Gov. DeSantis Limits Nursing Home, Assisted Living Facility Visitation

first_imgFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis is taking new measures to protect the elderly from the coronavirus.The governor held a news conference on Wednesday at the State Capitol in which he outlined new rules for visitors of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and similar venues.According to the Florida Department of Health, 26 Florida residents have tested positive for coronavirus, or COVID-19, and two have died.On Wednesday, Gov. DeSantis announced that he is temporarily banning the following people from visiting nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult family care homes, long-term care facilities, and adult group homes in Florida:-Anyone infected with COVID-19 who has not received two consecutive negative tests-Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath)-Anyone who has come in contact with an infected individual can’t visit the above facilities within 14 days of coming in contact with that individual-Anyone who has traveled internationally must wait at least 14 days from your return before visiting the above facilities-Anyone who has traveled on a cruise ship must wait at least 14 days from your return before visiting the above facilities-Anyone who lives in a community where coronavirus has been confirmed must wait at least 14 days after exiting your community before visiting the above facilities“These are important efforts to mitigate the risk to our most vulnerable population to COVID-19, which is our elderly population and particularly those who have underlying medical conditions,” DeSantis added.In addition, he announced that LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics can now test for coronavirus under a doctor’s orders. The state is identifying labs to increase the state’s testing capacity.“We’re doing tests at three different state labs. Jacksonville, Tampa, and Miami,” DeSantis said. “We have a lot of these labs throughout the state. Question is, we gotta line them up and make sure they’re willing to do it.”In terms of the March 17 primary election, the Governor explained, “The election is going to go on. There are, though, in certain counties, sites where people will actually vote in an assisted living facility. We obviously view that as problematic.”With that in mind, he is asking local Supervisors of Elections to allow non-assisted living facility residents to go to different polling locations in order to cast their ballots.Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link says most of the 17 polling places at assisting living facilities will be moved. Her her office plans to send letters to voters in precincts where a new location has been determined, and will update the office website, post information on social media and place signs at the old locations.“Our goal is to reach out to everybody before (they go to vote) so nobody goes to the wrong place,” she says.The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a worldwide pandemic on Wednesday. A pandemic is defined as an outbreak that occurs over a wide geographic area and affects an exceptionally high number of people.“We are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO.According to the White House, Florida is slated to receive more than $27 million in federal funding to fight the virus. The money will be used by hospitals and county health departments to buy more COVID-19 testing kits and protective gear, and to pay for overtime for personnel, among other things.last_img read more

Bacterial Flagellum Reveals New Structural Complexity

first_imgThe bacterial flagellum, the unofficial mascot of the Intelligent Design movement, got more praise from the evolutionary journal Nature this week: Samatey et al.1 analyzed the hook region in detail and found that it is composed of 120 copies of a specialized protein that “reveals the intricate molecular interactions and a plausible switching mechanism for the hook to be flexible in bending but rigid against twisting for its universal joint function.”    Christopher Surridge, commenting on this paper in the same issue,2 adds that this joint must be able to bend up to 90 degrees in a millisecond or less while rotating at up to 300 times per second.  He says that the researchers describe “how they determined the atomic structure of this super-flexible universal joint, and thereby how it achieves such a feat of engineering.”1Samatey et al., “Structure of the bacterial flagellar hook and implication for the molecular universal joint mechanism,” Nature 431, 1062 – 1068 (28 October 2004); doi:10.1038/nature02997.2Christopher Surridge, “Molecular motors: Smooth coupling in Salmonella,” Nature 431, 1047 (28 October 2004); doi:10.1038/4311047b.The hook region surely appeared to be one of the simplest-looking parts of the complex molecular motor.  Now, even that little item, something that just bends at an angle, is shown to be exquisitely designed, with exacting specifications to allow bending without twisting.  If all the amino acids in this one protein element were not in the right places, the protein would not work.  And if all 120 were not joined together, and were not assembled at the right time and in the right place, the flagellum would be useless.  Inside that hook is an entire highway of molecular trucks that build the propeller (see 06/14/2004 headline).  No wonder Jonathan Wells remarked, “What we find is irreducible complexity all the way down.”(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

10 Podcasts for Cinematographers and Filmmakers

first_imgLooking for something to listen to while you commute between shoots? These podcasts are great for cinematographers and filmmakers alike.Top image via Shutterstock.Do you want to improve your craft by dissecting the work of your peers and coworkers? Looking for inspiration? These ten podcasts on cinematography and filmmaking offer wonderful insight into the industry.1. The Wandering DPThe Wandering DP podcast is arguably the best on this list. It’s a weekly podcast hosted by Patrick O’Sullivan focused on commercial cinematography. It’s a fantastic show absolutely full of information. The site is equally helpful, showing light diagrams, breakdowns, and much more.Image via The Wandering DP.If you aren’t already a frequent listener, be sure to add this show to your rotation.The Wandering DP Podcast:WebsiteiTunesPatreonTwitterStitcher Want more helpful resources on filmmaking? Check out these fantastic blogs, sites, YouTube and Vimeo channels.9 Great YouTube Channels for Filmmakers7 More YouTube Channels for Filmmakers and Videographers10 Must-Follow YouTube Channels for Filmmakers and Video EditorsThe Best Video Professionals to Learn From9 Filmmaking Channels to Follow on VimeoThe 15 Best Video Production Blogs 6. Cinematographer’s InsightCinematographer’s Insight is a monthly show in which DP and camera operator Rob Ruscher talks with fellow cinematographers and filmmakers. The show covers gear, film theory, running a set, and general business advice.Cinematographer’s Insight:WebsiteiTunes 10. Go Creative ShowThe Go Creative Show with Ben Consoli is another solid podcast that covers much more than cinematography. Here, you will learn from the DPs behind shows like Breaking Bad and Boardwalk Empire, but you will also hear from authors, lighting directors, and other creative professionals in film, television, and music.Go Creative Show:WebsiteiTunesStitcherTwitterFacebook 8. Respect the ProcessIn Jordan Brady’s Respect the Process podcast, you’ll hear from cinematographers sharing insight on creating their own aesthetic, avoiding burnout, commercial production, and breaking in to Hollywood.Respect the Process:WebsiteiTunesTwitter 3. Art vs. CommerceJared Levy hosts the Art vs. Commerce podcast, or the AVC Pod. The interviews on this podcast discuss guests’ personal histories in cinematography, film production, and filmmaking.It’s a great look into the lives of cinematographers and how they work to keep their own distinct look — or how to be adaptable to projects that come their way.Art vs. Commerce Podcast:WebsiteiTunesTwitter 2. Super Secret FilmcastEvan Bourcier’s Super Secret Filmcast is currently one of the top cinematography podcasts. From big-name guests to the site’s incredibly helpful blog, here you will find all sorts of conversations on commercials and music video production. This is a special place for all the gear heads too.Super Secret Filmcast:WebsiteiTunes 7. Shane’s Inner Circle PodcastShane Hurlbut, ASC hosts a podcast for members of Shane’s Inner Circle. For non-members, you can purchase individual SIC Podcast episodes from his website.These are in-depth episodes on specific topics like lighting, camera profiles, or color grading.Shane’s Inner Circle Podcast:WebsiteTwitterMore on Shane’s Inner Circle 9. Good. the PodcastGood the Podcast covers much more than just cinematography. Christian Schulz and Jared Hogan host the show and put on what they call “a pretty good podcast about really good films and filmmakers.” It offers a look at people behind a variety of filmmaking roles like directors, art directors, and cinematographers.Good the Podcast: WebsiteiTunesSoundcloudTwitter 5. Filmmakers Drinking BourbonStarted by hosts Alexander Elkins and Brandon Faris, Filmmakers Drinking Bourbon is a podcast about filmmaking and video production, all while the hosts discover new bourbons.This channel is great for diving into specific types of gear, as there are episodes dedicated to equipment like c-stands, camera packages, and much more.Filmmakers Drinking Bourbon: WebsiteiTunesSoundcloudTwitter 4. Cinematography DatabaseYou may already know Matt Workman’s excellent YouTube channel, but Cinematography Database has a Podcast as well. There you will hear from plenty of DPs on the art of filmmaking and their go-to gear.Cinematography Database:WebsiteiTunesTwitterYouTubelast_img read more

Is it pink, is it purple? THIS is the exact shade of the new Rs 2,000 note

first_imgEver since demonetisation hit Indian shores, every Indian’s world has been turned upside down. Apart from the long queues, the empty ATMS, the income tax raids and the hordes of cash apparently being found in people’s homes, there have been many myths and rumours as well. And social media has forwarded all of them with alarming speed. Of course, most of them can’t be verified.At the centre of the curisoity is the new Rs 2,000 note. Well, because just that–it’s brand new. While the Rs 500 note has been reprinted in a slightly different shade, it doesn’t look too different from its earlier avatar. The Rs 2,000 note on the other hand is longer, slimmer, and sports a new purple-pink tone–a colour no Indian currency has sported earlier.But is it pink, is it purple? Does it leak colour? (Apparently, a water test reveals it does.) Everyone wants to know everything about the latest legal cash tender.In order to figure out exactly what shade it is, we decided to check the authority in colour, the Pantone shade card. Pantone, for those who don’t know, is a US based company that is the authority on colour, is a provider of colour systems and is the leading technology for accurate communication of colour. Every year Pantone releases the colours for the year, which the fashion and interiors industries use to decide on the ‘it’ colour palette of the year, and going by their shade card as seen on our computer screens, we think the new note very closely resembles a colour called Radiant Orchid. advertisementRadiant Orchid was the Colour of the Year for 2014.   Radiant Orchid was Pantone’s colour for 2014, and according to Pantone, “The Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple-one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.” The orchid is considered an exotic flower, and by that association conveys luxury and extravagance, both of which are also associated with the shade purple.   If you’re thinking the shade is two years too old, think about this. The year 2014 is the year Narendra Modi literally propelled his way into national consciousness by winning the election with a huge margin. It’s the year he became India’s 14th Prime Minister.The colour purple, incidentally, has been in the news of late for several reasons. It’s the shade Hillary Clinton and her husband Bill wore to her concession speech, and several reasons were attached to this. Some saw it as a colour of unity and bipartisanship (the Democrat blue and Republican red when put together make purple), and felt this was possible what she would have worn had she won. Others attached symbolism because purple is one of the colours of the suffragette flag (along with white and green) and the movement was started as a protest against women not being allowed to vote. Some also felt it had to do with her Methodist faith (in which the colour signifies royalty and penitence).Also Read: Why Hillary and Bill wore purple Hillary was not alone though. Michelle Obama also wore a brinjal-coloured dress for her first meeting with Melania and Donald Trump in the White House, and that too did not go unnoticed.Also Read: After Hillary, Michelle Obama goes for purple too The colour is usually associated with royalty and luxury. According to Bourncreative.com, “Purple combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red. The color purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. Purple also represents meanings of wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence, and magic.”Radiant Orchid is the shade the note resembles most closely. The Colour Purple is also an iconic Steven Spielberg movie starring Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg based on the Pulitzer-prize winning novel of the same name by Alice Walker. It follows the life of Celie, a young black girl growing up in the early 1900’s. At the age of 14 she was impregnated by her father, and the film follows her hardships in the next 30 years.Now if only we could figure out who exactly decided on this colour for the note. But keeping the symbolism in mind, we’d have to say, it’s a good choice alright.Watch: 3 ways to save without keeping cash at homelast_img read more

Looters prey on Quebec schooner awaiting salvage on a Cuban beach owner

first_imgMONTREAL — The owner of the last surviving St. Lawrence River schooner, beached in Cuba after running aground more than two months ago, says looters made off with thousands of dollars worth of equipment from the ship last week.The Grosse-Ile, the last seaworthy vessel of its kind and an important piece of Quebec’s maritime heritage, has been grounded since Jan. 27, and salvage efforts have been repeatedly thwarted by Cuban authorities, said the ship’s owner, Didier Epars.For two weeks, everything has been in place to remove the schooner from the beach, but for reasons that remain unclear, Cuban authorities have delayed issuing a permit for a tug from the Cayman Islands requisitioned by Epars’ insurer.The delay allowed thieves to strip the two-masted schooner last week of GPS antennas, an outboard motor for a dinghy and valuable rigging for the sails.Since he and his son, fearing for their lives, deliberately ran aground in a storm, the schooner has been looted several times, but Epars said the Cuban army refused to allow him to camp on the beach to watch over the ship.His son has since left Cuba, but Epars remains “in custody” — albeit at a holiday resort run by the Cuban military. The Maria La Gorda resort is close to his ship, which he monitors from a distance when he can. There is a military base next to the resort, which is in a national park in a remote part of Cuba.The shipwrecked skipper wonders where the looters have come from, since the national park is uninhabited and the nearest village, El Cayuco, is inland 45 kilometres from Maria La Gorda.Epars said it is clear that the theft required the use of boats, and the only boats nearby are those of the army, recently relaunched after undergoing repairs for about two weeks.The looting is all the more discouraging as Epars had hoped the Grosse-Ile would have been refloated weeks ago. On March 23, he was told the salvage would take place the following Tuesday, March 26, but the necessary permit has still not been provided.Epars’ insurance broker, the British firm Concept Special Risks, is also questioning the delay.In an email to The Canadian Press last week, company representative Mark Thomas said a Cuban salvage company, also run by the military, is responsible for obtaining the permit. Thomas said the process has been bogged down by requests for information from the Cubans.“A lot of the information doesn’t seem relevant, but they insist,” Thomas said.Built in 1951, the Grosse-Ile was used to provision the island east of Quebec City after which it was named. Epars bought it in 1992, but it needed to be almost entirely rebuilt. It took him 20 years to get the necessary permits to take on passengers, and in 2015 the schooner returned to the water, sailing between Quebec City and Montreal.Quebec Minister of International Relations Nadine Girault said in an interview that her office is closely monitoring the situation in collaboration with the Canadian Embassy in Cuba. “We offered our support to the embassy, but our hands are a little tied on it, because it is really under federal jurisdiction,” she said.The Cuban embassy in Ottawa did not return a call from The Canadian Press.Pierre Saint-Arnaud, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

British Columbia Utilities Commission issued final report onGasoline and Diesel Prices in

first_imgThe BCUC also received more than 70 letters of comment from members of the public and interested parties as well as three reports prepared by two independent consultants, shares the BCUC.The process also included four days of Oral Workshops for the Panel to ask Interveners questions, and for Interveners to ask questions on the independent reports.The Panel has recommended a one-month comment period on the Report to provide the Inquiry’s participants with an opportunity to submit additional evidence relevant to questions posed by the BC Government.To review the Panel’s detailed findings, refer to the Executive Summary or Final Report; CLICK HEREThe BCUC shares a final copy of the report has been provided to the Honourable Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology. VANCOUVER, B.C. – The British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) issued its Final Report with responses to questions posed by the Provincial Government and its key findings from its Inquiry into Gasoline and Diesel Prices in BC.Following the inquiry process, some of the Panel’s key findings include;There is a significant unexplained difference of approximately 13 cents per litre in wholesale gasoline prices between Southern BC and its Pacific Northwest cost comparator;The wholesale market for gasoline in BC is not truly competitive with high market concentration levels, high barriers to entry, and their ability to influence prices. Retail market prices can also be controlled by five refiner-marketers;There is no evidence to suggest that there is collusion among the retail operators nor is there evidence of cartel behaviour; andRegulation could potentially reduce the wholesale and/or retail margins to what is earned in comparable jurisdictions and reduce price volatility. However, further investigation should be done to determine if such an approach would be of benefit to British Columbian consumers.According to the BCUC, they established an independent, transparent and public inquiry process. The Panel considered evidence filed by 11 registered interveners including all major companies that have refining and retail business in BC.last_img read more

Open to flexibility Rahul Gandhi on AAP alliance

first_imgNEW DELH: Just as possibilities of a Congress-AAP alliance looked more and more unlikely, Congress president Rahul Gandhi for the first time on Tuesday shed clarity on whether a tie-up was possible in the next few days. “There is no confusion on this, the situation is clear. We have constructed alliances and are constructing alliances, and are open to flexibility”. Interestingly, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal had told reporters just on Monday that Rahul Gandhi said ‘no’ to an alliance with AAP. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDespite Gandhi saying that the situation is clear, the two sides remain as far apart as ever when it comes to joining hands. Gandhi had a meeting with the two warring sides in Congress — the pro-alliance lobby led by PC Chacko and the anti-alliance lobby led by Sheila Dixit. While Dixit remained silent after the meeting, Chacko simply indicated that options were open. Earlier, Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit met party president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday triggering fresh speculations on the party’s possible alliance with the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe meeting, which last for around 20 minutes was also attended by All India Congress Committee (AICC) in charge of Delhi PC Chacko. Dikshit, who has been opposing an alliance with the AAP, had said on Sunday that the decision on tie-up for Lok Sabha polls will be declared in a few days. The decision from Rahul Gandhi on an alliance is expected “anytime” now, sources said. The Congress is learnt to have discussed a 3:3:1 (three seats for both Congress and AAP and one mutually accepted candidate) or a 4:3 (four seats for AAP and three for Congress) formula in Delhi. This, though, remains unacceptable to AAP. The AAP, sources said, is slowly veering to the position that an alliance with the Congress just in Delhi is not worth the price. AAP is clearly indicating that it wants space beyond Delhi. AAP sources indicate that the party is willing to give 2 seats in Delhi, if Congress is also willing to give 2 in Haryana, and may consider giving 3 seats in Delhi, if Congress adds 3 seats in Punjab.last_img read more

This Week In College Football The 13 Teams That Still Have A

Florida 10-113%<1%23%68%18% Iowa 11-030%14%46%>99%20% TeamPlayoff ChancesLose nextWin nextWin outWin out likelihood Utah 8-3<1%<1%<1%<1%89% North Carolina 10-110%<1%17%39%25% Oklahoma 10-164%7%>99%>99%62% Oregon 8-3<1%<1%<1%<1%96% Michigan St. 10-147%<1%61%98%47% Oklahoma St. 10-110%<1%25%25%38% Clemson 11-071%40%77%>99%50% Notre Dame 10-121%<1%49%49%42% Florida State 9-2<1%<1%<1%<1%46% Thanksgiving week: time for turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. And college football, too! For many teams, it’ll be their last game of the year. But some are eyeing the College Football Playoff. Thirteen, to be exact.A baker’s dozen teams have more than a 1 percent shot at one of the four playoff spots, according to FiveThirtyEight’s model. For some (Alabama, Clemson), their paths are simple enough: just win out. For others (Ohio State, Baylor), their paths are a chesslike endgame: win the rest of their games and hope for some better-situated team to stumble. And still other teams (Michigan, North Carolina) don’t have a clear line to the playoff: instead they need a messy highway pileup for them to swerve into the mix.The Thanksgiving weekend games are a precursor to the Dec. 5 conference championship matchups, which leaves only two weeks before the College Football Playoff committee makes its final picks. To break down how each of these 13 squads can get in, let’s cluster the teams into five groups according to their playoff chances if they win all their remaining games (including any conference championship game). We’ve grouped them based on their chances if they win out rather than on FiveThirtyEight’s current playoff odds because, at this stage, almost no team can afford to lose, so it’s better to think of playoff odds in the event that they don’t slip up.The odds are presented in our what-if table below: Northwestern 9-2<1%<1%<1%<1%64% Baylor 9-121%<1%43%46%46% Washington St. 8-3<1%<1%<1%<1%33% Toledo 9-1<1%<1%<1%<1%61% Mississippi 8-3<1%<1%<1%<1%49% Navy 9-1<1%<1%1%2%27% Michigan 9-27%<1%15%16%42% Temple 9-2<1%<1%<1%<1%37% Alabama 10-164%29%78%>99%51% Mississippi St. 8-3<1%<1%<1%<1%45% Stanford 9-216%<1%28%52%30% In control of their destiny (> 98 percent): Clemson, Alabama, Iowa, Oklahoma, Michigan StateAt FiveThirtyEight we have a policy against labeling any prediction “100 percent.” So, sure, for Clemson, Alabama, Iowa and Oklahoma, their chances of making the playoff if they win out are “> 99 percent,” and Michigan State isn’t far behind at 98 percent. But that’s just a formality; these teams are locks if they can prevail over the next two weeks.The No. 1 Tigers1All the rankings I use in this article are the College Football Playoff committee’s. will face South Carolina on Saturday (they have an 86 percent chance of winning) and then UNC in the ACC championship (62 percent shot at victory). Alabama has a tougher lineup: the Iron Bowl rivalry with Auburn (’Bama is a 78 percent favorite) and Florida in the SEC title game if Alabama wins the SEC West. Clemson and Alabama — unlike anyone else — have a little wiggle room should they lose this weekend. A one-loss Tigers team that wins the ACC championship gets into the playoff in 72 percent of the 5,000 simulations we run for our model, and a two-loss Tide team that loses to Auburn but beats Florida gets in 65 percent of the time.Iowa, meanwhile, is one of two undefeated teams remaining in the country. And despite their weak schedule (the one knock against them), if the Hawkeyes win out, our model thinks they are a lock for the playoff. They have a tough test, though, at Nebraska on Friday (the game is a coin flip).Another Big Ten team is in this group: Michigan State. If the Spartans beat Penn State (the Football Power Index says that’s an 80 percent likelihood), they’ll face Iowa in the Big Ten championship game. So if both Big Ten teams win out, that conference final becomes a de facto playoff of its own. Michigan State is just a tad behind the Hawkeyes, with a 98 percent shot at the playoff should the Spartans win out. That Ohio State win was a season-maker for them.The last team fully in control of its destiny, by our model’s reckoning, is Oklahoma. The one-loss Sooners can lock up a playoff spot and win the Big 12 with a win against Oklahoma State (they’re favored even though it’s a road game). But if Oklahoma loses on Saturday, their odds fall to 7 percent, effectively eliminating them.A special case (68 percent): Florida The Gators are an odd duck — to mix our species. The committee docked them for being pushed into overtime by Florida Atlantic, so they fell four spots to No. 12. But look at Florida’s remaining schedule: Florida State on Saturday (with a 52 percent shot of winning) and then someone in the SEC championship, most likely Alabama (we estimate that Florida beats the Tide 31 percent of the time). If the Gators win both games, they’ll finish as a one-loss champion of a strong — if not the strongest — conference. In that scenario, our model puts their odds at 68 percent. Good, but not great. It’s not clear whether Florida winning the SEC with one loss would offset the otherwise harsh grades the Gators have received from the selection committee.A matchup of 50-50 chances (49-52 percent): Notre Dame, StanfordNotre Dame and Stanford face off on Saturday, but even the winner won’t control its own destiny. Both teams are probably left out of the playoff if Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma and either Iowa or Michigan State win out; in that case, Notre Dame would very likely miss the playoff even if it beats Stanford, for example.Should the Fighting Irish beat the Cardinal — Notre Dame is the underdog — then their playoff odds rise to 49 percent. Notre Dame fans find it unjust that Oklahoma and Iowa leapfrogged them in the committee’s rankings, especially because the Sooners’ sole loss came against Texas, a team the Irish whooped 38-3. But who ever said the cries of injustice would end with a four-team playoff?On the flip side, should Stanford beat the Irish at home Saturday, which they have a 62 percent shot of doing, and then go on to win the Pac-12 title match over USC or UCLA, they’ll have a 52 percent chance of making the playoff. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ( 46-48 percent): Ohio State, BaylorThe Buckeyes and the Bears get crowned with that hallmark of sound statistical analysis: the shruggie. Both teams have contingent playoff paths — that is, either team getting in is heavily dependent on another team losing. There’s high uncertainty over how the committee will judge them should they win out.Ohio State’s playoff picture is complicated. It has two ways in. The team can still win the Big Ten title, but for the Buckeyes to do so, two things need to happen: (1) The Buckeyes beat Michigan at The Big House — which they’re just 58 percent favorites to do — and (2) Michigan State loses to Penn State (not very likely). Should the one-loss Buckeyes have such good fortune and then go on to beat Iowa to become conference champs, our model gives them a 94 percent shot at being picked for the playoff. On the other hand, if Ohio State merely beats the Wolverines, but can’t compete for the Big Ten title because Michigan State takes its place, then its playoff odds will be 38 percent. Those aren’t great odds; but they’re not terrible either.Baylor, too, has a split path. First, the Bears need to beat TCU on Friday (a prospect that’s little better than a coin flip). But Baylor needs Oklahoma State to win over Oklahoma, too. Then if the Bears beat Texas on Dec. 5, they will be one-loss Big 12 champs. In this scenario, Baylor makes the playoff 74 percent of the time. However, if the Bears win out without winning the Big 12, their odds are only 28 percent. Conference championships matter.Need lots of help (16-39 percent): North Carolina, Oklahoma State, MichiganThis is the group of chaos. Take one-loss UNC, for example. Even if the Tar Heels beat NC State on Saturday (a 64 percent likelihood) and No. 1 Clemson in the ACC championship game, it’s not clear they’ll get into the playoff. The Tar Heels’ playoff chances are 39 percent if they win out, but their chances were better last week. That’s because Ohio State lost and Michigan State is ascendant, and either team is now a better bet to be chosen over UNC. The Tar Heels, even if they should win, might be squeezed out by a one-loss Notre Dame or possibly a one-loss Ohio State that misses the Big Ten title game. Stanford, which ranked five slots ahead of UNC in this week’s rankings, could be another concern.Oklahoma State is an even longer shot. To win the Big 12, it needs to beat Oklahoma and have Baylor lose to TCU or Texas. But even if all that happens, our model gives the Cowboys only a 41 percent shot. In addition to Oklahoma and Baylor, Notre Dame probably needs to lose — that’s because a one-loss Irish team looks like a better bet than a one-loss, Big 12 champion Cowboys team.And then there is Michigan, which needs a lot to break its way. Yes, the Wolverines need to beat the Buckeyes, but Penn State needs to also upset Michigan State and then the Wolverines have to win the Big Ten championship over Iowa. If — and that’s a lot of ifs — all that happens, Michigan (as a two-loss Big Ten champ) has a 68 percent shot at the playoff. On top of winning the conference, Michigan — like all the teams in this final group — probably needs Notre Dame to lose, too.Read more: As The Playoff Nears, Notre Dame Is Running Out Of TimeCORRECTION (Nov. 25, 11:09 a.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to the division that Florida Atlantic’s football team plays in. It plays in the FBS, not FCS. The article has also been updated to make clear that Notre Dame, Stanford, Oklahoma State and North Carolina have more difficult paths to the playoffs than the article originally described. UCLA 8-3<1%<1%<1%1%15% Ohio State 10-125%<1%45%48%51% TCU 9-2<1%<1%<1%<1%50% Playoff chances if they … read more

Steven Gerrard wants to sign a few more players

first_imgEven after making 10 signings this summer, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard wants “a few” more players, saying “this will be a different team from last year”.The coach say he wants to sign another centre-half during this transfer window to bolster his team’s defence, although he had already signed Connor Goldson from Brighton and Nikola Katic from Croatian side Slaven Belupo.Rangers have had a bid of £200k rejected for Hearts striker Kyle Lafferty, however, Gerrard has refused to be drawn on their interest in the player.“We have tried to add players who are hungry, the idea was to have two quality players in each position,” said Gerrard, according to Sky Sports.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“It’s no secret we are still looking to add a few pieces to the jigsaw. This will be a different team from last year.“I can’t speak on last season but the mentality of my players will be there and we will have winners on the pitch and winners on the bench.“We don’t just want numbers, we want quality. We know our targets and who we will go after.”last_img read more

Worlds most expensive XI team

first_imgThe World’s most expensive XI team has been named with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar leading the wayThe title of the world’s most expensive player belongs to Neymar following his £200m move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain last year.But at the age of 33, Ronaldo isn’t showing any signs of slowing down with Juventus having made him the fourth most expensive player in world football last month following his shock transfer from Real Madrid.Ahead of him in the list are Philippe Coutinho, who completed a stunning £113m move from Liverpool to Barcelona in January, and 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe, who has become the most expensive signing of the year after PSG elected to pay AS Monaco £121m for him this summer to make his stay at the club a permanent one after spending last season on loan.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Below is the list of the world’s most expensive players in a 4-3-3 formation:GK: Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea) – £72mRB: Kyle Walker (Manchester City) – £48mCB: Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) – £59mCB: Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool) – £70mLB: Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City) – £52mCM: Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – £94mCM: Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona) – £113mCM: James Rodriguez (Real Madrid) – £68mRW: Kylian Mbappe (PSG) – £121mLW: Neymar (PSG) – £200mCF: Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – £105m(As reported on the Daily Star)last_img read more