BMW has revealed the third generation X3 and the Sports Activity Vehicle from the German carmaker will go on sale in November. BMW has made a host of changes to the X3 line-up that is sure to keep things fresh. Firstly, the X3 will come with an all new 2.0-litre twin-turbo petrol engine. BMW has not given out an power and torque figures for the engine, yet. This motor will be available in the xDrive20i variant of the X3. Another first for the X3 is the availability of a M performance variant. It will be powered by a 3.0-litre 6-cylinder petrol engine that puts out 360PS and 500Nm of torque. That is 54PS and 100Nm more than the range-topping petrol variant of the current X3. The diesel engines will continue to remain the same. All engines will be mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The new BMW X3 is 55kg lighter than the current car on sale due to the use of aluminium in the engine and suspension components. The weight distribution of the X3 is split 50:50 between the front and rear axle. The interiors of the new generation X3 have also been redone completely. The length, width and the height of the car remains the same, although the wheelbase has increased by 50mm, liberating more space in the cabin.The new BMW X3 will be sold for 38,800 Pounds (Rs 31.86 lakh) in the UK and is expected to come to India, early next year. It will compete against the Mercedes-Benz GLC and Audi Q5.advertisementAlso Read: New BMW X3 will be unveiled on June 26Also Read: BMW G 310 R launch further delayed, rescheduled for 2018
CHICAGO – The National Hellenic Museum hosted its annual NHM Golf Outing on September 10, at the scenic Butterfield Country Club, in Oak Brook. Guests of the museum gathered in support of their efforts for a day filled with food, fun, and golf on the beautiful course.The event benefitted the museum’s ongoing efforts to preserve and celebrate Greek American Heritage.Philanthropic efforts from the NHM Golf Outing will benefit the tens of thousands of children and adults who visit the NHM every year through field trips, tours and dynamic cultural and historical programs. With the largest collection of its kind in the world, the Museum uses artifacts and oral history traditions to teach about significant moments in Greek and American history. The NHM currently boasts a rich repository of 20,000+ artifacts, photos, historic newspapers, books and an archive of 450+ recorded oral histories. The Museum has also recently unveiled the NHM Collections & Archives Portal, which allows anyone to access the Museum’s catalogs online from anywhere by viewing digitized artifacts and archival materials.Left to right: Gary Menconi, Tim Thanasouras, George Maragos, and Rich Valin. Photo: Elios Photography“We are beyond delighted to be able to continue this tradition and sincerely appreciate the generosity of our loyal patrons and community members.” said Kristi Athas, Director of Operations and Human Resources at The National Hellenic Museum. “It is through this support that we are propelled into further exploring new opportunities to preserve, highlight and celebrate the Greek American experience at our institution. We look forward to continuing to make an impact on the accessibility and availability of our offerings nationwide.”The National Hellenic Museum (NHM) preserves, portrays and celebrates Greek history, culture and the impact of Hellenism in America through educational classes, exhibits and programs. With a growing repository of over 20,000 artifacts, the Museum catalogs and highlights the contributions of Greeks and Greek Americans to the American mosaic and inspires curiosity about visitors’ own family journeys through cultural expression, oral history and experiential education. Located in Chicago’s Greektown, the NHM provides lifelong learning for the whole community using artifacts and stories to spark inquiry and discussion about the broader issues in our lives.For more information, visit http://www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org or call 312-655-1234. Follow NHM on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.Left to right: Jamie Pappas, NHM Trustee Paul Athens, NHM Trustee Dr. George Korkos, Jim Regas, NHM Trustee John Koudounis, and Tony Gerrato. Photo: Elios PhotographyThe National Hellenic Museum hosted its second annual NHM Golf Outing at Butterfield Country Club. Photo: Elios PhotographyLeft to right: Gary Menconi, Tim Thanasouras, George Maragos, and Rich Valin. Photo: Elios PhotographyLeft to right: Angelo Kritikos, Frank Petropoulos, Art Collias, and Jamie Crouthamelos. Photo: Elios PhotographyLeft to right: Steven Koliopoulos, Bill Apostolou, George Vlahos, and George Van Denend. Photo: Elios PhotographyAmong those at the golf outing were (left to right): NHM Chairman John P. Calamos, Sr., NHM Trustee John Koudounis, Jim Regas, and NHM Trustee Dr. George Korkos. Photo: Elios PhotographyTweetPinShare0 Shares
Another seemingly lackluster week of matchups that will result in much stress for many fans. Here’s this weekend’s schedule courtesy of Ryan Hartwig.Weekend Watch Guide: Week 9If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
China Comedy films Support The Guardian Pinterest reviews Share on Messenger Reuse this content Motor sport Twitter This likable, unchallenging Chinese sports movie, about a has-been rally driver out to prove he’s still got what it takes after a lengthy ban, is the third film directed by Han Han, the superstar blogger/novelist/rally driver/film-maker once hailed as the voice of a generation of Chinese millennials. In real life, Han Han famously flipped his middle finger at officials on the racetrack. But he must be mellowing – because with this comeback story he keeps his eye firmly on the mainstream, steering steady-as-you-go down the middle of the road.Comedy actor Shen Teng plays Zhang Chi, an arrogant five-times champ slapped with a five-year ban after a spot of after-hours racing in a multi-storey car park. The film opens with Zhang Chi nearing the end of his ban, flat broke, deserted by fans and sponsors, cooking fried rice on a street food stall. He’s a few pounds heavier but just as cocky. The way he gets his career back in gear unfolds in a more or less predictable manner – making amends with teammates, getting his old car race-worthy and humiliating himself on reality TV in a desperate attempt to raise finances.A nice touch here is his rival, hotshot new champion Lin Zhengdong (Huang Jingyu), the son of a billionaire property developer, whose family has machine tooled his success, buying in the best team and most expensive cars. Not a stereotypical villain – Lin actually wants to help Zhang Chi get back on the track to put a stop to gossip that his own winning streak is all money, no skill. It might not be the social commentary that Han Han built his reputation on, but perhaps he’s making the point that, with blandly slick professionalism like Lin’s, something is being lost in the pursuit of Chinese prosperity – the view of the city from Zhang Chi’s flat is about to be spoiled by construction of a giant skyscraper. Facebook Rallying Since you’re here… Topics Comedy Asia Pacific Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter
NEW ORLEANS, LA – MARCH 26: Albert, the mascot for the Florida Gators, performs during their game against the Butler Bulldogs in the Southeast regional final of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Tomorrow’s Florida-Ole Miss basketball game is “’90s Night” in Gainesville, and the Gators have been posting really cool NBA Jam-style promo clips for the special event on their Instagram page. Between Dorian Finney-Smith jumping off the screen for a huge baseline slam, and Chris Chiozza catching literal fire, these “Gator Jam” videos are pretty awesome.The Gators and Rebels tip off at 9 p.m. We hope Florida has plans to roll a few more of these out before game time.
For American drinkers of any era (after the 1910s), the word “repeal” should be a magical thing because it was a clarion call, a signal that alerted the masses that Prohibition — that devil of a time when alcohol was illegal — was over. Done-zo. Kaput.Repeal Day, the day that Prohibition officially came to an end, was December 5, 1933, and has been celebrated on that day every year since. If you want to really get in the mood, you should certainly check out the Repeal Day Conference, which takes place in Tampa annually.Jim BeamJim Beam is helping us all get ready for Repeal Day 2018 (the 85th anniversary) with the release of its newest bourbon, Repeal Batch, inspired by the liquid that the Beam family created following the end of Prohibition. The offering is also a celebration of the fact that James A. Beam was able to rebuild his distillery in only 120 days following the repeal. The label is illustrative of what labels would’ve looked like then and an homage to Beam’s hard work and determination.Repeal Batch, which will be a limited-edition offering, is an 86-proof Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. The bourbon has been aged for four years (as the normal Jim Beam is) but it is non-chill filtered, giving the whiskey a much fuller body on the palate. The oak, caramel, and char flavors come through in bigger waves than in your everyday Jim Beam bottle. You’ll find bigger spice and vanilla notes on the nose as well.“For the 85th anniversary of Repeal Day, we wanted to release a bourbon inspired by our heritage and dedicated to the hard work my great-grandfather put into rebuilding our family business after Prohibition,” Fred Noe, Jim Beam’s seventh generation master distiller, said in a statement. “Jim Beam Repeal Batch pays tribute to all the generations of Beams that came before me.”Jim Beam Repeal Batch will be available nationwide and will retail for around $17.99. While great neat or with a rock, the brand suggests also trying Jim Beam Repeal Batch in a whiskey punch cocktail, a drink reminiscent of the cocktails that the bourbon drinkers of the 1930s might have enjoyed.Whiskey Punch Cocktail1.5 parts Jim Beam Repeal Batch.5 parts Italian vermouth.5 parts pineapple syrup.5 parts lemon juiceMethod: Shake with ice and serve. What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey Goose Island Releases 2019 Bourbon County Stout Lineup Editors’ Recommendations Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts How to Make a Rum Old Fashioned
RICHMOND COUNTY: Lennox Passage Bridge, Isle Madame The speed limit on the Lennox Passage Bridge on Isle Madame is reduced to 20 kilometres per hour while repairs are being carried out to the bridge’s joints. The bridge is safe and the public will be advised if further restrictions are required. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge, Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge on Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, is closed until further notice. Traffic can detour on MacEachern Road. -30- HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Halifax Stanfield International Airport Until the end of May, road work at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport will result in detours for traffic leaving the airport to Highway 102 Halifax bound. Expect delays. PICTOU COUNTY: Sutherlands River Bridge Trunk 4 is closed in Sutherlands River, east of Church Road and west of the intersection of Route 245 and Thorburn Road, for the replacement of the Sutherlands River Bridge. Work is expected to continue until Sunday, Sept. 30. A detour route and signs are in place. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when travelling through a construction zone. CONTINUING WORK
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Rabat – Celebrating International Women’s Day, Moroccan magazine Challenge has dedicated this month’s edition to honoring 60 women leaders in Morocco.The French-speaking magazine has published a list of Moroccan women who stand out for their commitment and achievements. The publication of the list comes a few days before International Women’s Day, which is celebrated on March 8 every year.Through these 60 profiles, the magazine aims to highlight the key role of women’s leadership in the kingdom. The goal of this initiative is to celebrate women’s outstanding contributions in various fields: from politics, to business, medicine, development, sports and sciences. This unique edition has recognized 60 women who have gained credibility through their work, and who inspire other women in Morocco and beyond. Hence, the magazine highlights the achievements of their Highnesses Princesses Lalla Salma, Lalla Meryem, Lalla Hasnaa, and Lalla Asmaa; social activist Aicha Ech-chenna; business leader Mrs. Miriem Bensalah; political leader Nabila Mounib, young leader Lamia Bazir, and many other women.Morocco World News would like to congratulate all the amazing ladies highlighted on this list and hopes their work will catalyze even more progress in our country.The full list of the 60 women leaders is as follows:H.H. Princess Lalla SalmaH.H. Princess Lalla MeryemH.H. Princess Lalla HasnaaH.H. Princess Lalla AsmaaNaziha AbakrimSalwa AkhannouchNadia Fettah AlaouiSoumia AmraniYasmina BaddouLamia BazirKarima BenaichSouad BenbachirAmina BenkhadraSalima BenhimaDr. Leila Meziane BenjellounFathia BennisMiriem Bensalah ChaqrounNadia BernoussiNada BiazMbarka BouaidaAmina BouayachIlham BoumehdiZakia DaoudAicha Ech-chennaLatifa EchihabiZineb El AdaouiMonique El GrichiHakima El HaiteNawal El MoutawakilGhita Lahlou El YacoubiNadia Fassi FehriGhizlane GuediraNadira El GuermaiKenza HalloulNezha HayatMilouda HazibIlham HraouiLatifa JbabdiAhlam JebbarFarida JirariLalla JoumalaSaloua Karkri-BelkezizAsmaa LamrabetSaida Karim LamraniNadia LarakiHakima LebbarAmina Lemrini ElouahabiAmina MaadZahra MaafiriLaila MamouFadwa MegzariNabila MounibLaila OuachiDayae oudghiriFatima Zahra OutaghaniSamira SitailNeila TaziMouna YaacoubiFaouzia ZaaboulRita Maria Zniber
TALLINN, Estonia — The centre-right party in Estonia that won the most votes in the Baltic country’s general election has vowed to exclude a far-right populist party from difficult coalition talks that lie ahead.Preliminary results Monday showed that the opposition Reform Party received 28.8 per cent of the vote, followed by Prime Minister Juri Ratas’ Center Party with 23.1 per cent.However, it wasn’t enough for the Reform Party to form a government alone and complex negotiations face the country’s political parties — especially since the anti-immigration Estonian Conservative People’s Party, known as EKRE, came in third with 17.8 per cent.The euroskeptic party, led by father and son Mart and Martin Helme, more than doubled its tally compared to the 2015 election, when it garnered 8.1 per cent of the vote.The Associated Press
One person was killed and two others were injured following a shooting incident in Weeraketiya today.
Wickremesinghe accompanied by Prof. Maithree Wickremesinghe is on an official visit to Japan. Japan and Sri Lanka will look to further boost the bilateral relationship, President of the Sri Lanka-Japan Parliament friendship association Wataru Takeshita said.He said this during a reception hosted for visiting Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Tokyo. During this visit, The Prime Minister will hold a meeting with Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, followed by several other engagements.The Government of Japan has announced that they are looking forward to the visit which they believe will serve to further strengthen the friendly relations between Japan and Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) The Prime Minister’s office said that Takeshita gave an assurance measures will be taken to boost the relations between the Parliaments of both countries.
OTTAWA — The federal government is to announce up to $90 million in support for Ontario’s Algoma Steel on Thursday in a commitment aimed at helping the producer deal with the American tariffs on steel and aluminum, The Canadian Press has learned.Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains will make the announcement at Algoma’s plant in Sault Ste. Marie. He’ll be joined by Ontario Northern Development Minister Greg Rickford, who’s expected to announce a separate provincial investment in the company.The government support comes as Canadian steel and aluminum producers continue to face punishing levies imposed last June by U.S. President Donald Trump. Canada’s trading partners push back against steel safeguards LNG Canada’s $40 billion project in Kitimat ‘at risk’ if steel safeguards stay, Ottawa told Trump’s metal tariffs ‘contradict’ new NAFTA and will have to go, says Chrystia Freeland Canada has rejected the premise of the American duties — that its metals exports pose a national-security threat to the U.S. — and has been fighting for the removal of the tariffs. Ottawa has implemented tariffs of its own on a long list of U.S. imports in hope of forcing Washington to back down.The U.S. tariffs, however, remain in place.The federal Liberals were criticized last fall for signing a new North American trade pact, which includes the U.S., without securing any guarantees from Washington that it would lift the levies.In making the Algoma funding announcement Thursday, the federal government is expected to say the commitment will maintain and create 3,050 Algoma jobs in Sault Ste. Marie, although it’s unclear how many new positions will be added.The investment will include up to $60 million from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and $30 million from a federal program known as the strategic innovation fund.The government funding is to help support Algoma in its effort to bring in new technologies, improve productivity and stay competitive on international markets.Finance Minister Bill Morneau met with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday. Morneau has pressed Mnuchin in the past on the tariff issue.Jeni Armstrong, a spokeswoman for Morneau, said in an email that the minister and secretary met in Washington to discuss “the ongoing need to resolve steel and aluminum tariffs” as well as the cross-border trading relationship. She said Morneau also thanked Mnuchin for the U.S.’s public statements of support on the two Canadians detained on national-security grounds in China.Earlier this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discussed the tariffs in a phone call with Trump, according to a readout of their conversation.Last June, Ottawa released a financial aid package for industries caught in the crossfire of the tariff dispute.Ottawa’s tariff relief package included up to $2 billion in fresh funding and support for the steel, aluminum and manufacturing sectors and their workers. For companies, Ottawa promised up to $1.7 billion worth of financing and services for steel and aluminum industries through the Business Development Bank of Canada and Export Development Canada.As part of the tariff relief, Bains announced a commitment last October of up to $49.9 million through the strategic innovation fund for steel producer ArcelorMittal Canada. Bains said the investment would support up to 4,700 jobs in Hamilton, Ont., and 1,700 more in Contrecoeur, Que.
The deployment, which began in November, consists of two new brigades, one from each of the South Asian countries. An 850-strong battalion from India is destined for North Kivu, while 892 troops from Pakistan will go to South Kivu, both on the DRC’s volatile eastern border. Two more battalions are expected to follow next month.A MONUC official hailed the infusion of troops and said their deployment was “anxiously awaited” because of the situation in the region.Once the process is complete, slated for 7 January, Pakistan will have more troops deployed worldwide for the UN – 8,395 – than any other country. Bangladesh is in second place while India follows with 4,340 peacekeepers in the field after the battalions are sent to MONUC.
Mobile broadband. Photo: ITU/M.Jacobson-Gonzalez Furthermore, 20 countries including United States, China and India make up almost three-fourths of the world population not using the Internet. “These findings suggest that targeted efforts in just a few key markets could help enormously in redressing the gaping ‘digital divide’ between those who are online and those still offline,” said the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a specialized UN agency, in a news release today.Released just ahead of the 14th meeting of the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, to be held on 18 September, in New York, the report The State of Broadband 2016 also highlighted the potential of mobile broadband, with 165 countries now having deployed the 4th generation or ‘4G’ high-speed mobile networks. “As smartphone penetration reaches near-saturation in the US, Europe and mature markets in Asia like Japan and [Democratic Republic of] Korea, India and Indonesia in particular are expected to drive future growth,” ITU added.Findings from the report also revealed that that India, which overtook the US to become the world’s second largest Internet market (333 million users), also overtook that country to become the world’s second-largest smartphone market, with an estimated 260 million mobile broadband subscriptions. According to Houlin Zhao, the Secretary-General of ITU, and Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), who both co-Vice Chair the Commission, broadband connectivity and technology can play very important role as enablers of development.Recalling that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for education, gender equality and infrastructure include bold targets for information and communication technology, Mr. Zhao said: “The SDGs are achievable, but require urgent efforts and progress in the speed, degree and equality of development. The Commission believes this can be realized through broadband.”Similarly, Ms. Bokova noted: “Broadband technologies can be powerful development multipliers but this requires combined investments in access and in skills and in education.” “This is about opening new paths to create and share knowledge. It is about enhancing freedom of expression and about widening learning opportunities, especially for girls and women. This is about developing content that is relevant, local and multilingual,” she added.Highlighting some of the findings from the present report, today’s news release mentioned:By end 2016, 3.5 billion people will be using the Internet, up from 3.2 billion last year and equating to 47 per cent of the global population;There are now 91 economies where over 50 per cent of the population is online, up from 79 in 2015;The top 10 developing countries for household Internet penetration are all located in Asia or the Middle East;Republic of Korea has the world’s highest household Internet penetration (98.8 per cent), followed by Qatar (96 per cent), and United Arab Emirates (95 per cent);Iceland has the highest percentage of individuals using the Internet (98.2 per cent), followed by Luxembourg (97.3 per cent), and Andorra (97 per cent); and The lowest levels of Internet usage are in sub-Saharan Africa, with less than three per cent of the population using the Internet in a number of countries including Chad (2.7 per cent), Sierra Leone (2.5 per cent), Niger (2.2 per cent), Somalia (1.8 per cent) and Eritrea (1.1 per cent).Issued annually, The State of Broadband report provides a global snapshot of broadband network access and affordability, with country-by country data measuring broadband access against key advocacy targets set by the Commission in 2011.The UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development comprises more than 50 leaders from across a range of government and industry sectors who are committed to actively assisting countries, UN experts and non-governmental organization teams to fully leverage the huge potential of information and communication technologies to drive new national sustainable development strategies in key areas like education, healthcare and environmental management.
After an extraordinary run, Djokovic has been merely ordinary, by his high standards. Over a seven-year stretch from Wimbledon in 2009 through the French Open last year, he played all 28 majors and reached 28 quarterfinals, 24 semis and 18 finals, winning 11. In a sport increasingly dominated by veterans, Djokovic was getting better as he aged, netting seven finals and six titles from his last eight majors of the stretch. Since then, though, he has a second-round loss, a final loss and a third-round loss. That kind of run used to be respectable even for the world’s best players: Sampras had a worse three-major stretch when he was No. 1 in 1997-98. But more recently Djokovic, Federer and Nadal set a much higher standard of consistency. Now that all three are struggling, Andy Murray has capitalized, winning 29 of his last 30 matches to take a commanding lead in the rankings over No. 2 Djokovic.Djokovic is far from finished. Some of his struggles could be chalked up to bad luck: All three of his recent Grand Slam losses were close, and came after a stretch in which he’d won all his close calls. He’s healthy and sounded motivated in Melbourne after having discussed his quest to find emotional fulfillment on the court last fall. Even during his slump, he has won six of nine matches against fellow top 10 players, including a defeat of Murray two weeks ago. He was favored by experts and Elo ratings to win the Australian Open, and barring injury he’ll be one of the favorites at each of the year’s remaining three majors.But time is not on his side. With each upset loss, Djokovic becomes a little less likely to catch up to his rivals for the sport’s most distinguished record. Share on Facebook Seven months ago, it was hard to imagine Novak Djokovic losing a Grand Slam match: He’d won his last 28, and 53 of his last 55. And 24 hours ago, it was hard to imagine him losing an Australian Open match: He’d won his last 15, and 40 of his last 41. But on Thursday in Melbourne, Djokovic crashed out in the second round to Denis Istomin, 7-6(8) 5-7 2-6 7-6(5) 6-4. Djokovic will be 30 by the time the next major starts (the French Open begins May 28), and he’ll still be stuck on 12 career major titles. His pursuit of Roger Federer’s record 17 titles has stalled out around the same age that slowed Federer and the other two guys Djokovic is chasing: Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras.
The variety of responses to my article “The Hidden Value of the NBA Steal” has been amazing. I expected there to be a lot of questions and criticisms, but I didn’t anticipate the depth and thoroughness of reader analysis.Some of the points people raised (pro and con) I expected; some I did not. For example, a number of people objected to my characterization of the hoop as only “slightly larger” than the ball. As I’ve learned, the diameter of a basketball (9.2 inches) is only 52 percent of the diameter of the rim (18 inches). I definitely thought the ratio was higher. The maximum distance a ball can clear the rim is only 4.4 inches, so perhaps I should have said “not too much larger” instead. But the point — that shooting is beautiful, and I understand why we devote so much attention to it — stands.I���ve picked what I think are the four most common and most salient questions and comments, and will respond to them in four parts. Here’s the first:“Can a steal really be worth NINE points?”This question arose in various forms, many of which were not phrased as a question and some of which I can’t repeat in polite company.Here’s one of the more gently worded versions, emailed in from “Johnny”:Isn’t the “theoretical” upper bound on the value of a steal capped at 8 points? I say this by looking at the limiting case where on every possession we don’t steal the opposing team makes a three pointer, is fouled and then makes the free throw. Then on every possession where we steal, we make a three pointer, is fouled and then makes the free throw and every possession where we don’t steal we don’t score. In this case the value of a steal would be 8 points (saved 4 points from making the steal and gained 4 points from scoring after the steal). Now this is obviously completely unrealistic, but I find it hard to believe a steal could be worth anything more.And here’s the language in my article that some people objected to:Yes, this pretty much means a steal is “worth” as much as nine points. To put it more precisely: A marginal steal is weighted nine times more heavily when predicting a player’s impact than a marginal point.The confusion here is somewhat understandable and probably stems from how we understand the word “worth” (the quotes were meant to signify that I was using a precise definition). The finding isn’t that getting a steal improves a team’s chances of winning by the same amount that adding nine points would. But kudos for being skeptical enough to imagine me capable of such absurdity. By “worth,” I meant the ability of steals to predict a player’s impact (as measured by the amount his team suffers when he doesn’t play) versus the ability of points to do the same.Conversely, a few stats-savvy readers disliked this comparison from the opposite direction: In other words, raw points scored have been so discredited in the advanced statistical community that using them as a basis of comparison is too easy! I should note that the outsize predictive value of steals is not especially controversial in that community either. For people interested in the cutting-edge, box-score-based predictive metrics, I recommend Daniel Myers’ work on “advanced statistical plus minus” and its ilk (check out the monster coefficient for steal percentage).A good number of readers also concluded that comparing “worth” of steals to points in this way invited confusion, and thus may have been a mistake in presentation, if not of analysis. The logic goes like this: If a steal only nets us two points or so, you’re “inviting confusion” by saying it’s “worth” nine points. People know that two points is not nine points, so it looks ridiculous.Perhaps they are right that this is difficult for someone unfamiliar with the issues to read idly. But the reason I phrased it that way originally, and stand by that language, is simple:When it comes to predictions, a point is not worth a point.I think understanding this concept is important, and inviting people to deal with it instead of skirting around it is worth the debate. This is a fundamental lesson of empirical thinking: The immediate value of something can be (and often is) very different from its predictive value.
Musician Matt Blair said he was rescued from the roof of the building after his performance with double-act Rayguns Look Real Enough.He tweeted: “We’re fine but 2017 has already got off to a bad start. One of our favourite venues that we just played burned down. Everyone is fine.”Manic. We were upstairs, had to get on a roof area and luckily found a ladder we could climb down. Scary stuff.”It was pretty scary and shocking. Physically we’re all fine. Just a bit shocked and sad.”Mr Blair said he had heard “some idiot” used a candle to light a branch on a Christmas tree but he was unable to verify this. The pub is next to Acton police stationCredit:Frank Augstein/AP The pub was hosting a “circus spectacular” with 10 separate acts to see in 2017.The London Fire Brigade (LFB) said it rescued six people from the first floor flat while 72 firefighters worked to dampen the flames, which were brought under control by 5am.A spokesman said: “The first and second floors, including the roof of the three-storey building, have been gutted by the fire.” Scotland Yard said three officers from the station were treated for smoke inhalation after they rushed to help.The Metropolitan Police said the cause was not believed to be suspicious while the LFB said it was unknown.The London Ambulance Service said it took five patients to hospital suffering from “minor injuries”. Hundreds of New Year’s Eve revellers were evacuated from a pub before it was largely gutted by a fire that reportedly started when a candle was used to light a branch on a Christmas tree.Around 340 customers and 12 staff fled The Aeronaut pub in Acton, west London, when the blaze broke out at around 12.30am.Acton police station, next door to the pub in High Street, was also evacuated as a precautionary measure. Firefighters battle to extinguish the blazeCredit:Frank Augstein/AP Major fire at #Acton High Street 😐 pic.twitter.com/oppbnsYpiK— Abdul (@AbdulYusuf) January 1, 2017 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.
THE CAO ONLINE system for college applications is officially open, as of noon today.Students heading into their Leaving Cert next summer can now start applying for third level courses by entering their information and paying the €25 registration fee.Once registered, students will receive their personalised ID number, and can continue to edit their application until the end of January.According to CAO Operations Manager Joseph O’Grady: “Familiarity with the system and leaving ample time to complete an application will help students to avoid some of the many common errors and omissions recorded by applicants each year”.Applicants can also avail of “Change of Course Choices” and “Change of Mind” facilities at different intervals throughout the application process, but there are restrictions for both options.Demo versions of the application process are available at the CAO website to guide students and parents through the system.Read: Chief Inspector’s Report highlights problems with Maths and Irish teachingRead: Students protest cuts in third level education
This week marks yet another of tech’s dependable conferences: this time, the CeBIT expo in Hanover. ASUS isn’t waiting for things to really kick off, though, as they’re already confirming their forthcoming leap into Android tablets in the Eee Pad MeMO, and leaking us some specs.Like most recent Android tablets, ASUS intends on shipping the Eee Pad MeMO running Android 3.0 Honeycomb. That’s a curious decision, though, as the Eee Pad MeMO is a 7-inch tablet. The 7-inch form factor really was never ideal, and it was adopted by would-be iPad killers mostly because Android 2.2 Froyo simply couldn’t handle a display that wasn’t sized or pixel-packed like a smartphone display. Since Honeycomb doesn’t have such limitations, it’s curious that ASUS will keep the 7-inch form factor, but it sounds like the production gears were already in motion.Inside, the Eee Pad MeMO should be fairly powerful thanks to a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 processor, a microHDMI port and quadband HSPA+ connectivity that someone will doubtlessly claim is 3G. Otherwise, there’s 1GB of RAM, a microSDHC slot for expandable storage, a 5-megapixel back-facing cam with LED flash and a 1.2 megapixel camera for video chat on the front. Rounding the spec sheet off, there’s 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and a microUSB port, complete with the ability to host peripherals. Storage comes in flavors up to 64GB, while the display runs at 1024 x 600 (sounds like ASUS is clearing out some of their old netbook panels). ASUS includes a stylus with the Eee Pad MeMO, although it will also respond to capacitive touch. Final pricing and release haven’t been announced yet, but expect the Eee Pad MeMO to be a fairly cheap tablet, if ASUS’ history of shaving dollars off the price of their products is anything to go by.Read more at Slashgear