Weather big factor in playoffs

first_imgThat’s likely to change this week, even in a season where the first week did nothing to disprove the perception that the run for the Super Bowl is wide open, especially in the NFC. Only one home team, New England, won in the first round, something not likely to happen in the second. The biggest factor in the first week was experience. This week it could be the weather. There wasn’t much last weekend and if those long-range forecasts are accurate, there may not be much in week two. In fact, the biggest weather advantage in the second round may be where there is none: inside Indianapolis’ RCA Dome, where the Colts are built for the fast indoor track and the Steelers aren’t: they lost there 26-7 on Nov. 28. No wonder the early line makes Indianapolis a favorite by nine points. The networks like weather, so the NFL likes it, too – in the past few seasons, it has scheduled night games in places like Foxborough and Green Bay, hoping to get a little ice and snow into the picture or at least shots of players breathing cold air. In fact, the unhappiest visitor may be New England: it could have been cold, windy and snowy in Denver, providing the Patriots with that nice, fuzzy Foxborough feeling. Instead, it’s supposed to be in the 50s when the Patriots play the Broncos on Saturday. In the first round, playoff experience won, especially experience at quarterback. Most notable: Jake Delhomme over Eli Manning and Tom Brady over a limping Byron Leftwich. Good news for the Carolina Panthers: the long-range forecast for Sunday in Chicago is an unseasonably warm 43 degrees, about the same temperature they handled in the Meadowlands. Washington could get a break, too – no rain is forecast for Seattle on Saturday, although anyone familiar with the Pacific Northwest at this time of year knows that can change in an instant. center_img Chicago has had some classic weather games. One was the “Fog Bowl, ” a 20-12 win by the Bears over Philadelphia in 1988 at just this stage of the playoffs – “the best game I’ve never seen,” one fan called it. The fog rolled in off Lake Michigan just before halftime. The only way to see the second half was on monitors after television cameras were stationed on the sideline. “I could hardly see across the field, and I’m sure they couldn’t, either,” Eagles coach Buddy Ryan said. “They’d run a play, and I didn’t know who had the ball or what was going on.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Neil Lennon offered Celtic job full-time after securing treble treble

first_img Neil Lennon hoisted the trophy aloft Lennon was appointed interim boss in February following Brendan Rodgers’ decision to move to Leicester.The Northern Irishman returned to the club he previously led to three titles, having left Hibernian in January.Odsonne Edouard was the hero as Celtic completed the treble by sinking Hearts at Hampden Park.Hearts went ahead early in the second half through Ryan Edwards but Hoops striker Edouard levelled with a penalty just after the hour mark before firing a dramatic winner with eight minutes remaining. Celtic have offered Neil Lennon the permanent manager’s role following their Scottish Cup final success.The Hoops beat Hearts 2-1 to complete the domestic treble, and in doing so wrapped up a ‘triple treble’ having won nine trophies on the bounce over the past three seasons. GETTY Celtic said on their Twitter feed: “We are delighted to announce that Neil Lennon has been offered the job as permanent Celtic FC manager and the details will be confirmed in the coming days.”Lennon said in his post-match press conference: “There is a good chance I will accept the job.“It’s probably one of the best days of my life. You will never see it again. They are immortal now.” Getty Celtic are treble winners again Odsonne Edouard scored twice 3 3 3 Getty Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said on the Hoops’ Twitter account: “Neil stepped up to the plate when we needed him. He’s a true Celtic man who knows the club and the city.“He’s a winner with a fantastic eye for a player. I’m delighted to announce he’s been offered the job.”last_img read more

Report: Paid Video Download Is A ‘Dead End’

first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A new study from Forrester Research predicts that online video download services will see sales peak this year, as consumers move other sources of online video. Read/WriteWeb reported yesterday that CBS is increasingly releasing content for free or via ad-supported mediums such as, Joost. Further, consumers are confronted with a growing number of video-on-demand options from their cable or satellite providers and Internet services.Though sales of television and film downloads via services like iTunes and Amazon Unbox will nearly triple this year, according to the report, it is unlikely that such services will see much growth in 2008 and beyond unless the market shifts dramatically.“The paid download market … is ultimately a dead end,” writes James L. McQuiveny, saying that media producers will need to create new ad-supported business models to survive. The good news for media executives, says the report, is that today’s video downloaders tend to be younger and have higher incomes than the general online population. They’re more tech-savvy and will pump more money into online video this year. However, attracting users outside of those early adopters will be hard without a change in business model and delivery method.Are paid download services like iTunes a dying breed?Tempted by better audience measurment and complete control over advertising content, Forrester predicts that media distributors will shift to ad-supported streams, or even downloads. The Adobe Media Player, for example, will allow content producers to offer downloadable Flash video with embedded ads that can be updated and measured accurately.According to the report only 24% of the general Internet population owns a DVR, while 50% of the current video downloaders own one. That mainstream audience, who are not used to time-shifted, sans-advertising television, will likely be less resistant to ad-supported online media. However, notes the report, mainstream viewers “won‚Äôt appreciate the value of a download until it can be viewed on the TV screen. Yet only 20% of households, none of them mainstream, are interested in buying a special device to do the trick, and only 4% want to spend more than $100 to do it.”That seems to spell good news for cable and satellite companies that can push video-on-demand services direct to a viewer’s television, without forcing them to buy extra equipment, and for set-top boxes like the Xbox 360 (which Microsoft says will have IPTV capability by year’s end), Tivo (which already integrates with Amazon’s Unbox service), and Apple TV (which Forrester predicts predicts will become a broadband service provider by its second iteration).It seems like common sense that free video would win out over pay-to-download in the end, as long as quality is kept high and advertising intrusions are kept to a minimum. But will users really opt for ad-supported streaming video over to save money on ad-free downloadable content? Are the iTunes video store, Amazon Unbox, et. al. part of a dying breed? Or will paid download video services continue to thrive?center_img Tags:#Analysis#web josh catone 1 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Welcome to the Internet’s GIF-Only Social Network

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Gifpumper.com is a fascinating space for creating and collaborating on GIFs, and for discovering other GIF lovers. This GIF-love moment could have been fulfilled by visiting Downcast Eyes at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where 50+ artists and culture-makers displayed their homespun GIFs. But since that moment has passed, why not jump on gifpumper.com and make a GIF, and then collaborate with others?Images via Eyebeam and GIFPumper.com. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#art#social networks#Social Web#web alicia eler Stumbling into one of these GIF creation rooms is reminiscent of wandering into AOL chat rooms of the late 1990s. It’s unclear who is going to be in there or what they’ll be doing. Users must take a chance on the room, based on its cover photo and how many users have “loved” it with pixelated hearts. The site encourages users to transform into into high-tech hunter-gatherers, finding and building mini GIF creations. Some GIF creation rooms are private, so users can visit but not collaborate. Each room has a tag of public, semi-public or private. It’s like a choose your own adventure novel.I accidentally wandered into the room smoke_weed, where I hoped to contribute a GIF of Snoop Dogg, the first image that comes to mind when I think weed and the Internet. Unfortunately, that room was private. I instead choose to click the little heart button (love instead of like, you know?); so I also got to see who else loved that room. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Gifpumper.com lives in an odd space, somewhere between social network, Second Life and a massive Tumblr stream. Developed by Eyebeam resident Slava Balasanov, Gifpumper.com allows users to create three-dimensional pages of two-dimensional elements, including text, images, video and music. Find them on the Internet, drop ’em in, and rotate them on the XYZ coordinate plane. The piece debuted at New York City’s Eyebeam Art & Technology Center in February 2012. The social network itself continues where it began on gifpumper.com, where all are welcome. We took a tour through the site, and welcome you to come along and then check it out for yourself.After creating username and password on the site, users have full reign to wander about and check out what other users are up to. The main page shows the active GIF creation rooms, a feed of who’s doing what on the site. There’s also a tiny chat message room in the lower right-hand corner for chatting with the other active users. Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Super Mario clouds a la Cory Arcangel pop up a lot on homepage of gifpumper.com. The public room mario displays rainbow-colored flashing clouds slowly scrolling across the screen; a radically colored zebra gallops near the top left-hand corner. Nearby, a highly-pixelated Mario flies on bright green Yoshi. A square coded with rainbow colors displays the upside down letters and number “3. THE PIECE NEED NOT BE BUILT,” while sharp cuts of blue screen with the original white Mario clouds drift on by. In just a few hours of collaboration from visitors to the site, this room might look completely different. last_img read more

Crowdsourcing Big Data Analytics Through Gamification

first_imgManaging the Changing IT Landscape: Creating Data Scientists The men’s college basketball tournament is a wild ride from start to finish—a notoriously unpredictable contest. I’m especially excited this year to watch the outcome because there’s money riding on it. Not a bet, but a cash prize for the best analytics model accurately predicting the winning teams during the tournament. I’m not referring to Warren Buffet’s prizeOpens in a new window either, but rather to March Machine Learning ManiaOpens in a new window, a competition sponsored by Intel on the Kaggle* platformOpens in a new window with a $15K award. A previous blog describes the predictive analytics competition in more detail. Unlike other bracket prediction contests or office pools that reward an individual’s predictions (dare I say guesses) for the outcome of the actual tournament, the March Machine Learning Mania contest focuses on creating the best analytics model that most accurately predicts the outcome of the tournament, regardless of who is playing. The goal here is to put science and technology behind the predictions to help make those guesses more accurate in the future. Cutting-edge data scienceI’m intrigued by Kaggle, a global community of data scientists that solves data problems in a competitive framework. Predictive analytics is by definition an inexact science. Based on the idea that there are multiple ways to develop a predictive model, Kaggle uses crowdsourcing and gamification to inspire “players” to work on specific problems. Scored and ranked throughout the competition, players have the opportunity to continuously improve their models. Ultimately the most effective one is developed by the winning player. Various levels of reward serve as incentives. Back in 2012, Harvard Business Review* magazine called the data scientist the sexiest job of the twenty-first centuryOpens in a new window. As companies seek to implement predictive analytics and big data solutions across their business, IT organizations are finding that there is a skill set shortage for data scientistsOpens in a new window. Competitions like March Machine Learning Mania serve to stimulate these skills, which will be critical for future business applications. The Kaggle draws community members from more than 100 countries and 200 universities who hone their skills playing in sponsored competitions. They are computer scientists, statisticians, data scientists, mathematicians, and physicists. Newbies are ranked by Kaggle as novices (just getting started with competitions). The widest group is classified as “Kagglers” (active competition participants). Top players achieve the rank of Masters by consistently providing stellar competition results. Like a top-ranking basketball player, these guys have skills.Kaggle offers companies a way to solve problems with analytics, especially organizations without in-house data science resources. But large companies are using the Kaggle platform to solve business problems as well. For example, Allstate is currently running the Purchase Prediction ChallengeOpens in a new window, and Walmart is running a Store Sales ForecastingOpens in a new window competition as a recruitment tool for filling its data scientist positions. Predictive analytics meets men’s basketballI’m excited about how the March Machine Learning Mania competition will turn out and what the results can tell us about the Kaggle platform as a model for effective IT-based data analytics for business. Here’s what we know so far: As of March 15, the last day to submit for the first stage of the March Machine Mania competition, Kaggle had received 1,866 submissions. Some 255 teams with 342 players developed analytics models to predict the NCAA tournament outcome based on historical data from the last five tournaments. A dynamic leaderboard ranking listed the final top 10 teams based on how effectively the submissions predict historical tournament outcomes. Congratulations to these awesome teams!The second half of the gameThis week kicked off the second stage of the competition—using the models to predict the outcome for the 2014 tournament. The solution file from the first stage plus data for the regular 2014 season results were provided to players to refine their submissions. New entries (not in the first-stage competition) were also allowed. Kaggle accepted entries from March 17 to March 19. Teams will be ranked against the tournament results as it progresses. I expect to see the leaderboards change as winning teams progress through the brackets. Tune into the Big Data DanceThis year, the NCAA tournament is more than fast plays, surprising upsets, and Cinderella teams. It’s a chance to see data analytics in action. While you’re watching the real games during the “Big Dance,” I’ll be right there with you, watching Kaggle’s “Big Data Dance” to see how predictive analytics play out on the basketball court. What’s your take on crowdsourcing big data analytics? I welcome your comments along with more intuitive predictions on the NCAA tournament.Chris Find Chris on LinkedIn.Start a conversation with Chris on Twitter.See previous content from Chris.#ITCenter #PredictiveAnalyticslast_img read more

CVS employee chases shoplifter shoots him to death

first_imgDALLAS, TX (WSVN) – A shoplifter was shot and killed at a Dallas CVS by a loss prevention employee, who now faces a murder charge.According to Fox 26, Dallas Police claim 31-year-old Christopher Geddes was caught on camera, Sunday, stealing an item and running out of the store. Thirty-six-year-old Julio Ruvalcaba chased Geddes in his vehicle.A police report states witnesses called 911 to report seeing a Camry and a Camaro chasing each other on a local highway. The Camry collided with a street sign at an exit, causing it to stop at an intersection.The arrest report said Geddes “who was sitting in the passenger side of the Camry, exited the vehicle and walked towards the Camaro.”The getaway driver for Geddes told Dallas Police Ruvalcaba then pulled out a gun, shooting Geddes. The shoplifter died a short time later, police said.Ruvalcaba was arrested shortly after the shooting and booked into jail. He has since posted bond.“It was ridiculous,” said Geddes’ cousin, Donte Gordon. “It was totally unnecessary. It was uncalled-for.” Geddes leaves behind a girlfriend and a 6-year-old daughter.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Induction of new A320neos to boost IndiGos market share Report

first_imgBudget carrier IndiGo Airlines has inducted new Airbus A320neo’s to its fleet. The induction of the new aircraft to its fleet could raise the carrier’s market share to 50 percent by next year.Five years ago, the carrier was the first airline to place an order for A320neo. However, the airline faced delays since the engine-maker firm had to cope with engine startup issues and software problems. “The deliveries since the summer have been with new engines’ standard. IndiGo received their eight A320neo’s last week. So far, we have 20 A320neo’s delivered to 7 customers in three continents,” Justin Dubon, an Airbus spokesperson was quoted as saying by Mint.Some of the initially inducted A320neo’s will be updated to operate locally until the new aircraft arrive. The advantage of having an A320neo fleet over a regular A320 aircraft is that neo’s are fuel efficient.Aviation turbine fuel or jet fuel takes up about 40 percent of an airline’s cost. Therefore, the reduction in fuel burn gives IndiGo great chances in cost-saving measures, an airline executive who did not wish to be named, told the International Business Times, India Edition.According to the Mint report, IndiGo planes will be replaced by new A320neos and slightly bigger A321neos. In the current financial year, IndiGo plans to add 24 more of these planes. An analyst quoted by the publication said there could be a correlation between an airline’s fleet size and market share. For example, GoAir has a fleet size of 21 aircraft and a domestic market share of eight percent. On the other hand, IndiGo has a fleet size of 115 aircraft and a market share of 39.9 percent (according to DGCA statistics). “We took delivery of our first Neo in March, expected to be 10 by the end of this month. As of now, we have 22 used airplanes of which 12 are from Tiger,” Aditya Ghosh, IndiGo’s president had told Mint in mid-September.The InterGlobe Aviation Ltd stock was trading at Rs 899. 25 at around 1:33 p.m. on Friday, up 0.01 percent from its previous close on the BSE.last_img read more

Trump terms journalist enemy of the people

first_imgA White House staff member reaches for the microphone held by CNN`s Jim Acosta as he questions US president Donald Trump during a news conference in Washington. Photo: ReutersThe White House on Wednesday suspended the press pass of a CNN reporter who earlier sparred with Donald Trump at a news conference, in which the US president branded the journalist an “enemy of the people.”A visibly angry Trump had called reporter Jim Acosta a “rude, terrible person,” after the CNN White House correspondent refused the president’s orders to sit down and give up the microphone during the conference one day after the US midterm vote.”The White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice,” said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders hours later, referring to Acosta, who then tweeted that he had been denied White House entry.The heated exchange began after the prominent journalist clung to the microphone and persisted with questions about the president’s views on a caravan of Central American migrants making its way to the US border.Trump said “that’s enough!” and a White House intern unsuccessfully tried to take the microphone from the CNN journalist.”President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration,” Sanders said in her statement.”We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern. This conduct is absolutely unacceptable,” she said.Acosta shot back at the accusation of misconduct, tweeting “this is a lie” — as his network and a number of Washington journalists who had been at the press conference voiced support for him.”Secretary Sanders lied,” CNN said in a statement, saying the press pass suspension was “done in retaliation for challenging questions.”Sanders “provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened,” the US cable network said.”This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better. Jim Acosta has our full support.”‘ONGOING ATTACKS’An association representing the Washington press corps urged the White House to “immediately reverse this weak and misguided action.””The White House Correspondents’ Association strongly objects to the Trump Administration’s decision to use US Secret Service security credentials as a tool to punish a reporter with whom it has a difficult relationship,” the group said. “Revoking access to the White House complex is a reaction out of line to the purported offense and is unacceptable.”It was the latest in a long history of fiery run-ins between the mercurial Republican leader and Acosta.At the conference Trump, when asked if he had “demonized immigrants” during the midterms campaign, replied: “No, I want them to come into the country. But they have to come in legally.”Acosta persisted, saying: “They are hundreds of miles away. That is not an invasion.”At that point, the president snapped.”Honestly, I think you should let me run the country. You run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings would be higher,” Trump said.As the reporter continued, Trump declared: “That’s enough, put down the mic” and walked away from his own podium, as if leaving.The intern attempted to grab the microphone from Acosta, who nevertheless tried to shout out one last question.Waving his finger, Trump berated him.”I’ll tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN,” he said.When NBC reporter Peter Alexander took the mic for the next question, he defended Acosta as a “diligent reporter” — earning Trump’s ire.”I’m not a fan of yours either. To be honest. You aren’t the best,” he said.Looking back at Acosta, who again rose up in his own defense, Trump added: “When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people.”In response, CNN said “this president’s ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far,” in a statement.”They are not only dangerous, they are disturbingly un-American.”last_img

Verizon to Take 46 Billion Charge for Oath Wiping Out Nearly All

first_imgVerizon’s rollup strategy combining Yahoo and AOL hasn’t panned out the way it expected.The telco spent around $10 billion to acquire Yahoo and AOL, merging them under the Oath operating division. But the internet-media business isn’t performing as well as Verizon originally expected — and on Tuesday, Verizon said it expects to record a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of approximately $4.6 billion (pre-tax) in the fourth quarter of 2018.That write-down represents the elimination of nearly the entire goodwill balance of $4.8 billion that Verizon was carrying on its balance sheet for the Oath acquisitions. In accounting, goodwill reflects the value of intangible assets of an acquired entity.“Verizon’s Media business, branded Oath, has experienced increased competitive and market pressures throughout 2018 that have resulted in lower than expected revenues and earnings,” the company said in an SEC filing. “These pressures are expected to continue and have resulted in a loss of market positioning to our competitors in the digital advertising business.” Oath also has “achieved lower-than-expected benefits from the integration of the Yahoo Inc. and AOL Inc. businesses,” Verizon said.The Oath strategy was engineered under a previous leadership regime, including Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, former AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and Marni Walden, EVP and president of global media. McAdam is retiring, Armstrong exited Oath this fall and Walden stepped down at the end of 2017.K. Guru Gowrappan (pictured above), formerly an executive at China’s Alibaba Group, took over the reins as Oath CEO effective Oct. 1, reporting to Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg, who stepped into the job in August. In the SEC filing, Verizon said the new leadership team — including Gowrappan and Vestberg — completed a five-year strategic planning review of Oath’s business prospects, which resulted in the downward revision for Oath’s financial projections.Oath has been losing share in the digital-ad space since 2017, as other players including Amazon have made gains. Last year, Oath represented 4.1% of U.S. digital ad revenue (around $3.6 billion); its market share is projected to decline to 3.3% in 2018 (roughly $3.7 billion), according to research firm eMarketer.Also in Tuesday’s filing, Verizon said it will take a charge of $1.8 billion-$2.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2018 for severance costs, after around 10,400 employees accepted the company’s voluntary buyout offer initiated in September. Nearly half of those employees will exit in December, with rest to leave by June 2019.In addition, Verizon disclosed that it expects to complete a reorganization of “legal entities associated with its wireless business” in December 2018. That will result in a one-time deferred tax benefit of around $2.1 billion in Q4 of 2018, the telco said. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Calcutta Medical College to set up childrens park inside campus

first_imgKolkata: In a unique move, the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) is planning to construct a children’s park with all the basic amenities outside the hematology department of the hospital so that children coming to the department with various blood related ailments can spend some quality time with his/her family members there.According to the senior official of the hospital, the construction of the children’s park will begin soon near gate number 1. The matter is already under process. The main purpose behind the idea is to ensure that children who come to the department with rare blood diseases can enjoy at the park. This will reduce the stress of the patients and help them overcome monotonous lives. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA senior official of the hospital said there would be various amusement rides and games for children. A children’s swing will also be erected inside the park. It was learnt that the proposed children’s park would be situated close to the Hematology ward. This will also be developed as a part of the beautification work taken up inside the hospital campus.Patients suffering from Thalassemia and other blood related problems often visit the hospital for blood transfusion. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedMany others visit the outpatient departments of the hospital. Due to huge pressure of patients, children have to wait in queue for a long time which often becomes monotonous for them. Once the Park is constructed, those children can take a stroll in and around the park, spend some quality time with their parents enjoying the amusement rides which will be installed inside the park. The Park will be illuminated with various colourful lights. There will a big size water reservoir situated under the fountain. There are plans to set up a fountain inside the park as a part of the beautification drive at the hospital. Apart from developing a new one, some renovation works would be done at the existing park. In another significant move, the CMCH authorities have started the installation of an underground fire fighting system to check fire hazards at the hospital.A senior official of the hospital said: “The construction of the children’s park is expected to start later this year. The project will not only beautify the hospital campus but also be the reason of choice for the little children coming to the hospital from the far flung areas.”last_img read more