On NBA fan engagementI was yesterday at the Boston Celtics game, and there was a lot going on besides the pitch. There were a lot of gadgets and bling bling. And it was good. I liked it. Audio Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/carl_bayernanalytics.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.At Boston’s annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, the main focus is on U.S. sports. But people come from all over the sporting world, and the globe, to exchange ideas and learn about what’s happening in the major U.S. sports. This was important enough for FC Bayern Munich, one of the best practitioners of the most popular sport on the planet in the middle of its season, to have its head of match analysis, Michael Niemeyer, come to Sloan — and catch a Celtics game in between sessions.He came by our booth at Sloan to talk to us about how Bayern and its recent coaches, especially current boss Pep Guardiola, are embracing analytics even as some U.S. coaches are free to ignore it as a sideshow. Listen to or download the interview via the player above. And read highlights from the conversation below. On the difference between Bayern and U.S. teamsOur job is seen differently in the U.S. You have data people who are not sitting out in the coaching office. … I think that you have to be in the coaching office. If you sit somewhere else, you never get it on the pitch. It won’t work. The only way it works is you have to sit right next to the coach. On in-game analytics-driven coachingNiemeyer: For me, the one thing that really has to come is the exchange from the analytics under the roof, the exchange between us with the bench. It’s not allowed in soccer.Carl Bialik: During the game.Niemeyer: During a game.Bialik: To say, hey, we picked up on this tendency.Niemeyer: Yeah. We can do it in halftime, and we do, but you’re not allowed to exchange during the game.Bialik: And if you could, that makes your department a lot more valuable.Niemeyer: Yeah, of course, of course. On Pep GuardiolaAs he came to Bayern, the first thing he said was: “The match analysis department is the most important department for me.” The second thing was: “I see a big part of my work in the auditorium.” The auditorium is the place where he has video sessions. If you want to bring your ideas to the pitch, you have to use these technologies and you have to use match analysis. On technology[Players] have laptops or iPads where they can see — we have an online platform similar to Facebook where they can discuss. And it’s an exchange platform.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 16, 2017 – Nassau – Jerome Sawyer, president of the Miss Bahamas Organization, and 2017 Miss World Bahamas contestants paid a courtesy call on Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.Press Release: BIS(BIS Photo/Derek Smith) Related Items:
Changes in force structure planned under the Air Force’s fiscal 2017 budget request leverage all three components of the total force to support ongoing operations while ensuring the service is prepared to face future threats, officials announced Friday.The proposal continues the Air Force’s plans to transfer aircraft and flying missions to Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve locations that would otherwise have no mission due to fleet divestments. The active-duty force would remain at 317,000 personnel, with Guard and Reserve manning remain constant as well, according to a press release.“We are using the strengths of our total force team while we continue to balance readiness today and tomorrow,” said Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James. “In this budget, we will transfer some strategic airlift capability from active-duty to Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve locations, maintaining critical surge capability in the reserve component,” James said.The service’s FY 2017 budget calls for delaying retirement of the first A-10s until FY 2018 to align with the F-35 Lightning II bed down, keeping the A-10 in the Air Force inventory until FY 2022.“This plan will allow us to maintain vital fighter capacity as we transition to the F-35 and deal with a resurgent Russia and a protracted counterterrorism war in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh.The plan would retire 28 C-130H Hercules aircraft between FY 2017 and FY 2019 to reduce excess capacity and free up resources. A small number of F-16 aircraft would be shifted to formal training units to increase the rate of pilot production in an effort to fill critical fighter pilot shortages.An illustration of planned aircraft retirements and relocations is available on the Air Force website. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Road Accident logoA woman was killed as a bus knocked her down in front of the National Press Club in the capital on Friday morning.The deceased was identified as Samiran Akhter Selina, 50, wife of late Abdul Barik, from Sirajdikhan upazila of Munshiganj. She used to live in Subadda Jinjira area of Keraniganj.Sub-inspector Bachchu Miah, in-charge of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) police outpost, said the speeding ‘Midline Paribahan’ bus hit Samiran while she was getting down from another bus, leaving her critically injured.Later, she was taken to the DMCH where physicians declared her dead around 10:35am.
A car is completely burnt down in a fire that breaks out in a five-storey building in Chawkbazar area at Old Dhaka on 20 February. Photo: Prothom AloFire Service and Civil Defence has formed a 3-member committee to investigate the deadly fire in Old Dhaka that left at least 70 people dead and scores injured.The three members of the committee are deputy director of operation and maintenance of fire service Dilip Ghosh, DAD Abdul Halim and AD Salahuddin.The death toll from the fire at a chemical warehouse in Chawkbazar area of Old Dhaka has stood at 70.
By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Christmas has come and gone but the partial government shutdown is just getting started.Wednesday brings the first full business day after several government departments and agencies closed up over the weekend due to a budgetary stalemate between President Donald Trump and Congress. And there is no end in sight.The Capitol building is visible as a man who declined to give his name picks up garbage and stacks it near a trash can during a partial government shutdown on the National Mall in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)So far, the public and federal workers have largely been spared inconvenience and hardship because government is closed on weekends and federal employees were excused from work on Christmas Eve and Christmas, a federal holiday. The shutdown began at midnight last Friday.Trump said Tuesday that the closed parts of the government will remain that way until Democrats agree to wall off the U.S.-Mexico border to deter criminal elements. He said he’s open to calling the wall something else as long as he ends up with an actual wall.Asked when the government would reopen fully, Trump said he couldn’t say.“I can’t tell you when the government’s going to be open. I can tell you it’s not going to be open until we have a wall or fence, whatever they’d like to call it,” Trump said, referring to Democrats who staunchly oppose walling off the border.“I’ll call it whatever they want, but it’s all the same thing,” he told reporters after participating in a holiday video conference with representatives from all five branches of the military stationed in Alaska, Bahrain, Guam and Qatar.Trump argued that drug flows and human trafficking can only be stopped by a wall.“We can’t do it without a barrier. We can’t do it without a wall,” he said. “The only way you’re going to do it is to have a physical barrier, meaning a wall. And if you don’t have that then we’re just not opening” the government.Democrats oppose spending money on a wall, preferring instead to pump the dollars into fencing, technology and other means of controlling access to the border. Trump argued that Democrats oppose a wall only because he is for one.The stalemate over how much to spend and how to spend it caused the partial government shutdown that began Saturday following a lapse in funding for departments and agencies that make up about 25 percent of the government.Some 800,000 government workers are affected. Many are on the job but must wait until after the shutdown to be paid again.Trump claimed that many of these workers “have said to me and communicated, ‘stay out until you get the funding for the wall.’ These federal workers want the wall. The only one that doesn’t want the wall are the Democrats.”Trump didn’t say how he’s hearing from federal workers, excluding those he appointed to their jobs or who work with him in the White House. But many rank-and-file workers have gone to social media with stories of the financial hardship they expect to face because of the shutdown.___Associated Press writer Nomaan Merchant in Houston contributed to this report.___Follow Darlene Superville on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dsupervilleap
Kolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government is all set to bring Tarapith and Purulia on its helicopter connectivity map soon.Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport department minister, in the state Assembly on Wednesday said the state government is soon going to introduce helicopter service from Kolkata to Tarapith and Purulia.It may be mentioned that Tarapith is a temple town in Birbhum where thousands of devotees turn up every day and the state government has taken several steps to improve the infrastructure at Tarapith. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeNecessary infrastructure has been put in place so that people do not face inconvenience while they visit the place to offer Puja to goddess Tara. Roads connecting the place have been strengthened and widened.Now, the initiative has been taken to introduce helicopter service so that people reach Tarapith in far less time.Similarly, Purulia has also become one of the major tourist spots with the development of necessary infrastructure.In the past seven years, the Mamata Banerjee government has taken several steps for the development of Purulia. Now, people visit the place almost round the year except a few months during summer. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe tourism sector will receive further impetus with the introduction of this helicopter service.A tender has been floated to engage the operator for the helicopter services from Kolkata to Purulia and Tarapith.Currently, the helicopter service is available from Kolkata to Sagar, Digha, Shantiniketan and Malda.The helicopters, which operate from Kolkata to these four places, are four-seater ones. But helicopters operating from Kolkata to Tarapith and Purulia will have more seating capacity. It is learnt that eight-seater helicopters will operate between these places. It may be mentioned that soon after coming to power Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had given stress on air-connectivity between all the districts. Initiatives were also taken to construct helipads in almost all districts.The Mamata Banerjee government has ensured flight services in Cooch Behar. The same in Bagdogra and Andal has also improved. The work to improve infrastructure of Malda and Balurghat airports is nearing completion. Moreover, many steps have also been taken to develop the Chharra Airstrip in Purulia.
No matter how bad a film is, but if it supports positive enjoyment, trash films could also provide amusement and would often be considered entertaining to the audience, says a study.Typically, trash films are low budget films, which do not correspond to the mainstream standards and taste. For the study, an online survey was conducted among regular consumers of trash films and it was found that most of the participants agreed that the term “cheap” best describes trash films like Sharknado, Plan 9 from Outer Space and The Toxic Avenger.Almost all participants mentioned low budget horror films as typical examples. The study not only arrived at supporting established hypotheses and assumptions on “bad films” but also at providing new and surprising findings on trash fans and their attitude towards these films.“Although to a large extent the participants stated that the films in question were cheaply made and thus “trash”, the study also confirmed that trash films are overwhelmingly perceived as a form of positive entertainment,” said Keyvan Sarkhosh, researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics – a Germany based non-profit association.The study provided strong evidence that trash film fans are predominantly male-centric and contain highly enthusiastic film buffs. The authors of the study were able to show that an active engagement in exchanges considerably contributes to the enjoyment of trash films.
This story originally appeared on Reuters 2 min read Apple Inc has pushed out its first-ever automated security update to Macintosh computers to help defend against newly identified bugs that security researchers have warned could enable hackers to gain remote control of machines.The company pushed out the software on Monday to fix critical security vulnerabilities in a component of its OS X operating system called the network time protocol, or NTP, according to Apple spokesman Bill Evans. NTP is used for synchronizing clocks on computer systems.The bugs were made public in security bulletins on Friday by the Department of Homeland Security and the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute. Carnegie Mellon identified dozens of technology companies, including Apple, whose products might be vulnerable. When Apple has released previous security patches, it has done so through its regular software update system, which typically requires user intervention. The company decided to deliver the NTP bug fixes with its technology for automatically pushing out security updates, which Apple introduced two years ago but had never previously used, because it wanted to protect customers as quickly as possible due to the severity of the vulnerabilities, Evans said.”The update is seamless,” he said. “It doesn’t even require a restart.”Apple does not know of any cases where vulnerable Mac computers were targeted by hackers looking to exploit the bugs, he added.(Reporting by Jim Finkle; Editing by Jeremy Laurence) This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free December 23, 2014