November 18

Moto X4 with dual cameras, Amazon Alexa support & Snapdragon 630 launched at IFA 2017

first_imgMotorola is back with its X line-up. The company announces a long time rumoured Moto X4 at a special event in IFA which is happening in Berlin. The new X series fourth generation Moto phone aka Moto X4 seems to vary a lot from the old Moto X phones. Be it camera, or any other hardware set-up, Moto X4 comes with a lot of refreshment on the specification front. Moto X4 comes with a dual camera set-up at the back which is also paired up with a range of camera modes. The new Moto smartphone also comes with supports Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant support which let users have a hands-free control on their smartphone.Moto X4 bridges the gap between the premium and the budget phones. The smartphone is a upper-tier mid-range and will retail at 399 Euros, which translates to Rs 30,000 approx. About the availability, Moto X4 will be made available in the European market in September. The smartphone is expected to hit the US this fall. There are no details on the India availability of the Moto X4 as of yet. The smartphone is launched in two colour options — super black and sterling blue.Despite being a mid-range phone, Moto X4 seems to have a lot of features common on par with most of the premium phones available in the market already. Moto X4 sports with a metal and glass design which overall gives a very sleek touch to the device. It comes with a 5.2-inch display with 1080p resolution. The display is further protected with a Gorilla Glass 4 layer on top. Moto X4 comes with a contoured back panel design.advertisementMost of the Moto phones that have been announced recently like the high-end Moto Z2 Play comes with a shatter-proof feature. But, Moto X4 isn’t one of them. Instead, the new device comes with an IP68 certification, which means that the new Moto X phone is water and dust resistant. Moto X4 is a little different from the recently announced Motorola phones. First it doesn’t include a shatter-proof display, second, it doesn’t come with the support of Moto Mods.Despite being a mid-range phone, Moto X4 camera seems to be much better than that some of the premium phones by the company like the recently announced Moto Z2 Play. Moto X4 comes with two cameras at the back. Out of the two, one includes a 12-megapixel sensor, which is the main camera, while the second one includes an 8-megapixel sensor which focuses on capturing wide-angle shots mainly. Both the cameras come with the ability to capture full-color pictures. The 12-megapixel camera comes with dual-pixel autofocus, a f/2.0 lens, and 1.4nm pixels. On the other hand, the secondary camera, with an 8-megapixel sensor which is mainly focused at clicking wide-angle shots comes with a f/2.2 lens and 1.12nm pixels and offers a 120-degree field of view.Also Read: Moto G5S, G5S Plus: 10 key features of Motorola’s new all-metal phonesMoto X4 comes with several other camera features. The smartphone comes with a phase-detection feature and a dual-tone LED flash which sits right next to the back camera set-up. The camera is also capable of shooting bokeh shots, ultra-wide angle shot, selective black and white, background replacement, and record 4K videos. On the front, Moto X4 includes a 16-megapixel selfie shooter which comes along with an adaptive low-light mode that offers better low light performance.Motorola seems to be building more intelligence into its camera app for the Moto X4, much like Samsung’s Bixby or Google’s very own Google Goggles. The smartphone camera comes with the feature to recognize landmarks or objects and provide more information about the same.Like rumoured, Moto X4 doesn’t come with Qualcomm’s latest processor. Instead, it is powered by Snapdragon 630 chip coupled with 3 gigs of RAM and 32GB of internal storage which is also expandable via a microSD card. The smartphone is backed by a 3,000mAh battery which as claimed by Motorola delivers a power backup for one single day (24 hours). It also comes along with a 15-watt TurboPower charger which in 15 minutes of charge provides enough battery like for the phone to last for almost 6 hours.Another big feature that Moto X4 comes along is the Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. With this, Moto X4 can be used in hand-free mode. Motorola also says that the new Moto X4 will respond to Alexa even when the device is locked. Although it includes Alexa, Moto X4 still includes Google Assistant, which is built into Android. At the launch event, Motorola confirmed that Alexa integration will come with all the other Motorola phones that will be announced in the days to come.advertisementlast_img read more

November 18

Huawei P20 Pro triple rear cameras to include 40MP sensor, super slow motion support and more

first_imgWe are just a week away from Huawei’s Paris event where the company will unveil its P20 lineup that will include the P20 Lite, P20 and P20 Pro smartphones. We have seen plenty of leaks in the past in the form of rumours, live images, press renders and even teasers from the company itself that have given us a pretty good look at what we can expect from the phones. While all three phones are expected to sport a notch, the P20 Pro will likely steal the show with a triple rear camera setup. We now have some details on what the cameras on the P20 Pro will offer.WinFuture’s Roland Quandt, who previously revealed a whole bunch of renders of the upcoming P20 devices, recently explained the triple Leica-branded cameras on the rear of the P20 Pro. Notably, one of the lenses will comes with a whopping 40-megapixel sensor while the other two will sport a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor and an 8-megapixel telephoto sensor with 5X hybrid zoom. Additionally, the triple camera setup will offer apertures of f/1.6 and f/2.4, although it isn’t clear which sensor works with which aperture.Both the P20 and the P20 Pro will offer a 24-megapixel sensor on the front. WinFuture notes a feature called Light Fusion for the front and the rear cameras, although there is still some uncertainty as to what this feature does. Meanwhile, XDA Developers have also found (via firmware files) that the P20 and P20 Pro will offer super slow motion recording of 960fps at 720p resolution, similar to the Galaxy S9 series.advertisementWinFuture’s report also details some other aspects about the P20 Pro, specifically that it will come with a 6.1-inch OLED (2240×1080) display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. While the iPhone X featured a notch that housed various sensors for Face ID tech among other things, the notch on the P20 will only house the front camera, earpiece, and distance and brightness sensors. The P20 and P20 Pro will also see the fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button on the front while the P20 Lite will keep the fingerprint sensor on the back.ALSO READ: Huawei P20, P20 Lite, P20 Pro renders leak ahead of March 27 launch, reveal new colour optionsThe Huawei P20 Pro will rock the company’s Kirin 970 chipset which comes with Neural Processing Unit for AI capabilities. The flagship will be offered with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, and some markets may also get 64GB and 256GB storage options as well. WinFuture previously reported that the P20 Pro will house a 4,000mAh battery with SuperCharge support while the P20 will get a smaller 3,400mAh battery. Additionally, the P20 Pro will be IP67 certified for water resistance, will support USB Type-C, but will not come with a headphone jack.Lastly, the P20 Pro is expected to carry a super premium price tag of EUR 899 (approx Rs 72,300). The P20 Lite and P20, meanwhile, will start at EUR 369 (approx Rs 29,700) and EUR 679 (approx Rs 54,700), respectively. With pretty much everything out in the open, we only await an official confirmation from Huawei on March 27.last_img read more

October 28

10 months agoLiverpool legend Fowler: Klopp will have noted Man City celebrations

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Fowler: Klopp will have noted Man City celebrationsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Robbie Fowler says Jurgen Klopp will have taken positives in the aftermath of defeat at Manchester City.Fowler wrote for the Mirror: “I’m not sure too many people picked up on it at the Etihad this week, but what struck me was just how ballistic City went when they won.”I can tell you now, Jurgen Klopp noticed. And he’ll be using it to inspire and motivate his players in the title race from here on in.”I know it was a huge game, and a huge win for City. When you win like that it means so much, but the scenes at the end were still remarkable.”To see possibly the best team in world football celebrate with such relief was telling.”Liverpool lost, but Klopp will be urging them to take massive confidence from the fact that a side as big as City reacted like when beating them. He will be saying ‘that’s how good we are now’.” last_img read more

October 28

a month agoWolves make new check on IFK midfielder Alhassan Yusuf

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves make new check on IFK midfielder Alhassan Yusufby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves remain interested in IFK Gothenburg’s promising midfielder Alhassan Yusuf.The Goteborgs-Posten says Wolves have followed up their summer interest by having him scouted last week.Wolves watched Yusuf in action against IK Sirius.IFK won the game 2-1 and the 19-year-old played the entire match.Yusuf has a contract with the Swedish club to the summer of 2022. last_img

October 24

New Palmali Oil Tankers to Get RS Classification

first_imgzoom Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) and Armada Shipyard signed an agreement on classification of two river-sea oil tankers of project RST 22M ordered by Palmali Group of Companies.At present, RS experts are engaged in the plan approval of the ships.According to the agreement, RS will render classification of the newbuildings and survey under construction for compliance with applicable statutory requirements.RS experts will perform survey of hull construction and the installation of machinery, electrical and automation equipment, and will check the ship compliance with approved technical documentation, all the applicable international and national requirements, as well as participate in the mooring tests and trials.Project RST 22M has been developed by the Marine Engineering Bureau. The project RS class notation is КМ(*) Ice1 R2 AUT1-ICS VCS ECO-S BWM OMBO Oil tanker (ESP). The ships are designed to carry crude oil, oil fuel, diesel oil, other oil products and vegetable oils, and are capable to carry three types of cargo simultaneously.The project stipulates for the new tankers to comply with the Volga-Don Ship Canal and the Volga-Baltic Waterway size and to operate both in river-sea traffic and the traffic in the Caspian, Black, Mediterranean, Baltic and North Seas including circum-Europe voyages and voyages to the Irish Sea in winter.The ship design considers the RS additional environmental requirements (ECO-S). The pilot tanker is to be delivered in mid-2015.RS, April 15, 2014; Image: MEBlast_img read more

October 17

Four stabbed on bus in Brampton Ont suspect arrested

first_imgBRAMPTON, Ont. – Police say four people were sent to hospital with non-life threatening injuries after being stabbed on a bus east of Toronto.Peel regional police say they have charged a woman with four counts of attempted murder in connection with the stabbings, which took place Tuesday night in Brampton, Ont.Officers say a 49-year-old Brampton man was taken to a Toronto trauma centre, while three Brampton women aged 28, 19 and 18 respectively were taken to a local hospital. Police say none of the injuries are life-threatening.Police say Jade Nelson, 20, is being held in custody until a bail hearing scheduled to take place this morning.Officers were unable to say what triggered the stabbing.last_img

October 17

A cost breakdown of Calgary hosting 2026 Winter Games should city bid

first_imgCALGARY – A quick look at estimated costs for Calgary and Canmore, Alta., to host the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to bid corporation Calgary 2026 revised host draft plan and Government of Canada figures.Total estimated cost: $5.1 billion.Public investment: Government of Canada, $1.45 billion; Province of Alberta, $700 million: City of Calgary $390 million, plus $150 million credit for previous financial commitment to improve a downtown district that would be a games hub; Town of Canmore, $3 million.Private funding: $2.23 billion from games revenues, including a $1.2 billion contribution from the International Olympic Commitee in cash and services.Contingency funds to mitigate financial risk: $1.1 billion.Financial guarantor against debt: None.Security budget: $445 million.New Calgary sports venues proposed: $403 million for a multi-purpose indoor fieldhouse and 5,000-seat arena.1988 venues reboot: $502 million to upgrade McMahon Stadium, Scotiabank Saddledome, Olympic Oval, WinSports sliding track and ski kill, Nakiska Ski Resport, Canmore Nordic Centre, BMO Centre and Big 4 buildings.last_img read more

October 12

El Khalfi: Virginity Tests Are Not Legally Required in Morocco

El Khalfi’s statement came in response to a joint statement from the UN Human Rights Council, UN Women, and the World Health Organization (WHO), which called for a ban on virginity testing for women and girls worldwide last week.The agencies called on nine countries where virginity tests are carried out, to ban them, saying they has no scientific basis.“There is no examination that can prove a girl or woman has had sex-and the appearance of girl’s or woman’s hymen cannot prove whether they have had sexual intercourse, or are sexually active or not.” El Khalfi responded in a press conference after the weekly cabinet meeting on Thursday that “Morocco’s family code asks for a medical certificate as a required document before marriage, but it has nothing to do with virginity test.”The law requires the medical certificate to prove the health status of a couple before marriage.He added that Morocco issued a decision in 2004, which stipulates that the certificate has to do with infectious diseases.In their joint statement, WHO and the UN agencies said that the virginity test still exists in Brazil, Jamaica, Malawi, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, and India.The agencies also argued that the test is a violation of human rights as it might undermine women’s physical, social, and psychological well-being.Virginity has been under debate in Morocco. In February, the Moroccan Association of Sexology called on the Ministry of Health to exempt medical doctors from giving virginity certificates.The association believes that the test violates both doctor’s oath of medical confidentiality and the right to privacy of women and girls. read more

October 11

Iraqis deserve to see dividends of recent democratic gains UN envoy says

Ad Melkert, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and the head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), briefed Council members on the latest developments in Iraq, where a national partnership Government was formed in December after nine months of political stalemate.“While Iraq has made remarkable strides in its democratic transition in recent years, which included the adoption of a constitution, credible national elections, a broad national partnership government and an opening environment for media and civil society, the people of Iraq are now demanding the dividends that were promised by their leaders,” he said.Protests have been taking place in Iraq since late February, part of the wider pro-democracy movement that has emerged across the Middle East and North Africa this year.Mr. Melkert said the protesters have legitimate concerns about the lack of job opportunities, the delivery of basic services and the accountability of those in power.“Unless these demands are addressed, the political and democratic gains made thus far may seem hollow to ordinary Iraqis,” he noted, adding that the new Government faces a significant challenge in trying to achieve the demands.Meeting the burgeoning aspirations of young people in Iraq, where almost four-fifths of the population is under the age of 35, and nearly half are under 15, will be critical, the Special Representative said.“Youth constitute over 50 per cent of the total unemployment rate, [or] about one million people. In addition, less than 40 per cent of children are enrolled in school after their primary education, and only 21 per cent are enrolled in the last two years of secondary school. These statistics paint a picture of a young population with few prospects for the future.”UNAMI and UN agencies working in Iraq have developed a list of projects that could be fast-tracked to tackle some of Iraq’s biggest challenges, such as youth employment, access to water and waste management.Mr. Melkert praised the efforts of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to take action on several fronts, including fighting corruption and cutting defence expenditure.But he warned that the country’s stability is still under pressure, with terrorist attacks continuing and sectarian tensions lingering.“While the overall trend of security incidents in recent months suggest a downward slope, still, an average of 25 incidents per day was reported over the last month.“Yet the Government, security forces and society continue their efforts to make decisive progress towards stability and normalization. As US [United States] forces prepare to leave, Iraq should not be forgotten and the international community should stand ready to continue support.”In a Newsmaker interview with the UN News Centre, Mr. Melkert said he saw Iraq pointing in the overall right direction, despite the ongoing security and economic concerns he outlined to the Council.Iraqis “want to retake their lives, to organize them in a way that they deem fit and I think that more and more they’re succeeding in that. There are definitely also parts of the country that are relatively safe and normal life has returned.”Speaking to the Council, he said he had observed “the start of removing endless lines of concrete T-walls over the past months… Increasingly, the prospect for Baghdadis and residents in other parts of the country to regain the space and beauty of their cities seems no longer a dream of the past.” 8 April 2011Recent political and democratic gains in Iraq will seem hollow to the country’s people unless its leaders produce the benefits that they have promised, the top United Nations envoy to Iraq told the Security Council. read more

October 8

India warns fishermen on Lanka

The department said Indian Coast Guard, other maritime security agencies and the Union External Affairs Ministry had drawn the attention of the government to the crossing of IMBL by fishing boats from Karaikal venturing into Sri Lankan waters for fishing despite warnings issued by concerned authorities. If they crossed for the second time, a penalty of Rs 10,000 would be levied and in case of default all kinds of financial and other benefits would be suspended. A third time crossing of the IMBL would lead to revocation of registration of fishing crafts and its licenses, the notification warned. The Puducherry government in India has warned fishermen against crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line and vennturing into Sri Lankan waters and said action would be taken against violating the order, the Press Trust of India reported.A notification of the Fisheries Department said the fishermen would face a penalty of Indian Rs 5000 and suspension of all kinds of financial and other benefits extended by the government if the penalty was not paid for crossing the IMBL for the first time. read more

October 2

Longtime Courier Journal reporter Tom Loftus retiring

He tweeted that his 43 years as a newspaperman – including several with The Kentucky Post – have been a “long and interesting ride.”Loftus is a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame and has been a fixture in reporting on Kentucky government.His bio on the journalism hall of fame website says his series on suspicious contributions in the 1991 gubernatorial race helped lead to an overhaul of state campaign-finance laws. His coverage on the scene of the 1988 Carrollton bus crash and his work in the aftermath helped the Louisville newspaper win a Pulitzer Prize in 1989. FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Longtime state government reporter Tom Loftus is retiring after a 35-year career at the Courier Journal.Loftus announced in a tweet Wednesday that he’s retiring effective Oct. 1.- Advertisement – read more

October 2

Info sessions detail Brock international opportunities

Brock students have the world at their feet.There is no shortage of opportunities for living and learning abroad, and Brock International Services is hosting a series of information sessions to ensure the University community is aware of available possibilities.Student Exchange ProgramBrock students have the chance to immerse themselves in another country — studying, travelling and making friends around the globe. It’s a chance for students to learn more about themselves, become more independent and give their Brock degree an international edge. The program is about sharing Canadian culture abroad and, in return, experiencing the culture, lifestyle and people of another country.Upcoming information sessions include:General info: Thursday, Sept. 28 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Thistle 241General info: Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 9 to 10 a.m. in International Centre 207Australia info: Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in International Centre 207A number of other general and region-specific information sessions will also be held in October and November.To register for any of the sessions, or to see a full list of dates (available in the drop-down menu), visit the Brock International website.University of Florida/Walt Disney World Resort Academic ExchangeThis unique program offers students a six-month study abroad experience in a traditional classroom, as well as a formal work setting. Students will take classes and earn 2.5 credits from the University of Florida while participating in academic training and gaining valuable experience at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.Upcoming information sessions include:Thursday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in International Centre 207Monday, Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. to noon in International Centre 207Additional sessions will be held in November. To register for any of the sessions, or to see a full list of dates (available in the drop-down menu), visit the Brock International website.Brock Abroad: Florida, and Brock Abroad: NamibiaParticipate in one of Brock University’s Abroad programs and learn more about different regions around the world. The Brock Abroad program blends academic, business and cultural experiences, allowing members of the Brock community to experience first-hand another country’s culture and customs.Programs are open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni.An information session will be held Wednesday, Oct.4 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Academic South 217.To register for the information session, visit the Brock International Website.More information about all Brock international opportunities is available at brocku.ca/exchanges. read more

September 28

The Way Everybody Measures NFL Schedule Strength Its Wrong

Tampa Bay0.53140.5186-2 Tennessee0.465310.48623+8 After Thursday night’s two-hour special on the NFL Network, we now know exactly what every NFL team’s schedule looks like for the upcoming season. But what we don’t know is how hard any of those schedules will be.Every year when the schedules are released, NFL analysts ritually compare the strength of the 32 teams’ slates. And every year, they do it the one way we know doesn’t work.This year is no exception: Analysts are adding up last year’s wins and losses for each team’s 2018 opponents. That approach might make sense if we had no data about how NFL teams perform from year to year — but we have an awful lot, and it says that NFL win-loss records are significantly influenced by luck and are a terrible predictor of themselves.Twelve years ago, Doug Drinen of Sports-Reference.com saw the annual crop of strength-of-schedule articles spring up and decided to test their merit. He compared NFL team records from the prior year (Year N) with the year before that (Year N-1) and their opponents’ win percentage from Year N-1, and he repeated the process all the way back to 1990.Drinen found that prior-year wins by a team’s opponents are “essentially irrelevant” to following-year success — and while how well the other team plays absolutely matters when toe meets leather, “these strength-of-schedule estimates that are being thrown around right now seem to have no role at all in determining teams’ (upcoming year) records.”In a league where about half the teams that make the playoffs in any given year miss them the following season (a whopping eight 2016 playoff teams missed the cut in 2017), assuming every team’s record will remain the same never really made any sense.But there is a stat that does correlate with upcoming-season wins: Pythagorean wins, based on points scored and points allowed rather than win-loss record. Developed for baseball by Bill James and modified for other sports by current Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey, this equation is where Pro-Football-Reference.com’s “expected wins” number comes from. In a 2007 blog post, Drinen found that this stat significantly correlates with next-season wins.If we compare actual wins to expected wins for 2017, we see which teams are most likely to improve in 2018 and which are most likely to regress. Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com Washington0.504140.49320-6 New England0.484220.45630-8 L.A. Rams0.52350.51010-5 Detroit0.53520.49915-13 Kansas City0.492190.51010+9 Dallas0.500150.5252+13 TeamWinsExpected WinsDIFF Chicago0.52080.49320-12 Biggest Droppers Cleveland03.3+3.3 Revisiting the 2017 NFL seasonThe teams that had the biggest discrepancies between their actual win totals and their expected win totals based on points scored and allowed Miami0.500150.47726-11 Jacksonville1011.8+1.8 Arizona0.52080.5243+5 Buffalo0.496180.50014+4 Pittsburgh0.477250.5128+17 originalAdjusted Buffalo96.4-2.6 Houston0.453320.45231+1 Jacksonville0.477250.45032-7 Denver0.477250.49816+9 Green Bay0.53910.5137-6 Carolina0.512120.5205+7 N.Y. Giants0.52080.5119-1 New Orleans0.53520.5261+1 San Francisco0.500150.50113+2 Pittsburgh1310.5-2.5 Tampa Bay56.8+1.8 Houston45.7+1.7 Seattle0.52350.50912-7 As we wrote before the season, going 0-16 takes not just terrible talent but also terrible luck — and the 0-16 Cleveland Browns’ 3.3 expected wins point toward a rebound in 2018.On the other side of the ledger, the Buffalo Bills have the biggest negative gap between the number of games they won and the number of games they’d be expected to win. This isn’t a shock: We also wrote about how the 2017 Bills squad was actually bad.Here’s how the 32 teams’ 2018 opponent slates stack up in terms of actual 2017 win percentage and expected 2017 win percentage, sorted by the difference between the two: 2018 may not be as hard (or as easy) as it seemsEach team’s 2018 schedule by the 2017 win percentage of their opponents, original and adjusted by expected wins Cincinnati0.473290.48922+7 Arizona86.1-1.9 Atlanta0.509130.49816-3 Baltimore0.488210.47527-6 Tennessee97.4-1.6 L.A. Chargers0.480240.46828-4 Biggest Climbers Baltimore910.4+1.4 Oakland0.473290.48424+5 Minnesota0.52080.49618-10 Indianapolis0.484220.47825-3 teamOpp. Win %Difficulty RankOpp. Win %Difficulty RankDiff Cleveland0.52350.5214+1 TeamWinsExpected WinsDIFF N.Y. Jets0.477250.45829-4 Carolina119-2.0 Philadelphia0.492190.49618+1 Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com Though 23 of the 32 teams had a difference of less than 1.5 games between expected wins and actual wins, those small differences add up quickly when using the NFL’s division-based schedules. For example, the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Browns and Ravens twice each. Baltimore joined Cleveland among the five biggest underperformers last season, and the two teams’ combined difference in expected wins adds 9.4 wins to the total for the Steelers’ opponents. It’s no wonder, then, that Pittsburgh had the biggest increase between actual and expected 2018 opponent win percentage, jumping from a 25th-ranked 0.477 to the eighth-strongest, at 0.512.All four of 2017’s 13-win squads — New England, Philadelphia, Minnesota and Pittsburgh — had expected-win values below 12 according to the Pythagorean method. This gives a boost to the schedules of the non-Minnesota NFC North teams, which are slated to play the AFC East: The hard end of their schedules (Minnesota twice, New England) projects as a little less intimidating, and they also draw overachievers like Buffalo and Miami.Straight opponent win percentage gives the Packers the hardest projected 2018 schedule, and the Detroit Lions are tied for second-hardest. But using expected wins, they drop to seventh and 15th, respectively.The team that supplants the Packers with the toughest road is the New Orleans Saints. Their degree of difficulty fell slightly with the change from actual win-loss record to expected wins, but it’s still high enough to capture the top spot.There’s no model that can account for player age, coaching changes, free agency, the draft or player injuries before they happen. Many teams will defy what 2017’s expected-win value suggests about their 2018 outlook. But history tells us that expected-win values do correlate with what’s going to happen this autumn — and raw win-loss numbers don’t.CORRECTION (April 20, 2018, 3:17 p.m.): An earlier version of a chart in this article incorrectly identified the Arizona Cardinals as the St. Louis Cardinals. read more

September 25

London Paddington station Passengers urged not to travel as power failure leaves

GWR said in a statement: “Overhead wires were damaged in the London area. This severely disrupted train services between London Paddington and Reading as many trains became stranded owing to the resultant loss of a power supply.”Owing to the extent of the damage no trains are expected to be able to operate between London Paddington and Hayes & Harlington in either direction for much of Wednesday 17 October. Queues for taxis snaked down the road outside the station, and people crammed on to rail replacement buses to Heathrow as they worried they would miss their flights. Stuck on Paddington Line. Power is out on whole line and now they’ve had to switch emergency power off on the train to save battery. Feels like the start of a horror movie. https://t.co/OxJO5w2lpu pic.twitter.com/QrSwpNEFkq— 🧠🧟‍♂️ 𝕮𝕬𝕷𝕷𝕴𝕾 🧛‍♂️🦇 (@callis1987) October 16, 2018 No trains from Paddington to Reading this morning… good day to you too GWR! #not #fuming pic.twitter.com/v6YDzO5rLv— $telios Zarras (@stelioszarras) October 17, 2018 The disruption comes after commuters faced major delays on Tuesday evening as electricity supply problems caused delays and cancellations on a number of busy routes in and out of London.Southern, Southeastern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express were all reporting cancellations and delays of up to 45 minutes. This is… disappointing. #paddington pic.twitter.com/LeJcNafnKK— Dr. Hilary Wynne (@Hilary_Wynne) October 16, 2018 “We will provide regular updates on our progress throughout the day as the extent of the damage becomes clearer.”We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused passengers and we advise passengers to check before they travel. However, severe disruption is expected on most routes.”Passengers travelling to London can travel to Waterloo via Reading and Marylebone via Oxford. A rail replacement bus service is currently operating between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport.”Queues at the station after passengers stuck on trains overnightPassengers posted eerie photographs from inside dark, empty trains which had ground completely to a halt last night.On some, even the emergency power had to be turned off, leaving commuters in pitch black conditions.One passenger,  Sandeep Ahluwalia, said he was stuck on a train for four hours.He explained: “Last night, I had the great fun of being stuck on a TfL train just outside Paddington with no working toilet or AC for 4 hours (with also two separate incidents of passengers who needed emergency medical attention) before police arrived and then eventually getting onto a rescue train (hundreds of passengers, one by one), to only go back to where we started and then end up in a free-for-all for Great Western Rail’s poorly organised taxi solution. No lights, air conditioning, toilet facilities or updates! When will passengers be evacuated from the train stranded between London Paddington and Acton Main line @GWRHelp— Param Dhaliwal (@ParamD_24) October 16, 2018 A Network Rail spokeswoman said: “We are experiencing severe disruption on all services into and out of London Paddington and this is likely to affect services in other areas for the rest of the day.”This is owing to 500 metres of extensive damage caused to overhead power lines in the Hanwell area yesterday evening. We have been working throughout the night to understand the extent of the damage and we are focusing on trying to open some lines into London Paddington as soon as possible. 🔧👷‍♂️We have been working through the night to try and fix 200m of damaged electric power cables between Slough and Paddington. ⚠️Please check before you travel this morning⚠️@GWRHelp pic.twitter.com/ee7bvFz2Gg— Network Rail Western (@networkrailwest) October 17, 2018 Param Dhaliwal added: “How does a 10 min journey from Paddington to Ealing Broadway turn into 4+ hour journey?”Those attempting to travel in the morning fared little better; the station was heavily crowded as those travelling to work tried to squeeze on the few trains running. Just got home 6hrs after I left Maidenhead thanks to no electrics into Paddington. @GWRHelp please advise re compensation! I’m sorry for the emergency guys who had to take all the flack with good humour. pic.twitter.com/2ahHNtRkBo— Anila Babla (@AnilaBabla) October 17, 2018 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 Rail-replacement bus from Paddington seems to have been commandeered from the Transport Museum! pic.twitter.com/LMleD3tP2M— Simon Jones (@SimonJonesNews) October 17, 2018 Rail passengers are being warned of major travel disruption at London’s Paddington station for much of Wednesday after trains became stranded.Trains are unable to run between London Paddington and Slough or Heathrow Airport after overhead electric wires were “severely” damaged at Ealing on Tuesday night. Many trains became stuck between Paddington and Reading due to a loss of power supply.Network Rail said it expected to open two of the four train lines by midday, but warned disruption would last until the end of the day.Great Western Railway (GWR) said that a reduced timetable would impact most mainline routes to and from Paddington, adding: “We strongly advise not to travel on long distance routes or towards London.”–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Numerous passengers posted on social media complaining about delays on the line overnight and on Wednesday morning. In two weeks the Chancellor will talk about productivity – this is Reading where all trains to Paddington cancelled 13 hours after overhead wire damage. Mass queue for the one train for Waterloo pic.twitter.com/YVQTpWbRRk— steve hawkes (@steve_hawkes) October 17, 2018 “Clearly they were not ready for a challenge like this but I will commend the Police and train staff as they did the best they could.” Alternative routes Good morning to #Paddington 🚉 you made my morning really challenging, all trains to paddington cancelled!!!! @nationalrailenq @GWRHelp #refundedonaverageperformance Often trains delayed, but this one is #GWR 😮🤨🤨😭😭 pic.twitter.com/kuH1U9WjxS— Ilvija Rjabinkina (@IButkevica) October 17, 2018 “As a result, GWR, TfL Rail and Heathrow Express will not be operating a train service between London Paddington, Hayes & Harlington or Slough until such time as repairs have been completed.”Due to the disruption to Great Western, MTR and Heathrow Express services, we are advising customers not to seek to travel by train between London Paddington and Slough until at least midday today.” The statement added: “We strongly advise not to travel on long distance routes or towards London due to a reduced train service on all routes and no train services operating to or from London Paddington.”Train services will instead terminate and start at Reading.”If you are travelling from London beyond Reading please do not go to London Paddington but instead travel straight to either London Waterloo, London Marylebone or London Euston depending upon your ultimate destination. Services are currently suspended between Paddington and Heathrow Airport due to damage to the overhead line equipment. Disruption is expected until the end of service. We have tweeted out detailed alternative routes but please find a summary attached pic.twitter.com/TXlLPkZex6— TfL Rail (@TfLRail) October 16, 2018 read more

September 22

THW Kiel save third place against Fuchse Berlin in direct encounter

16.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten297319696:78017 9.Erlangen2913016770:79726 1.Flensburg-H.282422868:68350 2.Rhein-Neckar272412809:67049 Füchse Berlin: Heinevetter (1.-60., 15/2 saves), Stochl (n.e.); Wiede (1), Elisson (6), Zachrisson, Gojun, P. Nenadic (7), Tönnesen (2), Plaza, Lindberg (8/2), Fäth (1), Kozina (2), D. Nenadic, Drux; Trainer: PetkovicSTANDINGS: 4.Fuchse Berlin292045844:75544 6.HSG Wetzlar2918011762:73236 THW Kiel saved third place in DKB Bundesliga by beating Fuchse Berlin 32:28 (18:15) in direct encounter of Round 29. “Zebras” celebrated 23rd victory in current season which keep them in a race for the Championship, but only theoreticaly. Nikola Bilyk netted seven goals, while on the other side, Hans Lindberg scored eight goals. Both goalkeepers, Wollf (18 saves) and Heinevetter (15) showed high-level performance.THW Kiel: Landin (2/2 saves), Wolff (1.-60., 18 saves); Firnhaber (1), Weinhold (3), Dissinger (3), Wiencek (4), Ekberg (5/1), Dahmke (4), Brozovic, Vujin (4), Bilyk (7/2), Nilsson (1); Trainer: Gislason 7.MT Melsungen3015213831:81232 3.Kiel292315833:71747 10.Hannover-Burgdorf2911117811:81623 15.Bergischer288119709:79117 11.Minden2910217713:79922 12.Goppingen3010119819:85621 18.Coburg 2000294124723:8519 8.Leipzig2914213746:73830 14.TVB Stuttgart278118686:75317 5.SC Magdeburg292036828:77243 17.Lemgo297220787:85216 13.Gummersbach299119735:79619 ← Previous Story “FAMOUS LOSERS” BACK ON THE THRONE: ZRK Lokomotiva Zagreb win Challenge Cup 2017! Next Story → HC Fivers ready to fight for the double crown read more

September 21

Living the dream

first_imgSitting in a World Cup stadium, seeing the world’s best fight for glory while fans around you get into a football frenzy is a once in a lifetime experience.I’ll be putting $100 on Greece I reckon. They one the Euro Cup in 2004, so this is 2014 I think Greece might win it. – John MakrisEvery four years, new and old football fans around Australia made the pilgrimage to the World Cup, to experience the pinnacle of the sport and support their Socceroos. For Greek Australian fans, the experience is doubled with two national teams fighting for a place in their hearts. This time, the World Cup in Brazil has been a dream come true for the Greeks in Australia. Both national teams have qualified, and the host city is one of the most desired locations of the footballing community. It’s a win-win. Yet, many wanting to live the dream and make it to the World Cup from Australia know that the experience comes with a hefty price tag.Already, accommodation and flights have sky-rocketed, and that’s if you can find any that haven’t been booked out in advance. Game tickets are scarce, though theoretically you can still purchase tickets thanks to FIFA’s sensible behaviour.The football governing body has held back 7 per cent of the 3.3 million tickets until it is sure the seats are actually installed.More than 80 per cent of tickets have been purchased by Brazilians, while Australians have bought more than 50,000 tickets since April, and are the fifth biggest national ticket holders in the world. Conservative estimates on the overall cost, including flights (international and domestic whilst in Brazil), accommodation for the whole World Cup period and tickets, see Aussie fans looking at spending about $10,000.The cost is something quite a number of Greek Australians have wrestled with, but all see that the payoff will be worth it. “It’s always been in the back of my mind, I have to be in the World Cup in Brazil,” Greek Australian football fanatic, Peter Baxevanidis, tells Neos Kosmos of his decision to go. “It’s perfect, Brazilians are soccer mad, it’s a big party over there, it feels like a once in a lifetime opportunity.” Peter is one of quite a few Greeks making the pilgrimage to Brazil, and is spending thousands to make his dream come true. For more than seven years working in sports statistics, Peter has made football not just a job but an obsession, and with Brazil as the host city, he knew he couldn’t miss it.It’s been a seven month process for the 26-year-old, trying to find proper and safe accommodation, booking transport and tickets. He’s seen the price-gouging fist hand when he was trying to book accommodation. “We tried hotels and hostels. 28 bed dormitories were selling at a $100 a night, when they’re normally $10 a night,” he says.For those wanting to find something at an affordable price, Peter says try the website airbnb.com, in which people put up their properties on the web privately. To avoid the mad rush for tickets, Peter bought a five game stadium pass for US$1000 that will give him VIP access to four group games and one knock-out round match in Rio De Janeiro. That knock-out match might include Greece, he hopes.He isn’t too annoyed that he most likely won’t be seeing the Socceroos or Greece live, as he will be enjoying it like thousands of other Greek Australians, at the bars in Rio.In 2008, he was part of a group that studied in Greece and was joined by lots of South American Greeks that he will be meeting up with in Brazil. “I expect it [Brazil] to be nuts. Crazy. From all reports, Rio is crazy a lot of the time, so if there’s going to be a World Cup on with their favourite sport, I expect it to be 100 times of what it is normally,” he says.“Whenever there’s an event, like Carnival or whenever Brazil is playing soccer, everything just stops.”Confining himself to just one city is saving Peter a lot of money on accommodation and flights, but means he won’t be able to choose the teams he gets to see. Another Greek Australian travelling to Brazil is John Makris, who is going with the main purpose of showing his support to the Greek and Australian teams. Spending a little bit more, and using the help of a travel agent, John is making a few trips to the other cities hosting matches. All in all, 12 cities around Brazil will be hosting games throughout the Cup.Travelling with his Italian Australian friend, the duo will be filling their suitcases with lots of flags. “We’ve got the Greek tops happening, the Australian ones as well, I won’t be wearing an Italian one” he told Neos Kosmos when he booked his flights in December. They are budgeting for six games, mostly in the group stages which he thinks will have the best stadium atmosphere of the Cup. “The quarterfinals, semi finals and finals aren’t that energetic as the group stages are because you’ve got more diehard fans at each game as opposed to corporate.”John is an idealist and expects to see Greece not just through to the knock-out phase, but in the final. “I’ll be putting $100 on Greece I reckon. They won the Euro Cup in 2004, so this is 2014 I think Greece might win it,” he says.Peter on the other hand isn’t expecting Greece nor Australia to make it past the group stages.He believes the host city has the best chance to take the cup.“If it wasn’t Greece or Australia, because I’m in Brazil, I’ll probably go for Brazil,” he says. “They have a very good chance, with the home support, I’d love them to win.”Having to pick between Greece and Australia isn’t something either of the Greek Australians want to do. When Australia welcomed the Greek national team for a friendly, Peter was torn, but soon realised he’s always a little more sympathetic to the underdogs. “I went as a neutral, but then all my Australian friends were ripping into Greece, so I started going for Greece,” he says.“I want them both to win, but if Australia played Greece, I think Greece would be the favourite, so I’d probably go for Australia.”As Australia goes into the World Cup with the lowest ranking, the green and gold brigade will be deafening people in their chanting. Even the most pessimistic fans will leave a 10 per cent chance in their minds for the Socceroos to get into the knock-out phase. They sadly have the toughest group, dubbed the “group of death” by the media, going up against World Cup champions and European football royalty. Greek Australian coach Ange Postecoglou knows that it looks like he’s sending lambs to the slaughter, but his job isn’t just about Brazil, it’s about creating a new look national team, and that will surely take time. “I don’t think he’s set up to fail, because he’s got a five year contract, it’s a long term thing,” Peter believes.“So the results for him aren’t determined by this World Cup, they’re determined a couple of years down the track.”The team definitely screams Postecoglou’s coaching style, preferring to call up talented young Australian players.Young half-Greek Australian James Troisi is proof of that. The Melbourne Victory player was hand picked by Postecoglou when he was still the Victory coach this year, and now finds himself in his first ever World Cup.Peter is keen to see how the young players go against the world’s best. “I’m looking forward to seeing how Tom Rogic goes, if James Troisi gets in,” he says. On the Greek squad, it’s no surprise Peter is hankering to see captain Giorgios Karagounis again.When the player was in the country a couple of years ago, Peter managed to get his Greece jersey signed by the international great.“I love Karagounis, he’s old but he’s probably my favourite,” he says.Kostas Mitroglou, on the other hand, is still a little bit of a risk, Peter believes. “Because he moved clubs and he hasn’t really done that well since he moved,” he says.“Maybe now is the time for him to redeem himself.”The players are just a small part of what makes the World Cup great. The fact that we are a melting pot of hundreds of cultures here in Australia makes for quite a unique holistic celebration. We feel immense pride being able to hold up two flags and not just one. Plus, we have double the chance of making it past the group stages by supporting two teams.We are a nation with two teams, and one heart. To follow the Socceroos’ fans in Brazil, visit the Green and Gold Army website, www.ggarmy.com/ Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

September 17

Premier will attend CARICOM Heads of Govt meetings in Nassau

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Feb 2015 – Premier Hon Dr. Rufus Ewing will attend the 26th Intercessional Meeting of CARICOM heads of Government in Nassau this week. Bahamas Prime Minister Rt. Hon Perry Christie is chairman of the convening which will take place at the Melia Resort on Cable Beach. There are a number of key issues on the table for the sessions including dialogue on the halt on the Dominican Republic’s membership in Caricom. This was stalled after the DR reversed the nationalities of Haitians born in the Dom Rep. Also on the agenda; the financing of a marijuana commission and reparations connected to genocide and slavery in the region. The Caricom Intercessional Meetings begin tomorrow. Related Items:CARICOM, nassau, premier rufus ewing UN SG is Special Guest at Opening Ceremony for CARICOM Heads Meeting Wednesday Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas to take 15-member delegation to CARICOM meeting set in Mo’Bay, Jamaica CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meeting discussions conclude on high notelast_img read more

September 14

Condé Nast Takes Stake in Digital Ad Creation Platform Flite

first_imgFlite, the cloud-based digital ad creation and measurement platform, has just added Condé Nast as an investor. The publisher joins Sequoia Capital, Hummer Winblad and General Catalyst, among others, with an 11 percent stake in Flite, which as so far raised about $26 million in capital. Condé Nast will also use Flite’s platform as part of its marketing and content development services for clients. “Pairing it with our award-winning custom content and creative, we’ll be able to produce some of the most unique web ad experiences in the industry,” says Condé Nast vice president of corporate partnerships Josh Stinchcomb in a statement. Flite provides cloud-based delivery, creation and measurement tools for building and serving digital ads that are much like applications in their interactivity. Marketers can create an ad using the Ad Studio, a turnkey creation tool that allows a user to select various components to build the look and feel of the ad. From there, Flite has partnered with third parties that provide interactive elements like social features, video, chat, purchasing and weather and movie listings to further supplement the ad. And then what’s a digital ad without measurement? Customers can also track in-unit analytics to adjust elements on the fly in realtime.Condé Nast’s investment—like the one it also did with ZipList—fits in with president Bob Sauerberg’s digital strategy, but also represents a unique client/part owner arrangement with a service-oriented technology. The deal gives Condé Nast a broader array of ad services capabilities and an inside track on Flite’s development—as the company grows, so does Condé’s return.last_img read more

September 12

How Heard It In A Past Life Is Helping Viral Star Maggie

first_img Facebook Email im weepy + overwhelmed + processing + celebrating + don’t totally have all the words yet to express the sheer amount of pure joy i feel running through my body and out into the world today. i am BEAMING and exploding with so much light and love. this record belongs to you now. 💙 pic.twitter.com/bMHgx69F3t— Maggie Rogers (@maggierogers) January 18, 2019 https://twitter.com/maggierogers/status/1086352031827161088 How ‘Heard It In A Past Life’ Is Helping Viral Star Maggie Rogers Reclaim Her Narrative News center_img Maggie Rogers On Reclaiming Her Narrative how-heard-it-past-life-helping-viral-star-maggie-rogers-reclaim-her-narrative Twitter The singer/songwriter, who just released her full-length debut, shares how she did it on her own terms in a recent interviewAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Jan 21, 2019 – 8:44 am On Jan. 18, 24-year-old singer/songwriter Maggie Rogers released her debut studio album, Heard It In A Past Life, almost two-and-a-half years since she went viral. By no control of her own, a clip of her blowing GRAMMY-winner Pharrell Williams’ mind during a music class at NYU forever changed her life in 2016. Now, in a recent interview, she’s sharing how the instant fame shook her and pushed her to take her artistry and story back into her own hands. In a conversation with The New York Times, Rogers explained how she wasn’t ready for the public attention she suddenly received after the video with Pharrell’s praise—and priceless expressions of awe on his face over her “Alaska” demo—went viral.”As a producer, as a songwriter, I’ve spent a lot of time either in my bedroom or in studios, alone. Suddenly I was in the public eye in this way that I had absolutely no control over. It was really scary,” she said.Getting such genuine praise—he compared her originality and storytelling to that of Wu-Tang Clan and Stevie Wonder—from an industry veteran and icon like Pharrell is something most aspiring musicians can only dream of. Yet the reality of an almost-instant thrust into the spotlight is something few can plan for or even comprehend.Rogers explains how the pressure she felt from music labels knocking at her door and fighting over representing her was incredibly stressful, but doing her research and taking her time ultimately helped her reclaim her identity. But, after recording and releasing her debut EP on Capitol Music in February 2017, she began to feel drained again during the promotion cycle.”I became pleasant. The only thing I wanted to do in my music is be human, and communicate all the aspects of that, which often means being vulnerable. Those are the kinds of artists I’ve looked up to and the kinds of artists I’ve worked really hard to be like. Being pleasant is great, but it’s not the whole picture,” Rogers explained.As a result, she took even more time, almost a year, on her debut LP. As she explained to NYT, she used the process of working on the music and the autobiographical nature of the songs to both heal and retell her story from her point of view. Happily, her label saw this and allowed her the time she needed to flourish.”It became very clear early on that there was a lot more to her than a viral moment—that she was an artist with a real soul, and something to say, and a modern pop star with a strong female point of view,” said Michelle Jubelirer, the Chief Operating Officer of Capitol.Heard It In A Past Life is now available via Capitol Records.Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: TOKiMONSTA On Authenticity & Why ‘Lune Rouge’ Is “A Celebration Of Life”Read morelast_img read more

September 11

OBITUARY Donald J Vokey 85

first_imgHERNANDO, FL — Donald J. Vokey, of Hernando, Florida, died on May 4, 2018.Born January 15, 1933 in Everett, MA to the late Walter and Lydia (Neil) Vokey, he lived in Massachusetts until moving from Wilmington in 1997. Don was a U.S. Air Force veteran during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Hernando United Methodist Church. He was a monotype keyboard operator, Pres., VG Composition Co. Boston, and later type design manager, Photon, Inc., Wilmington MA. He retired from Raytheon in 1997.Survivors include his sons, Wayne (Mary) of Loudon N.H., Craig (Theresa) of Hernando, FL. and a brother, George of Wakefield, N.H. five grandchildren Daniel, Matthew, Kevin, Candice, Colleen: nine great- grandchildren, Akaila, Devin, Alanna, K-Lynn, Jacob, Ava, Alexa, Jack, and Brendon. Donald was preceded in death by his brother, Charles and his wife, Beverly.The Family request that in lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to Hernando UMC or St. Jude’s Children’s research P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN. 38101.There will be a Celebration of Life service for Donald Vokey at the Hernando United Methodist Church 2125 East Norvell Bryant Hwy, Hernando, Fl. 34442 on June 2, 2018 at 11:00 A.M.(NOTE: The above obituary is via Legacy.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: John “Jack” Tannian, Jr., 89In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Michael Joseph Kelley, 60In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Donald A. Dewar, Sr.In “Obituaries”last_img read more