Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine The bigger challenge for all rookie point guards is organizing and running an offense. With Karl-Anthony Towns, Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins at his disposal, it would be up to Dunn to keep the mouths fed and the ball moving if he has to step in for Rubio for any stretch of time.“Defensively he’s done a lot of good things and I think the more experience he gets the better he’s going to play,” Thibodeau said. “He’s learning. He’s getting better each day. There will be some ups and downs, but his intensity will cover up for things.”Dunn said getting those first two games on the road under his belt has helped him adjust to the speed of the NBA game, particularly in the fourth quarter.“I’ve been playing in some tough situations the last two games and those are the type of games I like to play in,” Dunn said. “If Ricky doesn’t have the chance to play tomorrow night or any other games that go further along, I just have to step up and be ready.”ADVERTISEMENT 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH EDITORS’ PICK Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND View comments BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Battle-tested Wright raring to play for Phoenix in PBA Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio, right, tries to block the pass of Sacramento Kings guard Ty Lawson. APMINNEAPOLIS — Ricky Rubio will be out indefinitely with a sprained right elbow, the Minnesota Timberwolves announced Monday (Tuesday Manila time).Rubio was injured in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s loss to the Sacramento Kings. He met with doctors for an MRI on Monday evening, and the test confirmed the team’s initial diagnosis of a sprain. With nothing broken, Rubio likely will only have to miss one to three weeks.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rubio is an integral part of a young Wolves team trying to end a 12-year playoff drought. His veteran leadership, passing and defense are needed on a team that has started the season 0-2.With Rubio sidelined, rookie backup Kris Dunn is in line to start the home opener on Tuesday night against Memphis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“Next man up,” Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said when asked if Dunn was ready to start this early in his tenure. “You don’t get here by accident. You’re here, you’re a great player, get in there and get the job done.”Dunn was the fifth overall pick out of Providence in June and has impressed Thibodeau early with his defensive acumen. The demanding coach has said that the 22-year-old Dunn is “NBA-ready” from a defensive perspective right now, and he lauded his young point guard’s effort on that end through the first two games.
Arsene Wenger hailed his players for focusing on events on the pitch as Arsenal raced to a 4-1 victory against Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium.The Gunners got off to a flyer when Nacho Monreal gave them the lead after six minutes before going on to assist Alex Iwobi and Laurent Koscielny to give them a 3-0 lead after just 13 minutes.Alexandre Lacazette finished off a wonderful Arsenal move to make it four just after the twenty-minute mark.Luka Milivojevic pulled one back for the away side in the second-half but the victory was never in doubt for the Gunners after their splendid opening to the game.The build-up to the game has been overshadowed by stories surrounding Alexis Sanchez finalising his move to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United this week, but Wenger was very happy with the Gunners’ performance without the Chilean.Wenger said: “Every good team needs Alexis Sanchez but today I think even without Sanchez we played well.“Losing a big player is a bit destabilising in January so it’s a bit more different than usual because of that.“Now it’s close to happening and there’s nothing worse for players than dealing with uncertainty but today we focused on our job.“We combined well and had good pace and always looked dangerous. That’s why I think we did very well in the first-half.“We couldn’t maintain that level in the second-half, maybe we lost that urgency, focus and they [Crystal Palace] had a good response in the second-half.”
11 May 2012Some of the most expensive properties in South Africa have been bought by foreigners, it’s true. It is also true that the Western Cape especially is home to small colonies of Germans, French and British expats. You can even buy proper Austrian meatloaf and German magazines in Constantia in Cape Town.Currently there is a small, but notable, trend establishing itself: British retirees are increasingly looking to South Africa in their golden years. It turns out that it’s not just due to the fantastic climate or amazing scenery – it’s about saving their pensions.‘Solvency-II for pensions’Due to the worldwide economic crisis, there have recently been a number of proposals – dubbed the “Solvency-II for pensions” – made by the EU that directly affect pensioner’s pockets. The Telegraph reports that the country’s biggest companies (6 850 companies with final salary pension schemes) could see their liabilities skyrocketing to more than double what they are now, and analysts warn that this could force them to close.The bad news continues; according to the Alexander Forbs National Pension Index, retirement incomes in the UK have fallen by £13 000 since 2000. Richard Evans illustrates the real term implications of this in The Telegraph with the analogy that a 30-year-old could expect two-thirds of his or her final salary in 2000. That number has gone down to 39 percent.SA one of seven ‘places to retire’What does any of this have to do with the South African property market?Quite a bit in fact; due to the weak local currency, a British retiree can live well in South Africa – even on a diminished pension. Shelter Offshore, an international expatriate advisory website, indicates that South Africa is currently rated among the seven places to retire for an affordable lifestyle, along with Argentina, Northern Cyprus and Slovenia.Importantly, foreign pensions are not taxed here, whereas a tax-free income limit of £9 205 only will apply as of 2013, after which a tax of 20 percent to 45 percent will take effect in the UK.Craig Featherby, Cape Town-based regional manager of deVere Group, a UK financial advisory firm, recently revealed that “over-55s have lost faith in the UK’s economy, tax and pension system; last year 252 000 people left the UK, and 24 000 of them came to SA.“Certain fears may remain as far as currency fluctuations are concerned, but retiring here must be an attractive option, I think interest might well increase,” believes Jan le Roux, CEO of Leapfrog Property Group.It is safe to assume that many of these retirees will invest in the local property market in their favoured areas: Cape Town, the KwaZulu-Natal coast and, occasionally, in Sandton, Johannesburg.Local market to benefitIt is true that foreign investment makes a small contribution to the local property market.According to the FNB Property Barometer, the impact remains unchanged at four percent. The report does look back at the heydays of 2008, where these investments comprised 20 percent of the market. It is safe to say that such peaks will not soon be repeated.“That being said, four percent may sound low but, one must keep the domino effect in mind; today’s sellers are often tomorrow’s buyers,” says le Roux.As such, South Africa isn’t set to become another Mallorca, where over 60 percent of properties are not owned by local Spaniards but by other nationalities. But it does seem that the local property market could benefit from British pensioners moving here.Sapa
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Whether you see this as further exploitation of animal testing, or (as Transinsight says) an app that will “lead to a significant reduction of animal experiments”, it is an interesting use of semantic technologies(!).ConclusionHealth search engines are nothing new – indeed both Google and Microsoft have made important announcements in this domain over the past year. In October 2007 Microsoft unveiled HealthVault, a consumer health and search site. In February this year Google announced a pilot program of their health records application called Google Health. A week later, Microsoft acquired Medstory – a vertical search engine for health information. There is also a lot of interest among startups – see our report from the Health 2.0 Conference in March and another report from a healthcare panel at SXSW later that month. Also our network blog AltSearchEngines continuously covers health search engines.But I’m liking this latest trend for semantically-powered health search engines. If ever there was a compelling need for Semantic Apps to help users make sense of and organize data, it’s in health. CureHunter and Go3R are two apps to look out for. richard macmanus Tags:#Product Reviews#Real World#Semantic Web#web The following graphic (excerpted) illustrates CureHunter’s approach. Essentially it tries to analyse health research data and compute cures:Click here for full image, with extra detailCureHunter is pretty complex, but I did some tests for diabetes type 1 to see if I could find a “cure”. The results were overwhelming, in an ‘info overload’ kind of way: One of the big trends in 2008 has been the emergence of what I call Semantic Apps – a kind of ‘Web 2.0 Meets Semantic Web‘ app typified by startups like Twine, Hakia, Quintura, Powerset and others. Another growing trend is health 2.0, web-based health apps and services. What’s interesting is that those two trends are crossing over, with semantic health search engines beginning to make an impact.Two such apps to cross our desk lately were 1) CureHunter, which claims to be able to find cures for diseases using semantic technologies; and 2) Go3R, an app that claims to provide information transparency “for the prevention of animal testing”.Health is an area where Semantic technologies can be put to great use, due to the overwhelming amount of data in the healthcare industry and the fact that it’s largely inaccessible to the general public (despite most of it being our data). CureHunter – Can it Really Cure Diseases?CureHunter is an example of the new semantically-charged health search engines popping up. As the name suggests, it is a web service that aims to find cures for diseases. Judge Schonfeld is the CEO and Chief Scientist of CureHunter and he described it to us in an email as a “Medical Data Mining engine system that uses an intelligent semantic processor linked to a network graph theory module to read the scientific literature (entire NLM archive 1949-2008 >) and compute new cures for human diseases completely autonomously.” That’s a mouthful, but I’ve highlighted the key points: it uses semantic processing, network graphs and most interestingly claims to “compute new cures” automatically. It outlined some interesting “cures”, but much of the information was not something patients would understand. It seems like a great resource for doctors and physicians though. So to answer the question in the subheader, can CureHunter really cure diseases? Probably only if you’re a doctor or physician who knows how to interpret the wealth of data that CureHunter serves up.Go3R – Prevents or Amplifies Animal Testing?The idea of having a health database that includes animal testing results isn’t something most people would find very appealing. However Go3R, developed in four months by a company from Germany called Transinsight, claims to be a “knowledge-based search engine for alternative methods to animal experiments.” (emphasis ours) The site aims to enable scientists to “take advantage of the benefits of semantic searches for the area of alternative methods in accordance with the 3Rs principle [Replacement, Reduction and Refinement].” Transinsight is already known in the web 2.0 world for GoPubMed, a health search engine that AltSearchEngines has covered before.You could view Go3R in two ways. The first is the version Transinsight pushes in its press release: that this app makes it easier to find alternatives to animal testing. However the second point of view is that this is a big database that includes animal experiment results, and so it might be seen to amplify the practice of animal testing. For example I searched for “diabetes” and the number 2 result was a test on rats: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts
Professional excellence requires dedication and responsibility, and is something that the best continuously strive to achieve. In order to maximize potential, it is therefore essential that professional development is seen as an ongoing process. We should always be looking for ways to improve our skills, abilities, and base of knowledge as a means to maximize performance. Loss prevention certification is a means of establishing and validating that standard of excellence.The Loss Prevention Foundation celebrates the Certified LP professionalMaurizio Scrofani, LPC, CCSP – Vice President, Supply Chain Asset Protection“The breath and depth of the Loss Prevention industry continues to expand. For those of us in the Supply Chain Asset Protection niche, the LPC is a great vehicle to ensure we are not only shored up to today’s wants and needs but are continuously challenging ourselves to the dynamic demands of our supply chains.”- Sponsor – Katherine Houston, LPQ – Director of Client Services at LPM Media Group“As an LP professional that hasn’t worked in a store or field LP role, the LPQ has given me the confidence and background to speak intelligently with others in the industry. Taking the LPQ displays that I’m committed to loss prevention and learning what retailers are faced with both at a corporate level and on the front line. Now, I can let the LPQ validate my knowledge and really focus on my client and allow my experience to enhance our discussions and projects. Being able to say I’m LPQ shows I understand loss prevention and I can discuss the impact of loss to the different aspects of their business and bottom line.” June 2016Loss prevention certification is an investment that we make in ourselves. It is not simply a commitment to higher learning, but also a dedication to reach a higher standard. Each of these individuals is helping to raise the bar for the profession; and has earned both their designation and respect of the loss prevention community.The Loss Prevention Foundation is pleased to recognize and congratulate the following individuals who have successfully completed all of the requirements set forth by the board of directors to be LPQualified (LPQ) and/or LPCertified (LPC).LP CertifiedSamuel Charles, LPC Dennis Davis, LPC Heather Depalma, LPC Frank Devlin, LPC Navtej Duggal, LPC Mark Headley, LPC Marc Marraccini, LPC Monika Shah, LPC Ryan Shedd, LPC CFI Ryan Themm, LPCLPQualifiedNakhshab Arshad, LPQ Melissa Bowers, LPQ Kathleen Budd, LPQ Rodney Corley, Jr LPQ Julie Droppa, LPQ Stephen Elley, LPQ Sarah Graber, LPQ Lucia Grande, LPQ Hannah Greig, LPQ David Guerrero, LPQ Jason Guiste, LPQ James Harvey, LPQ Jeffery Haubrich, LPQ Jodie Hurst, LPQ Scott Kirsch, LPQ Arturo Marquez, LPQ Ravi Patel, LPQ David Plaster, LPQ Kirsty Sellers, LPQ Erin Wolfe, LPQ Andrew Zahorsky, LPQThe retail industry is extremely competitive, and loss prevention has become an integral component of a successful retail model. In order to remain successful our professional competencies must include flexibility, strong problem-solving and decision making skills, a superior knowledge base, and an ability to effectively apply our knowledge and experience to the diverse situations that we face on a day-to-day basis.It is our responsibility to manage the process; driven by individual learning experiences and carrying a personal signature for success. Continuing education, training and skills development, lifelong learning activities, intellectual nourishment and exposure to new ideas all contribute to that plan. Are you taking the necessary steps?To view the Recently Certified for May 2016, click here.For more information on loss prevention certification and the certification process, contact the Loss Prevention Foundation at www.losspreventionfoundation.org Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
The World Car Awards holds a special place in the automobile calendar, as the most deserving cars of the year are honoured for their overall ability. Jurors from around the world get together to select a car among 5 different categories, which managed to gain the respect of most number of automobile journalist from across the globe.The World Car Awards is differentiated on the basis of different criteria- 1. World Luxury/Performance Car, 2. World Urban Car, 3. World Car Design of the Year, 4. World Green Car and the 5. Overall World Car of the Year. The world Urban Car segment is a completely new category introduced by the jury for 2017.Now, the exciting part of the World Car Awards is that, as many as 10 India-bound cars will be competing in various categories to win the coveted title of World Car of the Year. This ranges from the Maruti Suzuki Ignis to Maruti Suzuki Baleno to Skoda Kodiaq to Audi Q2. This will be the first time that an India made car has made to the finals.Let’s take a look at the list1. Audi Q2Audi’s latest addition to the Q-range, the baby Q2, will be coming to India very soon. Audi promises that the all new Q2 will be the most affordable crossover SUV from the German car-makers and will defiantly add more flair to the Indian portfolio. The all new Audi Q2 was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show this year.Audi Q2As mentioned above, the Q2 is the newest vehicle from Audi and will be completely different from what the company has been doing with the Q range till now. The India-bound Audi Q2 will come with both petrol and diesel mills with 4 engine options. In petrol the Audi Q2 will come with a 1.0-litre and 1.4-litre TFSI engines, while the diesel unit will get the all new 1.6-litre TDI engine along with a 2.0-litre TDI engine.advertisementLaunch Date: 2017Category: 2017 Overall World Car of the Year2. Audi Q5The Q5 will be getting an entire image makeover, as the all new Audi Q5 is to be replaced by an all-new successor. A sculpturally flared Singleframe grille with a solid frame dominates its aerodynamically flat front end. It is available with Xenon headlights as standard and either LED or high-resolution Matrix LED with dynamic indicators as options. The all new Audi Q5 was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show 2016.Audi Q5The India-bound Q5 will come in both petrol and diesel engine- a 2.0L TFSI petrol engine and a 2.0L TDI diesel engine. In the UK, the all new Q5 also gets an intensively revised 3.0 TDI diesel engine, but it is unclear if this powerful mill will make it to India.Launch Date: 2017Category: 2017 Overall World Car of the Year3. Bentley BentaygaBentley launched the fastest SUV, the Bentayga, in India this year for Rs 3.85 crore (ex showroom, New Delhi). With only 3000 units to be produced, the Bentayga is the world’s most expensive SUV. Bentley also added the diesel option for India last month.Bentley Bentayga The Bentley Bentayga comes with a mammoth 6.0-litre W12 petrol engine that churns out maximum power output of 600bhp and maximum torque of 900Nm, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission along with the AWD function which comes standard. The best part of the Bentayga SUV is that it’s dubbed as the world’s fastest SUV with the machine capable of going from 0-100kmph in just 4.1 seconds, with a top speed of 301kmph. Bentley Bentayga will have only one competition in the country and that is the Range Rover Sport Autobiography edition.Launch Date: April 22, 2016 (Launched)Category: 2017 World Luxury/Performance Car4. Hyundai ElantraAfter the success of the Creta in India, it was time for the luxury sedan, Elantra, to work its magic in India. And work it did, as the all new Hyundai Elantra has received as much as 1100 bookings since its launch in August. The sixth-generation Hyundai Elantra makes it to the Overall World Car of the Year category.Hyundai ElantraThe all new Elantra comes with two engine options- a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine that produces peak power of 152PS and peak torque of 192NM, while the 1.6-litre diesel engine produces maximum power of 128PS and maximum torque of 259NM. Both engine come mated to six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic. The all new Hyundai Elantra competes against the likes of Volkswagen Jetta, Toyota Corolla Altis and Skoda Octavia in India.Launch Date: August 23, 2016 (Launched)Category: 2017 Overall World Car of the Year5. Jaguar F-PaceadvertisementJaguar Land Rover India announced the price of Jaguar’s first performance SUV, the all-new F-PACE starting from Rs 68.40 Lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) with a launch slated for October 20. Visually inspired by F-TYPE, the all-new Jaguar F-PACE is a performance SUV that has the DNA of a sports car. Its powerful and agile look makes it utterly distinctive and gives it a head-turning road presence. From the bonnet bulge to the pronounced rear haunches, the all-new F-PACE reinvents the energy, strength and purity of form of F-TYPE.Jaguar F-PaceThe all-new Jaguar F-PACE is offered with the 2.0L, 4-cylinder, 132 kW, Turbocharged Ingenium diesel engine and the powerful 3.0L, V6, Turbocharged, Diesel engine. This engine delivers an acceleration of 0-100 km/h in just 6.2 s.Launch Date: October 20, 2016Category: 2017 Overall World Car of the Year6. Skoda KodiaqSkoda unveiled its all new SUV, the 7-seater Kodiaq at the Paris Motor Show, with a global debut in Berlin last month. With a length of 4700 mm, up to seven seats and the largest boot within its class. With the Skoda Kodiaq, the Czech car manufacturer is extending its range to seven models and more than 40 variants.Skoda KodiaqThe Kodiaq will be offered in five different engine options. Transmission options vary from a 6-speed manual, 6- and 7-speed DSG. It will be available as a front-wheel drive and an all-wheel drive option. The Skoda Kodiaq will most probably hit Indian showrooms in the second half of 2017 as sales in Europe are expected to commence early next year. The Kodiaq will compete with the entry level SUVs of Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW and others like the Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner.Launch Date: 2017Category: 2017 Overall World Car of the Year7. Suzuki BalenoThe India-made Maruti Suzuki Baleno, is the first car from the country to make it to the esteemed list of the World Urban Car of the Year. The Baleno, which was launched in India only last year, has been a star-seller for the Indian car-makers with more than 1 lakh cumulative sales since launch.Maruti Suzuki BalenoMoreover, Maruti Suzuki has its eyes set on the Caribbean Islands and South Africa, as the company plans to launch the Baleno in the market, with an eye on the exporting the Baleno in more than 100 markets globally.Launch Date: October 26, 2015 (Launched)Category: 2017 World Urban Car8. Suzuki IgnisAnother car that is bound to make the Indian car market want for more, is the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Ignis, which will most likely come to India by January 2017. Suzuki also unveiled the Ignis at the Paris Motor Show. The shape of the Ignis begins with the distinctive front face that integrates the striking gaze of the LED headlamps and the strong lines of the front grille.Maruti Suzuki IgnisThe India-bound Maruti Suzuki Ignis will come with both petrol and diesel mills. The Ignis is said to get a 1 .2-litre Boosterjet petrol engine and a 1.3-litre diesel engine. The upcoming Maruti Suzuki Ignis will come with the CVT gearbox, similar to the Baleno. However, only the top-end trim of the Ignis will get the CVT, while the base models will sport the usual five-speed manual transmission.advertisementLaunch Date: 2017Category: 2017 World Urban Car9. Volkswagen TiguanVolkswagen will be revealing the new generation Tiguan for the Indian market at the 66th International Motor Show in Frankfurt this year. The new Volkswagen Tiguan can come for a price of Rs 30 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi)- Rs 45 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).Volkswagen TiguanThe new seven-seater Volkswagen Tiguan could be based on the VW Cross Coupe GTE with more wheelbase. Moreover, the new Volkswagen Tiguan will come with a 1-litre TSI three-cylinder petrol engine and a 2-litre TDI diesel engine, with AWD system.Launch Date: 2017Category: 2017 Overall World Car of the Year10. Volvo S90Volvo Cars unveiled the S90 sedan at Gothenburg in Sweden for the global consumers and will launch in India on November 4. The all new Volvo S90 sedan will compete against the likes of Audi A6, BMW 5-Series, Jaguar XF and Mercedes Benz E-Class in the Indian marketVolvo S90The India-bound all new Volvo S90 sedan will come with a 2.0-litre supercharged petrol engine that will produce maximum power output of 399bhp, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, with the AWD function. Moreover, the engine will also come with an electric motor with a power output of 82bhp and a crankshaft-mounted starter generator with a peak power of 47bhp.Launch Date: November 4Category: 2017 World Luxury/Performance Car
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Former Chelsea star Zenden: Lampard in middle of snowball effectby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea star Bolo Zenden is delighted seeing Frank Lampard succeed as manager.Chelsea are at Ajax for tonight’s Champions League clash.And Zenden told De Telegraaf of his former Blues teammate: “If you realise your goals, you get respect and a snowball effect is created.”Frank is intelligent, has a good relationship with the press and was an international. “The snowball was getting bigger, so did he and his personality.”Zenden is curious about how Chelsea will perform in the busy winter months. “The bill is then often paid. But Ajax has to work, because Chelsea is still in a fairly positive flow. But let’s be honest: it is no longer the Chelsea of a few years ago.”
MONTREAL, Canada — “Can a fashion product last 20 years — not just last, but can it age and become more beautiful after you use it than before?” This, according to 66-year-old founder Frédéric Mamarbachi, is the central question that animates Montreal-based leather goods company m0851, which, over the last 30 years, has quietly become a thriving business worth over $25 million.“It’s been fun,” says Mamarbachi. “In these 30 years we didn’t have any slow period. We grew slowly, to my taste — I didn’t want it to grow too quickly. We did it without knowing. It’s not really administrated as a business to grow big and fast, mostly it’s for me to have satisfaction in what I do.” Mamarbachi has been in the industry nearly 45 years. He got his start in manufacturing and wholesale at the age of 22, when he designed three bags “just for the fun of it” and asked his uncle, also in the business, to show them to one of the biggest store chains in Montreal. They placed an order worth $85,000. “This was huge, this was the start of everything,” he says. His business, named Frédéric M., grew steadily and within 10 years Mamarbachi had offices in New York and Los Angeles, as well as Montreal. But he decided to switch gears. “I wanted to be less commercial and more free,” he says. So, in 1987, he launched Rugby North America, the company that would eventually be renamed to m0851, with 12 styles. “Before, I was following buyers,” he says. “With Rugby North America, I was choosing my clients. I would refuse nine clients out of 10, which is very different.”READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitter
The world of sports research has grown exponentially over the past decade, a trend nowhere more apparent than at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, the industry’s highest-profile exhibition.Sloan has ballooned from 175 attendees at its inaugural event in 2007 to nearly 3,000 visitors a year ago at the sprawling Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. (This year’s attendance was slightly lower because of a smaller space, but that wasn’t a function of decreased demand. According to conference organizer Jessica Gelman, the waiting list ran into the thousands.)The flowering of sports analytics has brought lots of attention, and money, to the field. That’s good and bad. Higher-tech statistics require greater investment, which, in turn, introduces the possibility that leagues will be less willing to share new data with the public.Several notable data projects have been featured in Sloan’s panels over the years. Just last week, Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM) announced an optical-tracking technology to replace the PITCHf/x system. What does this portend for the future of open-source analytics?MLBAM CEO Bob Bowman gave assurances that “fans will be able to see these data.” I hope that he means history will repeat itself. The original PITCHf/x data was stored in public files, which early pioneers of pitch analysis quickly learned to use. Bloggers and hobbyists did such good work that teams began hiring them; Mike Fast, Josh Kalk and other PITCHf/x gurus jumped into the big leagues (yours truly was hired by the Atlanta Hawks). Thus began a symbiotic relationship between MLB insiders and outsiders, made possible by a willingness to give smart people free data and let them run with it.But you can’t help but sense the possibility that the next wave of advanced data won’t be as accessible to amateurs. The tug-of-war between intellectual curiosity and monetization serves as a microcosm of what Sloan is about. It exists in the murky territory between trade fairs and academic conferences, a stark change from its earlier, smaller incarnations.Sloan’s growth has mirrored the growth of sports analytics, but it also underscores the increasing ways in which businesses and teams are looking to profit from a new generation of sports data. I just hope they don’t shut out the public in the process.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron (5) passes against the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on Dec. 20. Credit: Courtesy of TNSWith a little under two minutes to play in the fourth quarter, leading the Pittsburgh Steelers 16-15, it seemed that after so long, the Cincinnati Bengals were finally going to end their playoff winless streak that dates back to January 1991. Putting the length of that abysmal streak into greater perspective, in 1991 the price of gas was $1.14 a gallon, the president was George H.W. Bush, and “Home Alone” was No. 1 at the box office. Nonetheless, in embarrassing fashion, the Bengals’ streak was further extended yet another year. The deflating loss left Cincinnati’s fans with an all-too-familiar feeling, as they watched their team go out like the hapless “Bungals” rather than the proud Bengals who looked destined for a deep playoff run during much of the season.There was no love lost between the two teams Saturday night as the fierce rivalry rose to new, unprecedented heights. Dominating defenses, devastating hits, near-brawls and a combined 18 penalty flags were thrown, many of which were personal fouls. Although it was an ugly contest on both sides, it is the Bengals that will be remembered for choking away a sure-victory in such historically disgraceful fashion.After a rough-and-tumble first three quarters, with Cincinnati down 15-0 heading into the final period, quarterback A.J. McCarron quickly began an orange-and-black charge that had Paul Brown Stadium, widely known as “The Jungle,” in a frenzy. McCarron and Co. soon took back the lead when the second-year signal caller tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to wideout A.J. Green late in the game. The comeback seemed all but complete when linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who injured Steelers starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger earlier in the night on a sack, intercepted backup Landry Jones deep in Pittsburgh territory. Just as the Bengals looked to have finally broken the sixth-longest postseason drought in NFL history, the meltdown ensued.Almost as quickly as Cincinnati had the ball, it gave it right back to its hated rivals when running back Jeremy Hill was stripped on the opening play of the drive by former Ohio State standout Ryan Shazier. The Steelers indeed recovered the fumble when a first down would have effectively ended the game. Despite being carted off the field and taken to the locker room earlier, Roethlisberger came back out for a final chance at victory and led the Pittsburgh offense from its own 9-yard line to just past midfield. It would need to go further, but it didn’t have to do it on its own. The Bengals did it for them.Roethlisberger overthrew receiver Antonio Brown over the middle on the very next play, where Brown’s head would violently meet Burfict’s shoulder, concussing the Steelers’ star wideout. A 15-yard penalty was handed out, with a possible suspension now pending. The hit was as dirty as any, something that has become Burfict’s calling card. He argued the call for some minutes after and, like all game long, couldn’t keep his emotions together, especially when it mattered most. Neither could cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones, who received a personal foul after getting into it with Pittsburgh assistant coach Joey Porter. Thirty penalty yards later, kicker Chris Boswell drilled a 35-yard field goal to give Pittsburgh an improbable wild-card round victory.It was an embarrassing display of sportsmanship — or lack thereof. It was, in fact, disgusting, mainly on the Bengals’ part. All game long, coach Marvin Lewis, now the owner of a winless 0-7 record in the playoffs, failed to keep his players in check, specifically Burfict, who played on the edge most of the night. The lack of emotional restraint and composure boiled over to the point of implosion, costing Cincinnati a spot in the divisional round of the playoffs. Fans in “The Jungle” were almost as disgraceful, as they were seen pelting the turf, as well as Roethlisberger during his cart ride to the locker room, with plastic bottles and other debris.When it comes down to it, sure, Burfict racked up six tackles, a clutch sack of Roethlisberger and had what should have been a game-ending interception. Even Jones had a 24-yard punt return to set the Bengals offense up with good field position in the closing stages. And yet, Saturday night’s meltdown in Cincinnati proved that the content of your character always overcomes talent, something that might end up costing Lewis his job as coach of the Bengals.