The WildCard Winner Is The Team To Beat In The NL

On Tuesday, I previewed the American League playoffs, and today, it’s the National League’s turn. Compared to the AL, the NL playoffs are much more chaotic. Judging by the teams’ run differentials, there are no clear tiers, as there were in the AL. The preseason consensus pick for NL champion (the Washington Nationals) didn’t make the dance, and the three best teams in the NL all play in the same division (the NL Central), which means that two of them will have to face each other in a wild-card play-in game. One of the NL’s foremost contenders is doomed to sit out the remainder of October.1Living in Chicago, I’m not bitter or anything. Do I seem bitter? I’m not bitter. Whoever survives, though, will have the best chance of winning the World Series of any NL team.2The Cubs and Pirates chances are lower than the other teams’ for now, but once one of them is out of the way, the winner’s odds will essentially double because the coin-flip nature of the wild-card game is behind it.As if that wasn’t enough, it’s hard to evaluate two division champions that have seen unusual bouts of good and bad luck, which are unlikely to persist in the playoffs. And the two most surprising contenders (the New York Mets and Chicago Cubs) have ridden incredible waves of young talent into the postseason, waves that may or may not have already crested.So there are no world-beaters, like the Toronto Blue Jays. There is only entropy. As the field stands going into tonight’s wild-card game, the most likely National League team to win the World Series (the St. Louis Cardinals) has only a slightly better chance than it would if we awarded the Series by picking a team at random. Come the divisional series, there will be eight teams left, and the Cardinals barely have a better than 1 in 8 shot of winning it all. Chicago Cubs(Chance of winning the World Series: 7 percent)The Cubs are the second-youngest team in the postseason (when you weight the team’s age by its players’ production), coming in at an average of 25.6 years, just a smidge over the Houston Astros.3Who have an average weighted age of 25.5. That’s important because MLB is in the midst of a surge in youth production. The shape of baseball’s aging curve seems to be changing — young players are becoming better earlier and old guys are falling off faster.You can see that in the accuracy of projections: Players 25 and younger outperformed their projected wins above replacement by a grand total of 43.6 WAR.4Using Steamer projections from FanGraphs. Older players fell short by a nearly equal margin (44.7). These systematic errors in our predictions suggest that teams like the Cubs and Astros, who rely on green talent like Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa, may be better than we think. In addition, because some of that talent was called up in the middle of the season (e.g., Kyle Schwarber), this Cubs team is better than its full-year run differential suggests.But that potential won’t mean anything if they can’t get past the Pittsburgh Pirates in a one-game playoff that’s rigged to be random.Pittsburgh Pirates(Chance of winning the World Series: 8 percent)Like the Cubs, the Pirates have a tough road to the divisional series. That’s because the wild-card games are so unforgiving. Tonight, it’ll be the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta, owner of one of the most incredible second-half performances in major league history (and the same Jake Arrieta whose path to ace status has been very, very strange), versus the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole, who has one of the most electric fastballs in baseball. Arrieta has the edge.But Pittsburgh is playing at home, which is worth a few percentage points of win probability. Whether that cancels out the advantage in starting pitching partially depends on how much you believe in Arrieta. If he’s as good as his second-half ERA suggests, the Pirates may not have much of a chance. But pitching is a volatile alchemy; on a slightly off night, when batted balls find a few extra holes, Cole might be Arrieta’s equal.There are dozens of potential factors that could influence the outcome of this one game, ranging from temperature to manager skill, but let’s not fool ourselves. As hard as it is to predict a five- or seven-game series, attempting to forecast the outcome of any single game between nearly evenly matched teams is as close as you can come to a coin flip in sports. Anything can happen.New York Mets(Chance of winning the World Series: 9 percent)It’s difficult to talk about the Mets’ unexpected playoff run without invoking the name of their chief rival in the NL East, the Nationals. The Nationals suffered a well-documented collapse for somewhat mysterious reasons, which left the door open for the Mets squad to take the lead. The Mets seized on the opportunity, albeit not without some drama.The Mets come into the playoffs with mixed indications of how they’ll do. On the one hand, they had the easiest schedule of any playoff team, beating up on the Phillies, Braves, Marlins and the eviscerated shell of the Nationals. On the other hand, the Mets have excellent young starting pitchers who throw very hard (more than 20 percent of their pitches are faster than 95 mph, which leads the league). Hitters are extra vulnerable to high velocity pitching in the playoffs, so the Mets should have an advantage in October. This postseason is probably a year too early for the Mets to make a strong run at the championship (same for the Texas Rangers), but don’t let that diminish the joy of seeing Bartolo Colon potentially work his magic.Los Angeles Dodgers(Chance of winning the World Series: 12 percent)The numbers suggest that the Dodgers may be better than they appear. The Dodgers had the fourth-worst cluster luck in baseball this year, doing a terrible job of stringing together their hits and walks to maximize their run scoring. The good news is that there’s no reason to believe such poor clustering will continue into October.The Dodgers have a top of the rotation that is the envy of every team in baseball, with two potential Cy Young contenders in Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. Kershaw has had his troubles in the playoffs before, but like the Dodgers’ cluster luck, such struggles are unlikely to persist. On paper, then, the Dodgers remain one of the World Series favorites, hampered only by potentially inefficient managing and a mediocre bullpen.St. Louis Cardinals(Chance of winning the World Series: 13 percent)These 2015 Cardinals are doing something we don’t understand: Over the course of the year, their pitching staff stranded baserunners at a rate (79.4 percent) that has rarely been seen in MLB history. As a consequence, the Cardinals have won about six or seven more games5The Cardinals received a net of 62.8 runs from their cluster luck. Using the standard exchange rate between runs and wins (between 9.5 and 10 runs per win), that’s about six or seven wins. than we would have expected, given the skill of their pitching staff. It’s tempting to call that all luck, but this isn’t the first time the Cardinals have found their way into historic bouts of run-clustering or prevention.But even if you take away the luck, this Cards squad is a good one. It has solid pitching, both in rotation and in relief, and a steady lineup getting contributions from younger players. The one gaping hole is at catcher; Yadier Molina, St. Louis’s erstwhile X factor, may be out with an injury. Depending on how much of the Cardinals’ incredible pitching performance is determined by Molina, the Cardinals could be in deep trouble or still in line for a championship.Read more:The Blue Jays Are The Best — And There’s An 80 Percent Chance They Won’t WinThe Best 2015 MLB Teams, According To Our New Ratings read more

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Philip Rivers Has The Supporting Cast He Deserves Again

BUF52%HOU60%HOU 20, BUF 13+9.4– Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup.*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN.com It probably isn’t a coincidence that Rivers is currently enjoying his best statistical performance in years, with Gordon and Allen also contributing more than any Charger rusher and receiver since the days of LaDainian Tomlinson and Vincent Jackson. It’s a little circular, in that sense: Is Rivers making them better, or are they helping Rivers rediscover his form? (Gordon’s ability to run against stacked defenses, for instance, has opened up space for Rivers to throw downfield.) Either way, the ingredients have been in place for a late-career QB rejuvenation. Right now, Rivers is on pace to tie for the ninth-most-efficient post-merger performance for a passer age 35 or older, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com’s advanced passing index. As far as old-man QB seasons go, this is one of the best in history.Of course, with the Chargers, it’s about more than just improved talent. It’s also about execution, something this team has often been found sorely lacking over the years. As Mike Tanier wrote in his L.A. chapter for Football Outsiders’ 2018 Almanac, you could make a pretty convincing case that the 2017 Chargers missed the playoffs because of two very fundamental football activities: tackling and kicking. Last year, Los Angeles let opponents break tackles at an incredible rate and missed numerous field goals and extra points, helping to turn a team with 10-and-a-half-win point differential into a sad-sack nine-game-winner.This year’s place-kicking game hasn’t been great (Caleb Sturgis made just 71 percent of his total field goals and extra points before he was sidelined by an injury), but it’s no longer dead-last in football, which I suppose is an accomplishment. Plus, the Chargers rank among the best in the league in terms of kickoffs, a big reason for their fourth-ranked net starting field position. And as for the tackling woes, they appear to be a thing of the past. According to Football Outsiders’ charting data, only 3.9 percent of plays by Charger opponents have seen a broken tackle, good for 10th best in the league this year. Relatedly, the Chargers are also allowing the league’s sixth-lowest rate of yards after first contact per rush this season, another major sign of defensive progress as compared with last season. NYJ67NYJ57NYJ 42, IND 34-9.9– 201775.1M. Gordon98.8K. Allen87.663.0 LAC69LAC60LAC 38, CLE 14-9.1– MIA42.812.6DET24.39.822.41496 200997.0L. Tomlinson55.3V. Jackson73.646.4 201899.2M. Gordon124.2K. Allen80.054.9 LAC60.614.6TEN41.312.627.21524 CAR43.4%±12.8PHI64.2%±12.225.01586 201713.3312.3132 The Chargers must have practiced their tacklingLos Angeles Chargers’ defensive performance and league ranking in preventing opponents from breaking tackles or gaining yards after contact 20183.9%101.566 OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION CHI43.012.2NE78.49.021.31560 Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality What’s been a great season for Elo kept getting better in Week 6 as the algorithm beat the average reader by 55 points, its second-best showing of the entire year so far. Human predictors really only had one major feather in their cap — Houston’s Nathan Peterman-fueled win over Buffalo (a very bad team whose badness Elo refuses to acknowledge) — but otherwise they saw Elo run roughshod over their picks. Elo correctly called wins for Dallas and Miami when readers picked otherwise, and it had a lot more confidence than readers in the Jets’ and Chargers’ victories as well. All told, the average reader is now down 233 points to Elo for the season to date.Among the readers who weren’t destroyed by Elo, congrats to John D. Harden, who led all users with 275 points in Week 6, and to Jevon Mallett, who continues to lead all users for the season with 453 points. Thanks to everyone who played last week — and if you didn’t play, get in on the game already! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you haven’t played yet.Check out our latest NFL predictions. 201631.8M. Gordon88.5T. Williams66.251.1 ATL27.76.5NYG1.21.07.51454 Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. 201077.1M. Tolbert59.4A. Gates48.964.3 GB66GB75GB 33, SF 30+3.3– Los Angeles will put its improved talent and newfound execution on display in London on Sunday, for a game against the Tennessee Titans that ranks among the best of Week 7 in terms of both matchup quality (i.e., the harmonic mean of the two teams’ Elo ratings in each game) and how much it figures to swing either team’s odds of making the playoffs: 200658.5L. Tomlinson145.2A. Gates57.861.1 Playoff %Playoff % 201548.3D. Woodhead68.2K. Allen45.338.6 CIN49.611.2KC95.83.614.81575 ATL67ATL64ATL 34, TB 29-3.9– WSH38.816.3DAL40.216.232.61517 PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS Per-game measures are relative to team schedule lengths, not individual games played.YABQ: Yards Above Backup Quarterback, a measure of QB performance that gives credit for passing and rushing, and adjusts for strength of schedule.YDSC: yards from scrimmage, or rushing yards plus receiving yards.Defensive efficiency: ESPN’s measure of a defense’s per-play effectiveness on a 0-100 scale.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group, pro-Football-Reference.com 200886.5L. Tomlinson96.0V. Jackson72.938.7 JAX46.713.8HOU23.612.926.71470 SEA67SEA63SEA 27, OAK 3-4.4– 2012-3.9R. Mathews59.9M. Floyd50.955.4 201379.6R. Mathews90.3K. Allen65.432.2 DAL53JAX60DAL 40, JAX 7-16.2– SeasonRivers YABQ/GTop RBYdSc/GTop Rec.YdSC/GTeam Def. efficiency YearBroken tackles/playNFL RankOpponents’ yards after 1st contact/rushNFL Rank Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 6Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 6 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game BAL68.711.5NO72.29.721.11605 BUF10.25.7IND4.12.38.01417 201148.0R. Mathews96.6V. Jackson72.333.2 Philip Rivers is great again — and he has helpLos Angeles Chargers’ production from quarterback Philip Rivers and his supporting cast, 2006-2018 201445.7B. Oliver53.3M. Floyd53.542.8 The best matchups of Week 7Week 7 games by the highest average Elo rating (using the harmonic mean) plus the total potential swing for the two teams’ playoff chances, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions TEN53BAL54BAL 21, TEN 0+4.8– Source: Football Outsiders, ESPN Stats & Information Group LAR69LAR75LAR 23, DEN 20+1.2– CIN54CIN51PIT 28, CIN 21+1.2– MIA54CHI59MIA 31, CHI 28-15.4– For the Chargers, it’s part of a long road trip that will keep them away from Southern California until Nov. 18. The StubHub Center doesn’t exactly offer an intimidating advantage even when they are at home, but it does bear watching how L.A. manages all that travel. Even so, the Chargers’ season will still probably hinge on the final few matchups of the season — their last five games are either against division rivals or the biggest threats to their wild-card chances. If Rivers and his improved supporting cast can continue to thrive up to and including the month of December, we’ll know the Chargers have stamped their ticket back to the postseason and given their star QB at least one more chance to shine on the game’s brightest stage.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersAttention football fans! Be sure to check out our constantly updating NFL prediction interactive, which uses FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings to forecast the rest of the season. And if you think you can outsmart Elo, step right up to our prediction game, which lets you pick against our model (and your fellow readers) for bragging rights and a place on our giant leaderboard.Here are the games where Elo made its best — and worst — predictions against the field of prognosticators last week: Conventional NFL wisdom says teams should do whatever it takes to snag a Franchise Quarterback™ — that from there, the winning just takes care of itself. But for most of Philip Rivers’s career, his Los Angeles (née San Diego) Chargers have been the exception to that rule. Taken fourth overall in the 2004 draft, Rivers has been the elite passer that teams dream about building around. And yet, his team has just four total playoff wins to show for it, including only one this decade.This year, though, Los Angeles looks poised to reverse that trend and actually capitalize on having a future Hall of Fame QB in its midst, while there’s still time left in Rivers’s career to do it. The Chargers walloped the Browns 38-14 in Cleveland last Sunday, bringing their record to 4-2 on the season — and giving them a 61 percent probability of making their first playoff appearance since 2013. Although L.A.’s postseason bid is far from assured, right now the Chargers have set themselves up with their most promising start to a season in a long time.This Charger renaissance has been building for a few years, since the team finally began surrounding Rivers again with better playmakers on both sides of the ball. On defense, that goes back to 2012, when former general manager A.J. Smith drafted pass-rusher Melvin Ingram 18th overall. After a slow start to his career, Ingram has blossomed into a Pro Bowler and an annual double-digit sack candidate. Under Smith’s successor, Tom Telesco, the Chargers have also grabbed several defensive contributors through the draft, including sack-machine DE Joey Bosa,1Who has missed the season so far with an injury but made the Pro Bowl last year. solid LB Denzel Perryman, up-and-coming CB Desmond King II and rookie S Derwin James (who, in his first season, already ranks as the NFL’s fifth-best safety according to ProFootballFocus’s player grades). Toss in outside pickups such as DT Brandon Mebane and CB Casey Hayward — another Pro Bowler from last season — plus the guidance of proven coordinator Gus Bradley, and the Chargers’ defensive talent base has undeniably made strides over the past handful of seasons.On offense, Telesco also made key acquisitions that helped pave the way for this year’s hot start when he took WR Keenan Allen in the third round of the 2013 draft and RB Melvin Gordon 15th overall in 2015. Picking first-round running backs is always tricky business, but Gordon has been a good one so far in his career, with a couple of 1,400-yards-from-scrimmage seasons under his belt (in 2016 and 2017) and an excellent start to 2018 as well. Meanwhile, Allen has taken the lead from top San Diego-era targets Malcom Floyd and Antonio Gates and forged his own chemistry with Rivers — only four receivers leaguewide have more yards through the air since 2017 than Allen does. (It also helps that Allen has stayed healthy these past two seasons after missing 23 combined games in 2015-16.) Allen and Gordon aren’t the only teammates making Rivers’s life easier: The offensive line has been much better with free-agent C Mike Pouncey anchoring the middle, while change-of-pace RB Austin Ekeler has proven himself exceptionally tough to bring down — he leads all RBs in yards after first contact per rush. More broadly, in its second year under head coach Anthony Lynn, Los Angeles now has the offensive pieces to beat teams in multiple ways.Add it all up and it’s clear that Rivers, who turns 37 in December, has a much better group of talent around him to work with than in years past. Here’s a look at the changes in Rivers’s own production over time — as measured by his Yards Above Backup Quarterback (YABQ) — along with how his top skill-position teammates and defense have also evolved: CAR55CAR58WSH 23, CAR 17-5.3– LAR95.83.3SF3.12.86.11512 NE54NE50NE 43, KC 40-6.2– PHI71PHI66PHI 34, NYG 13-5.4– TB20.75.6CLE1.11.06.61394 MIN74MIN79MIN 27, ARI 17+0.9– DEN3.82.6ARI1.40.83.41418 200726.4L. Tomlinson121.8A. Gates61.562.6 MIN57.013.4NYJ14.77.120.51513 read more

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Wrestling No 6 Ohio State brings nationleading 10man lineup into NCAA Championships

No. 2 Kollin Moore gets his hand raised after defeating No. 19 Malik McDonald of North Carolina State University by major decision in the 197-pound bout, 15-6. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternThe Ohio State wrestling team will be the only team in the nation to represent all 10 weight classes when it heads to Pittsburgh Thursday to compete for a title in the NCAA Championships.No. 6 Ohio State (12-2, 7-2 Big Ten) will try to win the NCAA Championship as a team after finishing second each of the past two postseasons to Penn State. The Buckeyes have the edge as the only team with the ability to gain points in all 10 weight classes, and with multiple wrestlers in contention for individual championships.“Let’s not take for granted the fact that we did what no other team did this year in the country in regard to qualifying [all 10 wrestlers],” Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said. “But also, it is Ohio State, and we can attract the best, and we are all seeking perfection and that’s what we are after.”The Buckeyes’ 10-man lineup earned five top-5 seeds for the 2019 NCAA Wrestling Championships. Ohio State senior Myles Martin, the No. 1 wrestler in the country at 184 pounds, received the only top seed for the Buckeyes.Martin is one of only 12 wrestlers nationally to own an undefeated record heading into the NCAA Championships.Ryan said Martin has a lot of pressure to win the national title but is confident in his abilities.“I believe [Martin] is the best pound-for-pound wrestler in the tournament,” Ryan said. “We will see come Thursday.”Ohio State senior Joey McKenna, the No. 2 wrestler in the country at 141 pounds, avenged one of his two losses on the season in the Big Ten 141-pound championship match by defeating Penn State sophomore Nick Lee, the then-No. 2 wrestler in the NCAA at 141 pounds.McKenna could have a chance to avenge the only other wrestler that has defeated him this season in Cornell sophomore Yianni Diakomihalis, who is the No. 1 wrestler at 141 pounds and remains undefeated, should they both reach the finals.Ryan said McKenna learned from his loss, and knows what he needs to do to defeat No. 1 seed Diakomihalis.“[McKenna] had a great match with [Diakomihalis]. We liked the way the match went,” Ryan said. “He has to finish some of the shots he didn’t finish.”Ohio State redshirt senior Micah Jordan and redshirt junior Kollin Moore, the No. 2 wrestlers in the country at 149 pounds and 197 pounds, respectively, both head into the NCAA Championships as the other two No. 2 seeds for the Buckeyes.Jordan has lost only two matches this season, both to Rutgers’ Anthony Ashnault, who is the top seed at 149 pounds.Moore also has two losses to one wrestler: undefeated Penn State redshirt senior Bo Nickal, the No. 1 wrestler in the country at 197 pounds.Ryan said the wrestlers must go match by match and he expects big things from Jordan and Moore.“They got to be really smart with the tactics they use and the skill they use when they use it,” Ryan said. “A lot of this at times boils down to quality decision-making.”Ohio State junior Luke Pletcher, the No. 9 wrestler in the country at 133 pounds, received the No. 5 seed in the NCAA Championships after a strong performance in the Big Ten Tournament, finishing as the runner-up.Pletcher said the 133-pound weight class was very difficult this season, but still feels ready to compete.“No matter where they put you in that bracket, it is going to be a brutal way,” Pletcher said. “I think I got a good [seed], ready to wrestle and feel good [about] getting back my mojo and ready to rock.”Ohio State senior Te’Shan Campbell, the No. 16 wrestler in the country at 165 pounds, received the No. 21 seed in the NCAA Championships.Campbell transferred to Ohio State from the University of Pittsburgh after the 2017 season and talked about what it means to him to be wrestling in front of his hometown in Pittsburgh for the NCAA Championships.“Why not have it at home [when] it could be anywhere?” Campbell said. “I look forward to the experience of going back home with friends and family and being able to celebrate with them.”No. 6 Ohio State will attempt to win its first NCAA Championship since 2015 starting at noon Thursday in Pittsburgh. read more

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Facebooks Calibra cryptocurrency wallet already has competition

first_img Comments Mobile Tech Industry Share your voice 3 Tags Facebook plans to launch a new cryptocurrency called Libra in the first half of 2020.  Thomas Trutschel/Getty Images Facebook doesn’t plan to launch its new Libra cryptocurrency and a complementary digital wallet until 2020. But that hasn’t stopped some startups from throwing their hats in the ring early. On Sunday, Israeli developer ZenGo said a cryptocurrency wallet it rolled out earlier this year will begin supporting Libra. Since Facebook and its 27 partners haven’t launched the cryptocurrency, ZenGo is letting users store a test version. The test Libra funds, unlike the version that’s coming, don’t have any real monetary value.libraZenGo is letting users experiment with a test version of a new cryptocurrency, called Libra, that’s expected to launch in 2020.  ZenGo “Getting to know it early might spark some new ideas and give you a head start for when Libra becomes truly operational,” ZenGo said in a blog post. You can experiment with Libra by going to your account tab in the ZenGo app, which is currently available for iPhone users. The wallet also lets you buy Bitcoin, Ethereum and Binance Coin with your credit card or Apple Pay. Since Facebook announced Libra, the company has faced pushback from US lawmakers who are concerned that the cryptocurrency will be abused by criminals and negatively impact the US dollar. Facebook’s blockchain boss, David Marcus, said in a congressional hearing last month that the social network wouldn’t launch Libra until the company has addressed all concerns, but he stopped short of agreeing to a moratorium. Facebook took the wraps off Libra in June. Unlike many other cryptocurrencies, Libra will be pegged to a basket of assets that anchor its value, so that value won’t swing wildly. The Libra Association that’ll manage the currency hasn’t said what those assets will be, but it suggested they’d include major global currencies, like the dollar and the euro. The proposed crypto has been met with a chilly response from regulators and politicians around the world.ZenGo will compete with a digital wallet called Calibra that Facebook plans to introduce in 2020. The social network, though, has the advantage of already having 2.4 billion monthly active users. You’ll be able to download the Calibra app onto your iPhone or Android device, or add the wallet into the messaging apps Messenger or WhatsApp once it’s released. The Calibra wallet will also work with other wallets that accept Libra. Users need to verify their identity by uploading an ID such as a driver’s license.ZenGo, which plans to release an app for Android phones, said that users can create their digital wallet by downloading the app and providing their email. You also don’t need a private key, and ZenGo users scan their face to backup their wallet. ZenGo said it’s a “noncustodial” wallet for Libra, which means you have full control over your funds instead of having to rely on a third-party. Facebooklast_img read more

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Cellphone user in 200metre radius of exam centre to be arrested

first_img.Banning the use of mobile phone in a radius of 200 metres around the examination centre to prevent the leakage of question papers in the ongoing SSC and equivalent examinations, the government has ordered immediate arrest if anyone is found with a cellphone.The higher and secondary division of the education ministry issued a couple of directives upon the authorities concerned on Monday in this regard, reports UNB.As per the directives, legal action, including arrest, must be taken if anyone is found with mobile phones in and around a 200-metre radius of the examination centre.It will have to be ensured that examinees enter the centres and take their seats 30 minutes before the start of the test. “No candidate will be allowed after that time.”On Sunday, the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission instructed all the internet gateway operators to slash the internet limit as well as mobile phone operators to suspend the internet from 8:00am to 10:30am on the exam days.However, on Monday, the authorities withdrew the decision and asked the operators to keep the service uninterrupted.The SCC (Secondary School Certificate) question papers have been leaking out from the very first day of the examination. The question papers are being found on social media sites and mobile phone before the start of the examinations.last_img read more

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This 4yearold girl is very upset Laura Chinchilla will no longer be

first_imgRelated posts:Relatives and friends of LGBT Costa Ricans speak out in new campaign Love Costa Rica? Music video celebrates country’s elections and democratic tradition Is the sword still the enemy of freedom? PHOTO ESSAY: Marijuana Legalization March in Costa Rica http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPFCDoItbeoAmanda García Soto, a toddler from Heredia, had a strong reaction to news about last Sunday’s presidential elections. Not because she cared about who won the race. But because her parents informed her that Laura Chinchilla’s term was coming to a close.The toddler’s parents filmed the video and Radio Monumental interviewed the parents and uploaded a version to YouTube, entitled “Little Girl Mourns Departure of President Laura Chinchilla.” (Chinchilla later told the radio station she saw the clip, and found it moving).In the video, the wee one shrieks “I’m going to miss her!” She sobs through her hands. “It’s so sad!”Uncertain what would cause such an emotional outpour, her father asks, “Why are you so upset? I don’t understand.”“Laura Chinchilla!” cries the girl.“You love her a lot, don’t you?” asks her mother.Soto nods and sniffles.We are aware that many people will be pleased to see the not-so-popular president leave office in May. But that’s an adorable kid, and it’s cute she’s crying over a president’s  impending departure.Children might be able to sympathize better with Chinchilla than others anyway. One of her administration’s key agenda items was launching a national daycare network. Also if you check Chinchilla’s Twitter feed, you’ll see the president really, really loves kids. (She doesn’t even let political divisions get in the way.)Comments on the video have been divided.“My children love [Chinchilla],” wrote Silvia Hidalgo. “A woman to admire.”Said Olman Tellez: “Children don’t know… they’re innocent.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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January 3 2014The path to the east entrance of th

first_imgJanuary 3, 2014The path to the east entrance of the apartment is getting a wider concrete pathway.[photo by Colleen Connery and text by Sue Kirsch]Here is the crew in action, wheeling concrete over a small ramp to the waiting form, Conrad Strano-Mcanany with the wheelbarrow.[photo and text by Sue Kirsch]Dan and Ron Chandler a screeding the concrete.[photo and text by Sue Kirsch]Paolo Van Erp adds concrete for a level surface.[photo and text by Sue Kirsch]More in upcoming reports.last_img

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The first race is at 750 am and will consist of t

first_imgThe first race is at 7.50 am and will consist of two laps of the same course as Saturday. The second race begins at 9.50 am which is due to finish at approximately 2.30pm. Motorists are asked to avoid the areas on both days during the times mentioned.Traffic & Travel: Roads closed in Derry over National Cycle Championships was last modified: June 29th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: POLICE are advising motorists that some roads will be closed today, Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30 due to the All Ireland National Cycle Championships which are taking place in Derry for the first time.Saturday 29th June 2019Some road closure will take place in town centre roads at 9.50 am for three hours for the first race and then again at 5pm for three hours for the second race. Motorists are advised to expect traffic disruption around Shipquay Street, the city centre and Spencer Road. The race will involve five laps of a 21 km course returning via Foyle Bridge and Culmore roundabout. Sunday 30th June 2019Road closures will be in place in the town centre roads between 10.00 am and 2.30 pm. All Ireland National Cycle ChampionshipsPSNIshipquay streetSPENCER ROADTraffic & Travel: Roads closed in Derry over National Cycle Championships ShareTweetlast_img read more

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Deficit to GDP Debt to GDP

first_imgDeficit to GDPDebt to GDP Greece28.91% Italy$107,000$552,000 -8.5% -4.2% Dear Reader,Chris Wood here, filling in for David Galland. Today’s issue is full of good stuff. Robert Ross will kick it off with an interesting look at the future and economic implications of asteroid mining. Then Adam Crawford will delve into the troubling economic situation in France. And, of course, we’ll end it all with some Friday Funnies. Let’s get started. Space Prospecting: Planetary Resources and the Future of Asteroid MiningBy Robert Ross, Junior AnalystAlthough it may sound like it was ripped from the pages of an Isaac Asimov novel, asteroid mining could be a huge step forward for mankind. The concept has been around for over a century, with Russian scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky first postulating the idea in 1903. At the moment, the trek into the great asteroid-laden unknown is being led by one company – Planetary Resources.One thing Mr. Tsiolkovsky didn’t have was connections, something that Planetary Resources has in droves. With a lineup of investors and board members that includes various Google executives – including founder and CEO Larry Page and former CEO Eric Schmidt – acclaimed film director James Cameron, former Microsoft executive Charles Simonyi, and Ross Perot Jr., son of former presidential candidate Ross Perot. Seed funding shouldn’t be an issue.Nor did Tsiolkovsky have the vision. Planetary Resources has a three-step plan, with an aim to mine asteroids for water and precious metals. More specifically, the company intends to create a swarm of robotic spacecraft that can use artificial intelligence to coordinate complex mining operations without a human presence.The whole thing may seem like a bunch of eccentric billionaires getting together to throw hoards of money at a project with little possibility of success. But it’s not. According to the company’s president and chief engineer Chris Lewicki, Planetary Resources is already cash-flow positive:“When we started the company, one of the first things we did was to identify the roadmap that would get us from now until we got to the asteroids. That way, we could identify who would be interested in the things we’d be developing along the way. We already have contracts with NASA, some private companies, and even a few private individuals.”That roadmap starts with the Arkyd series 100, also known as the Leo Space Telescope. By designing and selling this “low-cost” telescope, the company believes it will be able to gain the necessary experience to develop more complex models, while generating cold, hard cash in the meantime.Artist conception of an Arkyd 100-series space telescope. (Credit: Planetary Resources)The Leo Space Telescope is designed to track and analyze the size and orbital patterns of near-Earth asteroids. But, in order to generate cash in the short term, the company plans to point some of the telescopes down at Earth. The satellites will gather vast amounts of data which can then be sold to universities, businesses, and governments. Planetary Resources claims the Leo Space Telescope will be sold on private markets at a price “in the single-digit millions,” making the Leo the first private space telescope on the market.The company plans to build on what it learns during the development and launch of the Leo Telescope to get to the next phase, the Arkyd Series 200 – Interceptor. The new fleet of satellites will have added propulsion capabilities, which will be used to hitch a ride on asteroids crossing through Earth’s neighborhood.According to Planetary Resources, two or more Interceptors can work in tandem to identify, track, and “fly by” near-Earth asteroids, capturing high-resolution data in the process.The new technology will also create an opportunity for the company to update our deep-space communication network. According to Lewicki, who has experience working on the Mars rover projects, the deep-space communication network currently in use is 50 years old and is based on primitive, Earth-based antennae. To improve upon this, the company seeks to develop small, low-power optical communications technologies to couple with the Interceptor, which would offer better communications than the limited bandwidth available on NASA’s network.The third phase of the project will expand upon the Interceptor design. By augmenting it with deep space laser communication capability, the Arkyd Series 300 – Rendezvous Prospector will allow the characterization of an asteroid’s value prior to mining operations, collecting data on the asteroid’s shape, rotation, density, and surface and subsurface composition. In short, the satellite will serve as a tool to establish which asteroids hold the most valuable resources and which are the most feasible to mine.The final phase is to actually mine these asteroids. Planetary Resources claims that the initial space-resource development projects will focus on water-rich asteroids. By focusing on water – which can be used in space for hydration, breathable air, radiation shielding, and formulating rocket fuel – the company hopes to enable large-scale exploration of the solar system.The company has a few ideas on how the actual mining operations will take place. One advanced technique mentioned by Lewicki is to harness the energy generated by the heat and cold differential on an asteroid; this is generated by sunlight hitting part of the asteroid while the rest is in shadow.. In theory, this should provide the energy needed to extract the targeted resources.Apart from making science-fiction fans cheer, mining asteroids has many implications for life inside and outside our atmosphere. It could make long-term space travel more feasible, since astronauts would not have to return to Earth to resupply certain essential resources, such as water, gas, oxygen, etc.Another attractive opportunity is the plethora of rare-earth metals – such as scandium, cerium, and gadolinium – contained in certain near-Earth asteroids. It’s speculated that a relatively small, 1.6-km diameter asteroid with the right physical characteristics could contain more than $20 trillion worth of industrial and precious metals. For example, near-Earth asteroid 16 Psyche is believed to contain 1.7×1019 kg of nickel-iron, which would be enough to supply current world production requirements for several million years. Not too shabby.Basic economics informs us that doubling or tripling the supply of anything while keeping demand constant will certainly drive down its price. If a Planetary Resources fleet returned from a voyage that increased the amount of gold on Earth by 100 times, the price of gold would certainly plummet.In step, by extending the reach of potential mining operations to space, Planetary Resources could potentially alter the way we currently conceptualize scarcity. It also has the potential to ruin the company’s return on investment.But Lewicki isn’t fazed:“Of course, it’s all about supply and demand, and we’re subject to those risks as much as any other company. But if we as engineers had materials that were best for a job and could use those materials all the time without thinking of the costs, it would change the world. It’s not about scarcity, it’s about access. Fundamentally, that’s what we’re focused on. We want to take opportunities and deliver value just like any other business. Only our business will extend the economic sphere into the solar system.Although this could leave some BIG GOLD subscribers shaking in their boots, don’t expect any of this to come to fruition any time soon. The company plans on launching its first Leo Space Telescope in 18-24 months, and it will probably be decades before any actual space mining takes place.Of course, the scientific community is not without skeptics. Former NASA aerospace engineer Louis Friedman says it would take “hundreds of millions of dollars” to get started. This shouldn’t be a problem considering Planetary Resource’s wealthy stakeholders and friends, not to mention the private sector’s ability to innovate and cut costs.It’s also worth noting that upcoming NASA mission OSIRIS-Rex will be engaging in some asteroid mining of its own. The mission’s goal is to harvest two ounces of material from an asteroid and return to Earth at a cost of about $1 billion. But we all know how efficient government-funded projects are.Private versus public arguments aside, there are some other fundamental issues related to asteroid mining. Friedman states that the company would have difficulty transferring raw materials extracted from asteroids back to Earth, given the cost of going in and out of Earth’s gravity well. So hang on to your gold.There’s also some competition, although it’s taking a different approach. Moon Express, led by Intelius founder Naveen Jain, seeks to mine the moon, and he’s already secured a $10-million NASA contract. But, considering the legal wrangling that would be involved with strip-mining the moon, I would be skeptical of the company’s outlook.In my opinion, both are interesting concepts that could have far-reaching implications for us here on Mother Earth. Could this technology allow humans to travel millions of miles into space, harvesting water and other nutrients from asteroids along the way?The science-fiction fan inside of me sure hopes so. France’s Economic CrisisBy Adam J. Crawford, Junior AnalystThus far, France’s troubled economy has eluded the spotlight of the popular press. This may soon change, however, as the realization that France’s economy is as fundamentally flawed as the highly publicized PIIGS economies takes hold.France looks like PIIGSFor many years, France has been on a borrowing binge while feeding those funds to its citizens through various entitlement programs. The amount borrowed each year has accumulated over time, resulting in the dangerously high level of debt to GDP seen today. Source: Bloomberg 107.8% Italy6.04% 120.1% -5.2% So far, France has escaped the wrath of the sovereign bond market. In fact, the yield on France’s 10-year bond recently slid to an all-time low. But the smart money is beginning to question the French government’s ability to repay its debt. The evidence can be seen in credit default swaps (CDS), which have spiked nearly 35% since March. The cost to insure $10 million in French debt for five years currently stands at $213,000 per year. This number is relatively small when compared to the cost to insure the debt of other troubled nations in the Eurozone. However, it is strikingly similar to the cost to insure the sovereign debt of these same troubled nations three short years ago. Italy Ireland$220,000$679,000 -9.1% David Hinman, comanager of SW Asset Management firm, believes insurance on French debt could soon follow the PIIGS’s path into the stratosphere:“The severity of French CDS’ going from 220 to 500 is going to be very meaningful and it could very easily happen. There is too much debt with very little prospects for them being able to work it out. I am not sure how all of this plays out.”This time isn’t differentOne thing is for sure: the boneheaded economic agenda of France’s newly elected Socialist leader will only make the country’s precarious financial situation much worse. Here’s a list of President Hollande’s most memorable campaign promises:Raise taxes on the “rich”Freeze fuel pricesIncrease welfare paymentsHire 60,000 new teachers; and“Make layoffs so expensive for companies that it’s not worth it” (my personal favorite).The scary thing is, implementing these reckless reforms should be a piece of cake given that the Socialists are likely to win a majority in the Parliamentary elections. If this does happen, expect to see soaring debt and a sinking stock market in the near future (just like last time the French elected a socialist leader).France’s economic predicament is but one of myriad opportunities the world’s shaky economy is presenting to self-directed investors. Some particularly intriguing speculations can be found in our flagship publication, The Casey Report, which is helping subscribers position themselves to profit from the Volatility Index, options on a Chinese index fund, and a host of emerging trends that Wall Street is ignoring.But perhaps the biggest opportunity that awaits subscribers – indeed, all investors – lies beneath the surface of the United States’ teetering economy. Friday FunniesCongratulations, GraduatesThe Source of Our ProblemsCongressional Express – Don’t Leave Home Without It!Greek MythologyThe Modern WorldThat’s it for today. Thank you for reading and subscribing to Casey Daily Dispatch.Chris Wood Senior Analyst Casey Research, LLC 165.3% Portugal 10.67% Greece Portugal$79,000$1,070,000 Spain6.51%center_img 10-year bond yield Ireland8.21% Spain France$39,000$213,000 -3.9% Spain$98,000$600,000 Source: Eurostat 2011 data 108.2% 85.8% 2012 2009 -13.1% Portugal This reckless borrowing ends and the painful – but necessary – economic contraction begins when the market punishes heavily indebted countries with higher interest rates. This is what is happening to Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain. France Greece$162,000$8,161,000 Source: Bloomberg 68.5% Irelandlast_img read more

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Uber Plans to Fight 13 Million Fine in France

first_img Uber Plans to Fight $1.3 Million Fine in France Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 3 min read Legal Image credit: Shutterstock Add to Queue –shares David Meyercenter_img Next Article Uber’s entertaining week in France continues with a €1.2 million ($1.3 million) fine from a Paris court for making “ambiguous” recommendations to its drivers. The U.S. firm is appealing, claiming the underlying law is invalid.The Wednesday fine stemmed from a suit lodged by a national taxi union back at the end of 2014, over Uber’s alleged contravention of a law from that year that banned several Uber-like practices.One of those rules states that drivers from such services cannot wait on a public road between fares, but must instead return to a parking area until their next pre-booked appointment begins. The idea is to stop them from behaving like, well, taxis.The taxi union complained that Uber’s driver-training videos were less than explicit about this point, and the Paris commercial court agreed that the videos encouraged drivers to go to areas with high demand, and to accept fares from people even when they did not fall into the legally mandated scenario.The court told Uber to cut it out, but the union noticed that some of the training videos stayed up on YouTube during the first quarter of 2015. Hence the fine, which goes to the union, and which Uber is appealing along with the original ruling.Uber’s take on this is that the underlying law itself is null and void, as it does not comply with European legislation. The firm points out that the French government failed to notify the European Commission about the so-called Thévenoud law, which also bans private-hire drivers from using software to find clients, before passing it.This matters because Uber claims to be an “information-society service” rather than a taxi firm, and EU countries are supposed to tell the Commission about any new laws targeting information-society services before putting them into practice.“The merits of the case on which today’s decision was based are already under appeal. Clearly we will appeal this particular outcome too. There is a question mark over the very law itself, which the European Commission is investigating,” Uber said.Uber’s service was one of the subjects of protests this week in Paris, with taxi drivers blocking traffic and burning tires in outrage over the practices of the firm and others like it. They say the authorities have not properly enforced the Thévenoud law and their revenues have recently fallen by 20-40% — which is particularly tough when they have to pay around €200,000 for a license to operate a taxi and their new-fangled rivals do not.France’s constitutional court has already ruled that drivers can work for both traditional cab companies and services such as Uber, and Uber said last week that it wants to open up its platform to taxi drivers. A taxi syndicate representative told The Verge this was a “provocation.” This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. January 28, 2016 Register Now »last_img read more

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Nintendos Market Cap Doubles to 42 Billion Since Pokemon GO Launch

first_img 2 min read Enroll Now for $5 Shares of Japan’s Nintendo Co. soared another 14 percent on Tuesday, more than doubling the firm’s market capitalization to 4.5 trillion yen ($42.5 billion) in just seven sessions since the mobile game Pokemon GO was launched in the United States.The phenomenal success of Pokemon GO — now available in 35 countries, the majority in Europe, and most recently in Canada — has triggered massive buying in Nintendo shares, surprising even some seasoned market players.”I’ve never seen the trend of such a big company’s shares changing so quickly in such a short period of time,” said Takashi Oba, senior strategist at Okasan Securities.Nintendo shares ended Tuesday up 14.4 percent at 31,770 yen, bringing its gains to more than 100 percent since the launch of the game on July 6.Turnover in Nintendo shares hit 703.6 billion yen, surpassing the record for trading turnover in individual shares it set on Friday, of 476 billion yen.Trading in Nintendo shares roughly accounted for a quarter of the entire trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s main board.The success of Pokemon GO, unforeseen even by its creators, has boosted hopes that Nintendo could capitalize on a line-up of popular characters ranging from Zelda to Super Mario to strengthen its new foray into augmented reality.”Virtual reality and augmented reality have been a focus of the market but hardly anyone was expecting Nintendo in this area. Suddenly Nintendo has become an AR-related stock,” said a fund manager at a Japanese asset management firm, who declined to be named as he is not allowed to discuss individual shares.The fund manager said the big gains were justifiable considering the likely boost to Nintendo’s bottom line.”Under my rough estimate, the sales from Pokemon GO and upcoming related gadgets will boost net profits by 50 billion yen. Based on that assumption, Nintendo is traded at 30 times profits, which is not unreasonable,” he said.The popularity of Pokemon GO is producing an unexpected boom in some shares that have a scant link to the game.Shares in First Baking Co., a bakery firm with annual sales of 25 billion yen, saw its shares rise 18 percent on Tuesday as the firm sells “Pokemon Bread” among other breads wrapped with character-decorated bags.(Additional reporting by Daiki Iga; Editing by Himani Sarkar) Add to Queue Reuters This story originally appeared on Reuters Next Article July 19, 2016center_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Image credit: Reuters | Chris Helgren 55shares Nintendo Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Nintendo’s Market Cap Doubles to $42 Billion Since Pokemon GO Launchlast_img read more

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Jeff Bezos Unveils New Rocket to Compete With SpaceX

first_img Apply Now » Jeff Bezos on Monday unveiled a heavy-lift reusable rocket expected to compete against Elon Musk’s SpaceX and other companies for commercial satellite launches before the end of the decade.Bezos’ Kent, Washington-based Blue Origin space company is designing two versions of the rocket, named New Glenn, a nod to John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth and the last surviving member of NASA’s original Mercury Seven astronauts.“New Glenn is designed to launch commercial satellites and to fly humans into space,” Bezos, also the founder and chief executive of Amazon.com Inc., said in a statement emailed to Reuters on Monday.Both versions of New Glenn will use a first stage powered by seven methane-burning BE-4 engines. The company is building a launch site and test facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and a rocket manufacturing plant at NASA’s adjacent Kennedy Space Center.Blue Origin also intends to sell the BE-4 to United Launch Alliance for its new Vulcan rocket. ULA is a partnership of Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co.Blue Origin intends to fly New Glenn’s first stage back to a landing pad so it can be refurbished and reflown, an approach that fellow tech billionaire entrepreneur Musk is taking with his Falcon rockets. SpaceX so far has successfully landed rockets six times, twice on the ground and four times on a platform floating in the ocean.SpaceX had expected to try a seventh landing on Sept. 3, but its rocket was destroyed during a routine prelaunch test two days before liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.The cause of the accident, which destroyed a $200 million Space Communication Ltd. satellite, is under investigation.Blue Origin has been testing a smaller, reusable rocket and spaceship called New Shepard, which is intended to fly paying passengers to an altitude of about 62 miles (100 km) so they can experience a few minutes of microgravity and see the limb of Earth set against the blackness of space.Blue Origin has not yet started selling tickets for rides. If test flights continue as expected, Blue Origin pilots could begin flying next year, with paying passengers to follow in 2018, Bezos told Reuters during an interview earlier this year.(Reporting by Irene Klotz; Editing by Phil Berlowitz) September 12, 2016 This story originally appeared on Reuters Space Travel 2 min read Image credit: Reuters | Mike Blake Jeff Bezos Reuters center_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Next Article 55shares Add to Queue The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Jeff Bezos Unveils New Rocket to Compete With SpaceX Bezos’s Kent, Wash.-based Blue Origin space company is designing two versions of the rocket, named New Glenn, a nod to John Glenn.last_img read more

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Managing nontraditional risk factors to improve outcomes after cancer surgery

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 12 2019In a study of 142 patients preparing for cancer surgery, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they have evidence that psychological or social risk factors such as depression, limited resilience and lack of emergency resources along with standard medical risk factors such as high blood pressure or diabetes are linked with higher risks of surgical complications.”When it comes to cancer surgery, the conventional strategy has always been to treat the cancer as fast as you can,” says Ira Leeds, M.D., M.B.A., a research fellow in the Department of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “But our study suggests that there are things related to their psychosocial lives that we could and should be managing ahead of time, and that would help our patients have better outcomes after their surgery.”The researchers caution that their study wasn’t designed to determine cause and effect, but to identify associations between risk factors and outcomes.In a report on the study, published Jan. 7 in Annals of Surgical Oncology, the researchers said such psychological and social factors as mood, the ability to handle stress, resources patients can pull together in a pinch, and a history of drug, alcohol or smoking addiction were tied observationally to poor surgical outcomes in their study population. Taking note of them, and perhaps taking some time to address them, may help reduce complications and improve outcomes.Leeds said his study was prompted in part by the better outcomes documented in other kinds of surgery where there may be less of a sense of immediate urgency, such as weight reduction and orthopaedic operations. In those fields, he noted, surgeons generally require that their patients have a good psychosocial safety net and plan before surgery, because such things as quitting smoking and having a plan for after-surgery care can result in fewer adverse events.To see whether that might be the case for cancer surgery patients, the researchers compiled a special questionnaire based on well-known terms and concepts used to measure psychosocial risk factors. For example, the questions ask a patient how well they bounce back from a difficult event, or how likely they could cope with and care for a minor infection from home after surgery.Related StoriesStudy: Nearly a quarter of low-risk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment than necessaryHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerBetween March and October 2017, they gave the survey to 142 patients before they had abdominal cancer surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital or its local affiliates. Each survey took an average of 10 minutes to complete and asked patients to rank their answers to about 20 questions on a 1 to 5 scale.The patients were an average of 65 years old; 56 percent were men and 23 percent were nonwhite. More than half the patients had a liver or pancreatic tumor, and the rest had primarily colorectal tumors. The researchers assessed patient outcomes 30 days after surgery, using medical records to count such complications after surgery as infections, blood clots, bleeding from surgery, heart attack, kidney problems, stroke and spending excessive time on a ventilator.Of those who had operations, 43 percent had other medical risk factors prior to surgery, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, lung disease or heart failure, all of which may lead to post-operative complications. Almost three-quarters had at least one psychosocial risk factor, with the most frequent reported as smoking (43 percent) and limited resourcefulness (29 percent).The researchers found that one psychosocial risk factor alone did not make a person more likely to have complications after cancer surgery. However, they found that if people had medical risk factors and a single psychosocial risk factor, it made them 28 percent more likely than those without those factors to have complications after surgery, even after accounting for the extra complications tied to medical risk factors.Those patients who had a medical risk factor and two or more psychosocial risk factors were 3.4 times more likely to develop a complication after surgery than those with no risk factors.”Our results suggest that there is an opportunity to test new interventions focused on managing psychosocial risks before surgery in order to improve outcomes, and that is what we plan to do next,” says Leeds. Source:https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/newsroom/news-releases/potential-way-to-improve-cancer-surgery-outcomes-by-managing-nontraditional-risk-factorslast_img read more

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Workplace messaging startup Slack to go public

first_imgWorkplace messaging startup Slack has become the latest of the richly valued tech startups to file for an initial public offering Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2019 AFP Citation: Workplace messaging startup Slack to go public (2019, February 4) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-workplace-messaging-startup-slack.htmlcenter_img Workplace messaging startup Slack said Monday it had filed a confidential registration for an initial public offering, becoming the latest of a group of richly valued tech enterprises to look to Wall Street. California-based Slack’s filing comes under a special provision of securities laws enabling startups to begin the IPO process without disclosing details of their financing.The statement offered no information on the date or amount of money expected to be raised. Some reports say Slack will use the direct listing, a method used by Spotify, that allows insiders to sell existing shares without issuing new stock, streamlining the IPO process and avoiding big investment banking fees.Slack, which claims some 10 million users in 150 countries, has raised more than $1 billion from investors with the latest valuing the company at $7.1 billion, making it one of the most richly valued “unicorns”—startups with private funding worth at least $1 billion.Slack, which offers real-time messaging for the workplace, is used to help improve communication and help companies get around email overload. It offers free services for small teams and paid plans with additional options.Created in 2013, Slack has been a leader in the new segment but faces competition from the likes of Microsoft, Facebook and others offering workplace collaboration tools.Analysts say Slack has found a niche, especially among small- and medium-sized businesses.Other richly valued unicorns aiming for an IPO in 2019 include ridesharing giants Uber and Lyft, and lodging startup Airbnb. Other potential IPOs in the sector include the social platform Pinterest and coworking sector leader WeWork.Slack’s CEO and founder Stewart Butterfield was part of the team that started the photo-sharing service Flickr. Workplace messaging startup Slack eyes 2019 IPO: reportlast_img read more

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