‘Cover lotus references in cityschools that are polling stations’

first_imgAn election observer on Thursday asked for ‘Rashtriya Phool – Kamal (national flower – lotus)’ embossed on a school building wall in West Delhi to be covered as it is a violation of the model code of conduct. Lotus is the BJP’s election symbol.A police officer said that the observer has asked them to identify such walls in schools that are listed as polling stations in Delhi.During a visit to polling stations, the election observer found that in several schools information such as national bird, national animal among other things were mentioned on the walls. “We have been instructed to cover the word ‘Kamal’ painted/embossed on the walls in schools where polling will be held on May 12. We are in the process of identifying such walls and they will be covered with the help of the district administration,” said the police officer.The election observer has also asked for photos of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and B.R. Ambedkar to be covered in schools listed as polling stations.Reacting to the observer’s objection, a schoolteacher said: “There are so many parties and each of them has an election symbol that represents something that we use in schools. It doesn’t mean they start covering everything.”In 2012, the Election Commission had ordered to cover up the statues of then U.P. Chief Minister Mayawati and elephant, the symbol of her Bahujan Samaj Party, ahead of the Assembly polls. The same have not been covered this time.last_img read more

KaTropa make it

first_imgLady Warriors blank rivals In the end, it was the depth, playoff experience and shooting prowess that mattered largely for the KaTropa, who rained down threes in the middle quarters to put their elimination round tormentors away.The absence of proper spacing in the paint forced Troy Rosario to take his game from beyond the arc, firing four threes before halftime that shoved them slightly ahead and set the tone for the blowout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJayson Castro craftily bored holes in the Phoenix defense and fed Jericho Cruz and inside operator Kelly Williams, opening a double-digit advantage going into the final period.So fluid was the KaTropa offense that they just went through the process of counting down the minutes while protecting a 20-point lead. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicocenter_img View comments With big boss Manny V. Pangilinan watching at ringside, TNT arranged a must-win tiff with league-leading San Miguel Beer in the next round.TNT 118—Rosario 18, Castro 17, Cruz 17, Pogoy 15, Semerad 12, Williams 11, Tautuaa 10, Reyes 5, Garcia 4, Tamsi 4, Paredes 3, Nuyles 2, Carey 0, Golla 0, Torres 0.PHOENIX 97—Wright 18, Kramer 16, Alolino 13, Jazul 11, Perkins 10, Chan 9, Mendoza 7, Eriobu 5, Intal 4, Guevarra 2, Wilson 2, Cortes 0, Dehesa 0, Gamboa 0.Quarters: 27-25, 54-49, 94-76, 118-97ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Phoenix reluctantly stepped out of Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night, never to return in this season’s PBA Philippine Cup.TNT KaTropa brazenly ushered the Fuel Masters to the exit with an overpowering 118-97 win in a knockout setting for the eighth and final quarterfinal spot.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

Hotshots get young import

first_imgANTIPOLO—Not wanting to take a chance and seeking a great start, Star dispatched its import after just one game and will parade someone fresh out of college when the Hotshots shoot for a second straight win in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Amateur Arevalo rules PGT Riviera Ladies tournament by one stroke MOST READ Michael Craig, the import who got into a trash-talking match with Chris Ross in one of the Finals games that almost led to a halftime brawl, finally makes his first appearance on the court for the Texters.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hill started out at the point guard spot in his last season with Illinois and averaged 17 points, five rebounds and three assists. But with his huge frame—he weighs over 230 pounds—Hill could find himself manning the post for Victolero.“I’ll be asking him to do that,” Victolero said over the phone after Hill’s fourth practice with the team on Thursday. “He has a lot of potential, he’s very young and he has an excellent attitude.”Victolero’s only concern is that Hill will be asked to spearhead a team for the first time in his life, unlike at Illinois where he wasn’t the team’s focal point.“I told him that he would have to adjust to his new role here,” said the Star coach, who bombed out in the Final Four in the first two tournaments.Meanwhile, TNT KaTropa, the losing finalist to San Miguel Beer in the Commissioner’s Cup, makes its debut in the 4:15 p.m. contest when the Texters slug it out with winless KIA Picanto.ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresscenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Malcolm Hill, a 21-year-old out of Illinois, will play his first pro game when the Hotshots clash with Alaska in the 7 p.m. contest—where Star tries to keep in step with the early leaders while adding to the woes of the traditional power Aces.Alaska has been reeling since the last conference, losing a 10th straight game overall.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsDespite Star winning its first game in this conference last week over Blackwater, 103-86, coach Chito Victolero pulled the plug on Cinmeon Bowers and quickly brought in Hill, who went undrafted in the last NBA proceedings despite a respectable collegiate career as a Fighting Illini.The 6-foot-6 Hill played 135 games for Illinois and scored over 1,800 points while grabbing 640 rebounds but still couldn’t catch the eye of NBA scouts. He was auditioning in the Summer League before deciding to play here. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

EC approves rationalisation schedule for polling stations

first_imgChandigarh, Mar 11 (PTI) The Election Commission today approved a detailed programme for rationalisation of polling booths in Punjab and said that the Assistant Returning Officer of each assembly will personally verify electoral stations.Punjab Chief Electoral Officer V K Singh said the detailed physical verification to check basic minimum facilities and other aspects will be carried out on April 1.Giving details of fixing the norms for rationalisation of polling stations, Singh said that 100 per cent physical verification of polling stations will be done by the Assistant Returning Officer (AERO) of each assembly segment.Polling stations should be located in schools, government or semi-government buildings, he said.A new polling station will be set up if the number of electors is more than 1,200 in a rural area and 1,400 in an urban area, he said.Punjab is scheduled to go to polls early next year. PTI VJ ABH PAL ABHlast_img read more

Asian Kho-Kho Championships next month in Indore

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 29 (PTI) Keen to ensure that Indias earthy sports dont lose relevance, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan today announced that her constituency Indore will host the third Asian Kho-Kho Championships, which will feature women for the first time. The April 8 to 10 event will be organised under the auspices of the Asian Kho-Kho Federation and the Kho-Kho Federation of India with logistical support from the Madhya Bharat Kho-Kho Association and the Happy Wanderes Club in Indore. “I have myself been a kho-kho player as a child and I want this sport to develop. Earthy sports like kho kho and kabaddi are our own sports and it is important that we promote what is inherently ours. Besides, these sports also help the youth in channelising their energy,” Mahajan said at a press conference to announce the event here. Eight countries have so far confirmed participation in the tournament. These include Pakistan, South Korea, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Malaysia. Over 350 players are expected to compete for top honours in the event. PTI PM CM CMlast_img read more

It’s now Comboy’s time to lead as FEU bids for another finals stint

first_img“When we won the title I was at the bench most of the time and I was there to support my kuyas,” said Comboy. “So now I’m applying what I’ve learned from them and teaching my younger teammates.”Comboy added that with the eventuality of his collegiate exit, he knows that the next logical step is to apply for the PBA Draft, but that doesn’t distract him from his current duty as a senior Tamaraw.The versatile guard said he’s more focused on playing every minute of the game and in a way put him on the scouts’ radar.“It was always my dream to get drafted into the PBA but I’m not at all distracted,” said Comboy. “In fact, I play my hardest in the fourth quarter because this is my last year before I apply for the Draft.”ADVERTISEMENT Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Wendell Comboy started his UAAP career with Far Eastern University in the best possible way winning the title in 2015 and now he’s looking add another title to his bag before he leaves college.The Tamaraws’ steady guard will play the final games of his collegiate career and he started to prepare himself for the eventual exit even before the start of the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Priority legislation in the 18th Congress What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rice industry paralysis Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ LATEST STORIES Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics F1: Verstappen calls Hamilton jabs disrespectful “I’ve been preparing myself even before the start of the season and what coach Olsen [Racela] told us is to always have that playoff mentality even during the elimination round,” said Comboy in Filipino Friday at FEU Diliman.Comboy was a bench player for the Tamaraws in Season 78 when that team won the title against University of Santo Tomas with Mac Belo, Roger Pogoy, and Mike Tolomia handling the leadership positions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceAlmost half a decade later, it’s now Comboy who’s taken the responsibility of being that mentor to his younger teammates.Comboy said that there was a big change in him during his days as a rookie champion to a senior who’s now looking for a crack at the championship. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?last_img read more

Petra Kvitova advances, Roberta Vinci ousted in Connecticut Open

first_imgPetra Kvitova moved closer to a third straight Connecticut Open crown after defeating Ekaterina Makarova 6-3 6-1 to reach the semi-finals on Thursday.Kvitova, who won this event the last two years as well as in 2012, stormed past her Russian opponent as she looks to join Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki as a four-time winner in the tournament. To do that she will have to take down top seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, who had little trouble winning her quarter-final match, topping Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens 6-1, 6-4. (Also read: Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic named top seeds at US Open)Swedish qualifier Johanna Larsson pulled off an upset when she beat second-seed Roberta Vinci 7-6 (9) 6-1.Larsson had lost in the final round of qualifying for the tournament, and only made the draw when other players withdrew.”It always helps to play many matches and to play good tennis,” Larsson said. “It helps keep you calm and you know when you go out there on court, you’re going to be a tough cookie to beat.”  (Also read: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal to team up in Laver Cup)Larsson, who is ranked 62nd in the world, now has a semi-final matchup with Elina Svitolina of Ukraine. Svitolina, the 10th seed, defeated Russia’s Elena Vesnina 6-3, 6-1.last_img read more

IPL 2019: Try to make sure no back-biting in KKR camp, says Dinesh Karthik

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik said it’s important to make sure his teammates are healthy and in “a great space”, especially when the team is going through a lean patch in a “high octane” tournament like Indian Premier League (IPL).Karthik said he makes it a point to keep negative stuff like back-biting and bickering away from the KKR camp.Karthik’s comments came after Kolkata Knight Riders snapped their six-match losing streak with a 34-run win over Mumbai Indians on Sunday and kept their chances of qualifying for IPL 2019 playoffs alive.”It’s a high-pressure sport, a high octane tournament and you’ve got to make sure everybody’s in a great space, give them the best chance to do well and stay healthy. A lot of bickering and back-biting can go on in these sorts of situations. I’m very aware of it and make sure nothing like that happens,'” Karthik said.The KKR captain added: “At the end of the day, it’s a game. You play the best that you can. You need to keep a smile. You need to be nice to others. Everybody’s trying hard. I always believe that at the end of the day it’s a game. We all go back home and we need to be happy.”I think they need to make sure they have a great experience playing with me. It shouldn’t be all about, ‘oh that guy was so bad when we lost’. I was very aware of that.”Captain Karthik has been under the pump over several tactical decisions he has taken in IPL 2019. KKR started the season with a bang but slumped to six successive defeats and were in danger of crashing out early until Sunday.advertisementKarthik was questioned over his decision to not give Andre Russell an opportunity at the top of the batting order. Russell himself had said that KKR need flexibility when it comes to batting positions in crunch matches.In the lead up to the must-win match against Mumbai, Russell pointed out how difficult it has been for KKR stars to deal with the losing streak.Russell, who has been in the form of his life, was sent in to bat at No. 3 vs Mumbai Indians on Sunday. The West Indies big-hitter made full use of the opportunity and smashed a 40-ball 80 as KKR posted 232 on the board.Similarly, Shubman Gill, whom many felt was being wasted down the order, came out to open and smashed his career-best IPL score of 76 from just 45 balls.Can’t say I should have been given a chance at the top earlier: GillSpeaking to the media after his match-winning knock, Shubman Gill defended the team’s move to use him as a floater, saying first-choice openers Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine have been in good form for KKR in IPL 2019.”Lynn has been opening for so long so we can’t push him down the order and Narine has been doing very well too. So, I can’t say that I should have been given a chance at the top of the order earlier but I am happy that I have the opportunity now and I capitalised on it,” Gill said.Having clinched a crucial win over MI, KKR have manged to live to fight another day. Karthik’s men will next take on Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians in their last two matches on the road and anything but a win can end their playoff chances.Also Read | Andre Russell’s wife on KKR star’s masterclass vs MI: Knew you were going to do thatAlso Read | Happy I capitalised on the opportunity to open for KKR, says Shubman GillAlso See:last_img read more

Oklahoma State Basketball Players, John Wall Shocked By Tyrek Coger’s Death

first_imgRIP to my roommate/teammate….the funniest dude you’ll ever meet. Don’t feel real ?…prayers to the Coger family?? pic.twitter.com/5bW7dbK5tC— Davon Dillard (@DDillard24) July 22, 2016 Still feels so unreal— T.Shine (@Tavarius_shine) July 22, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Thoughts and Prayers going out to my Brothers at OSU and the Coger family. I send my deepest condolences to them.— Markel Brown (@iMarkelBrown22) July 22, 2016 Hurts so bad but one can never question God’s plan. Lost a brother but you’ll always be with us. You’ll be missed my man. ?#RIPTyrek— Leyton Hammonds (@Leyfro) July 22, 2016 #RipTyrek— Brandon Averette (@Ba_Sosmoove_05) July 22, 2016 The Tyrek Coger news on Thursday evening was absolutely stunning. Coger, a recent Brad Underwood transfer, died after a workout climbing stairs at Boone Pickens Stadium apparently due to heat exhaustion.Coger was relatively new to the OSU team — he only arrived at OSU in early July — but it was clear his old friends and new teammates took a liking to him. Coger is pals with John Wall who was one of the first to reach out on social media on Thursday.Coger and Wall played a fun one-on-one game together a few years ago. Full of trash talk and fun highlights.Here’s what Wall put on Instagram on Thursday.The rest of OSU’s players also reached out including Coger’s roommate Davon Dillard. Former players like Markel Brown and even Travis Ford weighed in as well. Athletes, you know you better than anybody else!! Take care of yourself! Your well being is 10000x more important than your pride!!!— Ryan Simmons (@RS_52) July 22, 2016 My thoughts and prayers are with the Oklahoma State University Family…my heart and deepest sympathy go out to the Coger Family!— Travis Ford (@CoachTFord5) July 22, 2016https://twitter.com/MoneyBagss22/status/756324367705923584The last thing Tyrek said to me was “score a touchdown for me”. That first one for you bro RIP. You will be missed— Jalen McCleskey (@lilsho2) July 22, 2016last_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer tells Man Utd (& fans): I don’t want to leave

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer tells Man Utd (& fans): I don’t want to leaveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he wants to keep the job.Victory at Newcastle United meant Solskjaer continued his 100 per cent start as interim manager and he challenged his players to continue that form with tougher tests ahead.He also became the first United manager to win opening four games since Sir Matt Busby 73 years ago.”I don’t want to (leave) – of course I won’t,” Solskjaer said. “It’s such a great bunch of players, fantastic atmosphere, but it’s the next game, it’s the next game.”I’m doing my job as long as I’m here. If you win four you can win another four with this club.”That’s the challenge, that’s the standard we know. That used to be the challenge from the gaffer (Sir Alex Ferguson).” last_img read more

Happy Halep feeling less pressure at French Open

first_imgParis: Reigning champion Simona Halep on Friday said that the pressure was off ahead of the start of her French Open title defence after ending her long wait for a Grand Slam trophy 12 months ago. The Romanian beat Sloane Stephens in Paris last year to clinch her maiden major crown in her fourth final, and is the third seed for the 2019 edition which starts at Roland Garros on Sunday. “(It’s) much better and much easier, because I have the title already,” said Halep, who is the bookmakers’ favourite to win a second straight title. “(It) doesn’t matter anymore what is going to happen. Everything (that) comes now comes as a bonus. So I will try just to give my best and to see if I’m able to do it again.” The 27-year-old had faced consistent questions heading into the 2018 French Open about her ability to win the biggest tournaments despite holding the world-number-one ranking for long spells, but finally put those doubts to bed. Now, she concedes that she is maybe “too happy” to have put herself in the position of defending champion, with a possible gruelling fortnight ahead. “I am too happy to be in this position, I have to admit this. But it’s nothing bad,” she said. “I will try to do the things (I did) as a kid, enjoying the time. I wanted this badly, and I wanted (it) so much that now having it, I just want to be happy and to smile.” Halep has been in typically consistent form this season, although is yet to win a tournament after final defeats in Doha and earlier this month on clay in Madrid, where she was beaten by in-form Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens. A shock loss in her first match last week in Rome to Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova followed, but her confidence remains high of another run deep into the French Open draw. “Going to Madrid… maybe my favourite tournament, because I won two times there and I played two finals, even if I didn’t win the final, I felt that my level was very high. “I have confidence. I don’t count Rome this year. We leave it back. Coming here, practising, I felt really well.” Halep will face Australian Ajla Tomljanovic in the opening round, with sixth seed Petra Kvitova also in her quarter of the draw. “It’s going to be a very tough match (against Tomljanovic),” added Halep, also a two-time French Open runner-up. “She’s powerful. She hits the ball strong. So I have to be ready. I have to focus on myself.” Tomljanovic reached the fourth round of Roland Garros in 2014.last_img read more

Jennifer Podemski honoured for years of giving a voice to Indigenous stories

first_imgBeverly AndrewsAPTN NewsJennifer Podemski was given the Award of Excellence at the ACTRA awards in Toronto over the weekend for her work on and off the screen in Canadian film and television.During her speech she offered how Indigenous people can change the narrative set by colonialism.“If we’re not involved in film and television then we can’t change the narrative, we can’t, you know, tell our own stories and I think what’ s happening or what has happened over time,” she said. “You know the colonial experience has been celebrated and perpetuated sort of rendering the Indigenous voices almost silent.”It’s people like Podemski that has worked so hard to keep them from staying silent said Theresa Tova, president of ACTRA Toronto.“She has been so inspirational for so long, first of all as a fabulous actor, and then a writer and producer,” said Tova.Podemski began her career in 1988 as a background performer.As her career grew, she was aware there was a lack of Indigenous writers, producers and directors.So she started a company and became co-owner of Big Soul Productions, which produced the award-winning TV series Moccasin Flats in 2003.In 2005, she founded RedCloud Studios, dedicated to showcasing Indigenous narratives.“I always dreamed of becoming a performer just from when I was little,” she said. “If you know that’s what you want to do, you kinda just have to figure out a way to do it,” she said.bandrews@aptn.calast_img read more

US official convinced Morocco has tools to become key player on

first_imgBordeaux – A cybersecurity expert visiting Rabat stated the Kingdom has all the attributes to play a leading role in the management and resolution of international affairs.Jane Holl Lute is the President and CEO of the Council on Cybersecurity and a former assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security.Ms. Lute is currently in Rabat on the occasion of the third “Atlantic Dialogues” Forum which is held every year and brings together high-level policymakers, business leaders, media and opinion-shapers from around the Atlantic bassin. For this edition, more than 400 experts from 52 countries are meeting in Rabat, under the patronage of King Mohamed VI. The American expert has made it clear she sees great potential in Morocco.“I am very familiar with Morocco. This is a country that has a strong international profile and a rich cultural and historical heritage,” said the expert.She also noted and applauded the Kingdom’s recent efforts, stating “The country has undergone tremendous reforms that have had a positive impact on the daily lives of Moroccans.”last_img read more

Guatemala UN mission voices concern over increase in army budget

The assessment came in one of the thematic verification reports produced periodically by the UN Verification Mission in Guatemala (MINUGUA).MINUGUA was created in 1994 and its mandate expanded in 1997 in order to continue to verify compliance with the peace agreements signed between the Government of Guatemala and the Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca (URNG).

NFL Teams Are Analyzing Everything From The Salary Cap To Fan Loyalty

Carl Bialik: Did you know the history of analytics in the NFL before you joined the league?Paraag Marathe: I definitely did. When I came into the league in 2001, analytics was certainly more prevalent in baseball. It was just starting to become prevalent in basketball. The NFL was sort of the latest adopter. You see it a lot more now. Unlike baseball, where it’s all around player evaluation, the NFL is more complicated. It’s much more of a team sport, with much more covariance between positions. Is a running back’s success due to his ability to break away, or his line’s ability to run-block, or his quarterback’s ability to pass, which makes the run easier?But the NFL also has two other areas where analytics plays a big role. The first is game management: How you manage the clock, when to go on fourth down, the run/pass play selection, those sorts of things. The second is the salary cap. With the advent of the salary cap in 1994, and where I made my mark with the 49ers and the NFL, is managing the salary cap much more analytically, similar to how a portfolio manager would manage a stock portfolio, managing risk.CB: I’ve read that you’ve applied analytics to fans. How does that work and what have you learned about what they want?PM: Oh yeah, yeah, absolutely. And it’s not just what they want, as in, what are their desires when they come to stadium, in terms of what they want to consume — content, beverages, coming closer to the game — but also the lifetime value of a fan. When you capture a fan’s loyalty, someone who becomes a fan at an early age, they will stay there. There’s a lot of loyalty. For professional teams 20 years ago, maybe as recently as 15 years ago, the vice president of marketing was all around what’s the cheerleader uniform and what’s the rallying cry for team. Now it’s all around what’s the content for the website, what’s the lifetime value of a fan, and so on. It’s much, much more analytical.CB: How did you first connect with Bill Walsh?PM: I was working at a consulting company, Bain and Co., on a bunch of sports-related projects. Bill Walsh and Terry Donahue were looking at drafts — not the players themselves, but draft slots. Is there a better algorithm, a better way to do the draft chart? It was a three-month project. I was the junior guy on the team. We sort of hit it off, and they asked me to come on board full-time.CB: How often, while you’ve been on the job, have people asked you if you’ve played football? How did you answer?PM: They either asked me, or they just assumed I didn’t. If they did ask me, I didn’t play college football, and I barely played high school football. I played baseball growing up, mostly. If you’re asking, did I feel like an outsider from the beginning when I started, I certainly did, but times have changed, and you earn respect with the work you do.CB: What was the status of analytics at the 49ers when you arrived?PM: It was a one-man show. To be fair, I never really did that much. It wasn’t so much on evaluating player talent on the field. It was a lot on the salary cap and how to be more efficient on managing the cap.CB: How about now?PM: We’ve got four or five folks, whether helping scouts better evaluate players, helping coaches, as well as the salary cap.CB: Has the whole organization bought into analytics?PM: Yeah, I’d like to think so. It’s definitely more accepted around the league. The Ravens just hired a head of their analytics department in 2012. You see it all across the board now. Clubs are trying to look for any competitive advantage they can. It’s not just, spend $1 more than the next team, it’s, what’s every competitive advantage you can squeeze out of this product?CB: Is it tough to find good people, with so many teams hiring?PM: No, I wouldn’t say that. There are so many good analysts across traditional industries, and sports is still such a sexy field, that there is no shortage of good talent. There are a lot of people who want to work in sports. Just go to the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference every year.CB: How important is it to be able to communicate the findings to people who aren’t technical?PM: At the end of the day, it boils down to this. The information is only as good as it is to the person receiving it. I’ll take a C+ piece of analysis communicated perfectly over an A+ piece of analysis that’s not communicated well. Only a small portion of the work is the analytics itself. The rest is putting it in a practical format so the salary-cap person and the coach can appreciate it and use it. Instead of trying to go overboard with analytics, focus on the practical: Focus on the things that have the highest impact on your organization.CB: Because of the importance of retaining a competitive advantage, do you generally not disclose specifically what you’re looking at, and what you’re finding?PM: Generally speaking, we don’t really talk about a lot of those things. But it’s not just analytics. In nutrition, sleep studies, and psychological aspects, people are looking for advantages every place they can.CB: Can you detect the spread of analytics in the league from how hard it is to get certain players in the draft, or from tactics of opponents?PM: It’s mostly through conversations. I’ve been in the league now 14 years, and just having conversations with people in every level, I’m starting to see changes. Not starting to see — there’s been a lot of changes.CB: Is analytics work being done within teams better than the work done outside it?PM: Yes and no. That’s a tough question to answer. There are only 32 teams and there are seven billion people. There’s a lot of stuff that’s not even published that’s probably really good. The difference between what’s happening with teams and what’s happening in the ether, is what’s out there is pretty theoretical, whereas what teams do has to be pretty actionable. The most actionable things are being done in clubs, but I’m sure there are some excellent things being done out there.CB: Which analytics publications do you read?PM: Football Outsiders, Pro Football Focus, different blogs, even you guys do some awesome stuff. All the stuff that’s done is really good.CB: You said in 2005 that even at 45 or 50, you’ll never be a football guy. Do you still feel that way?PM: That was almost 10 years ago. What I meant is, not having played or coached the game, it’s just different. I don’t understand the nuances of the Xs and Os, nor do I try to, in terms of schemes and things like that. There’s no point in me trying really hard to be average at something. It’s important to focus on the things I know I can do well, like manage the salary cap. I won’t be a coach or GM, nor do I aspire to be.CB: Does the NFL support analytics sufficiently? For instance, you’ve criticized the rule barring computers from the coaches’ booth.PM: They’re still getting better. There’s the rule against laptops, even calculators. It’s difficult for an offensive coordinator to even capture simple things like average yards per play on a drive, or how successful a certain play has been, in terms of even crunching it in Excel. They have to do it on a notepad. Things like that are frustrating. I wish they would react a little faster to technology changes. They’re getting there. Now they’re allowing tablets on the sidelines, so you don’t have to have the binder full of photos of plays. The FiveThirtyEight film “The Cowboys and the Indian,” which debuted last week, tells the story of A. Salam Qureishi, who brought computerized player analytics to the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960s. At the time, few other pro sports front offices used advanced statistics to make decisions about player acquisition and game management.By 2001, that wasn’t the case in baseball, but the NFL hadn’t progressed much since Qureishi’s days. That year, Paraag Marathe joined the San Francisco 49ers as a one-man team with goals similar to Qureishi’s: improve player acquisition.Marathe, like Qureishi, is of Indian descent. Unlike Qureishi, he knew a lot about football before working in the NFL. Marathe grew up in the Bay Area town of Saratoga, California, as a big fan of the 49ers and other Bay Area teams. He worked for the 49ers first as a consultant, on a three-month stint from the consulting firm Bain and Co. Then San Francisco executive Bill Walsh offered him a full-time job. “It was a no-brainer for me,” Marathe said in a telephone interview last week.Today, Marathe, 37, is one of the elder statesmen of NFL analytics. He oversees it for the 49ers as team president. He sees more of his competitors using similar tools, looking for every competitive advantage they can find. (We spoke last week amid a late-season slump that has eliminated the 49ers from the playoffs after three straight conference-championship-game appearances.) In the following transcript of our interview — lightly edited for brevity and clarity — Marathe explains why it remains easy to hire talented analysts, why communication is more important than statistical rigor and why plenty of good work is still being done outside the league. San Francisco 49ers President Paraag Marathe speaks at the annual Bay Area college football media day at Levi’s Stadium on July 30 in Santa Clara, Calif. Alex Washburn / AP read more

Kings Troop soldier broke her neck stopping runaway gun carriage and horses

A talented horsewoman who is a qualified riding instructor, L/Bdr Gostelow has big plans for the future.“My ambition this year is to renew my licence and I really want to compete in the Royal Artillery Gold Cup and grand military races at Sandown next year.”L/Bdr Gostelow has since returned to some of her regular duties but not as a part of the gun team. She has a medical on May 9 to examine whether or not she is fit to rejoin.  The King’s Troop Lance Bombardier Grace Gostelow Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. She was taken to hospital by the emergency services, but was more anxious to reunite with her gun team than about her injuries.The soldier was sent to Headley Court in Epsom,Surrey for rehabilitation treatment at the end of April 2017.She added:  “The biggest thing that got me through and made me recover was being with the other patients, some had catastrophic injuries from being in Afghanistan which makes you appreciate what you do have.”Accidents are rare among the soldiers in the King’s Troop Royal Artillery, who are required to partake in four to five years of training before being allowed to ride in the gun team.  “If you had six horses completely out of control they could have run into the public or crashed into the rest of the gun team, it could have been carnage.”L/Bdr Gostelow broke her neck and has had to go through extensive recovery as a result of the freak accident, while the horses remained relatively unscathed. The King’s TroopCredit:Paul Marriott  A soldier from the King’s Troop who risked her life to stop a gun carriage and a unit of runaway horses has been rewarded with a commendation for bravery.Lance Bombardier Grace Gostelow was praised for taking the initiative “in a series of unfortunate events” which could have ended fatally for her and her team last February in Charlton Park, London.During a routine practice for the musical drive with two other soldiers, each controlling  a pair of horses, the 30-year-old found herself in charge of a runaway carriage after one of the horses bucked and unseated her fellow troops.Instead of jumping clear of the upcoming tonne-and-a-half 1903 gun, the mounted gunner managed to regain control and steer the team to safety onto the edge of the training ground.L/Bdr Gostelow told The Telegraph: “It would have been more dangerous for me to fall off and if I fell off there would have been a runaway horse carriage with no one controlling it. Lance Bombardier Grace Gostelow read more

WWCH 2013 DAY 2 Norway and Montenegro win derby matches

← Previous Story WWCH 2013: Germany and Romania win in Novi Sad Next Story → “LIONS” TO CHANGE FOR SKOPJE: Sergei Horbok to RK Vardar! In the Round 1 at the Women’s World Championship 2013, European teams showed more quality than the rest of the world…Group A:Montenegro – Korea 24:22France – Congo 31:13Netherlands – The Dominican Republic 44:21Group B:Brazil – Algeria 36:20Denmark – China 44:21Serbia – Japan 28:26Group CAngola – Argentina 33:23Poland – Paraguay 40:6Norway – Spain 22:20Group DHungary – Czech Republic 35:27Germany – Australia 36:15 Romania – Tunisia 27:17

Danijel Andjelkovic stays in Fenix Toulouse

← Previous Story ENJOY THE SILENCE IN BUDAPEST: Headbutt handball – Who is next? Next Story → LNH (Round 18): PSG, Dunkerque and Montpellier win Ex-Serbian NT playmaker Danijel Andjelkovic (35) will stay in French team FENIX Toulouse for one more season – until 2015. Regular member of Serbian NT in period 2004-2010, had a lot of problems with injuries in the last few season which cased performance under his level. He left PICK Szeged in 2010 and joined Toulouse. He also played in Swedish Savehof, but also domestic teams RK Kolubara, RK Crvena zvezda and RK Sintelon. DAnijel AndjelkovicFenix Toulouse

RewardVille rewards program launching for all Zynga games

first_imgZynga is set to introduce a new feature for everyone that plays its games on Facebook. It’s a rewards program going by the name of RewardVille.So far only a preview website has appeared for the new program, but it’s clear what this is all about from the 3-step description Zynga gives in this image:Rewardville is clearly an attempt to get people playing Zynga games more than they currently are with the promise of prizes in return. By playing more you will earn more rewards, which means more zCoins, so you can spend more of them while playing the games. It’s a perfect feedback loop for Zynga who never want you to leave the comfort of the Ville game you play.A FAQ was active on the RewardVille.com website, but it has been taken down. Fortunately screenshots were captured by blogger MW Loot Lady allowing us a bit more insight into how this rewards system will work.First you need to register a RewardVille account which can be done through Facebook Connect or a Zynga account. Once setup you just play FarmVille, FrontierVille, Mafia Wars, Treasure Isle, or Zynga Poker in order to earn zPoints. These zPoints seem to be linked to the XP you earn in game, but zPoint allocation will vary on a per game basis. Earning zPoints also increases your zLevel and every time your zLevel goes up you get zCoins.The zCoins are exclusively for use on RewardVille. Items will be available for you to buy using them that can then be used in any of the Zynga games you frequent. They will be exclusive items you can’t get anywhere else so the Zynga game addicts out there will be all over this rewards program.RewardVille is set to launch within a few weeks, but we don’t know specifically when. At first it will be in beta so Zynga account holders will most likely be invited in groups and the system slowly rolled out to the millions of players Zynga has on its books.Read more at TechCrunch and MW Loot Lady’s bloglast_img read more