fivethirtyeight playoff oddsThe regular season, at least for most college football teams, has ended. Which means that after next Saturday’s slate of contests (many of which are conference championship games), the playoff selection committee will have all of the info it needs to make its decisions. Will their be chaos on the final Saturday? Or will it all hold?At this point, according to ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight, a few things are clear. Oklahoma, after winning the Big 12, is in the playoff field. Alabama, with a win over Florida in the SEC title game, will also have a spot. Clemson, with a win over UNC, is in. And the winner of the Big Ten title game between Iowa and Michigan State will qualify as well. The question marks? Does UNC, with a win over Clemson, get in? And if Alabama loses to Florida, does Ohio State sneak back in? Here are the odds that FiveThirtyEight has at the moment.Oklahoma is in. The next four are locks if they win. Lurking: UNC, Stanford, Ohio State. https://t.co/ZvsQO702Hb pic.twitter.com/djQVtog8wY— Andrew Flowers (@andrewflowers) November 29, 2015In just a week, we’ll have all of the answers. Until then, expect a great deal of debate.
LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) _ Netflix Inc. (NFLX) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $133.9 million.The Los Gatos, California-based company said it had profit of 30 cents per share.The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 24 cents per share.The internet video service posted revenue of $4.19 billion in the period, falling short of Street forecasts. Eleven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $4.21 billion.For the current quarter ending in April, Netflix said it expects revenue in the range of $4.49 billion. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had expected revenue of $4.59 billion.Netflix shares have climbed 32 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen nearly 5 per cent. In the final minutes of trading on Thursday, shares hit $353.43, a rise of 62 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on NFLX at https://www.zacks.com/ap/NFLXThe Associated Press
New Delhi: With the Lok Sabha polls around the corner, the Delhi Police has started a crackdown on the illegal weapons, liquors in the city. In a crime review meeting, the Delhi Police Commissioner also reviewed the progress report of the weekly monitoring items for forthcoming general elections.Police sources told Millennium Post from December 24, 2018 to February 21 this year, 39245.84 litres of illicit liquors, 28 can beer and 110 beer bottles were recovered. The law enforcement agency also recovered 304 knives, 254 live and 11 empty cartridges. In a crime review meeting, the top cop Amulya Patnaik reviewed the weekly progress report of the recoveries of these items. “He also told senior officers that there should stern action against misuse of vehicles, loudspeakers and other electoral malpractices,” sources further added. According to Delhi Police data from December 2018 to February 10, as many as 31,186 calls were received regarding loudspeakers. As many as 53 arms were deposited and 914 were verified. In the meeting, the discussion was also made to review and assessment of all licensed arms holders and deposition. Sources further said that during the period from December 24, 2018 to February 21, more than 15,000 vehicles were checked. As many as 791 actions were taken under CrPc whereas under DP Act 10,678 actions were taken. In the meeting, the discussion also focussed on the list of persons involved in booth capturing, impersonation, intimidation of voters in the past two elections. “Focus was also given on special drive against history sheeters, proclaimed absconders and fugitive criminals,” sources said. Police claimed that as many as 9,179 history sheets are on record. In the current year, 106 history sheets were opened and 106 are under process. According to Delhi Police, they have taken several initiatives to curb crime which includes patrolling and picket checking. “In 988 pickets (314–permanent and 674–temporary) more than 42,000 buses and TSR and 2,45,732 two-wheelers were checked till the last few weeks of February,” sources said. The picket staff had recovered 46 firearms, while 97 firearms were recovered by beat staff and 229 firearms by other staff.
Sundargarh (Odisha): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said people have to decide whether they want to choose an honest and principled government committed to development of all, or a corrupt and unprincipled one. “This time lotus will bloom in Odisha. The BJP will taste victory. I can say with certainty that maximum number of lotuses will bloom in the state,” Modi said at a rally in tribal-dominated Sundargarh. Similarly, the BJP will again come to power at the Centre as the country needs a strong and decisive government to ensure national security as well as speedy development, the prime minister said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Hitting out at the BJD government in Odisha, the prime minster said its intentions are not good and the 2019 polls are significant for the future of Odisha as well as country. On the 39th foundation day of the BJP, Modi said, “The party was born out of sweat of its workers, not dynasty or money. It came into being and grew manifold with the sweat and labour of its workers.” Asserting that the BJP all along fought to safeguard democracy, he said lakhs of party workers and leaders were jailed while protesting the Emergency. “Now the BJP has emerged as the world’s largest democratic organisations. It fought to protect democracy during Emergency,” he said. Assembly election in Odisha will be held along with Lok Sabha polls in four phases on April 11, 18, 23 and 29.
Kolkata/ Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will campaign for the Trinamool Congress in Bengal on Thursday. He will address election rallies along with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.Naidu, who is also the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president, left Delhi on Wednesday for Kolkata. He is slated to address election meetings in Jhargram and Haldia. He will campaign for the Trinamool in Kharagpur on Thursday. Banerjee had addressed an election rally of the TDP in Visakhapatnam last month. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMeanwhile, veteran Bollywood actor Shakti Kapoor, known for his villainous and comic roles, on Wednesday campaigned for Trinamool Congress candidate Madan Mitra for bypolls in Bhatpara Assembly seat. Kapoor participated in a Trinamool Congress road show in the area, travelling in a open jeep accompanied by popular Bhojpuri singer Rani Chatterjee. “If you want your future to be in safe hands, press button number three in the EVM. Do not forget. Press button number three” he said as Mitra’s name would be listed on number three on the EVM. He also recited some of his popular dialogues to entertain the people. With inputs from agencies
At the Class AAA level in baseball, lineups can change significantly from one day to the next depending on what is happening with the parent organization. The Cleveland Indians have run into injuries at the beginning of 2010 that have forced them to call up a lot of the talent from the Columbus Clippers. An injury at the major-league level can quickly shift lineups throughout the whole farm system because when one player gets called up, there are players that are called up to replace him at each level of the farm system. When these circumstances arise, a utility player can be a savior. A utility player generally can play multiple positions on the field. Chris Gimenez has shown to be useful at several positions in 2010 for the Clippers. “Chris just has the versatility where he can play outfield, he can play first base, he can play third base and he can play wherever he is needed,” Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh said. “He did that his first few years in the minor leagues and then we moved him to catcher, which really helped his value. But where we are now, he just moves all around.”A lack of offensive production from the Indians’ catcher position has fans anxiously awaiting the arrival of Clippers catcher Carlos Santana.If Santana leaves, it looks like Gimenez will be the Clippers catcher. “He’s our backup catcher,” Sarbaugh said. “He started the year catching here last year also.” Damaso Espino was the backup catcher for the Clippers for part of 2010, but was sent to the Class AA Akron Aeros. Espino played great defensively, but didn’t offer the offensive production that Gimenez brings. Gimenez has a .289 batting average with 20 RBIs and six home runs. He is among the top five on the team in on-base percentage and slugging percentage. If Santana gets called up to the Indians, they may send catchers Mike Redmond or Lou Marson to the Clippers. Otherwise, the Clippers may bring back Espino to be the backup catcher.
jailA court in Chattogram on Wednesday sent a student of University of Science and Technology Chittagong (USTC) to jail for allegedly assaulting a teacher by pouring kerosene on him, reports UNB.The court passed the order after police produced Mahmudul Hasan, a Master’s student of English department of the university, before it, said officer-in-charge of Khulshi police station Pranab Chowdhury.A group of USTC students dragged professor Masud Mahmud out of his office on Tuesday and Mahmudul poured kerosene on his body.Acting registrar of the university Dilip Kumar Barua filed a case in this regard while a probe committee was formed to look into the incident.
Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBNP on Sunday voiced concern that the country’s governing system has badly ‘collapsed’ due to the ‘misrule’ by Awami League, reports UNB.”They (govt) have established a reign of plundering across the country. People belong to Awami League have resorted to looting from everywhere. As a result, the governing system has seriously collapsed,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.He further said, “An unusual and unbearable situation has been prevailing in the country due to the misrule by the government.”Fakhrul came up with the remarks while speaking at a discussion arranged by lawyer Abdus Salam Talukder Smriti Sangsad at the National Press Club marking the 20th death anniversary of BNP’s ex-secretary general Abdus Salam Talukder.He alleged that the government has destroyed democracy and politics in the country by snatching people’s all rights in a planned way.The BNP leader said Awami League is following the depoliticisation formula introduced by the 1/11 government in 2007. “They (AL) have taken all steps to eliminate their political opponents to continue the one-party rule.”He said there are no rule of law, justice and rules and regulations as Awami League has established one-party rule and one party’s supremacy.To get rid of the situation, Fakhrul urged his party colleagues to get united and organise people to put up a strong resistance against the current government.”There’s now no alternative to waging a movement uniting the entire nation and all political parties to remove the current ‘monstrous’ regime. Or else, the spirit of the Liberation War will be destroyed,” he observed.The BNP leader alleged that the government is destroying the economy, education, health and other important sectors due to its incompetence and failure to govern the country.Criticising information minister Hasan Mahmud for calling BNP a killer party, he said it is Awami League which initiated the politics of killing since 1972 by assassinating thousands of its opponents. “The same party also killed our several thousand leaders and activists since it assumed power in 2009. But BNP has no involvement with any killing.”
Florian MartinHouston City Council delayed a vote on a $6 million contract for defibrillators Wednesday.At Wednesday’s meeting, city council members debated whether they should ratify a contract with medical equipment firm Physio-Control for defibrillators. The city entered into the agreement last fall and has already received the products.Greg Travis has been on council since January. He said the city should have shopped around before agreeing to pay almost $6 million for the contract.“Couple of weeks ago, when it came up, I said that seems an awful lot for this product,” Travis said. “So then I got online, I started looking at their products and I started comparing them and do my research when I realized, ‘Oh my God, we’re overpaying by almost $16,000 per product.’”The contract wasn’t put out for bid and Mayor Sylvester Turner said it was signed by a lower-level staff member in the city’s procurement office.Turner said he has already taken steps to prevent this from happening again.“The preferred route is always to go out for bid, No.1,” he said. “And No.2, if it’s a sole source item, the chief procurement officer — and that’s a new person that’s in there now, John Gillespie — he’s the one who has the responsibility of signing off on it.”Council members applauded the mayor, but some also wondered how many more potential savings were missed under the previous administration.The council delayed a vote on the defibrillator contract for one week, so that the mayor has a chance to possibly renegotiate it. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:14 Listen X Share
Wes Moore’s THE WORK, the follow-up to his bestselling debut memoir, The Other Wes Moore, is already on the New York Times’ bestselling list.By most people’s estimation, Wes Moore has met his quota of accomplishments—a Rhodes Scholar, combat officer in Afghanistan, special assistant to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Obama campaigner, Wall Street banker during the crash and author of a bestselling book, The Other Wes Moore. But something was missing; he hadn’t yet found his “work.”“My definition of work is where your greatest promise and your greatest gifts begin overlapping with the world’s greatest needs and you decide to do something about it,” Moore said in an interview with the AFRO.Of course, for some, the word “work” has a negative connotation, but Moore said it is anything but. “I try to be very clear that there could be a difference between your occupation and your work. Work is the most positive thing you have because [in doing it] you’re fulfilling the reason you’re on the Earth in the first place,” he said.In his newest best-selling tome, THE WORK: My Search for A Life That Matters, Moore puts a mirror up to himself and offers real-time insight into his search for a life of purpose. “I wanted to tell my story with transparency to say it is not an easy process; this is not a 10-step guide,” Moore said.Baltimore native Wes Moore details his search for a life of purpose in his newest book, THE WORK.During that self-exploration, Moore said he discovered, among other things, “there is no job title that really drives me. The thing that drives me is impact.”As a result, the social entrepreneur and community activist has found his work to be that of a “problem-solver,” who is not circumscribed by issue, geography or specific community. Among the groups he serves are veterans, many of whom have trouble reintegrating into American society after returning from combat. “It started early when I was going through my own reintegrating,” Moore said. And one of the lessons he learned and now tries to impart to other veterans trying to find their way is that “there is no normal. There is only a new normal.”Moore has also been working to revitalize his hometown of Baltimore and to reverse college dropout rates through the creation of BridgeEdU, an innovative program that seeks to reinvent the first year of college by engaging students in real-world internships and service learning opportunities and otherwise equipping them to succeed at the higher education level. He is also the host of “Beyond Belief” on the Oprah Winfrey Network and executive producer and host of “Coming Back with Wes Moore” on PBS.In THE WORK, Moore not only shares details of his personal journey, but also the stories of those who inspired him along the way, other “changemakers,” who are transforming the world through their work, including Daniel Lubetzy, the founder of KIND and Esther Benjamin, a former director of the Peace Corps.Those stories inspired the social campaign “Champions of #THEWORK,” in which people were invited to share how they used their passions to address the world’s needs.“You can’t read these bios and profiles and not be incredibly grateful that you share the planet with these people,” Moore said. “That’s what keeps me excited about my work.”On Feb. 28, Moore will team up with PHILANTHROPIK to host the inaugural Champions of #THEWORK Celebration, a red-carpet affair where five changemakers – including U.S. Marine Corps veteran Christopher Manaya and founder of The Youth Dreamers Kristina Berdan – will be honoured for their significant contributions and dedication to their local communities.“It’s really been pretty remarkable,” Moore said of the campaign. “This is not a celebration of THE WORK but a celebration of the people who are, everyday, making themselves matter in their individual ways and on their own individual platforms. We’re very clear that this is not just about a book; this is about starting a movement.”