.”With players like starting senior quarterback Braxton Miller, senior tight end Jeff Heuerman, a skill guy like sophomore H-Back Dontre Wilson and even starting offensive lineman junior Taylor Decker not seeing a single snap during the game, it was clear Meyer was more interested in how much he was going to get out of some inexperienced players.“I’m not evaluating — like (OSU spokesman) Jerry (Emig) hands me stats and I’m not sure what to do with these. I don’t care,” Meyer said.Individually, the final stats for those players who actually saw time Saturday weren’t exactly impressive. The two quarterbacks who started and played the majority of the game — redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones, who Meyer named backup to Miller after the game, and redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett — combined to throw for just 277 yards and no passing touchdowns. No ball carrier had more than 55 yards on the ground, but redshirt-sophomore running backs Warren Ball and Bri’onte Dunn both managed to find the end zone for the Gray team.“I was just talking with Cardale out there and you are so used to 14 practices playing with the same guys and that chemistry started through spring and there were a lot of new faces,” Decker said after the game about playing with players who might not see time this fall. “You start to develop a lot of chemistry and there were guys flipping sides, playing both ways so that makes it a little difficult when you are not used to playing with somebody, but that’s not excuse. You still have to go out there and execute and do your job at the highest level.”After having a solid Spring Game a year ago, redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas performed well again and led Gray with six receptions and 64 yards, while redshirt-junior receiver Corey Smith snagged five passes from Jones for 72 yards. Senior wide receivers Devin Smith and Evan Spencer hardly saw the field at all — Spencer is still rehabbing from an injury suffered in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl, and Smith played sparingly — but Meyer still wasn’t pleased with what he saw from the unit specifically.“Not enough,” Meyer said of the wide receivers’ efforts Saturday. “Without a doubt with what we expect, we’re not where we need to be. We’re better than we were two years ago … (a) notch (better) than we were last year. We got a ways to go.”Another question mark for the Buckeyes was what the pecking order will be at running back next season after losing Carlos Hyde, who in the 2013 season became the first running back under Meyer to eclipse the 1,000-yard plateau.The expected favorite before spring practice was sophomore Ezekiel Elliott, who often came in to let Hyde rest last year. Other candidates include Dunn and Ball as well redshirt-senior Rod Smith. Smith sat out the last half of spring practice — including the Spring Game — as Meyer said “he’s focusing on academics.”“We have some depth there right now,” Meyer said. “But still it’s pretty much … I’m not ready to name a starter yet.”Dunn said after the game no matter who is at the top of the list, his mindset doesn’t change.“Every day I’m just going to work hard. I’m going to work hard,” Dunn said. “Everybody in my unit, in the running back unit, is like my brother. Whoever gets the (top) spot is going to deserve that spot.”So with no clear-cut starter at running back or wide receiver, and backup quarterbacks who struggled in a defensive-minded affair as playmakers were split up between both teams, what exactly was the 2014 Spring Game about?“What I do care is who is physically going to make the plays. This is more of, it’s almost like an individual game today and that’s what I wanted to watch,” Meyer said. “Who’s going to compete, who’s going to make plays, not who’s going to fit into the team concept because we all know what we saw out there. That’s not team, that’s not the Ohio State Buckeyes. That’s a bunch of people all over the place.”After reconvening later this summer for training camp, the Buckeyes are set to take on Navy in the first game of their 2014 campaign Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.Kickoff is scheduled for noon. read more

Iraq holds first polls since US pullout as attacks spike

first_imgIRAQIS ARE VOTING today in the country’s first polls since US troops departed, a key test of its stability in the face of a spike in attacks that has claimed more than 100 lives.But the credibility of the provincial elections has come into question, with attacks on candidates leaving 14 dead and a third of Iraq’s provinces – all of them mainly Sunni Arab or Kurdish – not even voting due to security concerns and political disputes.The elections for provincial councils, responsible for naming governors who lead local reconstruction, administration and finances, are seen as a key gauge of parties’ popularity ahead of general elections next year.“Today is a day of change,” Salah Hussein, a 45-year-old government employee said after voting, expressing hope that Iraq’s severely lacking basic services would be addressed.“Security is the most important problem that all of them should be working for — without this, life would be so difficult,” university student Abdulsahib Ali Abdulsahib, 22, said after he cast his ballot.Voters were searched before being allowed to enter polling stations, and soldiers and police set up numerous new checkpoints in Baghdad.Only pre-approved vehicles were allowed on the streets, which were largely deserted except for security forces, and groups of children who took the opportunity to play football.AttacksDespite heightened security in Baghdad and elsewhere, militants were still able to carry out attacks, though casualties were limited.Nine mortar rounds, one roadside bomb and three stun grenades, all outside Baghdad, left a civilian and a policeman wounded, officials said.Every Iraqi who votes “is saying to the enemies of the political process that we are not going back,” Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on state television after casting his ballot at the Rasheed Hotel in Baghdad’s heavily-fortified Green Zone.‘We will fight by casting ballots’“I say to all those who are afraid for the future of Iraq and afraid of a return of violence and dictatorship that we will fight by casting ballots,” Maliki said.The elections, which come a decade after US-led forces ousted now-executed dictator Saddam Hussein, are the first since parliamentary polls in March 2010 and also the first since US troops withdrew in December 2011.An estimated 13.8 million Iraqis are eligible to vote for more than 8,000 candidates, with 378 seats being contested.“Elections do not solve every problem in Iraq, but no problem can be solved without elections,” UN special envoy Martin Kobler told reporters after touring a polling station in central Baghdad.Kobler also appealed for Iraqis to “turn out more than now”, while visiting the converted school where journalists far outnumbered voters.The polls are seen as a gauge of Maliki’s popularity ahead of a general election next year, but major issues affecting voters such as poor public services and rampant corruption have largely been ignored during the campaign.14 election candidates killedThe lead-up to the vote was blighted by a rise in violence that left more than 100 people dead in the past week and 14 election candidates killed since campaigning began.Six of Iraq’s 18 provinces are not participating – two because authorities say security cannot be ensured, and four because of various political disagreements.Iraqi forces were responsible for security on polling day, the first time they have been in charge without support from American or other international forces during elections since Saddam was toppled.While violence in Iraq has fallen significantly since the height of its sectarian war, it still faces challenges, mainly from Sunni militants linked to Al-Qaeda who launch attacks in a bid to undermine confidence in the government.- © AFP, 2013Read: Three children, 24 adults killed in Baghdad café bombing >last_img read more

Venizelos to step down as finance minister

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “Once I take over at the helm of the biggest party in parliament, I will have to devote myself to these new duties”. These words belong to current Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos, who on Wednesday confirmed he will be stepping down from his governmental post, while speaking to Alpha TV. Venizelos is running unopposed, despite an election process still taking place, mirroring the way former Prime Minister George Papandreou took over the Pasok helm and is expected to take over the party reigns on Sunday. He said he expected elections would be held in about six to seven weeks, in line with previous comments by government officials who have said elections would likely be held in late April or early May. Pasok, who are projected as being able to gather no more than eight or nine per cent of the public vote, an all time low for the party, hope that Venizelos’s prominent position at the front of the successful bond swap will find them rapidly gaining back some of their missing strength. Source: Athens Newslast_img read more

Lobster season begins

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:000 pounds of lobster caught, 40, lobster season opens in TCI, provo seafood five cays Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, August 18, 2016 – When lobster season opened on Monday over 40,000 pounds of the coral dwelling crustacean were caught.  The spiny lobster opening day was not as big as last year, but with 80% of the boats in Provo and South Caicos reporting – it was a big day and scores turned out to watch as the fishing boats rolled in.Magnetic Media was informed that the lobster fisherman were returning to Provo Seafood in Five Cays from as early as 3pm on August 15 and that from Provo, there were nearly 70 vessels on the seas chasing the spiny lobster.Lobster season remains open until March 2017.  At least one season opening event is announced as planned at Froggies on Da Beach in September.last_img read more

Damian Wilson says PNP Administration FlipFlopping on NHIB mess

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 30, 2016 – Another independent candidate, Damian Wilson weighed in once the Government officially released their position on what is and is not happening at the NHIP.Wilson believes there is a flip flop by the PNP Administration, adding that the public deserves better.  “They can’t want to play the victim card first saying, we didn’t know, and then now they want to come back and say well we did know and we had plans in place already. It’s either or, you can’t have it both ways, and if you are trying to have it both ways, then which one is the lie.”After a Cabinet issued statement which said in part: “Cabinet expressed grave concern about the failure of NHIB management to bring to the attention of Cabinet in a timely fashion the parlous state of its financial situation…” there has been heavy criticism of the PNP Administration.The Premier and Finance Minister are now saying, that they have a ‘paper’ to aim to deal with the financial challenges at the social health care plan.An urgent $2 million will come from the country’s contingency fund to meet immediate needs of the NHIP; a shortfall of $6 million was reported on November 23rd, 2016 to the Governor Chaired Cabinet by interim NHIB CEO, Tamera Robinson.last_img read more

Marc Maron On His Upcoming WTF Record Store Day Release DollarBin Diving

first_img Facebook Marc Maron On His Upcoming ‘WTF’ Record Store Day Release, Dollar-Bin Diving, And Why Mandy Moore “Really F***in’ Shines” Twitter The comedian and podcaster opens up about compiling live performances from ‘WTF’ for Record Store Day, the lost art of personalized music recommendations, and interviewing Mandy Moore about her tumultuous marriage to Ryan AdamsRachel BrodskyGRAMMYs Mar 8, 2019 – 9:29 am When I call up Marc Maron, he’s doing an extremely on-brand Marc Maron thing: watching the Michael Cohen testimony. “I’m watching it on MSNBC. It’s exciting sh*t,” he says.Fortunately, the comedian/actor/podcaster/opinion-haver is willing to break away from the televised testimony to chat about his forthcoming WTF compilation album, In The Garage: Live Music from WTF with Marc Maron – Vol.1, dropping on Record Store Day (April 13). Featuring a collection of live recordings from artists like college-radio great J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr., pub-rock figurehead Nick Lowe, folk performer Aimee Mann, and plenty more, In The Garage is compiled by Boston vinyl outpost Newbury Comics and features Maron’s own first-ever recorded performance (he pops up with Dave Alvin of roots-rock outfit The Blasters).Maron, who has been recording his WTF podcast since 2009 and hosted more people of note than you could imagine, including Thom Yorke, Iggy Pop, Fiona Apple, Nick Cave, Lucinda Williams, John Cale, and even former President Barack Obama, spoke to the Recording Academy about his latest venture from his home in Los Angeles. Chatting over the phone, he detailed how his In The Garage project came to be, which record stores he loves to visit around the country, and why one of his most recent guests, singer/actress Mandy Moore, “really f*ckin’ shines.”Congrats on the upcoming compilation album. I do have a lot of questions about it, but first, I’m curious: As someone who’s perhaps best known for his interviews, how is it being on the other side of this?It’s an easier head space. Outside of knowing what I know, I don’t have to wrap my brain around getting anything out of you. I can talk about whatever. Getting ready to talk to somebody for at least an hour about who knows what is gonna happen is different than me preparing to talk to you for fifteen minutes.Makes sense. So, how did the decision to release a collection of songs recorded on WTF come about?Over time my producer Brendan McDonald and myself, we knew we were amassing a pretty good catalog of live performances. Over the 1,000 episodes there’s been over 20 live performances in the garage, and we actually wondered if there was anything we could do with it, would it be fun to release it streaming or as a podcast or maybe a special thing, or maybe as a record?We never really did it, we never took the time because you have to be approved for things, and it just seemed like it wasn’t that necessary. But we always kind of felt like it was something that would be a nice thing for the fans, and then through Midroll, which is the company that does our merchandising and worked with forever with advertisers, I had a conversation about what they could do for records because they represent other talent.That sort of began the conversation, and when Newbury Comics stepped in, I like them, I like their catalog of reissues, I like their store, I spent a lot of time in Boston in the ’80s. It’s an important place. Also, as a label, they could do all that legwork that Brendan and I really weren’t able to do with any ease or time. The charity seemed great, so it just seemed like a perfect way to do this.Yeah, it’s nice that this release is timed with Record Store Day, and of course you mentioned Newbury Comics… What’s your overall history like when it comes to hanging out in record stores? Do you have any other favorites around the country?Record stores? Yeah, I go to record stores. There’s a few that I really like in different cities. Sometimes when I’m on the road I don’t go because it’s hard, unless I mail my records back to me, I can’t drag a stock of records on the plane, you know? It just becomes a hassle. I have done it, and I think I was a little more frenetic in my buying a couple years ago.Here in L.A. I deal with Gimme Gimme Records, with Dan over there, and Permanent Records, I deal with Lance. Those are my primary places. Sometimes I’ll go to Amoeba if I have to sell CDs and I can get a credit there, but it’s not my first go-to place. There’s a great place outside of Denver called Black and Red that I make a point to go to.Where else do I go? When I’m in Bloomington I’ll go over to Landlocked Records. Then there’s another place, oh boy, what’s that place down in Nashville? I’ll have to go look at my T-shirts, I’ll go over there, damn. My brain’s no good.Yeah, Landlocked in Bloomington is great. The thing is, all these records stores have the same kind of new releases or reissues, but it’s really about the stacks, you know? And Landlocked out of Bloomington just has hundreds of $2 to $6 dollar records underneath the bins. So depending on what you’re looking for…[Remembering] Grimey’s. Grimey’s is Nashville.The thing is, as I get older and I get more records, my patience for the bins starts to wear out.I got to have a lot of time on my hands [to go dollar bin-digging]. And I got to be, sort of, surrendered to it. But the good thing about the bins is there’s a certain level of collectors’ records and a few things that everyone’s there looking for. Otherwise, in the bins you can find stuff that might have just been personally something from your life, or someone that you never heard before that no one gives a sh*t about. I find an AC/DC record and it’s like $4, I’m like, how come someone doesn’t want this? I’m the luckiest guy in the world to find a clean copy of Powerage, you know?Yeah, it’s like a treasure hunt. If you have the time and patience.Yeah, I’ve got these record stores, they know me, so they’ll get a bunch of sh*t that I might like. I’m constantly getting new types of things, I still try to get a lot of music I know nothing about, artists I know nothing about. I get turned on to these things by these dudes. Dan over at Gimme – he’s got a certain way to curate the store, and Lance has a certain way he curates the store, so I get all kinds of stuff. In the last week I bought like a dozen records, and I didn’t know anything about any of them, to be honest with you. They’re new to me, but they’re old records.It’s nice, in an age where recommendations have been boiled down to algorithms, to have an actual person personally recommend music.Yeah, you’re right. It tricks you, because when you grow up in America, you grow up listening to a certain type of radio, or you hang out with certain types of people. So just by virtue of that, your script is gonna be narrow, even if you’re looking at something no one’s ever heard before, it’s still within the periphery of this file that you are living.So, you get older and you realize that there’s not only in America, where there are all these smaller presses, smaller releases, other artists working, there’s thousands and thousands of vinyls being pressed multiple times. And then on top of that, you have an international market, like Lance over at Permanent is very into different types of psychedelia.I just got a reissue of a record by a guy I’ve never heard of, and it’s one of the most beautiful records. The reissue was called, it’s a guy name Denny Lile, it’s a reissue called Hear The Bang. And then Dan said he can find me an original copy, so I got the original copy of Hear The Bang on Bridges Records.So, for this record, I saw that it’s going to be the first time that you yourself are presented as a musician on a recording, am I getting that right?It is, pretty much. This is really the first one where you can definitely hear me doing it on vinyl for sure. So when Newbury Comics stepped in it took a little of the [curation] job of it, which always held us back, which is getting songs released, remastering a little bit, because I’m no engineer. I record on a single track, I’m in Garage Band, I use an SM mic for the vocals, which is the same I use for talking. I put no effects on anything. I use another mic that I pick in front of the guitar, and then I just sit there across from these artists and ride the fare, and just kind of watch the levels. And that’s how it goes with all of them, which does create a sort of continuity to it all and it’s a very eclectic group of artists, the continuity is the garage, and my limited ability as an engineer.Well, speaking of recording from your garage, I was just going over the list of people that you’ve had on the show over the years. Now, I know you just had a rather frank conversation with Mandy Moore about her relationship with Ryan Adams… And two years ago, you had Ryan on the show. I guess I’m curious, from an interviewer’s perspective, how you navigate that space. When you’ve had this up-close-and-personal time with two opposing parties, how do you reconcile that in your mind? How do you think about the interview with Ryan now that you’ve had this conversation with Mandy?I don’t know, it’s not that tricky for me. When I interviewed Ryan I didn’t know a lot about him. I knew he was a very respected dude in his world and he had a big fan base and I like a couple of his records, but we didn’t … Very rarely, especially with somebody who’s done a lot of work, I’ll talk about people’s lives. I didn’t get into his relationship. [The interview] was really about his journey as a musician and then he talked about music.Yeah, you don’t necessarily ask about personal stuff.I didn’t know. How would I know anything? That was years ago. But he was a tormented guy, he had a lot of problems, and it’s not necessarily surprising that there were more problems. But in retrospect, nothing came out in that interview two years ago, and I’m not even sure I was clear about his relationship with Mandy Moore or whether it was in the forefront of my head. Then when I talked to Mandy, that was a couple weeks before the New York Times thing came out, and I didn’t know it was coming out. And having known, doing a little research at that time before any of this stuff was revealed, it was one of those things like, “Oh yeah, she had been married to that dude.” I knew it must have been a troubled relationship because he’s a troubled guy, so the framing of it, and I’m not trying to minimize or trivialize what happened.Oh no, of course not. I get that it all kind of exists in its own context.He’s obviously beyond troubled, he did abusive stuff. So that said, in talking to Mandy a few weeks before all that stuff was revealed, there was a certain innocence to my approach to her, because I didn’t know anything. So it came up, and we talked kind of thoroughly about mostly abuse and the dynamics and co-dependency. In the interview I was like, “Are you sure that you want, is it cool, or can you think of anything that you might have said that you don’t want out there about him?” And she’s like, “No, this is gonna be a big New York Times piece, so I think it’s fine.”So I didn’t know any of that until after, and I certainly didn’t know anything when I talked to Ryan, but the fact that that Mandy Moore interview exists as a WTF interview, where it comes out after all this stuff’s being revealed and she’s sort of in the spotlight, about to be, in relation to him, is that that interview, because I didn’t know anything about that happening, still functions as a cool, sort of, career personal interview where the pacing and depth of it had a natural thing, it wasn’t all open in relation to this thing, which was good.Oh yeah. News outlets are just going to pluck out the most viral quote. And she was obviously on your show to promote… not that. Yes, of course, but the point is I didn’t know anything about it. And the news dropped, and we had already set up that episode, and it just so happened my producer was on vacation, so there’s no way for even me to get in and go, this came out before the New York Times thing. It dropped while he was away and it was already in the queue.Yet, I’m happy about that because yeah, the Internet’s gonna do what it’s gonna do, but I offered Mandy the respect for that full interview there that contextualizes her career, that relationship, where she’s at now. Well, that’s why I like your natural cadence as an interviewer. You’re interested in the whole person. I’ll tell you honestly, Mandy Moore, I didn’t know her music that well, it’s not the albums I would hear when I was younger, but it wasn’t my thing, and I’ve watched a bit of ‘This Is Us’, but she was a pretty, you know, she’s a real star, in the way that there’s certain people that I talk to that come walking down my driveway and I’m like, “Oh my god, this is a magic person.” She’s one of those people. I didn’t even say nothing to her, but when I saw her get out of the car, I’m like, “Okay. Look at this special person.”She’s always seemed remarkably composed. She shines, man. She f*ckin’ shines. Some people are real f*ckin’ stars, you know? A lot of times they’re just people, but some people, you’re like, oh man. You just got it coming out of you, I don’t know what it is, but it’s magic.The Flaming Lips Celebrate 20th Of ‘The Soft Bulletin’ With Mini U.K. TourRead more Marc Maron Talks Record Store Day Release marc-maron-his-upcoming-wtf-record-store-day-release-dollar-bin-diving-and-why-mandy News Email last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For May 30 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Wednesday, May 30, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 73. East wind 6 to 9 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.Municipal/School Meetings: The Wilmington Board of Assessors meets at 11am in Town Hall’s Small Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Water & Sewer Commission meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the Wilmington High School’s Large Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.In The Community: State Representative candidate Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury) is holding a Meet & Greet event TONIGHT, from 7:30pm to 8:30pm. at Panera Bread (228 Main Street) in Wilmington. Voters are encouraged to “swing by, say hello, and learn more about Pina and her campaign.” Please note this is NOT a fundraiser. Lawn signs and bumper stickers will be available.In The Community: The Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, from 10am to 2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Tech Help Drop-In at 2pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Senior Center: SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Special Exercise at 11am. Country Line Dancing at 1pm. Cards at 1pm. Fun Singers at 3pm. [Learn more HERE.]Go Wildcats!: 4 Wilmington High teams are in action today. Also, the Senior Athletic Banquet will be held at 6:30pm at the Wilmington KofC Hall. See the schedule HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)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… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 26, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 15, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Day after violence Gujarat Dalit youths wedding procession protected by 300 policemen

first_imgPolice force securing the wedding procession of a Dalit youth in GujarattwitterJust a day after stones were hurled at a Dalit community by the upper castes at Khambhisar village of Gujarat’s Aravalli district for riding a horse as part of the marriage cavalcade, the procession was continued on Monday with tight security arranged by the police.The wedding procession of a Dalit youth, Jayesh Rathod, was interrupted by the upper caste, mainly Patidar community on Sunday and was discontinued after they threw stones at the groom and the people gathered unleashing major violence leading the police to resort to lathi charge.According to the police, nearly 300 policemen were deployed for a stretch of nearly 20 km from where the marriage procession started to protect more than 300 relatives of the groom.The Superintendent of Police of Aravalli, Mayur Patil, said that he held a meeting with the villagers of the upper caste community on Sunday night to broker peace between the communities over the cavalcade. “We had deployed 100 policemen from various areas of the district. One company of the State Reserve Police (nearly 120 personnel) had also been deployed in view of the tension. Besides, there were about 50 policemen from the neighbouring Sabarkantha,” he said, reports Deccan Herald.The villagers from the upper caste community allegedly objected to the Dalit youth riding on horseback. They tried to block the road by performing “poojas” (Hindu rituals) to block the procession on Sunday. Many of the police officers were injured on Sunday’s stone pelting.According to reports, the grooms family will file a formal complaint after the wedding ceremony is completed. “At present, our priority is to maintain law and order and bring social harmony back to the village,” he said, reports Indian Express.last_img read more

ER to run four pairs of special trains to tackle Kali Puja

first_imgKOLKATA: To tackle passenger rush on Kali Puja/Deepavali nights, Eastern Railway will run 4 pairs of suburban EMU special trains in Sealdah Division on the nights of November 6/7 & 7/8, 2018. Among these special trains, one pair each will run between Sealdah & Dankuni , Sealdah & Barasat, Sealdah & Ranaghat and between Sealdah (South) & Baruipur stations. The Sealdah-Dankuni Suburban EMU Special will leave Sealdah at 11.30pm and reach Dankuni at 00:15 am and in return journey, the Dankuni-Sealdah Special will Dankuni at 00:25 am and arrive at Sealdah at 1:05 am. The Sealdah-Barasat Suburban EMU Special will leave Sealdah at 00:10 am and reach Barasat at 00:55 am and in the return journey, the Barasat-Sealdah Special will leave at 01:10 am and arrive at 1:55 am. The Sealdah-Ranaghat Suburban EMU Special will leave Sealdah at 00:40 am and reach Ranaghat at 2:30 am and the Ranaghat-Sealdah Special while coming back will leave Ranaghat station at 11:45 am and arrive at 1:40 pm. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Sealdah (South)-Baruipur Suburban EMU Special will Sealdah at 00:30 am and reach Baruipur at 01:15 am and while returning, the Baruipur-Sealdah Special will leave Baruipur station at 01:25 am and arrive at Sealdah (South) station at 02:10 am. One Passenger Special Train for Baruipur will be run from Sealdah leaving Sealdah (South) station at 5.35pm on November 6. All suburban train services in Sealdah Division will follow Sundays’ schedule up to 2 pm on November 6 and after 2pm, all suburban train services will continue scheduled services with stoppages at all stations including flag & halt stations enroute.last_img read more