VICTORIA – Washington state’s governor took aim at President Donald Trump in a speech to British Columbia’s legislature Tuesday, saying travel bans on immigrants and refugees have caused economic and moral wounds in the United States.Gov. Jay Inslee said people are questioning whether the U.S. will continue providing leadership around the world as a result of Trump’s presidency.“With everything happening in our White House in Washington, D.C., I know many nations have questioned our nation’s leadership on some very important issues and have questions whether my nation will remain a shining city on the hill,” said Inslee, who is a Democrat.Inslee drew a standing ovation when he mentioned Washington state’s decision to join a lawsuit to prevent Trump’s administration from deporting thousands of young immigrants brought to America as children and who live in the United States illegally, often referred to as “dreamers.”“They are not a danger,” he said. “They are dreamers.”Inslee is the first governor from Washington to address the legislature since 1984. He also held meetings with B.C. Premier John Horgan during his visit.In his speech, Inslee focused on fighting climate change and building stronger economic ties with B.C.“I want to assure this assembly that no matter who is in the White House, it won’t affect Washington state’s relationship with Canada or British Columbia,” he said. “It cannot stop us from moving forward on climate change.”He said people living on both sides of the border do not want to see rivers without wild salmon or the Salish Sea without orcas. Battling climate change is what today’s politicians will be remembered for a century from now, he added.Inslee’s speech did not mention the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which will increase oil tanker traffic on the West Coast. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the project between Alberta and B.C. about a year ago.With more crude oil expected to move through waters shared by Washington state and Canada, Democratic lawmakers in the state introduced a bill to raise more money for spill prevention and response efforts.Inslee said he wants improved transportation links between Washington and B.C., including a high-speed rail route.Canada’s Pacific region and the U.S. west coast represent an economic, technological and environmental powerhouse, which could become the third largest economy in the world, he said.Inslee later urged people from British Columbia to travel to Washington state as an act of opposition to Trump’s policies.“We cannot be daunted by this particular president,” he told a news conference. “I don’t want people in B.C. for one second to think about not travelling to Washington state because they are concerned about the president of the United States. Maybe as a show of defiance you ought to come twice as often.”
by Alison Auld, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 14, 2016 8:42 am MDT Last Updated Sep 14, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Conservative leadership hopeful goes after IMF head for ‘left-wing ideology’ HALIFAX – Candidates vying for the leadership of the Conservative Party took aim at the International Monetary Fund on Wednesday, saying its endorsement of the Trudeau government’s “left-wing ideology” will only kill jobs and plunge the country further into debt.Leadership candidate Tony Clement went so far as to accuse Christine Lagarde, the head of the respected international body, of “spouting left-wing ideology” when she praised the fiscal policies of the federal government a day earlier in Ottawa.“I don’t care if it’s the Queen of Sheba — if you’re advancing theories based on left-wing ideology that means more tax and more spend, it will not create jobs,” he said on the last day of the Conservative caucus retreat in Halifax.“We’re not going to fall down the same cliff again just because some expert from outta town has said it’s ok.”Lagarde met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday and gave her stamp of approval to his economic initiatives, adding that she hoped they would “go viral” and spread to the European Union.Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose downplayed the endorsement, saying the IMF had praised the policies of the Tory government under Stephen Harper during the global recession.Instead, Ambrose said the party is paying closer attention to domestic indicators and the opinions of the Bank of Canada, the Conference Board of Canada and ordinary Canadians who are struggling with unemployment and increasing debt.“These are people who are out of a job, these are people that are worried about their paycheques,” she said at the close of the two-day retreat.“Things are quite grim in a lot of parts of our country right now.”The IMF’s support of Ottawa’s “growth strategy” could serve to weaken the Conservatives’ criticism of Trudeau’s economic policies, sure to be one of its main targets when it heads back to Parliament on Monday.But Conservative finance critic Lisa Raitt said that while it’s nice to have Lagarde’s approval, both she and Trudeau failed to explain how the federal Liberal government will pay for its spending.“My fault in what she said is it’s one thing to say it’s ok to spend, it’s another thing to tell us how we’re supposed to pay it all back,” she said.“This government has shown us nothing on how they’re going to pay it back.”Leadership contender Maxime Bernier said it was a wrong-headed policy at a time of flagging growth in Canada, and that billions in federal spending has done little to spur economic recovery.“The reality is that after nearly a year you don’t have any growth in Canada,” he said.“We need growth of four per cent and the way to do that is with less government and more private investment.”The MPs made the comments as they wrapped up summer meetings that were dominated by discussions over immigration, electoral reform, party unity and the nascent leadership contest.Much of the debate in the hallways of the Halifax hotel centred on controversial remarks by leadership Ontario MP and candidate Kellie Leitch, who has proposed screening newcomers for “anti-Canadian values” as a way to assess their views on issues like gender equality.The proposal has already caused dissension between some declared candidates, with Michael Chong calling it “unworkable nonsense” and Deepak Obhrai saying it is “anti-immigrant.”Caucus members also looked at ways to make a comeback in Atlantic Canada, a region that shut out the party in all 32 ridings in the last federal election. They met with the Conservative leaders from the four Atlantic provinces, adding that they chose Halifax as the site of their retreat in a bid to reassert their presence.“We are here, we get it, we know we have work to do but we want to earn back your vote,” Ambrose said. “We want you to think of us when the time comes on election day in 2019.”– Follow @alison_auld on Twitter Interim leader Rona Ambrose fields questions with MP Gerard Deltell, representing the riding of Louis-Saint-Laurent, at the closing news conference of the national Conservative summer caucus retreat in Halifax on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
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Kevin Garnett led Boston to victory.Coming off a dominating performance that helped end the Atlanta Hawks’ season, Boston Celtics all-star Kevin Garnett did not let up on the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Saturday night.Garnett registered a season-high 29 points to go with 11 rebounds to lead the Celtics to a hard-fought 92-91 victory over the Sixers to take a 1-0 series lead. But it was not all Garnet. Point guard Rajon Rondo his eighth career playoff triple double of 17 assists, 13 points and 12 rebounds.With 3.4 seconds to play, Rondo received the inbounds pass and ran out the clock before a Philadelphia player could foul him to stop the clock.Philly got 19 points from Andre Iguodala scored 19 points and 16 from Evan Turner. The 76ers left the building thinking what could have been. They led 77-67 with 11 minutes to play.But it was then that Boston seized the game. The Celts went on a 23-7 to take an 90-84 advantage and Philadelphia never could regain the lead.The Sixers get another shot in Game 2 Monday in Boston.
ReferencesPro-Football-Reference.comAutocorrelation / Elo rating / Monte Carlo simulations / Regression to the mean / ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating Multiply all of those factors together, and you have the total number of Elo points that should shift from the loser to the winner in a given game. (Elo is a closed system where every point gained by one team is a point lost by another.) Put another way: A team’s postgame Elo is simply its pregame Elo plus or minus the Elo shift implied by the game’s result — and in turn, that postgame Elo becomes the pregame Elo for a team’s next matchup. Circle of life.We also adjust each starting quarterback’s rating based on his performance in the game, adjusting for the quality of the opposing defense. (Read on for more details about how that process works.)Elo does have its limitations. Aside from changes at quarterback, it doesn’t know about trades or injuries that happen midseason, so it can’t adjust its ratings in real time for the absence of an important non-QB player. Over time, it will theoretically detect such a change when a team’s performance drops because of the injury, but Elo is always playing catch-up in that department. Normally, any time you see a major disparity between Elo’s predicted spread and the Vegas line for a game, it will be because Elo has no means of adjusting for key changes to a roster and the bookmakers do. (But this should be much less frequent after the addition of our QB adjustments, since oddsmakers don’t tend to shift lines much — or at all — in response to changes at non-QB positions.)The quarterback adjustmentNew for 2019, we added a way to account for changes in performance — and personnel — at quarterback, the game’s most important position. Here’s how it works:Both teams and individual quarterbacks have rolling ratings based on their recent performance.Performance is measured according to “VALUE,” a regression between ESPN’s Total QBR yards above replacement and basic box score numbers (including rushing stats) from a given game, adjusted for the quality of opposing defenses.The formula for VALUE is: -2.2 * Pass Attempts + 3.7 * Completions + (Passing Yards / 5) + 11.3 * Passing TDs – 14.1 * Interceptions – 8 * Times Sacked – 1.1 * Rush Attempts + 0.6 * Rushing Yards + 15.9 * Rushing TDs.3For seasons before game-level sack logs are complete (pre-1981), the sack term is zeroed out.This metric is also adjusted for opposing defensive quality by computing a rolling rating for team QB VALUE allowed, subtracting league average from the VALUE an opponent usually gives up per game, and using that to adjust a QB’s performance for the game in question. So for example, if a team usually gives up a VALUE 5 points higher than the average team, we would adjust an individual QB’s performance downward by 5 points of VALUE to account for the easier opposing defense. You can track these quarterback ratings on a team-by-team and division-by-division basis using this interactive page, which shows the relative quality of every QB in the league. The average team QB VALUE rating going into the 2019 season was about 49.5 (or about 163 Elo points), a leaguewide number that has increased substantially over the history of the NFL as passing has become more prevalent and efficient. So a rolling rating that would have made a QB one of the best in football in the 1990s would rank as only average now, even though the zero-point in our ratings remains the replacement-level performance of an undrafted rookie starter.One last note on these ratings involves how they are set initially. We’ll explain preseason team Elo ratings below, but here is how preseason ratings are set for the quarterback adjustment:Before a season, each starting quarterback is assigned a preseason rating based on either his previous performance or his draft position (in the case of rookies making their debut start).For veterans with between 10 and 100 career starts, we take their final rating from the end of the previous season and revert it toward the rating of the average NFL QB start by one-fourth before the following season.For players with fewer than 10 or more than 100 starts, we don’t revert their ratings at all.For rookies making their starting debuts, we assign them initial ratings based on draft position. An undrafted rookie is always assigned a rating of zero for his first start. The first overall pick, by comparison, gets a rating of +113 Elo points before his first start. The quarterback Elo adjustment is applied before each game by comparing the starting QB’s rolling VALUE rating with the team’s rolling rating and multiplying by 3.3.For example: when Aaron Rodgers was injured midway through the 2017 season, he had a rolling VALUE rating of 66. The Green Bay Packers’ team rolling VALUE rating was 68, and backup Brett Hundley had a personal rating of 14. So when adjusting the Packers’ Elo for their next game with Hundley starting instead of Rodgers, we would have applied an adjustment of 3.3 * (14 – 68) = -1764After rounding. to Green Bay’s base Elo rating of 1586 heading into its Week 7 game against the Saints. This effectively would have left the Packers as a 1409 Elo team with Hundley under center (before applying adjustments for home field, travel and rest), dropping Green Bay’s win probability from 63 percent to 39 percent for the game despite playing at home. In cases like these, the QB adjustment can have a massive effect! Model CreatorsNate Silver The founder and editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight. | @natesilver538Jay Boice A computational journalist for FiveThirtyEight. | @jayboiceNeil Paine A senior sportswriter for FiveThirtyEight. | @Neil_Paine The DetailsFiveThirtyEight has an admitted fondness for the Elo rating — a simple system that judges teams or players based on head-to-head results — and we’ve used it to rate competitors in basketball, baseball, tennis and various other sports over the years. The sport we cut our teeth on, though, was professional football. Way back in 2014, we developed our NFL Elo ratings to forecast the outcome of every game. The nuts and bolts of that system are described below.Game predictionsIn essence, Elo assigns every team a power rating (the NFL average is around 1500). Those ratings are then used to generate win probabilities for games, based on the difference in quality between the two teams involved, plus adjustments for changes at starting quarterback, the location of the matchup (including travel distance) and any extra rest days either team had coming into the contest. After the game, each team’s rating changes based on the result, in relation to how unexpected the outcome was and the winning margin. This process is repeated for every game, from kickoff in September until the Super Bowl.For any game between two teams (A and B) with certain pregame Elo ratings, the odds of Team A winning are:Pr(A)=110−EloDiff400+1Pr(A)=110−EloDiff400+1ELODIFF is Team A’s rating minus Team B’s rating, plus or minus the difference in several adjustments:A home-field adjustment of 55 points at base, depending on who was at home, plus 4 points of Elo for every 1,000 miles traveled. This means the Giants get a 55-point Elo bonus when “hosting” the Jets (despite both teams calling MetLife Stadium home), while the Patriots would get a 65-point Elo bonus when, say, the Chargers come to visit. There is no base home-field adjustment for neutral-site games such as the Super Bowl1Unless a team somehow makes the Super Bowl in its host year. or international games, although the travel-distance adjustment is included for the Super Bowl.A rest adjustment of 25 Elo points whenever a team is coming off of a bye week (including when top-seeded teams don’t play during the opening week of the playoffs). Our research shows that teams in these situations play better than would be expected from their standard Elo alone, even after controlling for home-field effects.A playoff adjustment that multiplies ELODIFF by 1.2 before computing the expected win probabilities and point spreads for playoff games. We found that, in the NFL playoffs, favorites tend to outplay underdogs by a wider margin than we’d expect from their regular-season ratings alone.A quarterback adjustment that assigns every team and each individual QB a rolling performance rating, which can be used to adjust a team’s “effective” Elo upward or downward in the event of a major injury or other QB change. (See below for more details about how this adjustment works.)We also tested effects for weather and coaches (including both head coaches and coordinators) but found that neither improved the predictive value of our model in backtesting by enough to warrant inclusion.Fun fact: If you want to compare Elo’s predictions with point spreads like the Vegas line, you can also divide ELODIFF by 25 to get the spread for the game. Just be sure to include all of the many adjustments above to get the most accurate predicted line.Once the game is over, the pregame ratings are adjusted up (for the winning team) and down (for the loser). We do this using a combination of factors:The K-factor. All Elo systems come with a special multiplier called K that regulates how quickly the ratings change in response to new information. A high K-factor tells Elo to be very sensitive to recent results, causing the ratings to jump around a lot based on each game’s outcome; a low K-factor makes Elo slow to change its opinion about teams, since every game carries comparatively little weight. In our NFL research, we found that the ideal K-factor for predicting future games is 20 — large enough that new results carry weight, but not so large that the ratings bounce around each week.The forecast delta. This is the difference between the binary result of the game (1 for a win, 0 for a loss, 0.5 for a tie) and the pregame win probability as predicted by Elo. Since Elo is fundamentally a system that adjusts its prior assumptions based on new information, the larger the gap between what actually happened and what it had predicted going into a game, the more it shifts each team’s pregame rating in response. Truly shocking outcomes are like a wake-up call for Elo: They indicate that its pregame expectations were probably quite wrong and thus in need of serious updating.The margin-of-victory multiplier. The two factors above would be sufficient if we were judging teams based only on wins and losses (and, yes, Donovan McNabb, sometimes ties). But we also want to be able to take into account how a team won — whether they dominated their opponents or simply squeaked past them. To that end, we created a multiplier that gives teams (ever-diminishing) credit for blowout wins by taking the natural logarithm of their point differential plus 1 point.MovMultiplier=ln(WinnerPointDiff+1)×2.2WinnerEloDiff×0.001+2.2MovMultiplier=ln(WinnerPointDiff+1)×2.2WinnerEloDiff×0.001+2.2This factor also carries an additional adjustment for autocorrelation, which is the bane of all Elo systems that try to adjust for scoring margin. Technically speaking, autocorrelation is the tendency of a time series to be correlated with its past and future values. In football terms, that means the Elo ratings of good teams run the risk of being inflated because favorites not only win more often, but they also tend to put up larger margins in their wins than underdogs do in theirs. Since Elo gives more credit for larger wins, this means that top-rated teams could see their ratings swell disproportionately over time without an adjustment. To combat this, we scale down the margin-of-victory multiplier for teams that were bigger favorites going into the game.2Special note: In the case of a tie, the multiplier becomes 1.525, or 2.2 times the natural log of 2 (which, based on the formula above, effectively assumes the absolute margin of victory in any game must be at least 1). For individual QBs, the rolling rating is updated every 10 games. (i.e., Rating_new = 0.9 * Rating_old + 0.1 * Game_VALUE ).For teams, the rolling rating is updated every 20 games.This implies that short-term “hot” and “cold” streaks by individual QBs have predictive value, which can trigger a nonzero pregame QB adjustment even when a team has had the same starter for each of its previous 20 games. Preseason QB ratings are also assigned at the team level. These consist of one-third weight given to the team’s previous end-of-season rolling QB rating and two-thirds weight given to the preseason rolling rating of the team’s projected top starter.Pregame and preseason ratingsSo all of that is how Elo works at the game-by-game level and what goes into our quarterback adjustments. But where do teams’ preseason ratings come from, anyway?We use two sources to set teams’ initial ratings going into a season:At the start of each season, every existing team carries its Elo rating over from the end of the previous season, except that it is reverted one-third of the way toward a mean of 1505. That is our way of hedging for the offseason’s carousel of draft picks, free agency, trades and coaching changes. We don’t currently have any way to adjust for a team’s actual offseason moves, aside from changes at quarterback, but a heavy dose of regression to the mean is the next-best thing, since the NFL has built-in mechanisms (like the salary cap) that promote parity, dragging bad teams upward and knocking good ones down a peg or two.For seasons since 1990, we also use Vegas win totals to help set preseason Elo ratings, converting over-under expected wins to an Elo scale. (This addition to the model helped significantly improve predictive accuracy in backtesting, by a little more than half the improvement that adding the QB adjustment did.) As a side note, this is partly why we mix the projected startIng QB’s rolling rating into the preseason team QB rating — we assume that changes at quarterback are “baked into” Vegas over/unders and must be adjusted for to avoid double-counting the improvement added by an upgrade at QB.These two factors are combined, with one-third weight given to regressed Elo and two-thirds weight given to Vegas-wins Elo. This blend is what forms a team’s preseason Elo rating.Note that I mentioned “existing” teams when mentioning end-of-season ratings from the previous year. Expansion teams have their own set of rules. For newly founded clubs in the modern era, we assign them a rating of 1300 — which is effectively the Elo level at which NFL expansion teams have played since the 1970 AFL merger. We also assigned that number to new AFL teams in 1960, letting the ratings play out from scratch as the AFL operated in parallel with the NFL. When the AFL’s teams merged into the NFL, they retained the ratings they’d built up while playing separately.For new teams in the early days of the NFL, things are a little more complicated. When the NFL began in 1920 as the “American Professional Football Association” (they renamed it “National Football League” in 1922), it was a hodgepodge of independent pro teams from existing leagues and opponents that in some cases were not even APFA members. For teams that had not previously played in a pro league, we assigned them a 1300 rating; for existing teams, we mixed that 1300 mark with a rating that gave them credit for the number of years they’d logged since first being founded as a pro team.InitRating=1300×23YrsSince1stSeason+1505×(1−23)YrsSince1stSeasonInitRating=1300×23YrsSince1stSeason+1505×(1−23)YrsSince1stSeasonThis adjustment applied to 28 franchises during the 1920s, plus the Detroit Lions (who joined the NFL in 1930 after being founded as a pro team in 1929) and the Cleveland Rams (who joined in 1937 after playing a season in the second AFL). No team has required this exact adjustment since, although we also use a version of it for historical teams that discontinued operations for a period of time.Not that there haven’t been plenty of other odd situations to account for. During World War II, the Chicago Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers briefly merged into a common team that was known as “Card-Pitt,” and before that, the Steelers had merged with the Philadelphia Eagles to create the delightfully monikered “Steagles.” In those cases, we took the average of the two teams’ ratings from the end of the previous season and performed our year-to-year mean reversion on that number to generate a preseason Elo rating. After the mash-up ended and the teams were re-divided, the Steelers and Cardinals (or Eagles) received the same mean-reverted preseason rating implied by their combined performance the season before.And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens. Technically, the NFL considers the current Browns to be a continuation of the franchise that began under Paul Brown in the mid-1940s. But that team’s roster was essentially transferred to the Ravens for their inaugural season in 1996, while the “New Browns” were stocked through an expansion draft in 1999. Because of this, we decided the 1996 Ravens’ preseason Elo should be the 1995 Browns’ end-of-year Elo, with the cross-season mean-reversion technique applied, and that the 1999 Browns’ initial Elo should be 1300, the same as any other expansion team.Season simulationsNow that we know where a team and quarterback’s initial ratings for a season come from and how those ratings update as the schedule plays out, the final piece of our Elo puzzle is how all of that fits in with our NFL interactive graphic, which predicts the entire season.At any point in the season, the interactive lists each team’s up-to-date Elo rating (as well as how that rating has changed over the past week and how any changes at QB alter the team’s effective Elo), plus the team’s expected full-season record and its odds of winning its division, making the playoffs and even winning the Super Bowl. This is all based on a set of simulations that play out the rest of the schedule using Elo to predict each game.Specifically, we simulate the remainder of the season 100,000 times using the Monte Carlo method, tracking how often each simulated universe yields a given outcome for each team. It’s important to note that we run these simulations “hot” — that is, a team’s Elo rating is not set in stone throughout the simulation but changes after each simulated game based on its result, which is then used to simulate the next game, and so forth. This allows us to better capture the possible variation in how a team’s season can play out, realistically modeling the hot and cold streaks that a team can go on over the course of a season.Our simulations also project which quarterback will start each game by incorporating injuries, suspensions and starters being rested. For example, we might know that a quarterback is out for Weeks 1 and 2 but back for certain in Week 3. Or our forecast might have some uncertainty around a quarterback’s injury and project that he has only a 10 percent chance of playing next week but a 50 percent chance of playing the following week, and so on. In cases where we don’t know for sure which quarterback will start a game, the team’s quarterback adjustment is a weighted average of the possible starting quarterback adjustments.Late in the season, you will find that the interactive allows you to experiment with different postseason contingencies based on who you have selected to win a given game. This is done by drilling down to just the simulated universes in which the outcomes you chose happened and seeing how those universes ultimately played out. It’s a handy way of seeing exactly what your favorite team needs to get a favorable playoff scenario or just to study the ripple effects each game may have on the rest of the league.The complete history of the NFLIn conjunction with our Elo interactive, we also have a separate dashboard showing how every team’s Elo rating has risen or fallen throughout history. These charts will help you track when your team was at its best — or worst — along with its ebbs and flows in performance over time. The data in the charts goes back to 1920 (when applicable) and is updated with every game of the current season.An important disclaimer: The historical interactive ratings will differ from the ratings found in our current-season prediction interactive because the historical ratings do not contain our quarterback adjustments. (If you’re interested in looking at the historical QB adjustment data, it’s available on our data homepage.) The rolling rating represents the VALUE we’d expect a quarterback (whether at the individual or team level) to produce against a passing defense of average quality in the next start. To convert between VALUE and Elo, the rolling rating can be multiplied by 3.3 to get the number of Elo points a QB is expected to be worth compared with an undrafted rookie replacement. Version History2.0Quarterback adjustments are added, along with special adjustments for travel distance, bye weeks and playoff rating spreads.Sept. 4, 20191.1Ratings are extended back to 1920, with a new rating procedure for expansion teams and other special cases. Seasonal mean-reversion is set to 1505, not 1500.Sept. 10, 20151.0Elo ratings are introduced for the current season; underlying historical numbers go back to 1970.Sept. 4, 2014 Related ArticlesThe Complete History Of The NFLMay 1, 2018Introducing NFL Elo RatingsSept. 4, 2014The Best NFL Teams Of All Time, According To EloSept. 18, 2015Did The Packers Squander Aaron Rodgers?Dec. 5, 2018The Browns Are A Hot Super Bowl Pick For 2019. (Wait, What?)July 15, 2019
The coach of both the Ohio State men’s track and field and cross country teams, Ed Beathea, announced his resignation Tuesday, according to an OSU press release.The Indiana native is set to head back to Indiana University, where he spent 10 seasons as both an assistant coach and the Hoosiers’ associate head coach, and is slated to assume his former position as associate head coach for the 2014-2015 season, according to the Indiana athletics site.Beathea, who has been the coach of the men’s track and field program at OSU since 2012 and an associate coach in the program since 2006, is set to continue coaching the Buckeyes through the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships later this month.In a statement in the press release, Beathea expressed his gratitude for the eight years he spent at OSU as a coach in the track and field program, and expressed that it was the right time for him to move forward.“My family and I will always be grateful for the opportunity the Ohio State University has provided me and the university will provide us with fond memories,” Beathea said. “I am leaving this program in a very positive place. We have built a strong team that has proven the ability to compete at a national level. It was a difficult decision but in the end it is a good decision for me and my family. Thank you for supporting me and our program.”T.J. Shelton, the associate athletics director for sport administration at OSU, also made a statement in the release thanking Beathea for his time in Columbus.“The department of athletics would like to thank coach Ed Beathea for his leadership over the past eight years, including two as head coach of the men’s track field and cross country programs,” Shelton said. “We wish Ed and his family the best as they move forward with their next chapter of their lives. We will begin a national search immediately for the next head coach to lead our program.”Since taking over the program in 2012, Beathea has coached 2013 First Team All-American Michael Hartfield, 2014 Second Team All-American LaMar Bruton, and the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Champion in the 4×400 relay, Jordan Rispress.The 2014 NCAA Track and Field Championships are slated to run from June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore., and both Burton and Rispress are set to represent OSU at the event.
Hosts would have multiple interviews and a DBS check and if needed carers from agencies would visit to look after the patient. Hospital patients would stay in private homes after being discharged under a controversial “CareBnB” plan revived by a council.The proposal, which would allow hosts to earn £50 a night to host a patient, was dropped by a hospital trust in Essex in October last year amid safety concerns. Now the company, CareRooms, is understood to be in talks with Cambridgeshire County Council to establish the system in Cambridge. A working group is being established and the company has begun advertising for host households, Health Service Journal reported. The firm has been billed as a way to ease pressure on the NHS and the social care system. But critics said it could leave patients and hosts at risk. Barbara Keeley MP, Labour’s shadow cabinet minister for social care, said: “Unregulated ‘CareBnB’ schemes like this aren’t a substitute for properly-funded home or residential care.”She added: “That this company, which still hasn’t addressed the potential safeguarding concerns first raised about its proposals last year, is being considered for a new pilot in Tory Health Minister Steve Barclay’s own constituency should be a major cause of concern.”The company would adapt a homeowner’s spare room with mobility aids and hand rails as well as a panic button, camera monitoring and sensors to accommodate a recently-discharged patient. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. CareRooms chief executive Paul Gaudin rejected the criticism over safeguarding saying hosts were “thoroughly vetted” and safeguarding measures included “annual DBS checks, multiple interviews, property inspections and host training. Alongside this we have safeguarding equipment within the rooms.”He added: “The environment is much safer than the current facilities that patients are often discharged into and uses the latest technology to safeguard a medically discharged former patient.”A Cambridgeshire County Council spokesman said the model was “at an early stage of development”.A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: “This is a local conversation not national policy. Any schemes such as these are subject to the strictest quality controls and regulations.”
← Previous Story Russian Astrahanocka wants Miranda Tatari Next Story → EHF Euro 2016 quals: Ireland and Great Britain soundly defeated Czech RepublicEHF EURO 2014German handball teamMartin Heuberger Good matches and form at the World Championship 2013 in Spain, gave some “wind of optimism” to the German handball community, probably the biggest one in Europe. Place among TOP 8 teams was clear prove that Martin Heuberger made some positive things with some new players and system after Germans failed to qualify for the Olympic tournament in London, but the first official results in 2013 put them back to the reality.Czech Republic beat Germany 24:22 (10:10) and make strong step forward to Denmark, while Montenegro won after a lot of problems with Israel 29:28. Now, situation is really clear for Heuberger and his players. If they want to avoid disaster, they must win in all three matches until the end of Qualifications. First of all, Czech Republic at home with over +2, but even more difficult will be to beat Montenegro in an away match…STANDING:Montenegro 6Czech Republic 4Germany 2Israel 0
Masters Handball World CupPatrik Cavar ← Previous Story PICK Szeged – KINGS of the neighborhood! Next Story → RUSSIAN STRIKER: Pavel Atman to Hannover Burgdorf! Legendary Croatian left wing-left back Patrik Cavar, who won five EHF Champions League titles during 90’s with PPD Zagreb and FC Barcelona, is out of handball in job of tennis coach and TV commentator on Sport Klub TV. Despite he is out of the playing court since 2007, 45-years old Cavar will probably test his form on MASTERS HANDBALL WORLD CUP 2017 in Omis (Croatia) between April 28 and May 1, 2017.Unfortunately, handball players after careers playing rather futsal, basketball or tennis. Handball isn’t a kind of recreation. However, this kind of Masters tournaments are good chance to see some old rivals, friends, to refresh some memories and to spent some time together. I enjoy in this kind of events. Atmosphere is always fantastic with a lof of fun and smiles – said Cavar.
← Previous Story RK Vardar in fifth SEHA GAZPROM League final! Next Story → THW Kiel win Geman Cup 2017 Telekom Veszprem beat HC Meshkov Brest 33:31 (29:29 – 14:14) at SEHA GAZPROM semi-final for the second year in a row! On Sunday, handball world will have chance to see another replay of SEHA FInal4 2016 from Varazdin, in which Hungarian champion and Macedonian RK Vardar Skopje will meet…Roland Mikler saved shot by Dainis Kristopans, afterwards Nilsson scored winning goal…Momir Ilic was TOP scorer with seven goals for the winners, while Rastko Stojkovic netted nine in Meshkov t-shirt…PHOTO: Mandatory Credit ©SEHA/ Uros Hočevar
March seems to be a popular month amongst smartphone/tablet manufactures as RIM is set to release a tablet device and now it seems that Motorola may follow suite with the Motorola Atrix 4G.Sources over at Android Central got hold of a leaked AT&T document showcasing March 1 as the release date. Additional forum rumors have also been pieced together to form the equation, but as they say, the proof is in the pudding and we will keep you posted when the phone finally comes out.I have to say, though, that the specs look impressive with the Atrix supporting a 540 x 960 pixels, 4.0” capacitive display (already i’m drooling), 16GB of storage and 1GB RAM.The only downside could be with its 5MP camera. I would have liked to see 8MP, but 720P video recording is a nice touch. OS wise you are looking at Android 2.2, which is not bad either, but having played with the Samsung Nexus S recently I am staring to like the subtle changes that 2.3 provides, so lets hope Motorola gets an upgrade out asap.Read more at AndroidCentral
The amount of technology each of us use in our day-to-day life is growing every year, and yet, in the UK at least, we haven’t been teaching children about the hardware and software that makes that technology possible. Kids today only learn Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in UK schools, which teaches them basic skills using applications like word processors, spreadsheets, and databases.That is about to change, though. Michael Gove, education secretary for the UK government, is today going to announce ICT is being scrapped in schools and in its place a computer science curriculum will be taught. So learning about applications is out, learning how to make those applications is in.Such news should be met with celebration across the technology industry, and especially by tech companies operating in the UK. Future generations of kids leaving school will do so having a much greater understanding of computer hardware, how software is made, and some basic-to-advanced programming skills. The lack of such teaching has been a discussion point for many years, and is actually one of the reasons the Raspberry Pi Foundation is creating a $25 PC. It wants kids everywhere to have access to a computer that’s the price of a textbook, and the tools necessary to start creating software and other hardware using it. Without such knowledge from a young age, it’s all the more difficult to produce the next John Carmack, Larry Page, or Bill Gates.The combination of cheap technology like the Raspberry Pi and computer science teaching should see a resurgence of talented young men and women ready to enter and push forward the tech industry. Depending on the timetable for introducing computer science to schools, it should only take a few years for that to become the norm.Read more at BBC News, image via The Mary Sue
Total pay for employees in Great Britain, including bonuses, fell by 0.2% in real terms between September to November 2016 and September to November 2017, according to research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Its UK labour market: January 2018 report also found that regular pay, excluding bonus payments, fell by 0.5% in real terms, which has been adjusted for consumer price inflation, between September to November 2016 and September to November 2017.In nominal terms, which has not been adjusted for consumer price inflation, total pay has increased by 2.5% between September to November 2016 and September to November 2017, maintaining the same growth rate recorded between August to October 2016 and August to October 2017. Regular pay, in nominal terms, has increased by 2.4% between September to November 2016 and September to November 2017, compared to a 2.3% growth rate between August to October 2016 and August to October 2017.Average total pay, including bonuses, was £511 a week in nominal terms before tax and other deductions from pay for employees in Great Britain in November 2017. This compares to £500 a week in November 2016. Average regular pay, excluding bonuses, was £480 a week for British employees in November 2017 before tax and other deductions from pay. This compares to £469 a week in November 2016.In real terms, average total pay for employees in Great Britain was £489 a week in November 2017, before tax and other deductions from pay. Average regular pay in real terms, excluding bonus payments, was £459 a week in November 2017, before tax and other deductions from pay.Average total pay for employees in Great Britain, in nominal terms, increased by 35.8% between January 2005 and November 2017, rising from £376 a week to £511 a week. Over the same time period, the Consumer Prices index, including occupiers’ housing costs, increased by 33.7%.Gerwyn Davies, senior labour market analyst at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), said: “With inflation increasing, real wages are struggling to keep up and people will be feeling a squeeze on pay. This is being exacerbated by the fact that employers are proving reluctant to increase wages as a potential response to the tightening labour market, as shown by recent CIPD research.”Doug Monro, co-founder at Adzuna, added: “Looking at the jobs market through an optimistic lens, it’s likely that UK pay growth in 2018 is set to pick up speed for jobseekers and employees, given the ongoing dark cloud that has sat above UK average salaries. Improving for the first time since 2015, UK salaries currently reside at £32,598, improving for the first time since 2015. With 102,000 more people in work than for June to August 2017, the employment rate has reached a new high of 75.3%, and sets the standard for the UK’s growing and enriched talent pool.”Ben Brettell, senior economist at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “With pay growing at 2.5% and inflation running at 3.0%, the squeeze on real wages continues for the ninth consecutive month. But with inflation seemingly set to fall back towards the 2% target, this looks like it’ll come to an end in the next few months. We should remember, however, that the only true driver of real pay growth and rising living standards is productivity growth. This is something the UK has struggled with since the financial crisis, and as yet nobody seems to have solved the puzzle.”
Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more June 8, 2009 – “About $4.7 billion will be spent on hospital IT applications in 2009, increasing to approximately $6.8 billion in 2014,” according to Mike Davis, executive vice president, HIMSS Analytics, in a recent report “Essentials of the U.S. Hospital IT Market – 4th Edition” (Essentials).The $4.7 billion represents a compounded annual growth rate, or CAGR, of 7.45 percent over that five-year period. Acccording to Davis, much of this increase will be driven by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding, “but other market drivers such as ICD-10-CM and new claims transaction formats (v5010) will also drive higher hospital IT spend rates.” With more than $19 billion available for U.S. hospitals and ambulatory clinics to implement the electronic medical record, HIMSS Analytics attempts to clarify which technology applications are expected to receive more funding from the ARRA the recently released report, which captured from the HIMSS Analytics Database, data covering more than 5,100 hospitals and 32,000 medical facilities in the U.S.The online resource, available in PDF format, analyzes almost 20 different EMR applications related to the pending definition of ‘meaningful use.’ The Essentials report reviews the impact of meaningful use on specific applications of the EMR that include order entry, clinical data repository, clinical decision support, computerized provider order entry and other clinical documentation.To evaluate those budgetary considerations for hospital spending, the Essentials guide offers a five-year forecasted spending analysis for U.S. hospitals and hospital-owned entities. The data provides background and guidance on how the ARRA funding will be allocated and affected, information that can help simplify and set sales strategies.“Healthcare IT sales organizations can use Essentials to influence their sales goals or sales strategy for the next few years because they have market intelligence based on current IT data to align their business strategy with up-to-date trends,” said Davis.For more information: www.himssanalytics.org/general/essentials.asp FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Costa Rica, OMG Posted by Costa Rica hotel converts airplane fuselage into luxury room Share Thursday, December 8, 2016 Travelweek Group MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK – This ain’t your average treehouse, not by a long shot. The Hotel Costa Verde, located in a rainforest near Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica, is giving travellers the chance to stay in a vintage Boeing 727 airplane perched high above the jungle floor.The hotel is the latest establishment to have repurposed an old, unused aircraft. A few years back, a man in Oregon turned a plane into a home, while an entire kindergarten class in the country of Georgia has set up shop in a refurbished Yakovlev 42 plane. While Hotel Costa Verde is impressive on its own for its cliff-side pools and sundecks, its crowning glory will always be the room inside a 727 fuselage, originally manufactured in 1965.As the story goes, the hotel salvaged the airplane from the San Jose Airport and transported it deep inside the Costa Rican jungle. After an extensive remodel, the plane is now perched on a 50-foot pedestal, creating the illusion that it either crashed into the treetops or was simply left there and abandoned.More news: Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksAccording to Curbed.com, the fuselage room boasts hand-carved furnishings, two air-conditioned bedrooms – each with its own bathroom – and a kitchenette, dining area and private entrance. Rates start at US$500 per night, a bargain really, for the chance to stay in a bit of history.
Borrowers DIMONT HOUSING Indisoft mortgage Servicers technology 2017-10-20 Nicole Casperson DIMONT, a provider of insurance claims adjusting and collateral loss mitigation services to the residential mortgage and auto lending industries, has announced the launch of its online loss drafts portal with technology developed by IndiSoft, a solutions development firm specializing in the financial industry. The purpose of this new web portal is to assist servicers in managing the borrower-field claims process, while enabling all parties—including borrowers, servicers, and DIMONT claims personnel—to upload claims-related documentation and to share case status information electronically. It also allows the servicer to use its call center to maintain direct borrower contact, according to DIMONT.“We are pleased to offer collateral protection assurance, coupled with hands-on management of the claims process and outstanding customer service through the loss draft portal,” said President and CEO of DIMONT, Denis Brosnan. “Lenders and their customers don’t have to struggle with the insurance claims process, as our solution allows them to tap into DIMONT’s 20-plus years’ experience in claims adjusting nationwide.”Utilizing this new technology will provide servicers the opportunity to focus on customer relationships— rather than the complicated claims process.“IndiSoft is excited to have provided DIMONT the technology for its loss/draft service to residential mortgage servicers and their customers affected by the recent natural disasters,” said President of IndiSoft, Cam Melchiorre, III. “The consumer-facing loss-draft portal will expedite the insurance claim process while supporting servicers’ efforts to manage the complex interaction among insurers, homeowners, adjustors, contractors, and the servicer in a transparent and efficient way.”According to DIMONT, the portal is completely customizable, allowing servicers to design process flow and borrower interaction based on servicer requirements. Borrowers are provided a guided experience throughout the portal, increasing satisfaction and eliminating confusion. October 20, 2017 638 Views in Featured, Headlines, News Share DIMONT Launches New Technology to Assist Servicers
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Barbara Bush blamed Trump for ‘angst,’ new book reveals by The Associated Press Posted Mar 27, 2019 12:09 pm PDT FILE- This April 18, 2009 file photo shows former first lady Barbara Bush during the third inning of a Major League Baseball game in Houston. In excepts of an upcoming biography, “The Matriarch,” published Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in USA Today, the former first lady discussed how her trouble with congestive heart failure and chronic pulmonary disease were aggravated by Trump’s attacks on her son, Jeb, during the Republican presidential primaries. Bush was 92 when she died in April 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File) WASHINGTON — Barbara Bush says Donald Trump caused her “angst” during the 2016 election and led her to question whether she was still a Republican in the months before she died.The late former first lady’s thoughts about Trump were revealed in excerpts published Wednesday in USA Today of an upcoming biography, “The Matriarch.”In a February 2018 interview, Bush was asked if she still considered herself a Republican. She replied, “I’d probably say ‘no’ today.”She died in April at age 92.Bush recalls drafting a funny letter to mail after the election congratulating Bill Clinton on becoming a presidential spouse. But Bush said when she woke up, she realized “to my horror that Trump had won.”A friend gave Bush a clock that counted down the time remaining in Trump’s first term that she kept at her bedside.The Associated Press
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