Nigel Hayes is a smart young man. Following Wisconsin’s Elite Eight victory against Arizona, the Badgers’ sophomore forward was asked about Kentucky, his team’s potential opponent in the Final Four. Hayes, who scored eight points in the West Region final, refused to say anything about the undefeated Wildcats. He cited what happened to West Virginia and victory-guaranteeing Daxter Miles as the reason for his decision to keep quiet. Does Nigel Hayes want Kentucky? “I’m not going to go down that road. A young man tried that a couple days ago, and it didn’t work too well.”— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) March 29, 2015Hayes knows not to poke the bear. The bear is currently in a dogfight against Notre Dame, though. The Wildcats and the Fighting Irish are tied at halftime, 31-31. The game is being televised on TBS.
Will FulerNo. 9 Notre Dame used some luck of the Irish to pull out a 34-27 victory over Virginia on the road. With starting quarterback Malik Zaire out of the game with what appeared to be a serious ankle injury, and his team trailing 27-26, back-up QB DeShone Kizer took the team downfield in the final minutes, tossing the game winning touchdown to wide receiver Will Fuller with 12 seconds remaining. Fuller’s game-winning score stunned the upset-minded Cavalier faithful. pic.twitter.com/o92NxfHftl— Luke Zimmermann (@lukezim) September 12, 2015Wow. What a gut-wrenching loss for Mike London and the Cavs, and what an escape for Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish.
OTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is hosting a pair of Mexican dignitaries who will hold key cabinet portfolios once their country’s incoming government take power.Freeland and International Trade Minister Jim Carr will sit down for bilateral meetings in Ottawa today with Mexico’s future foreign affairs minister Marcelo Ebrard and economy minister Graciela Marquez. The meetings come just a few weeks after Canada, Mexico and the United States agreed to an updated North American free trade pact.The agreement narrowly beat a deadline imposed by the U.S. Congress to get the deal fast-tracked and voted on by Dec. 1, ahead of Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s incoming government.The visiting Mexican officials, Ebrard and Marquez, will take on their ministerial roles once Lopez Obrador’s government takes office.Canada and Mexico are still dealing with stinging steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the Trump administration _ and both countries have responded by slapping the U.S. with retaliatory duties of their own.
Five Kennesaw State University cheerleaders take a knee during the national anthem prior to a college football game against North Greenville, in Kennesaw, Ga. The group of cheerleaders from the college in Georgia say they’ll take a knee in the stadium tunnel when the national anthem is played at Saturday’s homecoming game since their university moved them off the field after an earlier demonstration. (Cory Hancock/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia lawmaker says Scrappy the Owl, the mascot at the university where five cheerleaders have been kneeling during the national anthem, had no business leading students in a march through campus to support the cheerleaders.The five Kennesaw State University cheerleaders vow to kneel in the stadium tunnel when the anthem is played at Saturday’s homecoming football game. They were moved off-field after an earlier protest.Republican state Rep. Earl Ehrhart chairs the House subcommittee in charge of funding Georgia’s public universities.He tells The Marietta Daily Journal that Scrappy’s participation in Monday’s rally supporting the so-called Kennesaw Five was inappropriate.The lawmaker says that unless any group can solicit the owl’s services for protests, the taxpayer-funded mascot shouldn’t have been used.Video from WXIA-TV shows the mascot voicing his support.
Anderson Packers–19491562 ELOEQUIVALENT RECORDTEAM DESCRIPTION Baltimore Bullets–19471419 Fort Wayne PistonsDetroit Pistons19481495 120015-67Historically awful 150041-41Average Sheboygan Red Skins–19491405 There are just a few NBA-specific parameters to set, which we’ll describe below.The K-factorElo’s K-factor determines how quickly the rating reacts to new game results. It should be set so as to efficiently account for new data but not overreact to it. (In a more technical sense, the goal is to minimize autocorrelation.) If K is set too high, the ratings will jump around too much; if it’s set too low, Elo will take too long to recognize important changes in team quality.We found the optimal K for the NBA to be 20. This is higher than we expected; it’s in the same range as the K used for NFL and international soccer Elo ratings even though the NBA plays far more games than those sports. It’s much higher than the optimal K for baseball. It implies that you ought to give relatively high weight to an NBA team’s recent performance.One way to interpret this is that NBA data is subject to relatively little randomness. This makes it different from sports like baseball and hockey, whose game-by-game results are pretty noisy; in those sports, your default assumption should be that a winning or losing streak is mostly luck. That isn’t so true for basketball. Streaks may reflect true, if perhaps temporary, changes in team quality. When the Atlanta Hawks went on a 19-game winning streak this season, for instance, they were undoubtedly getting a little lucky, but they were probably tougher to beat than at other points in the season.There are still some cases in which Elo seems too slow to catch up to reality, like when Michael Jordan left the Bulls or LeBron James left the Cavs. But remember: Elo is only looking at game scores and not the composition of the roster. If that’s all the information you have, setting Elo to react more quickly to these cases would make it overreact to others. The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Elo rating never dipped below 1508 this year despite its 3-12 start, for instance, and that proved to be prudent since the team went 42-25 the rest of the way and ended the year with an Elo rating of 1583.Home-Court AdvantageHome-court advantage is set as equivalent to 100 Elo rating points. One hundred Elo points is equivalent to about 3.5 NBA points,1As for our NFL Elo ratings, it’s possible to translate NBA Elo ratings into point spreads. Here’s the formula: Take the difference of the two teams’ Elo ratings, add 100 points for the home team and then divide by 28. That gives you a projected margin of victory for the game. For instance, in Game 1 of the 2013-14 NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs had a 92-point Elo advantage over the Miami Heat, as well as home court, for an overall advantage of 192 Elo points. Dividing that by 28 would make San Antonio roughly 7-point favorites in the game. so that’s like saying the home team would be favored by 3 or 4 points if the teams were otherwise evenly matched.In practice, the magnitude of home-court advantage has waxed and waned over the NBA’s history. Home teams won by an average of 5.8 points in the 1987-88 regular season, for instance, but by just 2.4 points in the past season. And some teams (especially those like Denver and Utah that play at high altitudes) have historically had slightly larger home-court advantages.Still, the spirit of the Elo system is to keep things simple. We experimented with a dynamic home-court advantage rating that changes over time, but we found that it made almost no difference to the overall ratings, partly because each NBA team plays about half its games at home and half on the road. So we’re using the constant 100-point home-court advantage instead.Margin of VictoryElo strikes a nice balance between ratings systems that account for margin of victory and those that don’t. While teams always gain Elo points after wins and lose Elo points after losses, they gain or lose more with larger margins of victory.This works by assigning a multiplier to each game based on the final score and dividing it by a team’s projected margin of victory conditional upon having won the game. For instance, the Warriors’ 4-point margin over the Rockets in Game 1 of this year’s Western Conference finals was lower than Elo would expect for a Warriors win. So the Warriors gain Elo points, but not as many as if they’d won by a larger margin. The formula accounts for diminishing returns; going from a 5-point win to a 10-point win matters more than going from a 25-point win to a 30-point win. For the exact formula, see the footnotes.2The margin of victory multiplier is calculated as follows.Take a team’s margin of victory, add 3 points and then take the result to the power of 0.8.Divide the result by the following formula: 7.5+.006*(elo_diff), where elo_diff represents the Elo rating difference between the teams, accounting for home-court advantage. Elo_diff should be negative in games won by the underdog.For instance, in Game 1 of the Warriors-Rockets series, the Warriors entered the game with a an Elo rating 118 points higher than the Rockets’ and had home-court advantage, for an elo_diff of +218. They wound up winning the game by 4 points. Thus, their margin of victory multiplier is calculated as follows:What if the Rockets had won by 4 points instead? Since they were underdogs, they’d get a larger multiplier:While this formula may seem clunky, it accounts for the fact that favorites tend to win games by larger margins than they lose them. Failing to correct for this will introduce autocorrelation into the system and make the ratings less stable. See here for further discussion.Year-to-Year Carry-OverInstead of resetting each team’s rating when a new season begins, Elo carries over a portion of a team’s rating from one season to the next. In our NFL Elo ratings, teams retain two-thirds of their rating from the end of the previous season. In our NBA ratings, by contrast, they keep three-quarters of it. The higher fraction reflects the fact that NBA teams are more consistent from year to year than NFL squads.For example, the Miami Heat ended the 2012-13 NBA season with an Elo rating of 1754. The team’s Elo rating for the start of the 2013-14 season is calculated as follows:(.75 * 1754) + (.25 * 1505) = 1692Detail-oriented readers may see something that seems amiss here. Each team’s Elo rating is reverted to the mean, and — as we’ve said — the long-term mean Elo rating is 1500. So why does a slightly different number, 1505, appear in the formula?Expansion, Contraction and MergersThe reason has to do with the way we handle expansion teams. In principle, the implementation of this is pretty simple. Each franchise begins with an Elo rating of 1300 in its inaugural professional season. The reason we revert to a mean of 1505 rather than 1500 is that there are liable to be a couple of relatively recent expansion teams in the league at any given time. Giving established teams a rating very slightly higher than 1500 counteracts the expansion teams and keeps the league average Elo close to 1500 over the long run.But the league average Elo rating will be slightly different from 1500 in any given season, depending on how recently the league has expanded. It was 1504.5 during the 2014-15 NBA season, for instance, slightly higher than the long-term average because the NBA hasn’t expanded much recently.The league average tended to fluctuate more in the early years of the NBA because of constant expansion, contraction and mergers with other leagues. (We’ve learned way more than we wanted to know about the early history of American professional basketball, like that you could have once watched a game between teams named the Indianapolis Kautskys and the Akron Firestone Non-Skids.) The league average reached a peak of 1534.5 in 1954-55 after a number of losing teams had disbanded. By contrast, it was just 1440.5 in the 1970-71 season after the NBA expanded rapidly.There’s one other tricky part. We said a team begins with a rating of 1300 in its first professional season. That doesn’t mean its first NBA season. Instead, teams get credit for their performance in predecessor leagues that merged with the NBA:The Basketball Association of America (BAA), which began play in 1946-47, is usually considered the official predecessor of the NBA. So we track all BAA teams’ Elo ratings explicitly, starting them at 1300 in 1946-47.We also track American Basketball Association (ABA) Elo ratings explicitly — yes, that includes The Floridians! — starting them at a rating of 1300 in the ABA’s inaugural season of 1967-68. The year-end adjustment takes care of the rest, allowing the ABA’s performance to gradually improve over time. The four ABA teams that joined the NBA in 1976-77 simply carry over their ratings from ABA. Because these teams — the Indiana Pacers, San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and New York Nets — had been among the more successful ABA franchises, Elo ratings imply that the merger with the ABA did not weaken the NBA much. The four ABA imports averaged a respectable 40-42 record in their first three NBA seasons, in fact.The National Basketball League (NBL) was a competing professional basketball league that began play in 1937-38 and included colorfully named franchises like the Non-Skids. It merged into the BAA in advance of the 1949-50 season, at which point the combined league was renamed the NBA. In fact, most of the better franchises in the early days of the NBA originated in the NBL rather than the BAA, including the Minneapolis Lakers, Rochester Royals and Fort Wayne Pistons. While we could not track down game-by-game results for the NBL, we inferred Elo ratings for NBL teams based on the season standings and playoff results, and these ratings carry over when teams enter the NBA. For instance, the Syracuse Nationals (now the Philadelphia 76ers) begin with a rating of 1458 in their first NBA season in 1949-50.Finally, one early NBA team, the Baltimore Bullets, originated in a third early league, the American Basketball League (ABL). Confusingly, that original version of the Baltimore Bullets bears no relationship with the team that would later play as the Baltimore Bullets from 1963 to 1973 (and which is now known as the Washington Wizards). However, Elo gives the original Baltimore Bullets credit for the seasons they played in the ABL.3Since data on the ABL is very hard to come by, the Bullets’ initial rating is simply calculated by starting them with a rating of 1300 and then reverting them toward the mean of 1505 for each season they played in that league. You can find the starting Elo ratings for the Bullets and NBL teams below: 180067-15All-time great 130022-60LOL 140031-51In the lottery Rochester RoyalsSacramento Kings19481535 Minneapolis LakersLos Angeles Lakers19481527 Waterloo Hawks–19491382 Tri-Cities BlackhawksAtlanta Hawks19491430 Teams retain their prior Elo ratings when they change cities or nicknames. This includes the teams now known as the New Orleans Pelicans and Charlotte Hornets. The NBA, in a bit of revisionist history, considers the current Charlotte Hornets (who were known as the Charlotte Bobcats until this season) to “own” the statistics of the team that played as the Charlotte Hornets from 1988-89 through 2001-02, before they moved to New Orleans. We instead link those Hornets seasons with the New Orleans Hornets, who are now the New Orleans Pelicans. Denver Nuggets–19491295 Syracuse NationalsPhiladelphia 76ers19491458 160051-31Playoff bound Hopefully if you’re reading this, you’ve had a chance to explore our new interactive graphic, “The Complete History Of The NBA,” which tracks each NBA and ABA franchise’s performance through every game of its history.So now for the exciting part: 2,000 words about autocorrelation and the Akron Firestone Non-Skids.Actually, this won’t be too bad because Elo is a pretty simple formula. The guts of the system are the same as we used for the NFL and which other researchers have applied to competitions ranging from chess to soccer. For those new to Elo, here are its essential features:The ratings depend only on the final score of each game and where it was played (home-court advantage). They include both regular-season and playoff games. The principal source for game-by-game scores is Basketball-Reference.com.Teams always gain Elo points after winning games and lose ground after losing them. They gain more points for upset wins and for winning by wider margins.The system is zero-sum. When the Denver Nuggets gained 30 Elo points by upsetting the No. 1 seed Seattle SuperSonics in the first round of the 1994 NBA playoffs, the Sonics lost 30 points.Ratings are established on a game-by-game rather than a season-by-season basis. So you can see changes in a team’s “form” over the course of the year: The Toronto Raptors had a much higher rating early in the 2014-15 season than at the end of it, while the reverse has been true for the Cleveland Cavaliers.The long-term average Elo rating is 1500, although it can vary slightly in any particular year based on how recently the league has expanded (more about that below). More than 90 percent of team ratings are between 1300 (pretty awful) and 1700 (really good), but historically great or truly execrable teams can fall outside that range: Indianapolis Jets–19481366 170060-22Title contender NBL/ABL TEAMCURRENT FRANCHISEFIRST YEAR IN NBA/BAASTARTING ELO
Former Charlotte head coach Alan Major, right, hired by Ohio State. Courtesy: TNSAfter three seasons of not meeting expectations, it appears Ohio State coach Thad Matta is bringing back another member of his staff that brought him some of his best teams.Alan Major is returning to Matta’s staff for the 2016 season, but this time in a new role. The team said he will serve the role of director of recruiting and player development.Major has spent plenty of time working under Matta. He was an assistant coach to Matta at Xavier University from 2001 to 2004 and went on to OSU to coach under Matta again. From 2004 to 2010, Major helped to recruit and develop big men. He left after the 2010 season to serve as the head coach of UNC-Charlotte for five seasons where he accumulated a career record of 67-70 before leaving the team due to health issues during the 2014-2015 season.Prior to his time with Matta, Major served as an assistant coach at Cal Lutheran from 1992-95, Pacific from 1995-98, Southern Illinois from 1998-99 and Pacific again from 1999-2000.“Alan has many skills and talents above and beyond those he’s utilized as a coach over the years,” Matta said in an email. “I want him to help us develop a complete and well-rounded student-athlete. Alan is the perfect fit for this position.”Major is no stranger to developing players. In his vast college basketball career spanning 23 years serving as either assistant coach or head coach, he has coached such players as former OSU first round NBA selections Greg Oden, Mike Conley and Evan Turner as well as former Xavier star and first rounder David West and Pacific No. 1 overall selection Michael Olowokandi. Nearly everywhere he has gone, Major has found success. While Major worked with Matta both at Xavier and OSU, he contributed to a 234-77 record in his nine years. He reached the NCAA a total of seven times, once at Xavier reaching the Final Four (2004) and once going as far as the national championship game (2007). In 2008, the pair won the National Invitation Tournament title.Along with Major, OSU announced that former manager and graduate assistant Kyle Davis has been promoted to the video coordinator position vacated after Jake Diebler left for an assistant coaching job at Vanderbilt.Davis served as recruiting coordinator for the summer until Major was hired. As a graduate assistant in 2015-16, Davis helped the coaching staff with coordinating recruiting visits and preparing nearly all video footage used for game preparation. This is his first coaching job.
Tyler Moeller still remembers No. 1 Ohio State and No. 2 Michigan’s 2006 battle in Ohio Stadium. He said he never imagined his college memories would be the last of his football career. “I just can’t forget my freshman year – the excitement of winning the game and everyone storming the field and taking the grass of the field because we were going to turf the next year,” Moeller said. “Thousands of people holding up big chunks of grass over their head like they just conquered the world.” The possibility of an NFL career for the former OSU safety and linebacker was taken from him after he was allegedly attacked at a bar while with his family in St. Petersburg, Fla., on July 26, 2009. He suffered a fractured skull and a serious brain injury. “It was hard for Tyler. He is so high-strung, so if he wasn’t out there playing, he didn’t feel like he was a part of the team. So really it was as much as us trying to get Tyler back just to be around his friends,” OSU defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell told The Lantern. “By nature, if he’s not playing, he doesn’t feel comfortable. I think that was most difficult.” Moeller returned for the 2010 season, but his troubles did not end there. Moeller suffered a pectoral injury five games into the 2010 season after already missing nearly two seasons. Fickell said Moeller was physically behind but mentally ready to start playing again. “I think that was the biggest thing, to see if he really, truly was back, because sometimes when you’re not being yourself, coming off of injuries of different sorts, you’re vulnerable to more injuries because you’re not playing like you normally do, puts you in almost more harm,” Fickell said. Moeller came back during the 2011 season for the Buckeyes and accumulated a total of 44 tackles and one interception. After the season, Moeller began training for the NFL Draft, but he ultimately accepted a medical sales position with VWR International, a chemical and laboratory supplier headquartered in Radnor, Pa., four weeks into the process. “It was one of the toughest decisions I have had to make because one, so many injuries, first with the head injury then the chest, my body physically was just a wreck. It’s still a wreck now,” Moeller said. “I feel fine now, but I don’t want that to affect me in 10 or 20 years and have it come back to haunt me.” Dr. Paul Gubanich is a team physician for OSU Sports Medicine and an assistant clinical professor of internal medicine at OSU. Gubanich previously worked with professional football players as a member of the Cleveland Browns’ medical staff from 2004-2010. Gubanich cited head injuries that players receive during their careers as a continuing issue throughout their retirement. “Right now, people are having issues down the road, consequences decades later,” Gubanich said. “There is evidence with athletes who have three or more concussions are likely to become depressed or suffer other cognitive problems. And there are retired NFL players that are looking at mental health diseases after playing.” Moeller said many wanted him to continue playing, but he knew it wasn’t what was best for his body. “It was junior year of high school, I knew I wanted to play for a big-time college, ” Moeller said. “In college, I wanted to do whatever I could do to get to the next level.” Moeller said that he is enjoying his life after OSU football. “Everything’s so convenient out here,” Moeller said. “I have a Whole Foods about 200 feet away from me, so everything is just so close.” Fickell said one of the hardest things for players is realizing when it’s time to move on, but seeing Moeller develop other interests while finishing his OSU career was the transformation he needed. “That’s the one thing you miss when you see guys transition from football to whatever you want to call the real world – moving on and changing what they have a passion for,” Fickell said. “Sometimes, guys are still holding on to the game of football – you saw Tyler transform and hopefully he’ll be successful because he is such a passionate person.”
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, right, is stopped after catching a pass for a short gain by Cleveland Browns defensive back Joe Haden at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday, Sept. 29. The Browns won, 17-6.Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe Cincinnati Bengals return home to face the undefeated New England Patriots this Sunday in a game that has great implications.If the Bengals pull out the win, last week’s loss to the Cleveland Browns will be viewed as an anomaly. But with a loss and perhaps another weak outing by quarterback Andy Dalton, the Bengals may find themselves searching for ways to salvage their season.At home, the Bengals (2-2) are undefeated and performed much better against the pass than they have on the road. They have held Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks in check, forcing Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers into a two interception performance and limiting Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers to 278 yards of total offense.Meanwhile on the road, Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears and Brian Hoyer of the Browns were able to find the holes in Cincinnati’s secondary to help their respective teams win. Bengals fans can only hope that this pattern continues in week five when they face three-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady.However, the Patriots, though undefeated, have question marks of their own. Brady began the season with a significantly inexperienced group of receivers who have struggled to stay on the same page as their quarterback. But the wide receivers have shown recent signs of improvement as both Kenbrell Thompkins (127 yards receiving) and Julian Edelman (118 yards receiving) had strong games last week against the Atlanta Falcons.On defense, New England must deal with the loss of defensive tackle Vince Wilfork who sustained a season-ending injury (achilles) against Atlanta. Wilfork is key to the Patriots’ ability to stop the run. Over the last five seasons, New England is ranked ninth against the rush with Wilfork on the field and dead last without him.But the Bengals cannot concern themselves with their opponents’ strengths and weaknesses at this point. They have the talent to beat almost any team in the league, as evidenced by their comeback victory over the Packers. But when they fail to execute on offense, they are capable of losing to any opponent, including a team depleted of its starting quarterback, just like the Browns.While Hoyer gave an inspired performance, Cincinnati’s lack of offense was the biggest factor in the loss. The Bengals converted only four of 14 third down attempts against Cleveland and gained only 16 first downs. Meanwhile, the Falcons lost to the Patriots in week four despite picking up 26 first downs. If offensive coordinator Jay Gruden cannot make the proper adjustments and Dalton continues to miss open receivers, the promise that surrounded the Bengals before the season will quickly vanish.
Liverpool have officially announced Anfield will be hosting the pre-World Cup warm-up between Brazil and Croatia on June 3. This will be the first time Coutinho is going to play at Anfield since he left for Barca.The Brazilian was acquired by the Catalans during the January transfer window for the massive fee of 146 million pounds. Despite his departure, Jurgen Klopp and co. did not lose any momentum – they are now to be facing Roma in the semi-final stage in the Champions League and are currently third in the Premier League.Neymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.“We are especially looking forward to enjoying the atmosphere at Anfield, where Croatia has never played before – it’s a historic venue and I am convinced that our players will enjoy this match, along with our fans and all spectators,” said Davor Suker, president of the Croatian Football Federation.“A match between two great sides such as Brazil and Croatia is surely worthy of such an iconic stadium,” he went on to add.
Juventus and AC Milan will face off on January 16 in the Saudi city of Jeddah, but Amnesty International has condemned the decision.For the 10th time in history, the Italian Supercoppa will be played outside Italy.On January 16th, Juventus and AC Milan will face off in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah.But the decision by the Italian Lega Serie A has been met with opposition, especially from Amnesty International, after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and the treatment of women.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“Until last year, women were not allowed to attend any sporting event whatsoever,” Serie A president Gaetano Micciche told ESPN.“A few months on they have access to many sections within a stadium.”“We are working to ensure that the next time we host a tournament there, women will be able to sit wherever they like,” he added.“Women will be allowed to enter the stadium alone and without a chaperone, as had been erroneously reported by those who want to exploit the topic.”
Xia Lili, marketing chief at a privately-owned Shanghai software firm, switched to flying with Spring Airlines after China’s first low-cost carrier took off in 2010. Her company has since made it mandatory for staff to use budget airlines when available, and has cut its travel costs by a fifth.Xia and her colleagues are among an increasing number of Chinese who are fuelling fast growth in what is often called the “last” big market ripe for low-cost carrier penetration.Since late 2013, the Civil Aviation Administration of China has encouraged budget airlines as Beijing has seen how they have taken off elsewhere. Freeing up new routes for low-cost carriers also helps develop economic growth in western China.Low-cost carriers account for 7% of China’s domestic air travel market, and that’s expected to more than double by 2020, according to OAG, an aviation data and analytics company.China, the fastest growing major air travel market, has overall passenger volume of 392 million, rising at more than 10% a year, according to official data, and planemaker Airbus predicts it will leapfrog the United States as the world’s largest domestic air traffic market within 10 years.”Low-cost travel has become a life style. Many of my colleagues would start chatting about how to get those 9 yuan ($1.41) or 99 yuan ($15.48) special offer tickets,” Xia said.As Europe’s pioneer no-frills airlines such as Ryanair and easyJet mature and move more upmarket, they are attracting business travelers as a way to stand out in the budget crowd.China’s four budget airlines offer sharply discounted air fares to full-service carriers.For example, West Air, a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines’ parent HNA Group, offers a round trip from Chongqing to the popular southern resort of Sanya and a 3-night stay in a five-star hotel for just 999 yuan ($156), for bookings made well in advance. That compares with 770 yuan for the cheapest one-way ticket offered by full-service carriers, according to Ctrip.com.In Europe, the cheapest budget airline return ticket for a similar flight — from Luton in England to Barcelona — without accommodation, costs 98 pounds ($148) on cheapflights.co.uk.All of China’s low-cost carriers, except newest entrant 9 Air, are profitable. Much of that is down to severe paring of their costs.At China United, flight attendants clean up inside the plane between flights. The airline has squeezed more seats into its fleet of Boeing 737 planes, and turned one of the jets into a flying billboard, advertising Huangguoshu waterfall, China’s biggest, said executive vice president Zhang Lanhai. With money from the local government, China United passengers are offered big discounts on hotels and tours in the area.Spring Air, China’s first and largest budget carrier, took out nearly all the light bulbs on the corridor to chairman Wang Zhenghua’s office, and staff must turn off the lights when they leave for the day. Both the chairman and president eat at the staff cafeteria, and flight attendants share hotel rooms on trips.The carrier on Thursday said it signed a $6.3 billion deal to buy 60 A320neo jets from Airbus to help it meet rising demand, tap new markets and improve fleet fuel efficiency. Spring Air has halved the size of the kitchen on some existing A320s to accommodate extra seats.Attracted by the sector’s growth potential, some state airlines have converted to low-cost carriers, and others are likely to follow suit.This year alone, China Eastern Airlines converted its China United unit into a budget carrier, and Juneyao Airlines set up a low-cost subsidiary in Guangzhou. West Air converted in 2013, and Lucky Air, another HNA carrier, is also going through that transition. China Southern Airlines is also considering setting up a budget subsidiary, executives said.The budget carriers have grown in part by flying routes that aren’t covered by the bigger airlines.China United, for example, flies to nearly a dozen cities in Inner Mongolia, more than any other carrier including Air China, which even has a branch there, said Zhang.Because Inner Mongolia’s transport network is still patchy, the quickest way to travel from one city to another is often to fly around 500 kms (311 miles) to Beijing with China United and connect there to a flight to the Inner Mongolian destination.”More and more people are doing this because it’s faster and cheaper,” said China United’s Zhang.Spring Air, which also flies to popular Asian leisure destinations, started flights in late October to Dongyin, an oil-rich city in eastern China whose only connection to Shanghai was previously by a lengthy bus trip and then by high-speed rail. The maiden flight was packed, a company executive said.Frustrated at not having enough slots at Beijing International Airport, Spring Air offered passengers free high-speed rail tickets to Shijiazhuang airport nearly 300 kms away, where it has better slots and offers more flights.As more Chinese take to the skies, one challenge for the budget airlines is to manage passenger expectations.Air travel has always been seen as a mode of transport for the privileged in China, and some passengers have been unhappy about meals and leg-room or when asked to pay for luggage or in-flight drinks.But, 9 Air’s marketing chief Huang Hui says, “Some passengers who initially complained keep coming back.”
Rescure operation being conductedAt least 135 people were killed and many went missing in separate landslides in hilly districts of the southeast Bangladesh.The fire service with local people resumed the operation on Wednesday morning hours after it suspended operation due to bad weather and disrupted communication in the landslides-hit area.Rangamati deputy commissioner Mohammad Manjarul Mannan on Wednesday morning told Prothom Alo that the rescue operation resumed at 8:00am on Wednesday that was suspended on Tuesday night due to adverse weather.The death toll may rise as many people are still missing in the areas, he added.Rescue operation resumes in hilly districts
Chief election commissioner KM Nurul HudaChief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Saturday said the police are not arresting anyone without any reason.He added that the law enforcement officials is not either going beyond the directives of the election commission as they are now under his commission’s control.”The police obey our directives. They arrest no one without any reason going beyond our directives,” he told reporters replying to a question at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its allies have alleged filing of fictitious cases and arrest of its thousands of leaders and activists and submitted list to the prime minister’s office and also the election commission authorities.The CEC made the remarks after the inaugural session of the EC’s three-day briefing arranged for giving its directives to executive magistrates for preventing the violation of the electoral code of conduct in the upcoming parliamentary elections.The first day’s briefing started at 10am with the participation of executive magistrates deployed in election duty in 18 districts.”The commission has given directives to the police. The police have also made commitments to us. They’re working accordingly,” he said.In reply to a question, Nurul Huda said the government does not give any directive to the commission over the election.”There’s no directive from the government. Rather, our election-related directives are now visible there in the field,” he said.The CEC said now the level-playing field prevails in the country.At the inaugural session, the CEC and four election commissioners — Mahbub Talukder, Shahadat Hossain, Rafiqul Islam and Kabita Khanom — were present.The commission in the three-day briefing will give directives to the executive magistrates over how to conduct drives against and punishing the violation of electoral code of conduct in the 11th national election slated for 30 December.Magistrates from Dhaka, Gopalganj, Cumilla, Gazipur, Munshiganj, Narayanganj, Tangail, Faridpur, Manikganj, Kishoreganj, Sherpur, Rajbari, Madaripur, Mymensingh, Netrakona, Jamalpur, Shariatpur and Narsingdi are there in the first day briefing.On 12 November, the EC directed the public administration ministry to appoint executive magistrates at the field level to check the violation of the electoral code of conduct.The EC asked the ministry to appoint one executive magistrate for every upazila, one for three to four wards of city corporations, one to two magistrates for each district sadar municipality and one magistrate for three to four upazilas of the Chattogram Hill Tracts.The commission asked the ministry to keep the magistrates engaged in the election duty till the next day of election (31 December).Besides, the commission will deploy more executive magistrates and judicial magistrates on large scale a few days before the general election.
Kolkata: With the development of necessary infrastructure in the industrial growth centre in Cooch Behar’s Chakchaka, 24 units producing different types of goods will start functioning within the next few months. It will lead to the generation of around 2,156 jobs.Amit Mitra, the state Commerce and Industry minister, in the Assembly on Tuesday said 24 units will come up in the industrial growth centre on a land of 20.68-acre.He said authorities of the companies, who will set up 21 out of 24 units, have already made the payment that is required to set up the units. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThey have also got the plots where the units will come up and it is expected that the units will start functioning in the next eight to ten months.The 21 units will be set up on around a land of 16.51 acre in the industrial growth centre. He further said: “There will be generation of 2,038 jobs in the 21 units.” In the same breath, Mitra said as per the detailed project report, there will be a total investment of Rs 6831.98 lakh. For the 21 out of 24 units, there will be an investment of Rs 5886 lakh. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt has also been stated that the authorities of the remaining three units will take the necessary move forward soon to set up their units in the industrial growth centre.It may be mentioned that the industrial park at Chakchaka was set up during the Left Front regime and it was actually developed as a Jute Park. But there was no proper infrastructure. As a result, it failed to attract investment.After the change of guard, the Mamata Banerjee government took initiative and given a major facelift to the Jute Park and developed it as an industrial growth centre where units for production of different products can be set up instead of only jute factories.Mitra said: “Our government has developed infrastructure including 1.85 km long road, 56 street lights, laying of pipeline for a stretch of 1.2 km, overhead water reservoir for supply of safe drinking water, surface drainage system, power sub-station and administrative office in the industrial growth centre and it played a key role in attracting more investment.”
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorists are being warned to plan ahead when travelling this week as a series of new roadworks will begin across North Staffordshire. Dozens of routes will be affected by the planned works, which will be carried out by various local authorities as well as telecommunication, gas and water companies. The following list, correct as of June 3, contains the roadworks which are most likely to cause delays to traffic. Any emergency repairs will not feature in the list. Read MoreDrivers set to be banned from parking on these Stoke-on-Trent roads Burslem, Porthill, Hanley, Bentilee and Bucknall Boulton Street will be hit by eight weeks of roadworks chaos Occupation Street, Newcastle, carried out by Cadent between February 5 and June 14 Grovesnor Road, Newcastle, carried out by Cadent between February 12 and June 14 Belgrave Road, Newcastle, carried out by Cadent between February 21 and June 14 Vessey Terrace, Newcastle, carried out by Cadent between June 4 and June 6 Boulton Street, Wolstanton, carried out by Cadent, between May 29 and June 15 Woodland Avenue, Wolstanton, carried out by Cadent, between May 29 and July 12 Stafford and Eccleshall Stone Road, Eccleshall, carried out by Severn Trent Water between June 13 and June 15 Lichfield Road, Stafford, carried out by Staffordshire County Council between June 11 and June 13 Market Square, Stafford, carried out by Staffordshire County Council between June 4 and June 6 Rickerscote Road, Stafford, carried out by Severn Trent Water between June 6 and June 8 and by BT between June 5 and June 7 Rising Brook, Stafford, carried out by Severn Trent Water on June 5 School Lane, Stafford, carried out by Staffordshire County Council between June 6 and June 8 Almshouse Croft, Bradley, carried out by Staffordshire County Council between June 11 and June 13 Stafford Road, Haughton, carried out by Staffordshire County Council between June 5 and June 12 Main Road, Milford, carried out by Staffordshire County Council between June 4 and June 11 Cannock Road, Brocton, carried out by Staffordshire County Council between June 14 and June 18 Lower Penkridge Road, Acton Trussell, carried out by Severn Trent Water between June 12 and June 14 Read MoreGrieving relatives’ heartfelt tribute to Port Vale fan killed in crash Stone Traffic on a road The Fillybrooks, Darlaston, and Yarnfield Lane, Yarnfield, carried out by Western Power Distribution between June 11 and September 3 Eccleshall Road, Stone, carried out by Western Power Distribution between June 11 and September 3 Eccleshall Road, Stone, carried out by Staffordshire County Council between June 7 and September 6 Stafford Road and Brooms Road, Stone, carried out by Western Power Distribution between June 11 and September 3 Lichfield Road, Stone, carried out by Vodafone on June 11 and by Severn Trent Water between June 11 and July 27 Trentham, Hanford and Clayton Chivelstone Grove, Trentham, carried out by Stoke-on-Trent City Council between June 4 and June 11 Clayton Road, Clayton, carried out by Staffordshire County Council between Jun 12 and June 14 A34 Stone Road, Hanford, carried out by Stoke-on-Trent City Council on June 5 (Image: Copyright unknown) Liverpool Road East, Kidsgrove, carried out by Staffordshire County Council between June 11 and June 13 High Street, Talke, carried out by Staffordshire County Council on June 10 between 6am and 12pm James Brindley Way, Tunstall, carried out by Stoke-on-Trent City Council between June 4 and June 11 Leek, Endon and Light Oaks Macclesfield Road, Leek, carried out by BT between June 6 and June 8 Ashbourne Road, Bradnop, carried out by Western Power Distribution on June 4 Leek Road, Endon, carried out by Severn Trent Water on June 7 Bagnall Road, Light Oaks, carried out by Western Power Distribution between June 4 and June 6 Longton, Meir, Meir Heath and Weston Coyney Lightwood Road, Lightwood, carried out by Western Power Distribution between June 11 and June 22 Anchor Road, Longton, carried out by Western Power Distribution between June 11 and June 20 Market Street, Longton, carried out by Cadent between June 11 and November 2 Tideswell Road, Longton, carried out by Stoke-on-Trent City Council between June 4 and June 12 A50 Uttoxeter Road, Meir, carried out by Highways England between June 5 and June 9 Sandon Road, Meir Heath, carried out by Severn Trent Water between June 12 and June 14 Windmill Hill, Meir Heath, carried out by Staffordshire County Council between June 14 and June 21 Weston Road, Weston Coyney, carried out by Stoke-on-Trent City Council between June 10 and June 17 Read MoreWhat are my rights if my plane is delayed? Everything you need to know Newcastle and Wolstanton Roadworks (Image: Stoke Sentinel) Dividy Road, Bentilee, carried out by Western Power Distribution between June 6 and June 8 Werrington Road, Bucknall, carried out by BT between June 6 and June 9 Hall Street and Westport Road, Burslem, carried out by Cadent between June 4 and June 28 Lichfield Street, Hanley, carried out by Western Power Distribution between June 12 and June 18 Porthill Bank, Porthill, carried out by Severn Trent Water between June 4 and June 6 High Street, Porthill, carried out by Severn Trent Water between June 4 and 6 Read MoreCampaigners tell highways chiefs: “We need traffic lights or there will be more crashes here!” Cheadle, Tean, Oakamoor and Foxt Oakamoor Road, Cheadle, carried out by Staffordshire County Council between June 14 and June 21 Tean Road, Cheadle, carried out by Staffordshire County Council between June 15 and June 22 Foxt Road, Foxt, carried out by Cadent between June 11 and June 15 Uttoxeter Road, Lower Tean, carried out by Western Power Distribution on June 13 Mill Road, Oakamoor, carried out by Western Power Distribution on June 7 Cheadle Road, Tean, carried out bt Staffordshire County Council between June 17 and June 25 Chapel Lane, Threapwood, carried out by Western Power Distribution on June 5 Bradley Lane, Threapwood, carried out by BT between June 4 and 5 Hollington Road, Upper Tean, carried out by Severn Trent Water on June 11 Fenton, Shelton, Cliffe Vale, Stoke and Blurton A50, Blurton, carried out by Highways England between June 11 and June 13 Blurton Road, Blurton, carried out by Severn Trent Water between June 4 and June 6 Alfred Street, Fenton, carried out be Stoke-on-Trent City Council between June 11 and June 18 Victoria Road, Fenton, carried out be Stoke-on-Trent City Council between June 11 and June 18 Shelton New Road, Cliffe Vale, carried out by Cadent between May 30 and June 8 Station Road, Shelton, carried out be Stoke-on-Trent City Council between March 28 and September 30 Boothen Old Road, Stoke, carried out by Cadent between June 4 and June 21 Read MoreWheels came off (literally) for this drink-driver being chased by police Kidsgrove, Talke and Tunstall
State Rep. Julie Calley invites residents to attend her local office hours in two communities on Monday, Feb. 26.Rep. Calley, of Portland, will give a legislative update to attendees. Then, if residents have individual concerns, she will take one on one meetings.Rep. Calley will meet with constituents at the following locations:Campbell Township Hall, 331 South Main St., Clarksville, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; andThe Barry County Courthouse, Commissioners’ Chambers, 220 W. State St., Hastings, from 1 to 2 p.m.“It is my goal to hold office hours at additional locations this year,” said Calley. “I look forward to my time in Clarksville and anticipate a great dialogue with the people I serve.”No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend scheduled office hours may send their questions and ideas to Rep. Calley via email at JulieCalley@house.mi.gov or call her at 517-373-0842. Categories: Calley News 12Feb Rep. Calley invites residents to local office hours
13Dec Rep. Hughes: Plan eliminates bureaucracy for veterans receiving property tax exemptions Categories: Hughes News,News The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved a plan from Rep. Holly Hughes streamlining the property tax exemption process for disabled veterans.Hughes’ legislation will allow disabled veterans to apply for property tax exemptions with their local communities just once — rather than annually as now required by state law.“Let’s get bureaucracy out of the way for our veterans and try to make their lives a little easier,” said Hughes, of Montague. “It doesn’t make sense to force veterans to fill out the same paperwork year after year when their situation does not change.”House Bill 6024 makes other several changes streamlining and clarifying the property tax exemption process for qualified disabled veterans. The improvements will provide veterans, surviving spouses and local governments with clear, easier-to-follow rules.The legislation advances to the Senate for consideration.###
Vodafone Spain and Orange have struck a deal with Catalan broadcaster Mediapro that secures for them the rights to provide coverage of La Liga football and the Copa del Rey for the next three seasons.Vodafone and Mediapro have struck a deal whereby Vodafone will distribute Mediapro’s beIN Sports La Liga channel, including coverage of Spanish first division matches as well as the Copa del Rey for the 2016-19 seasons.The agreement means that Vodafone will be able to provide eight matches a day to its subscribers via the channel, including a minimum of 18 each featuring Real Madrid and Barcelona. The channel will be made available via the Ono fibre network and xDSL TV as well as via the Vodafone TV Online OTT service.Vodafone also has a deal to distribute the beIN Sports channel, which includes coverage of European football competitions, for the next two seasons.A similar deal for Orange means that both telcos now have guarantees that they will be able to compete with Telefónica’s Movistar, which is January struck a €2.4 billion deal with Mediapro to offer its customers all competitions to which Mediapro held the rights for the next three seasons, including La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the European Champions League and Europa League competitions.The deals do not include the major game of each day – El Partidazo – to which Telefónica holds the rights. Vodafone and Orange have however reportedly indicated that they will provide a complete offering, either by striking a deal with Telefónica or by filing a complaint with the competition regulator if this is not possible.
THE funeral in Derry today of the North’s leading civil rights leaders Ivan Cooper has heard him described as a “man ahead of his time”.He was one of the leaders of the civil rights march in Londonderry in 1972 that ended in 13 people being shot dead on Bloody Sunday.Irish President Michael D Higgins and Pat Hume, wife of John Hume, attended his funeral service at St Peter’s Church in Culmore. Archdeacon Robert MillarBRID RODGERScolum eastwoodculmoreDerryMourners told Ivan Cooper was a “man ahead of his time’Pat HumeSt Peter’s Church “He had a brilliant, practical mind and I always trusted his judgement.”Mr Cooper was a founding member of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) and played a major role in the NI Civil Rights Association.He was born into a working-class Protestant and unionist family in Killaloo, County Londonderry, in January 1944.In his funeral oration, Archdeacon Robert Millar said Mr Cooper “wanted a future better than the past”.“He challenged all of us, whatever part of the community we came from and whatever our position in society,” said Archdeacon Millar.Mr Cooper was briefly involved in unionist politics before later becoming involved with the civil rights movement and with constitutional nationalism.Ivan Cooper receiving his honorary doctorate from President Michael D Higgins. PIC BY NORTHWEST NEWSPIXArchdeacon Millar said he was “a towering figure in Northern Ireland’s recent history”.“He regarded as a controversial figure, even divisive in some people’s eyes.“That didn’t stop him – he believed that he had right on his side.”Archdeacon Millar finished his address by appealing to politicians to “make Ivan’s vision a reality”.“The best thing all of us can do is finish the job that Ivan Cooper dedicated most of his life to: the task of building a better community.”SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said it was a “very sad day for the city and the SDLP family”.“It’s a day to remember Ivan’s legacy – he was born to break the mould,” he added.After today’s funeral, Mr Cooper was being laid to rest at Altnagelvin cemetery.Mourners told Ivan Cooper was a “man ahead of his time’ was last modified: June 29th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Veteran SDLP politicians Brid Rodgers and Alasdair McDonnell and family members of those killed and injured on Bloody Sunday were among those who attended the funeral service.The campaigner for justice and equality for all died on Wednesday, aged 75.Mr Cooper’s daughter Sinéad said she hoped her father would be remembered as “as someone who always believed we should move forward”.“What I will miss most of all is my dad’s amazing insight,” she said. ShareTweet