The death toll is now 15, after the horrible crash involving the Humboldt Broncos team bus and a semi in northern Saskatchewan.RCMP said it may be a long time before investigators can determine what caused the collision Friday, as the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team was headed to a playoff game in Nipawin.Among the dead who have been identified, are head coach Darcy Haugan, Broncos captain Logan Schatz, forward Jaxon Joseph and play-by-play broadcaster Tyler Bieber.The 14 other people who were on the bus were injured, some critically.Airdrie’s Ryan Straschnitzki has a broken back and was due to undergo surgery Saturday afternoon.The entire hockey community across Canada is rallying around in shock and to offer support.“We know that this is a moment when we must come together to support, comfort and to lean on one another,” said Kevin Garinger, President of the Humbodlt Broncos Hockey Club.Humboldt’s Mayor Rob Muench said he knows this tragedy will be hard to erase from people’s memories, but they will get through this grief period.“We will never forget April 6, 2018, and we will never forget the members of our Broncos family who were taken from us and who were injured,” he said.RCMP Assistant Commissioner Curtis Zablocki, said the investigation will be looking at all aspects of the crash to figure out what happened.The truck driver was not hurt and was detained by police before being released. A GoFundMe account has been set up for the victims and their families, so far over $3 million has been donated with an end goal of $4 million.
Rhythmic French beats dipped in the aroma of French delicacies filled the air of the national capital as the Francophonie week culminated with a grande Mela organised to give its visitors a glimpse of the universe of countries that have French as their first language. The day-long event began with a swarm of Delhi school students gathering at the Alliance Française grounds here to participate in Mela’s singing and skit competition followed by an open quiz about the French culture and its various aspects. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”As compared to the previous years, this is the first time we have witnessed such a huge footfall of Africans countries participating in the Mela activities. It is a good sign that the participation is coming from African countries as it gives the Indians and Africans a chance to get to know each other’s cultures,” Director of Alliance Française de Delhi Jean-Francois Ramon said. The crowd also had a chance to witness the Congo culture first-hand as the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo gave out a group dance performance and a fashion show wearing their cultural attire. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardApart from the dance and fashion shows, what kept the visitors hooked to the Mela was the food offered by all the stalls. While the stall by the Democratic Republic of the Congo handed out freshly baked ‘Beignets’ or donuts, Côte d’Ivoire offered a full-fledged meal of Attiéké – a side dish made from cassava. Towards the evening, students of Alliance Française took the center stage, enthralling the visitors of the Mela with their dance and musical performances on famous Bollywood songs. The celebration came to an end with an acrobatic performance titled Via, an event featuring music, dance, Chinese pole, and kalapariyattu – all blended together on one stage – by an Indo-French group followed by a French DJ night by DJ Roli. Organised by Alliance Française de Delhi, ‘Semaine de la Francophonie’ or the Francophonie week began with a tête-à-tête with Canadian author Frédérick Lavoie on countering fake news through literary journalism. French accordionist Noé Clerc along with an Indian Classical vocalist Ujwal Nagar and percussionist Zaheen Khan also presented a beautiful presentation of Indian and French music from Alliance Francaise’s musical series.
Islamabad: Pakistan’s military has said for the first time that JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft developed jointly with China were used in retaliation to India’s pre-emptive strikes on a JeM terror camp in Balakot as it once again denied that US-made F-16 jets were involved in the attack.Referring to the aerial dogfight with the Indian Air Force jets after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack claimed by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Pakistan Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said the Indian jets violated the Pakistani airspace on February 26, dropping payloads without inflicting any casualties or damage to infrastructure. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, who was handed over to India later. “The aircraft which engaged those targets and fought them were JF-17. As regard to how to use F-16, in what context [they] were used or not – because at that point of time our entire Air Force was airborne – now it remains between Pakistan and the US to see how the MoUs regarding the use of F-16 have been adhered to or otherwise,” Ghafoor told Russian news agency Sputnik International. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KA day after Pakistan’s attempt to retaliate the IAF’s air strikes at the Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Balakot, the Indian armed forces displayed parts of an AIM-120 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile) fired by an F-16, which fell in Indian territory. New Delhi had also underlined that electronic signatures captured by Indian radars had established the use of F-16 for the offensive. The US State Department announced that it was seeking more information from Pakistan on the potential use of American-made F-16 jets against India in violation of the end-user agreement. The Pakistani General noted that Islamabad was discussing the use of its JF-17 with the US citing “friendly relations” with Washington, stressing, however, that the country would use whatever it deemed necessary if it came to “legitimate self-defence.” PTI
Los Angeles: Actor Michael B Jordon is set to lead the cast of Warner Bros’ upcoming Methuselah movie. The Creed star will also be serving as the producer on the project, reported Variety. The studio has been working on the film for many years with Will Smith and Tom Cruise interested in the project. Zach Dean wrote an early script after coming on board in 2014. And, the latest draft is written by Tony Gilroy. The story centers on the longest-living figure in the Bible, Methuselah, who is the son of Enoch. Jordan’s interest in the project may stem from his background. He has shared in the past that he “grew up in church,” telling that he considers himself “spiritual.”Jordan is also set to star in and produce the Denzel Washington-directed memoir ‘Journal for Jordan’.
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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.
It took the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team a while to get going, but once it did, it never looked back. The Buckeyes beat the Detroit Titans, 14-8, in Saturday’s season opener at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Following the trend that started during preseason play, OSU went into an offensive hibernation for about 10 minutes during the first period and allowed Detroit to take a 3-1 lead. “We kind of let up a bit on the offensive end,” said senior attacker and co-captain Logan Schuss. “We didn’t make some of the opportunities we had, but overall we got into our offense and that’s what coach wanted.” The Buckeyes trailed 3-2 at the end of the first period but managed to come back during the second period, outscoring Detroit, 4-3. Heading into the locker room at halftime tied 6-6, OSU coach Nick Myers said he knew he had to say something to get his team going against a talented Detroit team. “I told them to take a deep breath. It’s 30 minutes left, it’s 0-0,” Myers said. “It’s not the first half that we intended to play, so let’s go out there and play the second half the way we know we can.” The Buckeyes kept up their second period pace during the third and fourth periods, out-scoring Detroit 8-2 en route to the victory. OSU improved its all-time record against Detroit to 5-0, all under Myers. OSU also remains undefeated at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center with the win, with 11 wins and no losses all-time. Schuss had a career day, tying a career high with seven goals and setting a new career high of 10 points in one game. Myers, though, wasn’t surprised. “His job is to score goals. I know Logan would like to have two or three more goals to be honest with you,” Myers said. “If we are going to get him scoring opportunities, he’s going to take care of them. He’s done that for four years for us, it’s a good start for him and we’re going to build on it.” Freshman attacker Tyler Pfister, who scored two goals in his regular season debut for the Buckeyes, said he was encouraged by the teamwork showed during the match. “I think sometimes it’s just us being ourselves. I think we showed today that we can play cohesively. We know our strengths and we can play to them,” Pfister said. OSU is set to travel to Jacksonville, Fla., on Sunday to take on Jacksonville University at 3:15 p.m. in the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 19, 2018 – Nassau – The implementation of the Commercial Enterprises Act will assist Bahamians at home “and in the Diaspora abroad” in the creation, and development, of small and medium-sized businesses, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said Thursday. The Act was passed in the House of Assembly on November 22, 2017 and in the Senate on December 4, 2017.Delivering the keynote address during the Opening Session of the 27th Annual Bahamas Business Outlook Seminar, Prime Minister Minnis said the Act will encourage both domestic and foreign investment in The Bahamas, while allowing for the creation of certain economic zones where deemed necessary throughout the country.The Prime Minister said the Act will help to encourage investment in The Bahamas, and places a high level of prioritization on Bahamian labour and talent. The Act targets specialized businesses in Captive Insurance, Nanotechnology, Computer Technology, Software Design, Data Storage, Maritime Trade, Aviation Registration, Wealth Management and Manufacturing Enterprises.“We must utilize our strategic assets and comparative advantages to create more Bahamian entrepreneurs even as we seek international investors and partners from North America, Asia, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and the Pacific,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“Small and medium-sized Bahamian businesses are a critical part of our economy. These businesses employ thousands of Bahamians. They are critical for economic growth.”Prime Minister Minnis said to further promote the ease of Doing Business for such enterprises, the Government of The Bahamas – after consultation with the Central Bank of The Bahamas – in the final quarter of 2017, announced the relaxation of Exchange Controls on capital transactions, namely on capital (investment) and current account (trade) transactions. The changes come into effect as of February 1, 2018.“This reform was long overdue,” Prime Minister Minnis said. By: Matt Maura (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
The Blues will play against Bate Borisov on Thursday in the UEFA Europa League and Kovacic talked about the team’s plan for that gameChelsea footballer Mateo Kovacic watched Liverpool lose 2-0 against Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday.And the Blues player says his team shouldn’t take opponents for granted and respect Bate Borisov in the UEFA Europa League.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I watched the game and Liverpool struggled a lot. In Belgrade the atmosphere is tough. It’s difficult to play there like it will be here as well,” he was echoed by Goal.“These are games where you need to concentrate a lot or you will lose the game.”“The most important thing is we need to be prepared so that what happened to Liverpool doesn’t happen to us,” he added.