Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#NYT#Video Services#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market mike melanson Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Streaming video and DVD subscription service Netflix announced its first quarter earnings for 2011 today. In its letter to shareholders (.pdf), the company showed off its continued growth, with 3.6 million new subscribers worldwide and $719 million in revenue, but the real story might be the company’s continued march away from its once-bread-and-butter offering – the humble DVD.The company barely pays lip service to DVD subscriptions, and spends the majority of the letter discussing plans for first-run TV series and movies, expanded network offerings and competition within the streaming video space.In 16 pages, the word “DVD” is mentioned only a dozen times, with just over 100 words devoted to the topic in a section titled “DVD was a Booster Rocket, but is not a Differentiator”:We believe that DVD will be a fading differentiator given the explosive growth of streaming, and that in order to prosper in streaming we must concentrate on having the best possible streaming service. As a result, we are beginning to treat them separately in many ways. Already, if you look at our signup page for non-members, it is all about streaming. Having said this, DVD rental is still a great business for us, and we are working on solutions to make sure DVD continues to be a profitable business for us in the years ahead, but it is not core to winning in streaming at this point. In the handful of other mentions, we find the word “DVD” next to words like “flattening” and “decline”. The writing has been on the wall for months now and here it is again. So what does Netflix have in store, then, for its multiplying streaming customers?A “wider and better selection of TV shows and movies then ever before. Netflix points to a partnership with CBS, which it says makes it the “only online premium subscription service that offers shows from all four broadcast networks, as well as many of the largest cable TV networks.”Increased content with: Sons of Anarchy, Glee, Mad Men, Weeds, Blue Mountain State.Look out for more first-run, serialized content like “House of Cards”. The company says “Serialized dramas, like the original BBC series on which “House of Cards” is based, have been big favorites on Netflix and we want to confirm our theory that because we are click-and-watch rather than appointment viewing, we can efficiently build a big audience for a well-produced serialized show.” If this one is a success, the company says it is like to “license two or three similar, but smaller, deals.”The biggest competition is coming from Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime, with Dish Networks “likely to launch a substantial subscription streaming effort under the Blockbuster brand,” in case you’re looking for an alternative.The word “stream” shows up 26 times in the letter, while “DVD” shows up only 12 times. Just saying.
WUHAN, China (AP) — Ashleigh Barty of Australia reached her biggest WTA final when she beat French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-0 at the Wuhan Open on Friday.Barty will play Caroline Garcia in the final after the Frenchwoman beat qualifier Maria Sakkari of Greece 6-3, 6-2 in the other semifinal.Ostapenko, the last surviving seed at No. 8, appeared tired. Her previous three matches, including a win over top-ranked Garbine Muguruza on Thursday, all went three sets. But Barty’s three previous matches went the distance, too, plus she reached the semifinals in doubles.Barty took command of their match with a break for 4-2. When she served out for the set, it began a run of seven straight games to finish the match and her third win over a top-10 player this week.Unable to get going, Ostapenko complained to her coach and asked for treatment from a trainer. Neither helped the Latvian.Garcia was hardly threatened by Sakkari, who was more tentative than she had been all week in her first WTA semifinal.Garcia has reached her first final of the year, and will play for her fourth career title.“It feels good,; it was long time without a final but a lot happened this year,” Garcia said.She has never met Barty, who won her first career title in March in Kuala Lumpur.TweetPinShare0 Shares
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery at loggerheads with directors over midfield transfer plansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery is at loggerheads with directors over transfer targets this month.The Mirror says Emery’s plans to sign Sevilla attacker Ever Banega are over, with Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez now the target.Emery has worked with Banega at both Valencia and Sevilla, and rates the tenacious midfielder very highly.He therefore identified him as a man who could boost his Gunners side, and was looking for the board to stump up some cash to land him.But Arsenal chiefs weren’t convinced, and weren’t overly keen on Emery spending some considerable cash on a 30-year-old.The board believe the money can be invested better elsewhere, and Suarez – who is 25, available for his £20million release clause and has also played under Emery in the past – became Arsenal’s new number one target.
BRUSSELS- The plane crashed and came down ten minutes after take-off near the village of Marchovelette, in south-east Belgium.A small tourist plane carrying parachutists crashed in Belgium on Saturday, killing 11 people aboard.The plane crashed and came down ten minutes after take-off near the village of Marchovelette, 75 kilometers from south-east Belgium.Mayor of the nearby town of Fernelmont, Jean-Claude Nihoul said 10 parachutists and one pilot were killed in the plane crash.Eyewitnesses said the plane lost a wing and hit the ground. Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo said he shared the sorrow with the families of the victims.
Tahannaout- Saloua Ben Fethalla is a math teacher at Almajd School in Tahannaout, Morocco, a picturesque rural town at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. Her 13-year-old students are just beginning middle school.Until recently, the class of over 40 students would sit in rows, straining to listen as Fethalla lectured. With classes this size, it was difficult for students to work in teams and for teachers to provide one-on-one coaching to students. Traditional rote learning, not comprehension, was the norm.With USAID assistance, the situation has changed for the better. USAID’s Improving Training Quality to Advance National Education project in Morocco is reducing middle school dropout rates by improving teacher performance and creating a better environment for learning. At the start of the last school year, in April 2012, Fethalla attended a series of USAID-organized trainings showing teachers how to create a more interactive classroom. Now, her students collaborate in groups, and she has more time to focus on their individual needs and unique learning styles. Fethalla now uses everyday examples from the children’s lives to give context and realism to her lessons.During basic trigonometry lessons, students are organized in groups around the classroom. They eagerly raise their hands, hoping to be called upon to answer questions. Before this program began, quiet children could get lost in large classes. Now, their teacher draws them out. Fethalla recounts that she used to explain things through one-way communication. “Now the students learn on their own,” she says. “I’m just the coach.”Like Fethalla, 70 percent of teachers who received the USAID training have improved their classroom techniques. Their students have scored up to seven points higher on tests, including Arabic, compared with students whose teachers did not receive the training.Source: USAID Morocco
The most valuable point guards ever (by advanced statistics) 2Oscar Robertson43,88623.2.207+4.673.1 3Jerry West36,57122.9.213+4.762.1 7Steve Nash38,06920.0.164+2.644.5 1John Stockton47,76421.8.209+4.578.6 5Chris Paul27,72525.7.249+6.156.9 RATE STATISTICS SPM (statistical plus/minus) is based on player efficiency rating and win shares per 48 minutes. VAR (value above replacement) converts SPM into a measure of a player’s total value in the minutes he played.Source: Basketball-Reference.com PLAYERTOTAL MIN. PLAYEDPLAYER EFF. RATINGWIN SHARES PER 48 MINSPMVAR Few point guards in NBA history have the résumé to go toe-to-toe with Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers. So how can it be that he’s never played in the conference finals?The battle lines on the topic of Chris Paul are well defined. On the one side, you have supporters of Chris Paul, Point God; on the other, a coalition of traditionalists, stat-skeptics and perplexed quants wondering how a player who dominates every advanced statistic we throw at him, and who has had excellent teammates for the last five seasons, has found so little playoff success. At its most basic level, this can devolve into a debate about the usefulness of stats in identifying a franchise player, versus, say, the ol’ Eye Test. Thankfully, Paul’s stature in the league helps fend off the worst of these arguments, but every great troll opinion has its own grain of truth. In this case: If every tool available to us says Paul is a Michael Jordan-level player, and if we believe basketball is the team sport most influenced by a single, all-powerful player, how do we explain Chris Paul’s dismal playoff record?Paul’s individual profile really is top-notch. Although he only turned 31 near the end of last season, Paul is already the sixth-most-decorated point guard1According to the positional designations at Basketball-Reference.com. ever in terms of MVP voting. His statistical portfolio is mind-boggling: Paul currently ranks as the most efficient point guard in NBA history, according to both career win shares per 48 minutes and player efficiency rating. Among all guards, period, he trails only Michael Jordan in each metric. If you combine both metrics into a composite statistical plus/minus index2No, PER isn’t a great stat, and win shares has its flaws as well; FiveThirtyEight readers know we much prefer the plus/minus family of advanced metrics, including box plus/minus (which powers our CARMELO projection system). But BPM is only available going back to 1973-74, and a proper contextualization of CP3’s career needs to include players from earlier eras — your Jerry Wests, Walt Fraziers, Oscar Robertsons and so forth. Fortunately, PER and WS are better together than they are apart, with PER’s love for high-usage players filling in WS’s blind fixation on efficiency. To be precise, I generated the combined version by figuring out the mix of each (relative to league average) that best correlates with Jeremias Engelmann’s Real Plus-Minus. The composite still isn’t better than, say, BPM, but it isn’t bad, either, particularly for comparing players across eras. and use that to measure each player’s career value above replacement (VAR),3VAR is structured the same as Basketball-Reference.com’s VORP, right down to the replacement level of -2.0 points per 100 possessions, but uses our PER/win shares composite as its foundation instead of box plus/minus. CP3 is the fifth-most-valuable point guard to ever set a sneaker on an NBA court: 8Jason Kidd50,11117.9.133+1.543.9 But there’s always that pesky question of the postseason: Although Paul’s teams have qualified for the playoffs in all but three of his 11 NBA seasons, they haven’t made it very far once there: They’ve lost in the first round four times and in the second round on four other occasions. And that’s it. In the entire history of the NBA, few players with individual numbers as great as Paul’s have seen so little postseason success.In fact, I have a system of playoff success points that can be used to measure a team’s postseason accomplishments in proportion to how many teams it had to beat out to get as far as it did. And only one NBA player — Karl Malone — ever accumulated fewer career dynasty points than Paul has, relative to what we’d expect based on their lifetime VAR tallies: 4Magic Johnson33,24524.1.225+5.361.4 Paul’s postseason numbers are great, though a bit lower than we’d expect given his stellar regular-season stats, even after considering the increased difficulty of postseason opponents. His career playoff averages — a 25.5 PER and .206 WS/48 — are down from his respective marks of 25.7 and .249 in the regular season; those playoff rates mean Paul was worth about 1.3 fewer points (per 100 possessions) to his team than he was in the regular season. The average playoff team since 2006 had a regular-season efficiency differential of +3.6, meaning the level of the competition rises in the playoffs, but we’d expect an individual player’s number to drop by only a fifth of that, since a team’s plus/minus impact is spread across all five players on the court, so Paul’s numbers have dropped almost twice as much as we’d expect them to in the postseason. How will your favorite NBA team do this year? See all of our predictions for the 2016-17 season » 9Chauncey Billups33,00818.8.176+2.941.0 Of course, Curry showed two years ago that it can be done — and he might have done it again last season, if not for the injury that slowed him down as the playoffs went on. And although Paul is not exactly the same kind of game-changing revolutionary as Curry, he comes with his own type of basketball genius, which manifests as putting passes exactly where they need to be to maximize his teammates’ chances of making the shot, dominating the midrange-shooting game in a way that actually makes it efficient, and rating as the league’s best defensive point guard (by a wide margin) despite being one of the shorter guards in the league. In other words, as far as we can tell, Paul has all the tools he needs to be a championship player, even though his teams haven’t made a serious run at the championship yet. So either today’s methods of observation haven’t fully captured Paul’s flaws while picking up what he does well (very possible, though less so as more advanced methods — such as plus/minus and player-tracking data — trickle into the stats) or he’s a genuine statistical anomaly.In any case, time is running out. As CBS’s Matt Moore wrote in August, the chance of Paul’s greatness being forgotten — or at least not fully appreciated — grows with each postseason disappointment. He’s played well enough in the playoffs, but whether the cause is bad luck, bad timing or simply that the NBA is not geared for players like him to carry championship squads, Paul has not made the kind of postseason impact that the rest of his résumé deserves. And with Curry’s Warriors gearing up with even more talent than when they broke the all-time wins record last year, it could be another futile springtime for Paul and the Clippers.Check out our NBA predictions. 10Walt Frazier30,96519.1.176+3.139.7 6Gary Payton47,11718.9.148+2.148.9 Of course, some of that shortfall in playoff success points is also just plain bad luck, like when Paul broke his hand during last season’s first round, effectively killing the Clippers’ chances of advancing before they’d really started. And some of it might have to do with the grand plan the Clippers hatched five years ago, when they traded for the game’s best point guard and began taking steps to assemble a championship team around him.In the last 28 NBA seasons, a point guard has been the best player (according to VAR) on only two championship teams: the 2004 Detroit Pistons, where Chauncey Billups led an ensemble cast of characters — including Ben Wallace and Rasheed Wallace, each of whom could also have made a claim for “best player” honors — and the 2015 Golden State Warriors, where Steph Curry was busy redesigning the sport of basketball. Aside from those two really unusual cases, you’d have to travel back to Magic Johnson’s 1988 Los Angeles Lakers to find the last champ whose top statistical performer was a floor general. (Apologies to Isiah Thomas of the 1989 and ’90 Pistons, whose advanced statistics were never really in line with his Hall of Fame reputation.)In the intervening years, 17 big men4Centers or power forwards. have led championship squads, as have nine wing players.5Shooting guards or small forwards. But NBA teams led by point guards have averaged 14 percent fewer dynasty points per season than all others, despite being stronger during the regular season6As measured by efficiency differential. on average. Since the end of the Showtime 1980s, it’s been pretty tough to build a championship team with a point guard as its centerpiece.And throughout basketball history, that’s basically been the norm. Between the 1951-527The first season in which minutes played were tracked, and therefore the earliest year where we can track per-minute advanced statistics. and 1969-70 seasons, zero NBA champions had a point guard as their best statistical player. So in that sense, the 1970s and ’80s were anomalous, rife as they were with championship point guards such as Johnson, Walt “Clyde” Frazier of the Knicks and even the underappreciated Gus Williams of the 1979 Seattle SuperSonics. If we look at the entirety of NBA history, point guard-led teams have been about half as likely to win a championship as their peers, even after controlling8Via a logistic regression that attempts to predict a team’s probability of winning the championship based on its regular-season efficiency differential, the composite PER/WS plus-minus of its best player and whether or not that player was a point guard. The coefficient on the point-guard dummy variable was significant and very negative, meaning teams whose best players were point guards were much less likely to win a championship across six and a half decades of NBA history. for how good the team — and its best player — were statistically.
Ohio State senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov (center) makes a save as temmates Yianni Sarris (left) and Ryan Ivancic (right) look on during a match against Cleveland State on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The win gave Ivanov his seventh shutout of the 2013 season.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIt might have taken seven overtime periods, but the Ohio State men’s soccer team finally grabbed its first victory of the 2014 season.OSU opened its season with a double-overtime scoreless draw against the University of California Davis before going to two more overtimes in its next game against Butler.The Buckeyes (1-0-3) experienced a familiar feeling with a 1-1 draw in double overtime against tournament host University of North Carolina-Wilmington on Friday night before achieving that elusive first victory against Elon University, 1-0, in single overtime Sunday.Sunday’s win came when junior forward Joao Ehlers fired the golden goal past senior Elon goalkeeper Nathan Dean about 2.5 minutes into the overtime period. Ehlers a Brazilian native made his OSU debut Friday night after transferring to the school from the University of the Cumberlands this season.Redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov made four saves for his 10th career shutout and the second shutout of the season. Ivanov has started all four games this year, allowing 0.75 goals per game.OSU was outshot 14-10 by Elon (2-2-0), including 9-4 in the second half, but Ehlers’ shot was the only one of overtime — and the only one it needed.The game was delayed for just under 90 minutes during the 55th minute because of lightning in the area.In Friday night’s contest, OSU spent the majority of the game playing protection. UNC-Wilmington outshot the Buckeyes, 19-8, including 4-0 in the two overtime periods, but OSU did not break.The scoring was opened with OSU’s first shot of the game during the sixth minute when senior midfielder Yianni Sarris took a pass from his left from sophomore forward Danny Jensen and shot inside the right post for his second goal of the season.The rest of the first half saw a flurry of attacks from UNC-Wilmington, but Ivanov stopped three shots to keep it scoreless.The OSU goalie didn’t experience quite the same amount of success in the second half, as Seahawks sophomore forward Freddy Nzekele took a header off of a free kick in the 65th minute and put it past Ivanov to knot the score at one.Chances were sparse throughout the rest of the second half, and the Buckeyes once again headed to overtime.Offense was hard to come by throughout the two overtime periods, but Ivanov stepped up with about five minutes remaining in the game when he made a diving stop on a penalty kick to save the game.The Buckeyes have yet to play a game ending in regulation time, but were still able to pick up the win they were searching for through the season’s first three games. Jensen said earlier in the week that getting a win is “basically all that’s on our minds right now.”The team is set to return home to open Big Ten play against Northwestern on Sunday. That game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Rachel Weber running at Tracktown USA last June during the NCAA championship. Credit: Courtesy of Rachel Weber.She keeps her head up, chin down, eyes level while gliding through each stride with even distance as her hair whisks side to side. Rachel Weber, a fifth-year at Ohio State in strategic communications, is a runner’s runner.“I just fell in love with it and I fell in love and competing and the adrenaline that you get,” Weber said.Weber finished 13th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Tracktown USA last June in Eugene, Oregon. It was the last time she would run for the Buckeyes, but she doesn’t plan for it to be her last visit to that track.Although she has ran out of eligibility at Ohio State, this was not her last meet competing against other collegiate programs.Ohio State has continued to have ties to Weber’s post-collegiate running career almost a year after she took off her scarlet and gray jersey.Professional track and field isn’t as straightforward as well-known leagues like the NBA or NFL. Runners sometimes compete for track clubs, which are often smaller in scale, or they receive sponsorships from brands like Nike, Asics and Adidas that allow them to support their career.There also is separation between professional and post-collegiate. Weber runs for Columbus Running Company and it supports her. However she is not getting a salary to run for it, although it pays her for as an employee who works at its store.“I am really, really fortunate that Columbus Running Company supports me and they help support gear, travel and teammates and it’s awesome,” Weber said. “When I graduate hopefully I will be looking to be up more on that professional level with a professional contract.”She has a new coach, Rob Meyers, an Ohio State alumnus who has the fourth-fastest 1,500-meter time (3:41) in school history and the fifth-fastest mile time (4:03) in school history.Meyers met Weber through the running camps that he and his family host in the summer. Weber was a volunteer who brought an infectious smile to running, Meyers said.“I knew that she was really energetic and positive. She was passionate for the sport,” Meyers said. “As for as the running camp side of things go, we obviously invited her back.”Their relationship changed last summer when Weber reached out to Meyers to become her personal coach.“First I was a little caught off guard, but the more I thought about it, she needed to stay in Columbus to finish her education” Meyers said. “It seemed like something that I was able to work out and I was excited about.”Beyond working with Weber, Meyers coaches cross country and track and field at Fairfield Union High School. Weber has assisted him, working as a volunteer coach and training there for outdoor season. Competing for Columbus Running Company has sometimes led Weber to race against her old teammates. In the indoor season, Weber ran at the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Indiana.“Meyo is one of the nearest and dearest meets to my heart. For I have had several really, really poor races there.” Weber said, “Like some of the worst races in my entire college career.”This past Meyo Invitational had some slight differences. Mainly, she was competing against Ohio State in the 800-meter run, the event in which she set the school record several months before — though none of Ohio State’s runners competed in the same heat.Weber’s goals for the meet also slightly changed. This year it was to make the U.S. Track and Field standard at 2:03 and the International Association of Athletics Federations standard at 2:02. Weber won her heat, but she ran a 2:07.Even while no longer with the Buckeyes, there was nothing new to the meet for Weber.“Even in college like we would show up with the team but then it was like I had my own up and a lot of times I was the only one running a certain event,” Weber said. “I had to get really good at being independent and having my own warmup routine and own warmup schedule.”During the winter, Weber also trained at the French Field House alongside the current Buckeyes and intermingled with them between exercises. She even saw a personal trainer from Ohio State before her practice. Sara Vergote, Ohio State’s distance and cross country coach, took some time and helped Weber out during one of her most intense practices of the year, in which the goal was for Weber to push herself as far as she could possibly go. Vergote said she stopped Weber when she started to lose her running form and risk injury. All along this road, Weber was driven by her love for running. Speed just followed her afterward.She started running 5ks with her mom, Christine Weber-Wheeler, when she was just five years old. Growing up Weber wanted always wanted to be an athlete — just in soccer. “I played club soccer and so I always envisioned myself like oh, ‘I’m going to be the next Mia Hamm,’” Weber said.But her passion switched to track, specifically the 400-meter dash. At Dublin Coffman, she moved up to the 800-meter run and finished third at the high school state championship meet, then came to Ohio State. During her time at Ohio State she broke the school record for the 800-meter run record (2:02) and posted the second-fastest 1,500-meter run. Weber’s passion for running spreads out much further though than the events she ran or the times she has clocked.“Like I still would choose to run again and again and again because of the friendships that it’s given me and the fulfillment that it gives you,” Weber said.She has gone to the Columbus Marathon, not to run, but to cheer on the runners. In addition to her work at Fairfield Union, she also volunteers at Dublin Coffman.“She is an amazing influence to have for these athletes.” Meyers said.For Weber, the Olympics has been the dream, but she knows the odds can be tough to predict. Olympic qualifying at Tracktown USA — back in Eugene — happens one day every three years.“I think it’s a wonderful gift to have to be able to compete and experience the joy and the freedom that running bring me.” Weber said, “So my goal is to enjoy the entire process leading up to the Olympics.”
Officers with the Patrol Division located the body of an adult male lying in the lower parking lot. Officers have closed that area of the parking lot, according to the Nixle report from APD. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Anchorage Police Department responded to the report of a body found in the parking lot of the Alaska Zoo, around 7:45am, this morning. In a social media post from Alaska Zoo “the Alaska Zoo will be closed until further notice as we cooperate with an Anchorage Police investigation.” There will be a large police presence at the zoo as detectives investigate so be advised of possible delays in the area. Anyone with information about this investigation, is asked to call Dispatch at 311 (option #1).
Dan Cohen AUTHOR A computer-aided dispatch system, an installation’s use of federal inmate labor, and two partnerships between the National Guard and the private sector are among the projects selected for the 2018 Army Community Partnership Awards. The competition covers memorandums of understanding, memorandums of agreement, cooperative agreements, educational agreements, leases or licenses, mutual aid agreements and intergovernmental support agreements signed during fiscal 2016-2018. The seven winners include:Fort Carson and El Paso County, Colo., who partnered to build the Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex Trap and Skeet Range; the range covers its costs through fees paid by military and civilian users.Fort Detrick and Frederick County, Md., who partnered on a computer-aided dispatch system to create interoperability and system synchronization; the post also joined the county’s solid waste management plan, enabling the Army to reduce installation emissions and landfill use requirements.Fort Polk partnered with Vernon Parish Police Jury, La., for solid waste management, which enables the sorting of field waste associated with the rotational unit training mission; in a second partnership, the installation relies on the city of Leesville to handle vegetation control, grounds maintenance and tree-removal services; in a third partnership, the post is obtaining custodial services from the town of Rosepine.Fort Riley partnered with Manhattan, Kan., on bulk purchasing of road salt.Parks Reserve Forces Training Area partnered with the federal correctional institution at Dublin, Calif., to provide federal inmate labor for the installation’s public works projects.The South Carolina Army National Guard partnered with SCANA Corp. on several initiatives intended to enhance defense capabilities in the cyber environment.The Wisconsin National Guard and Department of Military Affairs partnered with multiple electric utilities in a collaboration intended to mitigate risk to the utilities, identify opportunities to improve incident recovery and develop practices that demonstrate an “all hazards” approach to cooperation between the government and private utilities.Criteria for selection include the degree to which the partnership improves or enhances readiness; supports reform initiatives; modernizes a service, system or process; expands capability; and improves family life or community relations. The Army Community Partnership Recognition Ceremony will be held Dec. 4.Army photo by Mark Cleghorn