ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight Releases Updated College Football Playoff Probability Rankings

first_img538 week 11 playoff probability rankings.Twitter/@andrewflowersEvery week, ESPN’s advanced statistics-based FiveThirtyEight updates its probability rankings for the College Football Playoff, utilizing three different sets of rankings: the selection committee’s most recent Top 25, in-house Elo ratings, and ESPN’s predictive FPI. This week, FiveThirtyEight‘s top three teams match what the selection committee has, but No. 4 is a slight surprise: the Oklahoma Sooners. OU is aided by a No. 1 ranking by FPI, jumping them over teams like Notre Dame and Oklahoma State.For more on how FiveThirtyEight’s system works, read this by the site’s editor, Nate Silver. Here is the probability ranking table:Q: Notre Dame, what’s in your rearview mirror? A: the Big 12 coming for your playoff spot: https://t.co/FtHBJPCoM6 pic.twitter.com/BDsWBFe55N— Andrew Flowers (@andrewflowers) November 18, 2015[FiveThirtyEight]last_img read more

Strata Corporations Urged to File Annual Returns

first_img Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, the CSC’s Inspectorate Manager, Ainsworth Norton, said that there has been a worrying trend of non-compliance in the filing of the documents. Proprietors of strata corporations are being urged to file their annual returns with the Commission of Strata Corporations (CSC) in order to avoid delinquency. The filing of annual returns is necessary to ensure that strata corporations meet their statutory obligations in accordance with the Act; that the strata keep proper books of accounts; and that certain policies and procedures are in place and adhered to. Story Highlights Proprietors of strata corporations are being urged to file their annual returns with the Commission of Strata Corporations (CSC) in order to avoid delinquency.Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, the CSC’s Inspectorate Manager, Ainsworth Norton, said that there has been a worrying trend of non-compliance in the filing of the documents.He said that only 23 per cent of strata corporations have filed annual returns over the last four financial years from 2013/14 to 2016/17.He said the low compliance rate “is a big problem, because it does not afford us the ability to deal with the issues that are prevalent within strata corporations”.The Registration (Strata Titles) (Amendment) Act, Section 4 (7) obligates strata corporations to file annual returns with the CSC.Mr. Norton said that while the Act has been in place since 1969, the public remains generally unware of its provisions, more so the amendments of 2009.He said the CSC is taking steps to educate individuals on how best they can fulfil their obligations under the Act.“We have produced several booklets and brochures for the public. They are at the office of the CSC, financial institutions and the National Housing Trust (NHT),” he indicated, noting that training and seminars are also offered on how to file annual returns.The filing of annual returns is necessary to ensure that strata corporations meet their statutory obligations in accordance with the Act; that the strata keep proper books of accounts; and that certain policies and procedures are in place and adhered to.It also guarantees the CSC’s assistance to the corporations, in terms of strata operations, and to provide third-party updates to investors on the status of strata corporations.Annual returns are to be filed within 120 days of the end of the financial year, along with a fee of $1,000.They must include audited financial statements or those prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles; proof of insurance or of a unanimous resolution not to insure the property; along with completed forms that are available on the CSC website at csc.gov.jm.The documents must be signed by the chairman and another executive committee member of the respective strata corporation.In 2010, 993 strata corporations were registered with the Commission and 1,761 at the end of 2016. This represents an increase of 77 per cent.last_img read more

Seismic shakeup A number of schools changed conferences but have we seen

After the Cornhuskers made the Big 12 a smaller 11, the Pac-10 snagged Colorado, leaving the Big 12 at 10 teams. Many anticipated more action from the Pac-10, expecting the conference to attempt to rival the Big Ten by expanding to as many as 16 schools. But after swiping Utah from the Mountain West, the Pac-10, now with 12 teams, appears satisfied. Utah will join the Pac-10 in 2011, Colorado in 2012. “I expected that to happen — new commissioner in the Pac-10, new television agreement coming up,” Smith said. “It made sense for them, so I knew the Pac-10 was going to go that way, and I knew that it would affect the Big 12, but I just didn’t know how. When television contracts are getting ready to come up and people see the changing landscape in television, people start adding inventory.” The shakeups left the Big 12 on life support, with just 10 teams and its moneymaker, Texas, contemplating a switch itself. Texas A&M even received an invitation to join the SEC. But a new TV deal, set up to make Texas the main attraction, got all teams on board, saving the Big 12 as a league with 10 schools. But plates continued to shift and movement persisted. Boise State, a perennial BCS bowl-game contender in the last decade, parted ways with loads of inferior competition in the WAC to join the Mountain West Conference. Fresno State and Nevada also will join the MWC in 2012, while Boise will enroll in 2011. One of the signature programs of the MWC, however, isn’t sticking around to face the newcomers. Brigham Young will become an independent in football in 2011, a title only Notre Dame, Army and Navy claim in Division I. For all other sports, BYU will join the West Coast Conference. “We’ve long sought broad, nationwide access to our games for our fans and increased visibility among those who may be less familiar with our university and athletic programs,” BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson said in a press release. “We’ve also been looking for ways to take better advantage of our own unique broadcasting resources.” After the dust settled, there were more rumblings than actual quakes. There was never that one tremor that affected the entire nation, which many expected and some feared. Instead, we’re left with minor face lifts to several conferences, and we’re left with more questions about potential future shakeups. “I’m watching everybody else,” Smith said. “We’re (the Big Ten) basically done for now. I don’t know if we’ll expand anymore, I really don’t. It’s a possibility, but what’s interesting is watching the rest of the landscape.” The rumbling started last winter, when the Big Ten announced its intentions to explore conference expansion. It culminated months later in significant, nationwide shifts. The first tremor shook the Midwest, when Nebraska bolted for the Big Ten. The reshuffling set off a series of quakes felt all around the country, from the Pac-10 to the Big 12 to the Mountain West. In the end, if we have reached the end, the landscape of college football changed, though not as dramatically as the initial quivers suggested. But have these relocations been the result of a routine shakeup, or is this the start of a major restructuring? Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said the transformation results from changing revenue streams. “If you look back over the history of college sports, the one thing that’s constant is change,” Smith said. “One of the largest areas of revenue for all of us is television money. People don’t want to talk about it, but it’s true. The reality is, as television changes, and all the mediums change for communication, the conferences have to shift in order to maximize revenue opportunities off of them.” Initial rumors suggested college football could be transitioning to feature four “super-conferences,” each equipped with 12 to 16 teams — enough power and revenue to bury non-BCS leagues in the sand. “I think it’s possible because the thought is there,” Smith said. “I don’t know if we’ll ever get to a playoff like the public wants. I see a lot of challenges with that on a lot of different levels. But do I see playoffs within a conference that could lead to something like that on a smaller scale? Yeah. So, when you get to those 16, you get to two or four conferences with 16 teams, divisions, that type of stuff. I can see that down the road.” The notion of super-conferences stemmed from indications that the Big Ten was prepared to expand to 14 or 16 teams, adding from the likes of Notre Dame, Syracuse, Rutgers, Texas and Missouri to stretch its reach across more of the country. Plucking programs from other conferences would force those battered leagues to fuse together to match the Big Ten’s muscle. “People use the term ‘arms race,’ which I really don’t think is it,” Smith said. “We’re like any restaurateur, we’re like the college of business, we’re like the college of engineering. We’re like everybody else that aspires to be No. 1. Yes, you can use the term ‘arms race,’ but frankly, we’re just strengthening the business.” The super-conference idea hasn’t panned out just yet. Instead, a series of aftershocks sent a handful of teams in and out of new conferences. read more

Football The quarter that defined JT Barretts career

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass in the fourth quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe score was 35-20, and there was just 13:13 left in the game. At seemingly the worst time, quarterback J.T. Barrett fumbled the football. It was an unlucky play at an unlucky time that nearly resulted in the game-sealing drive as Penn State began its drive with the ball at the Ohio State 42-yard line. Then something happened.Barrett was handed the football trailing by five points after leading his team on back-to-back touchdown drives in the fourth quarter. After four plays and with 1:48 remaining in the game, he found redshirt senior Marcus Baugh open in the end zone and hit him with a perfect pass over leaping linebackers Manny Bowen and Jason Cabinda to put Ohio State on top 39-38.Ohio State senior tight end Marcus Baugh (85) catches a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter that would put Ohio State over Penn State in the game on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIn 12 minutes, Barrett went from being the goat of the game to having his Heisman-candidate moment and leading the Buckeyes to a miraculous comeback victory.And as head coach Urban Meyer stood answering questions at his postgame press conference with fans chanting “O-H,” “I-O” in the background as they exited the stadium, Meyer had nothing but the highest praise to levy on his three-time captain.“I don’t know if I’ve ever had more respect for a human being and as a person, because you earn respect and you witness people in very dire straits at times, tough situations,” he said. “I’ve never had a kid play perfect, but damn, he was close tonight.”The fourth quarter proved a tumultuous one for the Ohio State quarterback. In an attempt to hand the football off to freshman running back J.K. Dobbins, Barrett mishandled the snap, losing his grip on the football and costing his team possession. The fumble could have changed the narrative of this story entirely. Penn State could have capitalized on the opportunity, scoring a touchdown to make the game 42-27 and putting Ohio State’s championship hopes in the rearview mirror. “It’s one of those things, like, really J.T.? Right now? That’s not the best timing,” Barrett said after the game.At that moment, doubt began to creep into Meyer’s mind as the game was getting late and the Buckeyes were still down two scores.“The one fumble, I kind of thought, ‘uh-oh,’” Meyer said. That moment could have defined Barrett’s performance in one of the most important games of his career. He did not let that happen.Just after fumbling the football, Barrett was aided by Ohio State’s special teams, as cornerback Denzel Ward blocked a punt and linebacker Dante Booker recovered it at the Penn State 41-yard line. One play later, Barrett turned the excellent field position into seven points with a 38-yard pass to redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon.The next Penn State drive saw the Nittany Lions march 64 yards down the field before being held to a field goal. Barrett responded by leading his team down the field for a 76-yard drive that resulted in seven points. A three-and-out by Penn State forced a punt, setting Barrett up for his game-winning drive.On the play, Baugh found himself wide open in the end zone with only a linebacker several yards away standing between him and his quarterback. Barrett delivered a perfect pass just over the leaping hands of the defenders to find his man and redefine his performance in the game.Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass in the fourth quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor“I was like, ‘Just put it over the linebacker and we score.’ And so I was able to do that,” Barrett said.Barrett made it sound easy, and throughout the game, he made his success look easy. He completed 33-of-39 passes, threw for 328 yards — including four touchdowns — and had rushed for 95 yards on 17 carries against a defense Meyer called, “the No. 1 defense in America.”Though the fourth quarter was Barrett’s shining moment, his teammates saw the same player all throughout the game — a leader, just as calm and composed trailing by 14 as he was ahead by one.“J.T. is the same all four quarters. He’s a smooth dude and he has a lot of confidence in us as playmakers and in himself,” redshirt junior wide receiver Terry McLaurin said. “He’s the epitome of a leader. He never got too high, never got too low. Even when we scored a touchdown and we needed another stop to score another touchdown, it was the same demeanor from him and that’s what made him great.”This game will prompt many superlatives to be lauded on him, and early award predictions to be made. Heisman Trophy candidate was thrown out by Meyer, Barrett’s teammates and Barrett himself. Meyer went so far as to call Barrett’s performance “one of the best I’ve ever seen a quarterback play.”Quarterback J.T. Barrett celebrates with fans in Ohio Stadium after the Buckeyes beat No. 2 Penn State 39-38 on Oct. 28. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIn the team’s loss Week 2 against Oklahoma, fans were calling for Barrett to be replaced and questions arose as to whether he was capable of winning a big game. Behind closed doors, there was never any doubt to the players about whom their leader was. “With all due respect, people who had that opinion, in the Woody Hayes facility there wasn’t any opinion. There was zero conversation about that topic,” Meyer said. “When I hear people say, ‘Oh, there’s a lot of people thought —’ that’s not one time I’ve walked into a staff meeting saying, what do you guys think? What do the fans and media think about J.T.? We don’t talk about that.”Seven weeks ago, those fans chanting “O-H,” “I-O” were calling for Barrett to be benched. Now those same fans might be calling for him to win the Heisman Trophy. read more

London stay was key – Mourinho of FA Cup game win

first_imgJose Mourinho thanked Fulham for their hospitality and voiced his opinion that Manchester United’s stay in London was one of the key factors in the win in the FA Cup semi-final clash over Tottenham.United will be going to their 20th FA Cup final after their win, while the Spurs will be going home in the semi-final stage of the FA Cup for eighth consecutive time.Before the game, Mourinho & co. stayed in London for five days, training at Craven Cottage and Fulham’s Motspur Way training complex.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“The fact we stayed together for five days was good,” Mourinho said, according to the Standard.“We stayed away from Manchester, away from home, we stayed in London, we stayed together, we spend our time, we spoke, I had a chance to feel them and I had the chance to speak with some individually, everything was really good, I think the weather helped too.”“Fulham was fantastic to provide for us, fantastic conditions for our training session,” Mourinho went on to add.last_img read more

Real Madrid are happy with Santiago Solaris performance

first_imgReal Madrid director Emilio Butragueno says Madrid are happy with interim coach Santiago Solari’s performance since being in charge as the club grabbed their fourth consecutive win by beating Celta Vigo on Sunday.Madrid grabbed a 4-2 win at Balaidos, bringing it to four victories with 15 goals since Solari’s tenure while bridging the gap behind Barca to four points in La Liga.“He has done excellently,” Butragueno said on Sunday.”“He arrived in a very particular moment and has achieved very good results, above all today against Celta in a very difficult game. We are very happy with how things have gone.”“We will see,” Solari said, according to AFP.“I usually don’t plan too far ahead but in principle, it’s my day off tomorrow.”“The important thing is to do everything for the good of the team and Real Madrid. Nothing else is important for me.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“The team showed a lot of personalities to come through all the circumstances of the game.”“Gareth made a massive effort, his ankle was very swollen”“Celta played very aggressively, on the edge of the rules.”On the other hand, Madrid defender Alvaro Odriozola believes Madrid players are behind Solari.“These things are decided by those at the top, we just have to work to get out of the crisis,” Odriozola said.“We’ll go to the death with him, he’s a great coach and of course we want him to continue.”last_img read more

Bilateral Meeting with EU Code of Conduct Group and TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, February 27, 2018 – Providenciales – The Hon. Premier – Mrs. Sharlene Cartwright Robinson convene a special meeting with the Code of Conduct Group on Monday 19th, February 2018 to have bilateral talks with the COCG who has responsibility for evaluating countries compliant standing.  The meeting was held as a result of standard communications received from the Secretariat of the COCG relating the EU Screening and Evaluation Process.Member States of the European Union collectively agrees to published a list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. Any country failing to meet the standard for international cooperation defined by the Code of Conduct Group – Business Taxation is deemed to be non-complaint and is placed on the EU Blacklist of non-cooperative jurisdictions.Turks and Caicos Islands assessment for 2017 was deferred due to the storms of 2017 (Hurricanes Irma and Maria) but still require to have in place, and to commit by the end of 2018 to have implement the three (3) fundamental requirements of the EU compliant standard criteria.Tax transparencyFair TaxationImplementation of anti-BEPS measuresCriteria 1 and 3 have meet the standard and is in place via the various automatic reporting of financial accounts information carried out by CRS – Common Reporting Standard.  The absence of a direct taxation reporting regime gives the appearance of preferential treatment for companies to set up offshore structures or arrangements aimed at attracting profits which do not reflect real economic activity in the jurisdiction.Despite sharing Turks and Caicos Islands taxation regime, the fair taxation criteria is the most critical concern to the COCG evaluation and screening exercise.  All jurisdictions with offshore financial services businesses are affected by this criteria, and have to present strategies of how their jurisdictions are proposing to addressed this concern.Turks and Caicos Islands discussions with the Code of Conduct Group on the fair taxation criteria concern was very fruitful and promising with further dialogue to continue with a view to satisfying the COCG requirements.  This does not call for the imposition of direct taxation.Premier Robinson commenting on the Meeting stated “I was pleased for TCI to have been able to have an audience in this way with the COCG on this important issue.  I was even more pleased to be able to demonstrate to the representatives the important partnership between the public and private sector and our joint commitment to comply with international standards.  It was a great opportunity to enlighten the members of TCI’s position even ahead of our official response to the Questionnaire.  The Ministry of Finance along with several key stakeholder departments will continue to lead collaboratively and we are committed to ensuring that TCI is not blacklisted”.Photo Caption: TCI Delegation: Hon. Premier – Mrs. Sharlene Cartwright – Robinson, P/S Finance – Mrs. Athenee Harvey   – Basden, Director EOI Unit – Mr. Henry Saunders, London Rep – Ms. Tracy Knight & TCI Private Sector Rep – Mr. David Stewart. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Hon Sharlene L Cartwright RobinsonPremier & Minister of FinanceThe Turks and Caicos Islandscenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

Minimal Fire Growth Expected On Caribou Lake Fire Due To Possible Rainfall

first_imgHelicopters and firefighters will be using a portion of the gravel pit parking area on Basargin Road as a helispot in support of the Caribou Lake Fire. Fire officials are asking people to avoid parking in the area near the helispot for the safety of the firefighters and public. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is asking Kenai Peninsula hunters to avoid active wildfire areas. Original Post: 9:30am:Minimal fire growth is expected on the Caribou Lake Fire with a chance of rainfall beginning Friday evening. The fire remains at 904 acres and at 57% containment.On Thursday, firefighters continued with the full containment strategy. Crews secured existing control lines and mop up to reduce potential for flare-ups and spotting, while working to secure the northern edge of the fire in the Boxcar Hills. The Caribou Lake Fire is being managed as a full suppression fire with a goal of 100 percent containment estimated by September 4. Smoke may be visible from within the interior of the fire perimeter until there significant and repeated rain or snow.center_img Sarah Saarloos with the Incident Command Team:“Were that containment is remains at the edge of where those cabins are. We are feeling very confident that those cabins in and around the lake are not threatened.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享This will be the last daily update for the Caribou Lake Fire unless significant activity occurs.last_img read more

Dressing up for the night

first_imgThe weather is slightly muggy and all that rain water makes it tough to wear the palazzos. Pants get splattered with mud in a matter of minutes. So while skirts and shorts are perfect for the season, night outs deserve a little more dressing up. A knee-length dress could be the answer to your monsoon dress-up woes however there are more options in a slip dress, a sleeveless dress with narrow straps, is usually worn by women as innerwear, but the same can now be flaunted at parties too.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Fashion designer Nicole Richie was spotted at one of the recent awards in a metallic bronze slip dress. To complement her look, she wore a red matt lipstick, chose bronze colour to do up her eyes and slicked back her hair.Femalefirst.co.uk picked out few options for you to choose.Lace insert slip dress: It is a knee length strappy slip dress with lace insert detail.Scoop back maxi: It is strappy maxi slip dress with scoop back detail in metallic fabric and side splits.Ruffled trimmed dress: Made of cotton, it has a scoop neck, an empire waist, adjustable spaghetti straps, and a short length hem with tiered ruffle trim. To work the look perfectly, wear minimum accessories and slip your feet into strappy heels and some season friendly makeup and you are all set to take over the evenings!last_img read more

MP Tourism announces 2nd JalMahotsav

first_imgPreparations for 2nd Jal-Mahotsav Hanuwantiya of Madhya Pradesh has begun. Online booking facility has also been initiated this time with Jal-Mahotsav to be organised from December 15 to January 15. As per the announcement of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan the festival will be organised for one month.A new website www.jalmahotsav.com of the Jal-Mahotsav has been launched and information related to Jal-Mahotsav, photographs, video-clips, maps etc, have been uploaded on the website. For packages and rates one should  visit http://jalmahotsav.hanumantiyatapu.com/packages-and-rates.aspx. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfRoad show for the Jal-Mahotsav has already been conducted at Mumbai and Delhi some more will be organised in Ahmedabad, Nagpur and Hyderabad shortly. Information about Madhya Pradesh tourism and Jal-Mahotsav have been provided in the recent ‘World Trade Mart’ held in London.Addressing the Jal Mahotsav road show in Delhi, Hari Ranjan Rao, Managing Director, Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Corporation Limited, said, “It is to be highlighted that Hanuwantia near Indira Sagar Dam at district Khandwa has been developed by the Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation as water sports complex.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“Cottages, boat clubs and restaurants have been developed by the corporation here. Attractive decoration has been developed in the entire complex. Due to excessive rainfall this year, the whole place has transformed into a lush green area and has ample water in the reservoir.” “Two Kerala-style houseboats with three cabin spaces at Hanuvantiya will be the main attraction of the second Jal Mahotsav. A sum of around Rs 5 crore has been spent on various development works including Food Zone (Kitchen, Restaurant), separate toilet facility for the tourists and drinking water and water cooler facilities. Also, sports ground for kids and swings are installed,” he added.last_img read more