“In setting the standard price, we don’t want private laboratories to experience losses, but we also don’t want the public to spend that much for PCR tests. So, we will also involve the BPKP [Development Finance Comptroller] in doing this,” Doni said.He went on to say that the BNPB had distributed millions of reagents for PCR tests across the country so that they could provide swab testing for free. “We’ve provided free tests to 51 percent of the people who have taken swab tests,” he said.As of Sept. 9, Indonesia has tested a total of 2.5 million swab samples from 1.4 million people. The country has recorded 203,342 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 8,336 deaths so far.Topics : “It’s very expensive in private laboratories because they are commercial and they have set their margins too high. We’re currently preparing a standard price. The BNPB head will recommend the maximum price to the Health Minister,” Dody told lawmakers in the hearing.Dody said the BNPB would recommend that private laboratories and hospitals follow the agency’s baseline price of below Rp 500,000 and add it to a reasonable profit margin.National COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo, who also chairs the BNPB, said during a hearing with the commission on Sept. 3 that several hospitals charged more than Rp 2.5 million for PCR tests. Therefore, he said, it was important to set a price ceiling for such tests. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) will assist the Health Ministry in setting a price ceiling for COVID-19 swab tests following numerous complaints over the high prices set for the tests in many private facilities.BNPB acting deputy for emergency response Dody Ruswandi said on Wednesday that private health facilities had set considerably high prices to profit from polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.The price for the agency’s PCR tests has been set at a maximum Rp 500,000 (US$ 33.7) in some 300 state-owned laboratories, Dody said in a hearing with the House of Representatives Commission VIII overseeing disasters and social affairs.
EMS Maritime Offshore (EMO) has won a contract to provide nautical personnel for Vattenfall’s Marine Coordination Center in Esbjerg, Denmark.Under the three-year contract, EMO will provide up to ten marine coordinators who will begin supporting Vattenfall’s offshore wind projects 24/7 during the construction and operation phases from 1 March.The team will also be in charge of documenting and coordinating all personnel and ship movements in the offshore wind farms.“We are very proud that Vattenfall has selected our nautical staff to coordinate their projects,” said Jan Heyenga, Head of Maritime Services at EMO. “We look forward to working with the Vattenfall team in the future”. From Esbjerg, Vattenfall coordinates its offshore wind farms on the Danish west coast, including the Sandbank and DanTysk projects, which are in the operational phase, and the Horns Rev 3 project, currently in the construction phase.
South Africa has reopened its land claims process, allowing people who were removed from their land under apartheid rule, but who missed an earlier deadline for lodging claims for compensation, to do within the next five years.It is estimated that at least 3.5-million South Africans were forcibly removed from their land as a result of the Native Land Act of 1913, which effectively reserved 87 percent of land in the country for the white minority. (Image: Brand South Africa)South Africa has reopened its land claims process, allowing people who were removed from their land under apartheid rule, but who missed an earlier deadline for lodging claims for compensation, to do within the next five years.On Monday, President Jacob Zuma signed into law the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act, which reopens the restitution claims process that closed at the end of 1998 and gives claimants five years – until 30 June 2019 – to lodge further claims.It is estimated that at least 3.5-million South Africans were forcibly removed from their land as a result of the Native Land Act of 1913, which effectively reserved 87 percent of land in the country for the white minority.Many people ‘unaware of first window’Briefing reporters in Cape Town on Tuesday, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said his department had conducted extensive consultations before advocating the re-opening of the land claims process.“The first period for lodgement was opened between 1994 and 1998,” Nkwinti said. “Although land claims were made and settled, a great number of people complained that they had not been aware of the process at the time and as such they had missed the initial lodgement window.”Nkwinti said the Restitution of Land Rights programme was necessary for redress, reconciliation and nation building, adding that it was in line with the National Development Plan’s (NDP’s) goal of eliminating poverty and reducing inequality by 2030.“It is my conviction that the issue of access to land is one of the fundamental elements to the transformation of the rural economy of our country, where the burden of land dispossession was mostly felt.”Policy on Khoi, San ‘being developed’Nkwinti said the government was conscious of the fact that the law as it stood did not accommodate the country’s Khoi and San communities, who suffered dispossession long before the passing of the 1913 Land Act.“Their plight is not forgotten. I want to assure them that a policy on the exceptions to the 1913 Natives Land Act cut-off date is being developed that seeks to address their concerns.”The minister said that claims that had been lodged before the 1998 cut-off period but had not yet been settled – numbering about 8 471 – had been prioritised for settlement.“I am appealing to those individuals and communities affected to continue to exercise patience while we are resolving their claims and not to lodge their claims again. The outstanding claims will be processed simultaneously with the new ones.”Warning to fraudsters, freeloadersAt the same time, Nkwinti issued a stern warning to those who sought to help people lodge land claims while charging them a fee.“These individuals are criminals. Lodging a claim is a free government service and anyone who is charging money is doing so illegally.”It is also illegal to submit a fraudulent claim, including one that fails to disclose other potential interested parties, as well as to attempt to prevent someone else from lodging a claim.“I am calling on members of society to report their suspicions about any illegal activity in this regard by calling the government anti-fraud hotline number 0800 701 701.”Claim lodgement officesNkwinti said his department would be registering claims electronically in order to speed up the process.Chief Land Claims Commissioner Nomfundo Gobodo, also speaking at the briefing, said the commission had opened 14 lodgement offices and sites countrywide, and would also deploy mobile units for claimants in deep rural areas.“These sites are equipped with advanced technology to ensure speedy and accurate capture of relevant information. Our people will be assisted by trained staff, and every effort will be made to ensure the process from the submission of a claim to the time it is settled is a smooth one,” Gobodo said.Source: SAnews.gov.zaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
For the second year running, telecommunications giant MTN leads the Brand Finance South Africa Top 50. The brand’s value has grown by 31%, largely as a result of the corporate’s accommodating and understanding local conditions before it sets up shop. Brand South Africa chief executive, Miller Matola, says the brands featured in the survey contribute to the image of the country.For the second year in a row, South African telecommunications giant, MTN, has been named the country’s top brand, beating out rival Vodacom, and energy producer Sasol. The announcement was made at the release of the Brand Finance South Africa Top 50 survey at Brand South Africa offices on Tuesday, 22 July.Brand Finance South Africa is part of the international Brand Finance group, which helps companies measure the value of, and manage, their brands.According to the survey, MTN’s brand value has grown by 31% over the last year thanks to its increasing international exposure. This is also due to how MTN conducts business in each country it enters: it collects knowledge of that country and respects its customs.The survey shows just how dominant MTN is in the corporate sector. It has widened the gap between itself and its competitors by posting a brand value of R56.3-million, over R30-million more than Sasol and Vodacom.Sasol had overtaken Vodacom to claim second spot this year after its value increased by 13%. This is largely thanks to ventures in 38 countries; including expansion into the US shale market in recent years, the launch of a R1.9-billion ethylene purification plant in Sasolburg, and the weaker rand.Investec made the most impressive leap this year, moving from 18th in 2013 to 9th this year. Its brand value increased by 67% and according to the survey, could rival South Africa’s big four banks in coming years.Chairman of Brand Finance Africa, Thebe Ikalafeng, said it is important to honour major brands such as MTN and Sasol as they help tell the South African story of a competitive nation and country with a great reputation.He added that the survey provides brands a benchmark they can use to drive their business and their strategy. “It helps to guide them and see how well they do competitively.”Thebe Ikalafeng of Brand Finance Africa says the brands selected in the survey help in telling the South African story.Ikalafeng said South African business is diverse and competitive across all sectors from telecommunications to retail. However, he said, South African brands should strive for excellence shown by European and American counterparts while emphasising its African roots. “Our distinction is who we are as Africans. It’s that colour, that diversity, that Africanness that only an African can define.”Brand South Africa chief executive, Miller Matola, said the companies featured in the top 50 are critical to building a nation’s brand. “A lot of them are pioneers. They have strong images in and outside of South Africa. In many ways these brands help build the brand of South Africa.”He also said that South Africa can increase its global competitiveness by using these enterprises to build sustainable growth and prosperity.Oliver Schmitz, managing director of Brand Finance South Africa, called on business leaders to follow Nelson Mandela’s example of leadership by putting people ahead of profits so as to ensure their own long-term successOliver Schmitz, managing director at Brand Finance South Africa, said more than 450 brands were analysed during the survey. They were assessed according to the International Organisation for Standardisation’s three requirements for brand evaluation; an intellectual property audit, a consumer behaviour review, and combining these for assessing financial performance.The evaluators used the royalty relief method, which estimates the likely future sales of a brand and the royalty rate that would be charged for the use of the brand.Schmitz said brand leaders need to look after the people around them if they are to ensure long-term success. “We need to play our part. A nation brand has a value and all brands have a value. And together we can give value to the consumers out there.”View the full list of South Africa’s Top 50 Brands
Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces First, the good news: The number of click-throughs on mobile advertisements that were mistaken or fraudulent dropped slightly over the last year. Now the bad news: As much as 40% of clicks on mobile ads are so-called worthless clicks, offering no return on investment for the advertiser, according to a new study.The study, which was released on Wednesday, was commissioned by Trademob, a Berlin-based mobile app marketing platform. The company analyzed six million mobile advertising clicks on 10 of the biggest mobile advertising networks. Conclusion: Advertisers are wasting a lot of money on mobile ads.“There’s a problem when only 60 cents of every dollar are actually being put to work,” said Trademob founder and CEO Ravi Kamran.The study was conducted in June and found that 22 percent of ad clicks are “misclicks,” or accidental clicks, and 18 percent were fraudulent. Those accidental and fraudulent clicks had a conversion rate of less than 0.1%.There were some bright spots in the study for advertisers. A similar study conducted a year ago said 47% of clicks on mobile ads were worthless, so the percentage appears to have dropped. And the Trademob study showed a decline in the number of accidental clicks, from 25% to 22%.“We are seeing fewer accidental clicks today due to increased device screen size and different user behavior,” Kamran said. “Still, more than one in five clicks is purely accidental, which can be prevented by proper ad placement and ad verification techniques.”Harder to fight, however, is click fraud. Of the fraudulent clicks in the study, 56% involved sophisticated botnet and client-side fraud, typically using hijacked devices to create fake clicks that go unnoticed by the user. The other 44% were attributed to server-side fraud, in which publishers instructed servers to report data that masked millions of fake clicks as real ones. dave copeland
Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “When you play this sport, getting to those moments, getting to the Eastern Conference finals, the Finals, that’s when you feel alive,” Wade said. “And I haven’t felt that in a couple years. And I wanted to make sure I put myself in that position. If I don’t win one, my career path is not going to change, but damn it sure will feel great.” Ronaldo surprised by increasing criticism Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight FILE – In this Dec. 25, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) and Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade talk following an NBA basketball game in Miami. Wade is expected to sign Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, with the Cavaliers, reuniting the 12-time All-Star with James, a former Miami teammate and one of his best friends. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)The wake-up calls for Dwyane Wade were coming at 5:45 a.m. for much of the summer. An hour or so later, he and LeBron James would be in the gym together working on their games.And the chemistry was as good as ever.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ “He drives me to want to be better,” Wade said.They’ll be grinding together on a daily basis now.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWade signed a one-year, $2.3 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday to reunite with James, with whom he went to four NBA Finals and won two championships in Miami. Wade’s deal was finalized quickly after he cleared waivers, which he had to do after getting a buyout from the Chicago Bulls over the weekend.“I’m all about the challenge,” Wade told The Associated Press. “If I didn’t want the challenge, I would have stayed in Chicago. But I wanted the challenge of being back on that big stage and playing in those moments and seeing what I’ve got. So I’m not going to talk about what I’ve got. I want to go out there and show, when the lights are the brightest and the games are the biggest, that’s when I’m alive. And I need that.” Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:34Google unveils motion-sensing Pixel 401:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games He took a hard look at going back to Miami, listened to sales pitches from Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in Oklahoma City, even considered San Antonio and got a call from Golden State.But in the end, he wanted to play again with James — someone Wade calls his brother.“I definitely think I can help him in different ways,” Wade told the AP via phone as he sat in his new locker room. “He is, in today’s game, the greatest basketball player that we have. So he doesn’t need me to help him be great. But there’s other areas that I’ve been able to be there, to help him think about things a certain way. He knows I’m going to put the work in with him. He knows I’m going to be right there.”Earlier Wednesday, James said he feels like a little kid having Wade with him again.“Come on, man, this is like one of my best friends,” James said after the first of Cleveland’s two practices on the day — the second one set to be Wade’s first with the Cavs. “It’s kind of like when you start school and you walk into the classroom and you’re not quite sure who your classmates are and when you walk in there and one of your best friends is in there, you’re like: ‘Oh, yeah, this is going to be fun. It’s going to be a good class.’”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A good team, too.Wade and James spent four seasons together with the Heat, winning two championships and making the Finals four times as a duo as devastating as any in league history. They’ll now join forces on a Cleveland team that saw Kyrie Irving traded to Boston and the roster get remodeled by adding Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, former league MVP Derrick Rose and free agents Jeff Green and Jose Calderon.Wade has talked to coach Tyronn Lue about his role and seems assured that he’ll be in the mix for a starting job.“You want to earn your spot, but I definitely wanted to make sure it wasn’t something that was off the table,” Wade said. “I don’t want ever to be given anything in this league. I want to feel like I earned it. That’s kind of how you want it coming to a new team. … This is a deep team. That really excited me about the potential of this team and what you need to compete with a Golden State. You need a deep team to compete with them.”Wade has said many times that a fourth ring isn’t a make-or-break goal for him. His legacy is secure. He’s a certain Hall of Famer. He’s one of the best to ever play the game.That doesn’t mean another title is irrelevant, though. And he gave back about $8 million in the buyout with the Bulls to get this chance, after taking smaller-than-he-could-have-gotten deals in Miami multiple times to help the Heat and their championship quests.“I want to compete for it,” Wade said. “I’ve always said if I don’t win another one, it’s not going change the course of my career and what I’ve been able to accomplish. But as everyone knows, as has been very highly documented, some of it documented the wrong way, I’ve probably given back the most money of any player in NBA history. And it’s always been to be in position to compete for a championship.”The Cavaliers have been to the last three NBA Finals; add the Miami years in there, and James has been to the title round in seven consecutive seasons.Wade hasn’t played a June game since 2014.He’s hoping that changes in 2018.
Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRobert Bolick postponed a potential career in the PBA as he chose to stay at San Beda for one more season.And the thing that made him choose school over professional hoops? That is the love for San Beda itself.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:18Inquirer Varsity Seven: San Beda’s Robert Bolick02:03DOH drafting order to lower prices of expensive medicines01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “I love the school,” said Bolick in Filipino after leading the Red Lions to a 73-68 win over rival Letran Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.READ: NCAA: San Beda sends Letran to 3-way tie for 4th seed FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’ll just repeat what I’ve been saying all along, I was just a bench player when I started for San Beda and they’ve accepted with a full heart.”Bolick had planned on submitting his draft papers but ultimately decided against it. LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Finals MVP Durant keeps launching shots, eager to be better For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez welcomed Bolick’s plan of staying.“The only advice I gave him is look at the future because it will always be better if he graduates,” said Boyet of the Marketing major. “I really appreciated that Robert took the other way and stayed with San Beda. I cannot ask for more, having Robert in my lineup next year will be good for us.”READ: WATCH: Get to know San Beda’s Robert Bolick in 7 questionsBolick is averaging 12.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 5.3 assists for the Red Lions, who are Final four bound for yet another year.He also posted similar numbers in the PBA D-League for Cignal with 12.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.3 assists.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I went to the States because of San Beda, and I’m an American and that was my first time going to the US. I love everyone, from the security guards, to the janitors, to the teachers, everyone.” View comments
West Ham to bid for Hoffenheim striker Andrej Kramaricby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham are planning to bring Andrej Kramaric back to England in January.The Croatia international, formerly of Leicester City, has shone for Hoffenheim over the last two seasons.Croatian media sources say West Ham are planning a January move for Kramaric.And further fueling the speculation is a developing rift between Kramaric and Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann.The striker is fuming after he was hooked during the weekend draw with Borussia Monchengladbach. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Advertisement The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) today announced CBC as the new title, presenting and tuition sponsor of NSI New Voices, now known as CBC New Indigenous Voices presented by NSI. CBC has confirmed a three-year commitment as title sponsor of the program.“CBC is thrilled to be the title sponsor of this vital training program that has 12 years of success behind it,” said Sally Catto, general manager of programming, CBC. “With 109 course graduates, many of whom have continued working in the industry, this partnership is a significant part of our ongoing commitment to Indigenous storytellers.”“We are delighted to be partnering with CBC,” said John Gill, CEO of NSI. “Their passion for and proven track record of supporting emerging artists will greatly enhance the work we do with young, Indigenous students.” Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: CBC New Indigenous Voices presented by NSI is a culturally-sensitive training course that exposes young Indigenous people aged 18 to 35 to a variety of creative and challenging employment opportunities in film, TV and digital media. The course is led by program manager Ursula Lawson with Indigenous programs & administrative assistant Kaya Wheeler and NSI Indigenous training programs advisor Lisa Meeches.Workshops and seminars in the classroom phase are led by industry experts. Students intern with a broadcaster or independent production company giving them firsthand knowledge of the business. Training also includes the production and screening of three short films. Minimum wage is provided throughout the course. 73% of graduates are working in the arts sector or pursuing further related education.CBC New Indigenous Voices is funded by: Title, Presenting and Tuition Sponsor CBC; Program Partners Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and Telefilm Canada; NSI Aboriginal Training Programs Partner Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment One, Super Channel, Corus Entertainment, Breakthrough Entertainment and imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival; and Industry Partner the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC). NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council. Additional partners to be confirmed.NSI New Voices 2016 was funded by Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage; Program Partners Telefilm Canada and the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD); NSI Aboriginal Training Programs Partner Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment One, Super Channel, Corus Entertainment, Breakthrough Entertainment and imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival; Provincial Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Industry Partners Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) and the Directors Guild of Canada; and Service Sponsor William F. White. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will be at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada.About the National Screen InstituteRenowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, the National Screen Institute provides training and production support through courses like NSI Totally Television, CBC New Indigenous Voices presented by NSI, NSI Features First, NSI Business for Producers, Movie Central Script to Screen, Corus Diverse TV Director, NSI IndigiDocs, TELUS STORYHIVE Web Series and Digital Shorts, and TELUS Optik™ Local.NSI also offers exposure through the NSI Online Short Film Festival and provides vast resources and support to those in the film, television and digital media industries at nsi-canada.ca.
We often hear announcers and commentators say a baseball team is “on pace” to win and lose a certain number of games, by simply applying a team’s current winning percentage over 162 games. Those statements may technically be true, but in a randomness-filled reality, they’re meaningless.Sabermetrics constantly struggles with randomness, an unavoidable fact of sporting life and the reason there’s almost always a difference between a team’s observed performance and its actual talent level. Moreover, the smaller the sample of games, the less confident we can be that what we’re seeing is skill and not luck. We’re fewer than 10 games into Major League Baseball’s season.This is why it’s necessary to regress observed statistics to the mean. Things — including baseball stats — tend to average out. But how much do we need to regress? And which mean should we regress to?The most naïve prior to use would be the league average (in the case of regressing team records, a .500 winning percentage). And the question of how much we need to regress depends on what the preferred ratio is of skill to luck. Sabermetricians typically set a regression to match the number of games it takes for half the variance in team records to be due to talent and half to chance.In that case, we need to add about 67 games of .500 baseball (33½ wins, 33½ losses) to a team’s record, based on seasonal data since the MLB last expanded in 1998. (Here are a couple of mathematical proofs explaining this method as it relates to Bayes’ theorem.)So while the Washington Nationals’ and Milwaukee Brewers’ current MLB co-leading 6-2 records come with a .750 winning percentage, we’d really only expect each of them to have .527 winning percentages from now on, based on the information we have relative to our prior (the population of MLB teams from which the Brewers and Nationals are selected).We can do this for all MLB clubs:Regression to the mean lets us get a better sense of a team’s pace by giving us a realistic estimate of its future winning percentage. That’s why a 1-0 team isn’t on pace to win 162 games; in the absence of other information about the quality of the team, it’s really only on pace to win 82.7 games.Another great thing about this procedure is that the “add 67 games of .500 ball” trick works no matter how far into the season a team is. It’s just as valid now as it will be in late July. The difference between now and then will be the amount of weight that a team’s observed results take in the formula. In April, the .500 prior dominates any team’s projection. By the time 67 games roll around, precisely half of a team’s regressed record will be made up of its observed results, and the other half will be the prior.Of course, we don’t have to limit ourselves to a prior winning percentage of .500 for every team, either. We know that sources such as Las Vegas over/unders and computer projections do a better job of setting preseason expectations than simply expecting every team to finish 81-81. If we plug in an aggregation of Vegas and computer models from before the season as priors (using a standard deviation of nine wins for those predictions), we come to the following regressed-to-the-mean records:Whichever method we use, it’s important to note how long it takes for observed records from the current season to start to have an impact on an assessment of a team’s ability level. At this stage of the season, the only conclusions we can draw should be extremely small relative to the expectations we had for each team a few weeks ago.Correction (April 12, 11:25 p.m.): The second table in an earlier version of this article miscalculated the true win and true loss paces. The correct table appears above.