Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday said the party would start its “struggle” against the ruling Congress government for allegedly distorting history related to the Sikh faith and Sikh gurus by misrepresenting facts in the Class XII history book of the Punjab School Education Board.“We would start the struggle to force Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and the Congress government in the State to apologise to the’’Khalsa Panth’ for repeatedly and deliberately insulting the Sikh Guru Sahiban,” he said.Mr. Badal said a 48-hour long protest “dharna” would commence in Amritsar on November 1. “I will sit for the first 24 hours and then the SGPC [Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee] chief Jathedar Gobind Singh Longowal will sit for the next 24 hours,” said Mr. Badal.He said the next phase of the “struggle” would be announced at the conclusion of the dharna in case the Congress government did not apologise.‘Exemplary punishment’ Mr. Badal asked for exemplary punishment to all those responsible for insulting the great gurus through blasphemous versions of history. “Mere withdrawal of the repeatedly sacrilegious textbooks was not enough to atone for the grave sin ,” he added.
It will be interesting to see if Bengal Warriors opt to play their bench players after giving them a run out in their last match. Defender Baldev Singh was the only regular starter to make an appearance in the loss last time around and coach BC Ramesh will probably look to rest him for the upcoming game.Coach Ramesh will also want to rest his stars and skipper Maninder Singh, who picked up a knock in his last appearance on the mat. The likes of Rakesh Narwal and Sourabh Tanaji Patil, who scored Super 10s in the last match, will also want to make a statement in their bid for a role in the semi-final.In defence, Mayur Shivtarkar and Viraj Vishnu Langde will be eager to make an impact with a spot in Bengal Warriors’ defence potentially up for grabs ahead of their semi-final.Escaping these deadly tackles – #IsseToughKuchNahi!Watch the 3 best defensive displays from the Panchkula leg here and top 10 here: https://t.co/PPDgGC5yNVKeep watching the action:? – #VIVOProKabaddi? – Every day, 7 PM onwards?? – Star Sports and Hotstar pic.twitter.com/BpVK1ySakP— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) October 8, 2019 After ending their 14-match winless run last time around, Tamil Thalaivas will hope for another good performance as they bid adieu to their fans in what will be their last appearance of the campaign.V Ajith Kumar has been one of their few positives from the season and he will be their go-to man on Wednesday as well. ‘Showman’ Rahul Chaudhari has had a forgettable campaign but will want to finish on a high with a performance similar to those we had grown accustomed to in the past.In defence, Ran Singh had a good game in their last outing and will need to organise the likes of Sagar, M. Abishek and Ponparthiban Subramanian for Tamil Thalaivas to get a positive result.
Highlights | In a dramatic second game 🇭🇰 Lee Cheuk Yiu comes back to delight home crowd by edging over former world No.1 Kidambi Srikanth 🏸#HSBCBWFbadminton #HSBCRacetoGuangzhou pic.twitter.com/7BI9Azr7hP— BWF (@bwfmedia) November 16, 2019In their only other meeting in the past, Srikanth had beaten Cheuk Yiu 21-17 21-18 at the 2018 India Open.Cheuk Yiu had stunned former badminton world number one Viktor Axelsen to stroll into the semi-finals of his home HSBC BWF World Tour Super 500 event.As for the Indian, Srikanth had not really been challenged throughout the tournament, with him playing just one complete match in the run-up to the semi-final on Saturday.Unseeded Srikanth, ranked 13th in the world, pocketed the first game 21-13 in just 15 minutes when the world no. 4 and fifth seed Chen Long of China retired due to an injury, to book his place in the semi-final.Srikanth in the second round had registered a win over compatriot Sourabh Verma, 21-11, 15-21, 21-19 in the contest which lasted for 59 minutes.Srikanth had received a bye in the first round against World No.1 Kento Momota as the Japanese withdrew from the tournament.(With inputs from Agencies) badmintonhong konghong kong openIndia First Published: November 16, 2019, 5:43 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Kidambi Srikanth went down to home favourite Lee Cheuk Yiu in straight games in the semi-final of the Hong Kong Open on Saturday.Srikanth lost 9-21 23-25 in 42 minutes to bring down curtains on the Indian challenge at the tournament. Srikanth, who was trailing 3-11 at mid-break in the first game, lost the first contest 9-21.In the second game, Srikanth showed signs of a comeback as he was leading 11-8 at mid-break. Srikanth had a game point but the Hong Kong shuttler held his nerve and managed to take the second game 25-23.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who suffered a serious hand injury four months ago, has finally returned to the tennis court.Last month in December, Kvitova suffered severe injuries to her playing hand after she was attacked by a knife-wielding intruder at her home in Czech Republic.The Czech on Tuesday posted a picture of herself hitting a ball on a practice court in Monaco on her Facebook account.”Hello guys, I hope this picture makes you as happy as it makes me!” Kvitova wrote.”I am in Monaco and guess what? I’m back on the tennis court, hitting with some proper balls,” she added.Kvitova, who won the women’s singles titles at Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, had ruled out of Hopman Cup mixed teams’ tennis tournament due to a foot injury.Last month, she had entered the draw for French Open scheduled to take place from May 22.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has made contact with Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) officials and has offered to host them for a two-Test series in Pakistan later this year.According to The Dawn, PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan has made contact with Sri Lankan cricket board’s officials in a bid to convince them to move their end-of-the-year Test series from the UAE to Pakistan.The report quoted sources as saying that the PCB MD, on the sidelines of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) in Singapore on Tuesday, asked Sri Lankan officials to send to Pakistan its delegation which can then be briefed regarding security plans and arrangements.Over the last few years, PCB has stepped up its efforts for the return of international cricket in the country. They have hosted PSL matches an ICC World XI (2017) and West Indies (2018), for three-match T20 series, and Sri Lanka (2017) for a one-off T20. However, not a single Test has been played in Pakistan in recent years.International cricket was put on hold in Pakistan after touring Sri Lankan team was attacked by gunmen on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on the third morning of the second of the two Tests in March 2009.However, last December, PCB was awarded the hosting rights to the 2020 Asia Cup.Recently, Pakistan was in talks with New Zealand and Australia for hosting. However, after showing initial interest, both boards later backed out.Also Read | New Zealand vs West Indies Highlights, CWC 2019 Warm-Up MatchAlso Read | World Cup 2003: Unstoppable Australia successfully defend their World Cup trophyAlso Seeadvertisement
The Australian Mixed Open team have come from behind to take a 1-0 lead in the 2018 Open Trans-Tasman Series in Rotorua.It took six minutes for the Touch Blacks to open the scoring with Nat Turner diving over after applying sustained pressure on the Aussie line. The Australians immediately hit back with stalwart Michael Singh finding Ron Hanson Medallist Elin Mortimer with a precision long ball for her to fittingly score the opening touch down for the visiting team.While the first points took some time to come for both teams the game quickly opened up from there. The Kiwis scored again in the 8th minute and shortly after should have made it 3-1 with Bayley Waudby unable to take advantage of the opportunity spilling the ball over the line. It proved to be a costly error as the Aussies marched up the field and levelled the score at 2 apiece through Leah Opie-Lukins.Every time the Aussies drew level the Kiwis just as quickly edged clear and at 4-3 in favour of the home team and with only minute in the opening half a pair of sublime hands from Leah Percy provided Zara Nicholas with a first half hat-trick and a 4-4 score line.The second half started just as the first did with New Zealand opening the scoring and resuming their position in front. With 15 minutes remaining Touch Black’s Ifor Jones interferred with a certain Australian try and earned himself a period of time for his efforts. The Aussies made him pay scoring off the second play but again failed to hold out the Touch Blacks with the Kiwis taking back their lead and the score to 6-5.The teams traded tries again before Lachlan Hoch drew the scores at 7 all with 3 minutes remaining left. This time the Aussies wouldn’t allow the Kiwis to get back the lead and with just 60 seconds left the visitors hit the lead for the first time in the match through Dylan Thompson and held on in the dying stages for an impressive come from behind 8-7 victory.
HAMILTON, ON – MAY 28: Johnny Manziel #2 of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats takes part in a preseason practice session at Ron Joyce Stadium on May 28, 2018 in Hamilton, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)In late February, the Canadian Football League released a statement announcing former college football star Johnny Manziel had been kicked out of the league.According to NFL insider Benjamin Allbright, Manziel failed to show up for a mandatory counseling session, breaking an agreement he had with the league.Not long after his release, the Alliance of American Football stepped in and offered Manziel a chance to continue his football career. The former Texas A&M star landed with the Memphis Express – a team that has struggled to keep a quarterback on the field.Former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg was benched in favor of Zach Mettenberger. However, Mettenberger suffered an ankle injury, opening the door for Brandon Silvers.With Manziel on the team, however, some wondered if the team would turn to the former NFL starter.Earlier this week, the Express announced Silvers will get the start this weekend.“He’s been in the film room all week, he’s been studying and meeting with the coaches a lot,” co-offensive coordinator Bobby Blizzard said of Silvers. “He’s been getting a lot of reps. He’s getting comfortable with what we’re trying to do against Birmingham.”Manziel won’t get the start in his first game with the team, but he’ll serve as the backup.Birmingham and Memphis kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET on NFL Network.
The recent release of the Apple Watch has everyone talking. Is a smart watch necessary? Is it the future of watches? As you can imagine, the most critical comments come from watch enthusiasts. The Apple Watch is not a watch, rather a wrist device. One thing the Apple Watch and the previously released smart watches has done is lit the bulb at other watch brands. Linking the watch and smart phone is now a point of interest, and brands like Montblanc and Breitling have shown their own interpretations of a connected watch. Most recent is Brielting’s addition, The Breitling B55 Connected.The B55 is a black titanium monster meant for the true aviator. At 46mm in diameter, this rugged sport timepiece bears a blue rubber strap to match the blue insignia on the dial representing its connective capabilities. Two LCD backlit screens display a myriad of functions for aviation. Count up/down timers, time logging for trips including take-off and landing time stamps are just two of the functions for a modern pilot in the B55. Other functions include alarms, multiple timezones, multiple chronographs, and of course the time and date. What makes the B55 Connective special is its link with you smart phone.Capable of storing and sharing information with a smart phone makes this timepiece a pilots personal black box. Timing information is transferred from wrist to phone creating what might be the most useful pilot timepiece to date. Even setting itself, the watch draws information from the phone as well to increase accuracy. Charging the watch is as simple as plugging it in via USB.The Breitling B55 Connective can be called a smart watch, but it is certainly not in the same category as the Apple watch. The Apple watch and those like it will prove to be just another technological distraction for most. Wearing a fine timepiece shows character, interest and taste. The Breitling B55 is a great example of making watches smarter for purpose wearers, not simply putting another screen in your face. At roughly $8,000, the B55 is a watch made smarter. PrepDeck Makes Meal Prep Work a Breeze A Brief History of Aviator Sunglasses and Our 5 Favorite Pairs Right Now Editors’ Recommendations Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker The Awake G7 Watch Makes Fishing Nets Fashionable and Sustainable
zoom SOHAR Port and Freezone have reached a milestone with the arrival of the first 10,000 TEU ship at the newly expanded Oman International Container Terminal (OICT).Under the auspices of His Excellency Dr Ahmed Mohammed Salem Al-Futaisi, Minister for Transport and Communication, SOHAR, thanks to OICT expansion and installation of new post-panamax cranes, welcomed the APL shipping line’s Savannah, the first 10,000 (TEU) ship to dock in the Port.OICT signed the development agreement early last year for expansion of a 70-hectare container terminal. The development will increase capacity from 800,000 TEU to 1,500,000 TEU and will also see yard space more than double from 28 hectares, installation of seven post-panamax quay cranes and 14 rubber-tyred gantry cranes.The investment in the new expansion totals USD 130 million, and the current maximum vessel size will increase from 6,500 TEU to in excess of 10,000 TEU. These recent developments enable shipping lines to bring their mainline vessels directly into Oman.Maersk Line was the first to embrace the move of commercial activity from Muscat and announce their commitment to SOHAR.SOHAR Port and Freezone Chief Executive Andre Toet said: “We are committed and geared towards catering for, and creating growth in container traffic. We’re in prime position to attract shipping lines to channel their North Oman specific boxes through SOHAR rather than Jebel Ali or other neighbouring ports.”May 29, 2014
For more information on the Cape Breton Strategic Framework Advancement project, visit the Cape Breton Partnership’s website at www.capebretonpartnership.com. The province is investing $198,000 to help launch the Cape Breton Strategic Framework Advancement project, an initiative aimed at creating good jobs and tapping into the enormous economic development potential in the Cape Breton region. The project is a joint venture with the Cape Breton Partnership and the federal government, through the Enterprise Cape Breton Corp. Premier Darrell Dexter announced the province’s contribution in Sydney today, April 20. “Cape Bretoners are talented, hardworking people who deserve the same access as all Nova Scotians to the opportunities on the horizon for this province,” said Premier Dexter. “This investment will help the Cape Breton Partnership work together with the community and businesses to guide and co-ordinate the region’s economic development over the next three years, when those opportunities are expected to start hitting their stride. “The creation of an overall framework is also part of a larger focus of putting jobsHere, the province’s plan for economic growth, into action in Cape Breton.” The project will build on the capabilities of the region’s business community, infrastructure, public sector and not-for-profit organizations, along with the labour force. It will include and integrate the input and vision of many community stakeholders, and will use existing resources as a starting point. “The economy in Cape Breton has been going through a number of changes in recent years. This strategic framework will build an overarching blueprint for economic development opportunities for the region,” said Keith MacDonald, executive director Cape Breton Partnership. “The time is now to build ownership, confidence and pride to enhance prosperity and grow the economy of Cape Breton.” Right now, Nova Scotia is on the brink of several game-changing opportunities, including the $25-billion federal shipbuilding contract, the Lower Churchill project and construction of the Maritime Link, and Shell Canada’s commitment to spend hundreds of millions of dollars exploring Nova Scotia’s offshore. The shipbuilding contract alone will generate millions of dollars in economic spinoffs for the Atlantic region, and create more than 11,000 jobs during peak production. Electricians, metal fabricators, sheet metal workers and many other skilled tradespeople will be needed, not to mention the engineers, business leaders and innovators necessary to turn contracts and concepts into finished products. “Businesses and workers in Cape Breton can take great advantage of these opportunities by getting ready now,” Premier Dexter said. “There is absolutely no reason Cape Breton cannot compete to win work associated with these projects.” Through jobsHere, the province is already helping companies become part of the growing Irving Shipbuilding supply chain. The plan also helps identify and support companies aligning with the jobsHere priorities of productivity, competitiveness and innovation. “We have a diverse economy, from natural resources, to innovative and knowledge-based companies, to tourism, trade and services. This is the future of our region,” said Chad Munro, president and CEO of Halifax Biomedical, based in Mabou. “This strategic framework provides an excellent way to focus government and private enterprises on what needs to be done to further Cape Breton’s strengths and diversify into other high-margin sectors to ultimately build a sustainable and prosperous economy.” This announcement builds on other recent provincial investments and initiatives in Cape Breton, including: more than $27 million since 2011 to protect jobs, extend the Forestry Infrastructure Fund and keep the former NewPage mill re-sale ready $15.2 million toward the dredging of Sydney Harbour a federal commitment to help fund the dredging project, secured by Deputy Premier Frank Corbett more than $1.8 million to support 29 businesses in the Cape Breton region through the Productivity Investment Program $3.3 million for much-needed repairs and maintenance to the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway
MILWAUKEE — Foxconn Technology Group has awarded $13 million in contracts to three firms it describes as “Wisconsin-based.”The Journal Sentinel reports that while the two of the three companies have a presence in Wisconsin, they are headquartered elsewhere. The contracts are for work on the foundations of the display panel plant Foxconn plans to build in Mount Pleasant.Foxconn says the contracts are going to C.D. Smith Construction of Fond du Lac, Otis Elevator Company of Milwaukee and PSI Intertek of Waukesha. Otis Elevator is headquartered in Farmington, Connecticut. PSI has its headquarters in Arlington Heights, Illinois.Foxconn says the companies receiving contracts do not have to be headquartered in the state to qualify as Wisconsin-based. The company has set a goal of using Wisconsin-based businesses for 60 per cent of its contracting.___Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.comThe Associated Press
REXTON, N.B. — The chief of the Elsipogtog (ell-see-book-took) First Nation in New Brunswick is criticizing the RCMP for its conduct last week in controlling a protest against shale gas exploration, promising his community will continue to oppose the industry’s development in the province.Aaron Sock says every effort will be made to keep its opposition peaceful after 40 people were arrested and weapons seized when the Mounties enforced a court-ordered injunction Thursday to end the blockade of a compound near Rexton, where SWN Resources stored exploration equipment and vehicles.Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is in New Brunswick to show his support for the band and described the Mounties’ actions last week as the violent use of state power.Assistant commissioner Roger Brown, the Mounties’ commanding officer in the province, has defended the police response, saying officers seized firearms and improvised explosive devices that were a threat to public safety.Six police vehicles including an unmarked van were burned and Molotov cocktails were tossed at police, who fired non-lethal beanbag type bullets and used pepper spray to defuse the situation.Sock says no decisions have been made on how the band will proceed but he expects a meeting later this week with Premier David Alward, whose government believes shale gas exploration can be done while protecting the environment and encouraging economic growth.On Sunday morning, about 50 people gathered in the rain at the protest site on Route 134. Protesters on Highway 11 in Rexton set up a blockade Saturday for a short period of time.Sock was among those arrested last week. Police say the arrests were for firearms offences, threats, intimidation, mischief and violating the injunction.The RCMP blocked Route 134 three weeks ago after protesters began spilling onto the road. Protesters then cut down trees and placed them across another part of the road, blocking the entrance to the company’s equipment compound.The protesters want SWN Resources to stop seismic testing and leave the province. The company says it’s only in the early stages of exploration in New Brunswick.RON WARD
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today that funding for the Flash Appeal for the 8 October quake, which was increased late last month from the $312 million originally sought, now amounted to $109 million in commitments and contributions, with a further $45 million in pledges.Meanwhile the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has deployed mobile teams to fix water- and sanitation-related problems in relief camps following an outbreak of diarrhoea among victims of the quake, which killed at least 73,000 people and injured almost as many others.”In crowded conditions and with few basic services, health problems can easily arise. We are trying to reach as many camps as possible to prevent the outbreak of diseases,” UNHCR’s head of the camp management cluster Michael Zwack said.In organized camps in the Balakot and Batagram areas, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) Oxfam and the Taraque Foundation have already set up water points, latrines and bathrooms. But hygiene standards are harder to ensure in hundreds of makeshift camps scattered across the remote mountainous region.”The need to improve water and sanitation has never been more urgent,” UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva.OCHA noted that the Pakistani army had reported that there are 160,000 people living above the snow line in Kaghan Valley and the Allai. Those who remain in their villages there urgently need shelter assistance, including the winterization of tents already provided, in order to survive the winter or they have to move to lower areas.In the Mansehra region, UNHCR has deployed the first of 20 “quick impact” teams to fix technical problems in both organised and makeshift camps, bringing supplies to build latrines and hiring plumbers, masons, carpenters and electricians to set up a basic infrastructure in the camps.More UNHCR-funded mobile groups are being deployed, with a total of 32 teams planned in Mansehra, Bagh and Muzaffarabad.”We’ve requested UNHCR to come and advise us on the technical aspects of camp management and on operational issues like services,” said Major Ashad Ali, a Pakistan army official overseeing the new Ghazi Kot camp near Mansehra. “We’re not moving people in until all the services are functioning, even on minimum basis.”In response, a UNHCR mobile team today procured wooden panels and other materials to set up latrines. By the end of the day, eight emergency latrines were ready. Another 100 UNHCR tents are on their way to supplement the 98 already there.By late this afternoon, the joint UNHCR/NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) airlift out of Turkey’s Incirlik airbase had transported a total of more than 1,060 tons of UNHCR relief items on 83 separate sorties. Hundreds more tonnes have also been brought in by air from Dubai and Jordan and overland from Afghanistan and Iran.
The ‘Protecting Cultural Heritage – An Imperative for Humanity’ initiative was presented at the UN by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Italy and Jordan, with the participation of principals from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Interpol and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), as well as ministers from various Member States.“Culture is on the frontline of conflict – we must place it at the heart of peacebuilding,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. For his part, the Executive Director of UNODC, Yury Fedotov, said it was important address trafficking and the destruction of cultural property as “crimes that strike at the very core of our civilization and heritage”.“Cultural heritage is a reflection of human history, civilization and the coexistence of multiple peoples and their ways of life,” said Mr. Paolo Gentiloni, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy. “Its protection is a shared responsibility of the international community, in the interest of future generations.” Participants at the High-level Ministerial Meeting on World’s Heritage Proctection. UN Photo/Kim Haughton ‹ ›“The religious and cultural heritage of the Middle East, the birthplace of civilization and religions, belongs to all humanity,” said Nasser Judeh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Jordan.The initiative will follow up on resolutions and decisions adopted by the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly and other international bodies. There has been a sharp increase in terrorist attacks and destruction of cultural heritage of countries affected by armed conflict, as well as the illicit trafficking and sale of cultural objects. These acts not only generate income for terrorist groups in the Middle East and beyond, but also constitute a tactic of war.Meanwhile, Mireille Ballestrazzi, President of Interpol, highlighted the need “to combine our efforts and resources to efficiently curb this criminal phenomenon and protect the world’s cultural heritage for future generations”.The ‘Protecting Cultural Heritage’ initiative is a project open to all Member States, international organizations and partners wishing to join forces in support of the protection of cultural heritage from destruction and/or illicit trafficking.
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College football season kicked off 69 days ago, on Aug. 26. But with the College Football Playoff committee releasing its first set of rankings Tuesday night, the season for irrational pigskin arguments has only just begun.Take the committee’s initial rankings: Although the top three of Alabama, Clemson and Michigan didn’t surprise anyone — they’re three of the only four remaining undefeated major-conference teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision — the decision to put one-loss Texas A&M at No. 4 over unbeaten Washington was generally seen as a head-scratcher. And that’s just the first edition of the rankings! A whole lot more can happen between now and Dec. 4, when the final version drops.To help you sort it all out, FiveThirtyEight is relaunching our College Football Playoff prediction model for the 2016 season. In fact, this year we’ve built a continually updating page that lets you view the current favorites, as well as the not-so-favorites: Every team with at least a 0.1 percent chance of making the playoff is listed. You can also choose custom scenarios for the future, letting you see how the model changes if a given team wins or loses its next game, or if it wins out over the remainder of its schedule. As for the nuts and bolts of the model, we’re using the same system we rolled out last year, itself an improvement over the version we used in Year 1 of the CFP.Here’s a brief refresher on how our model works: It takes the most recent version of the CFP committee’s rankings, simulates the next week of games using ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI), uses a version of our old friend the Elo rating to guesstimate how the committee would react to those FPI-simulated results,1With uncertainty-generating mechanisms in place to “scramble” the rankings in ways that might not always follow historical precedent. and then repeats the process until we have a simulated version of the committee’s final rankings.Do that 10,000 times, and we can estimate the likelihood of any team ranking in the committee’s top four when the dust clears on the season. But … does it actually work? Well, for what it’s worth, the model did a pretty good job of predicting the field last season. Just don’t ask us about what happened in 2014. (Don’t worry, we also tweaked the model afterward to fix some of its first-year bugs.)This season, Clemson, Alabama and Michigan check in at Nos. 1-3 in playoff probability — which isn’t exactly a shock. And Washington fans shouldn’t feel too bummed about their team’s snub in the first CFP rankings. Despite placing fifth in the committee rankings, our model gives the Huskies a 47 percent probability of making the playoff, the fourth-best odds of any team, and greater than a 99 percent chance of making the playoff if it wins out (though it gives the Huskies just a 25 percent chance of doing that).Of course, the model also comes with a lot of built-in uncertainty, especially at this early stage of playoff speculation. It says there’s an 84 percent chance that at least one team outside the Clemson-Alabama-Michigan-Washington quartet crashes the CFP party by season’s end — most likely Ohio State (though the Buckeyes probably need to beat Michigan on Nov. 26 to do it), Louisville, Texas A&M or Wisconsin, all of whom have a 10 percent shot or better at the playoff.Some of those teams need more help than others, however. The Buckeyes and Badgers could control their own destinies to some degree by winning out — Ohio State’s odds would be 96 percent if it ran the table, Wisconsin’s would be 74 percent if they did the same, and Texas A&M’s would be 61 percent. But Louisville’s chances at the playoff would only be 39 percent even if we knew they’d win all their games from here out. (Gaming out contingencies such as those are where the choose-your-own-scenario feature of our interactive comes in handy. Hint, hint.)Even with the perfect number of undefeated major-conference teams for a four-team playoff, the crystal ball is still pretty cloudy at this point. There’s a lot of football left to be played. But our model should at least be a useful guide for making sense of the silliness that’s surely waiting in the season’s second half.Check out our college football predictions. Will your favorite team make the College Football Playoff? See all of our predictions for the 2016 season »
When it’s time to compete, Ohio State women’s track and field star Christina Manning likes to get down to business. “Everyone knows I’m a very silly person,” Manning said. “But when it comes down to competition, I know that there’s expectations.” Manning has met those expectations and built an impressive résumé in her time at OSU. In her tenure, the junior has been named a three-time All-American and has earned five Big Ten Individual Championship titles. Most recently, Manning was named Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. The accolades compliment her performance at the 2011 Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships where she was also named the Athlete of the Championships and Big Ten Indoor Track Athlete of the Year. “Well, it feels amazing,” Manning said. “I had previously won indoor last year, but last year outdoor I had a downfall and didn’t get to finish the race. So this year I had to defend a title and earn a title, and being able to do that made me feel really good about both seasons. I take championships very serious, and to be named Athlete of the Year both indoor and out is recognition to that.” Coach Karen Dennis said Manning’s focus is the key to her success. Before she competes, Manning prefers to warm up on her own. “She’s soft-spoken,” Dennis said. “I think when it comes time to be on the track she becomes introverted. I think that’s probably one of the qualities you need in order to be a champion. You have to get centered and be able to avoid distractions.” The recognition added to an already great season for Manning and her team, who claimed the Big Ten Indoor Championship for the first time in school history. But for Manning and her team, one championship wasn’t enough. When the outdoor championship came, Manning knew she had to turn it up a notch to sweep the conference. When her team called on her, she delivered, claiming first place in the 100-meter dash and the 100-meter hurdles, and anchoring the 4-by-100-meter relay team to a first-place finish. “I was working really hard, and you don’t really go to a meet like that and leave with that title,” Manning said. “It felt really good.” Relay teammate Letecia Wright agreed. “Christina is a great hurdler and competitor. I’m proud of her,” said Wright, who leads the 4-by-100-meter relay team that Manning anchors. Manning’s versatility makes her a valuable asset to her team and to her coach. “Christina is probably, pound for pound, one of the best sprinter-hurdlers in the history of this program,” Dennis said. That’s a label Dennis doesn’t use liberally. Manning has affected the team in a huge way, and it’s taken hard work to earn that respect. “I definitely think it’s because of the work ethic that I put in,” Manning said. “Coach Karen molded me into a more serious athlete and a more serious individual.” Considering her high school career, Manning’s success may come as a surprise. She was a devout hurdler in high school and didn’t become a sprinter until she came to OSU. The atmosphere she trained in at high school practices wasn’t near the challenging level she has experienced in college. “We didn’t really practice in high school,” Manning said. “You went there; you laughed; you saw your friends. … There were no rules.” Once she arrived at OSU, her coaches let her know things were going to be different. In the latter stage of her college career, Manning adapted to the demands of the workouts. “Coach Joel (Brown) … he runs professionally, so he knows exactly what he talks about,” Manning said. “He doesn’t play. There’s no fun and games when he’s around. That helps us focus.” Dennis wasn’t easy on her either. Used to making her own rules, Manning had to learn to bend to her coach’s will. “Coach Karen is hard on me,” she said. “She doesn’t let me do whatever I think would be best for me. … She just keeps my head on.” Manning understands Dennis has her sights set on teaching her athletes to be their best in more ways than one. “It’s helping to make me a better woman in general,” Manning said. “Coach Karen cares a lot about the women we’re going to become.” But Dennis’ rules have helped mold Manning into a champion still looking to accomplish even bigger goals. “By the time I leave here … I want to get three individual (medals) and then a relay,” Manning said. “Four gold (medals) at the end of Big Ten Championships. And, of course, I want to win nationals.” No matter what happens, Manning said, her ultimate goal is to compete professionally. Dennis said Manning has what it takes to break records at OSU and excel at the next level. “Christina has ambitions to be an elite athlete,” Dennis said. “I think she’s certainly on the right track to running at the elite level.”
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Aedes mosqitoTwo more people died of dengue in Noakhali and Mymensingh districts on Sunday.In Noakhali, a sexagenarian man succumbed to the mosquito-borne disease at Noakhali General Hospital in the early hours.The deceased was Amir Hossain, 60, a former army man and son of late Ataur Ali of Ganesh Shaymapur village in Sadar upazila of LaxmipurHospital sources said Amir, who was working at a private organisation in Dhaka after his retirement from army, was returning home from the capital on Saturday with fever.As his condition deteriorated on the way, he was taken to the general hospital around 1am on Sunday.He died around 6:15am while undergoing treatment at the hospital, said resident medical officer (RMO) of the hospital Syed Mohiuddin Abdul Azim.With this, two people have so far died of dengue in the district.On 2 August, railway employee Mosharaf Hossain Raju, 30, died at a hospital here.Meanwhile, a total of 42 dengue patients are currently taking treatment at the general hospital, said the RMO.In Mymensingh, a college boy, Farhad, 20, lost his battle to dengue at Mymensingh Medical College Hospital around 11:30am.Deputy director of the hospital Dr Laxmi Narayan Majumder said Farhad was admitted to the hospital on Saturday night with dengue. “He died due to multiple organ failure following dengue,” he said, adding that 201 dengue patients are currently admitted to the hospital.The number of dengue infections marked a rise again on Saturday after a fall for two consecutive days as 2,176 new cases were recorded in 24 hours till Saturday morning.The new dengue infections saw a rise by 174 than Friday’s 2,002. Of these, 1,065 cases were reported from Dhaka alone.The number of dengue patients came down to 2,002 on Friday from Thursday’s 2,326 and Wednesday’s 2,428.The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) prepared the data based on reports sent to it by 40 hospitals, including 30 private ones.Since January, 38,844 patients were admitted to hospitals with dengue and 29,395 recovered, the government said.Currently, 9,420 patients, including children, are undergoing treatment at hospitals.Official data show the death toll as 29 but unofficial estimates suggest the number much higher.
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