TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Marseille urged to move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayiby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrench pundit Pierre Menes has urged Olympique Marseille to re-sign Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.The Belgian has just had his loan at Valencia cut short and will not be returning to the Blues.Instead, Valencia are helping Batshuayi to find a new club.Menes, meanwhile, says OM should move for him:Houhou l’OM c’est pas une bonne idée ça? RT @lequipe Valence : Michy Batshuayi officiellement indésirable https://t.co/htcZe4MFrI— Pierre Ménès (@PierreMenes) January 10, 2019
A week before Thanksgiving, the NFL’s top teams had plenty to be grateful for. Eleven of the top 13 teams in Week 12’s edition of our Elo ratings won their games, with the lone exceptions either losing to another good team on the road (the Arizona Cardinals, then ranked No. 2, fell to the third-ranked Seattle Seahawks) or suffering a stunning upset (the Kansas City Chiefs’ ill-fated trip to Oakland). And eight of the bottom 10 teams lost, generating the widest spread this season between the league’s haves and have-nots (as measured by the standard deviation of every team’s Elo ratings).There’s been a lot of talk about 2014 being a season of parity in the NFL (especially after the aforementioned Raiders victory completed this year’s “circle of parity,” the phenomenon by which any team could claim superiority over another via the transitive property). In one sense, that’s accurate. There’s no dominant Super Bowl favorite: The New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos have gone through hot and cold periods over the past 12 weeks, and the Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers have not even consistently been favored to make the playoffs. Nobody knows what to make of the upstart Cardinals (now less so than ever). By that standard, this season is as wide open as any.But this year has also seen a stark disparity between the NFL’s good and bad teams. The 2014 season features the 10th-largest standard deviation of Elo ratings through 12 weeks of any season since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger and the second-largest since 1986 (trailing only the 2009 season).Nearly all of the most imbalanced seasons took place before the NFL instituted true free agency and a salary cap in the early 1990s, which evened out payroll spending across the league and prevented dominant teams from hoarding talent. These measures had the effect of increased parity, both within seasons and between them.Pockets of inequality still emerge from time to time, even in today’s equipoised NFL. But most of the teams at the bottom of our rankings were above average (some significantly so) at some point in the past few seasons. Late in 2012, the Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons — now ranked No. 23 and No. 25, respectively — had Elo ratings that would rank second in the NFL right now. And among the bottom third of teams in this week’s rankings, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Washington and the New York Giants also had above-average Elo ratings as recently as two seasons ago.The league’s bad teams look particularly bad right now, and the poor got even poorer this past weekend. But even at an imbalanced moment, you can see the handiwork of the NFL’s parity machine.Last week, we wrote about how the Denver Broncos were a team in disarray, losing more points of Elo rating over the previous three weeks than any team in the NFL. In this past Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins, it looked like disaster was imminent again — Denver’s win probability was down to 10.2 percent late in the third quarter — before Peyton Manning sparked a comeback victory for the Broncos.The game wasn’t especially crucial to the Broncos’ postseason odds (they gained just 8 percentage points of playoff probability last week), but in concert with the Chiefs’ stunning loss at Oakland, it had a big effect on the AFC West race. By the end of the weekend, the Broncos had gained 24 percentage points of division-win probability, bringing their chances to 79 percent. The Chiefs lost 25 percentage points — by far the week’s biggest change in division-win probability. What had been surprisingly close to a toss-up race for the AFC West is back under Denver’s control.Week 12 was pretty damaging to Kansas City’s playoff chances. A week ago, the team was looking at a 41 percent probability of chasing down the Broncos for the division, and it had the conference’s best chance of securing a wild card slot (42 percent). But with their AFC West odds dwindling, the Chiefs probably need the wild card to make the playoffs. It might seem as though the Chiefs are still well positioned in that department — the Dolphins had been their primary threat going into the weekend — but after the AFC North rivals Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens both won, the AFC’s wild card picture is as crowded as ever.The NFC playoff picture didn’t change all that much, although the Seahawks are once again favorites to make the postseason after beating the Cardinals. Although the game could be seen as the proverbial “statement win” with regard to NFC West supremacy, the loss didn’t really affect Arizona’s playoff chances; the Cardinals are still 94 percent likely to be in.Elo’s had a few solid weeks against the point spread. Don’t let it fool you: You shouldn’t take these ratings to Vegas and bet with them. But it is always fun to compare the gambling lines to those which would be predicted by each team’s pregame Elo ratings.One of biggest differences this week between Elo and Vegas involves a marquee matchup, in which the Patriots travel to Green Bay to face the Packers. The Packers have been on a roll of late, gaining the most Elo rating points of any NFL team over the previous three weeks, but still they rank just sixth in Elo. At least some of that is because Green Bay entered the season ranked 17th in the league with a below-average 1495 Elo rating, owing to a relatively down 2013 season that saw quarterback Aaron Rodgers miss seven games.With Rodgers back and playing at an incredibly high level as of late, Vegas has reacted quickly. The oddsmakers clearly consider the Packers one of the two or three best teams in the NFL. For their part, the Patriots have been on fire as well, so the fact that they are three-point road underdogs implies that the market considers them about even with Green Bay. Elo thinks the Patriots are roughly four points better per game than the Packers at a neutral site, so it will be interesting to get some measure of a referendum on Vegas and Elo’s different opinions of the two teams.CORRECTION (3:53 p.m., Nov. 26, 2014): A previous version of the Week 13 NFL matchups table listed incorrect numbers for the Elo win percentages and point spreads. They and the language in the piece have been updated.
Paris Saint-Germain’s jewel and one of the most promising young talents in Europe could soon leave Parc des Princes, with Adrien Rabiot edging closer towards the winter exit.The 23-year-old midfielder has already rejected to extend his current contract that’s set to expire at the end of the ongoing campaign, opening the way for interested parties to start the negotiations as early as January.Although Rabiot plays a notable role under Thomas Tuchel, he seems desperate to leave the Parisians in the forthcoming period, searching for new challenges.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.According to the Daily Express, Liverpool are leading the chase for the France international ahead of Barcelona and Manchester United who also reportedly set their sights on the youngster.The same source states that bookmaker Coral place the Merseysiders as 2-1 favorites to wrap up a deal.Considering Fabinho and Naby Keita both failed to adapt to the Premier League so far, Jurgen Klopp plans to bring another midfielder to Anfield to partner James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum in the center of the park.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 18, 2017 – Providenciales – Magnetic Media’s report on the atrocious and racist comments of an American couple at the Mango Reef restaurant has gone viral. The story was picked up by US TV stations, especially in the hometown of the pair, Memphis Tennessee and expose to even more people the racial slurs hurled at employees of the Providenciales restaurant when the woman could not find her cell phone. Not only did Lauren Loeb Marelle, the woman heard on that recording, accuse the staff of theft, but she threw her food onto the owner of the Mango Reef and used profane and racist language toward her also.The husband, who is Joe Marelle and his wife were commanded to leave the restaurant and eventually they were captured in a phone call, by a courageous waiter and that audio recording got to us and we reported upon the exchange which was both shocking and illegal.Over 23,000 people have viewed the reports at Facebook alone. Magnetic Media has since been interviewed by Memphis Media houses and even the NAACP of Memphis is commenting on the contents of that recorded call.Meanwhile, the Marelle’s, who are well-to-do, company owners and executives and former Chamber of Commerce employee, have gotten a lawyer and say the recording was fabricated. Mango Reef is not yet commenting, but Magnetic Media confirmed that not only was Lauren Loeb Marelle captured on audio but on video ranting in the restaurant and the couple reportedly did not pay their bill either.Seven Stars resort, where the pair was staying has blacklisted the couple who left the TCI on Tuesday before this story broke.#MagneticMediaNews#Racistrantreportgoesviral Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Racistrantreportgoesviral
.The Supreme Court administration has asked the lower court judges and officials not to leave their workplaces without informing the SC registrar.A circular issued on Thursday in this regard was published on the SC website, said UNB news agency.The circular signed by SC Registrar M Zakir Hossain asked all district and sessions judges, judicial officials equivalent to the rank of district judges, chief judicial magistrates, chief metropolitan magistrates and additional district and sessions judges not to leave their stations without informing the SC registrar.They were also directed again not to leave the workplaces before the designated time and on the last working day of the week without permission, not to stay outside the workplaces on working days and not to make delay in attending office on the first working day of the week.The circular also said the violation of the directives will be regarded as misconduct.
Share How could a parent forget their child in the car? That is a question people ask every summer as dozens of children die in hot cars, forgotten by their parents.Eric Stuyvesant used to be one of them.“I was a keyboard warrior back in the early days of the internet and when I would hear something like this, I was brutal in any of my responses: ‘How do you forget a kid? It’s your kid. You can’t forget a kid,’ ” Stuyvesant said.Then it happened to him.In June of 2015, Stuyvesant was talking business on the phone while driving, and he forgot to drop off his 3-year-old son Michael at daycare.“You know I looked up and saw the exit I needed to get off at about a mile out, but I got engaged in a conversation in how we were going to resolve some issues and I drove right past that exit and I drove home,” Stuyvesant said.Now focused on work, he walked into the house and continued with his business. For an hour. Then fifteen minutes more. Then something shook loose in his memory: Michael.“I raced out to the car and found him. He was still with us, but he wasn’t doing well,” he said. “He was in a profuse sweat. His breath was extremely labored. His blue eyes — he had the brightest blue eyes — had started to turn gray and were rolling back in his head, and I pulled him out of the car and we ran into the house and all I could think was to take the coldest shower possible to get as much heat out of him as possible.”By the time paramedics brought Michael to the hospital, his temperature was still 104 — even after the cold shower. He would have six strokes but, ultimately, he survived.Stuyvesant still wonders, “How did I leave my child in the car?”Turns out, it’s pretty easy.Edward Golob, a psychology professor and an expert in human memory at the University of Texas at San Antonio, says people generally have too much faith in their brains.“I think people think cognition works better than it actually does,” he said. “We want to give it more credit. But perception, attention, and memory, they all have really strong limitations. They don’t work nearly as well as we think they do.”Golob said thinking your children are too important to forget is dangerous.“The kids are obviously the most important thing going on in the car, right? But other things capture our attention very easily, and attention doesn’t necessarily know what’s important,” he said. “For some things that are more dramatic — a very loud sound, for example — that will capture your attention, no problem.“But more subtle things that you need to attend to — if you’re really focused on something, if you’re feeling a little stress — you can easily make these sorts of mistakes.”In Stuyvesant’s case, he usually dropped Michael off at daycare before dropping his wife off at work. On the day of the accident, he drove his wife to work first, and he intended to drop Michael off next, but his brain wanted to go home.Golob said using this tendency to go on autopilot may help safeguard your kids.“So, for example, when I put the kids in the car or take them out of the car, I have a routine,” he said. “I walk all the way around the car and look through the windows and look at them.”Golob then talks with them, or sings “or anything to get them on your mind, so it’s recent and vivid. That’ll also make it a little harder to forget that they’re there.”Golob added other things to incorporate into a routine include leaving a purse, a briefcase, your lunch or your phone in the back seat with your children, whether the kids are in the car or not. It has to be something you always do for it to become part of the autopilot process, he said.“Just check. Even when you think they’re not there, check,” Stuyvesant said.So far, this year there have been 25 confirmed heatstroke deaths in cars in the U.S. Two of them were in Texas.Bonnie Petrie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @kbonniepetrie
Categories: Sheppard News 28Apr House panel approves Rep. Sheppard bill to support Michigan farmers Legislation gives preference to biobased products for state purchasesA bill introduced by state Rep. Jason Sheppard to ensure the state is supporting Michigan farmers was approved today by the House Committee on Agriculture.House Bill 4850 adds products certified as biobased by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the list of items given preference when purchased for state government, if all other factors are equal. Biobased products are already given preference in the 2015-16 budget, and HB 4850 will codify the practice into law.“Purchasing biobased products helps support Michigan farmers who produce crops like soybeans and corn,” said Rep. Sheppard, R-Temperance. “In addition, biobased products are environmentally friendly because they are produced with renewable resources.”#####
Canal+ Group-owned channel distributer Thema is launching its Motors TV channel on Dish Network’s OTT service, Sling International, in the US.As of this week, Motors TV will be included in Sling’s World Sports Package, alongside five other channels, which is charged at US$10 per month.“I am delighted that our Motors TV North Am channel is now available on the new OTT Sling platform’s World Sports Package, distributed by one of the main TV operators in the United States, DISH,” said Jean-Luc Roy, Motors TV founder and CEO.“This important agreement will give motorsport fans across the USA access to The High Speed Television Channel, the world’s first dedicated motorsport television channel, adding to its 32 million-strong subscribers across 42 European countries.”Sling International offers global programming from nearly 200 channels in 18 languages to US households. The service launched in August follows the rollout of the Sling TV over-the-top offering which launched earlier this year.
The organisers of MIPCOM have reported 14,000 attendees for this year’s event, with 4,900 of those buyers, and 1,500 of the acquisition execs working for digital and SVOD service.Reed Midem said the kids-focused MIPJunior event, which ran on the weekend before MIPCOM, had a record 1,600 attendees, compared with the 1,400 reported last year. There was a 10% uptick in kids buyer numbers, with 630 in town.The 2016 numbers are up year-on-year, with Reed reporting 13,700 last year and 4,800 buyers, 1,300 of whom were from digital services. The 2015 total was the same as 2014, meaning MIPCOM had its best-attended market for several years.At the main MIPCOM event, there were 2,000 companies exhibiting. Japan was the country of honour and there were 500 execs from Japanese companies in town as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a video address to delegates.Also from Japan, Sony Corporation President and CEO Kazuo Hirai gave the opening keynote.On the ground the heightened security efforts were visible, with mounted police and heavily-armed soldiers on patrol, as well as increased bag and security checks upon entrance.The local public were also invited in for two of the drama screenings; Red Arrow’s Mata Hari and 20th Century Fox Television Distribution’sThe Rocky Horror Picture Show. This has been an excellent edition of MIPCOM,” said Reed MIDEM’s Laurine Garaude. “Through the central theme of New Television we have showcased technical innovation, discussed how to reach out to younger audiences who consume entertainment when, where and how they want and brought together traditional television leaders with newer online companies.This year has seen a combination of plentiful deal-making, celebration, exchange of knowledge and keynotes from major industry leaders.”