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OSU junior guard Kelsey Mitchell guards the ball in the Buckeyes 89-56 victory over Canisius on Dec. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsBehind 51.5 percent shooting and a solid defensive effort, the No. 12 Ohio State Buckeyes downed the Canisius Golden Griffins 89-56 on Sunday afternoon.“I thought our effort, our attention-to-detail was better than it’s been,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said. “We’ve practiced better.”Both teams shot well out of the gate and the Golden Griffins took an 11-9 lead with 5:48 remaining in the first quarter. The No. 12 Buckeyes (8-3) would then outscore Canisius 22-7 the rest of the opening quarter, a stretch that included an 11-0 run and eight made field goals in a row. The teams played just about even in the second quarter, with the Buckeyes edging out Canisius 19-16 in the frame.OSU missed its first four shots of the second half, but a field goal from junior guard Kelsey Mitchell with 7:11 remaining in the third quarter started an 8-0 run for the Buckeyes. OSU would take a 69-44 run into the fourth quarter and would outscore the Golden Griffins 20-12 in the final frame to claim the 33-point victory.Mitchell led the Buckeyes with 19 points on 9-of-17 shooting. The Buckeyes buried 16-of-21 free throws, and despite converting on over half of its field goals, OSU was just 3 for 18 from three-point territory.“We have good shooters, but we didn’t shoot the ball very well today from the arc,” McGuff said. “That’s something that we’ve got to get in the gym and work on a little bit.”Canisius was led by 14 points from sophomore forward Sara Hinriksdottir. Senior guard Lauren D’Hont grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.Defensive improvementOSU put together one of its better defensive performances of the season on Sunday. Of the Buckeyes’ 21 forced turnovers, 15 were steals. Canisius shot well early from the three-point line – 7 of 16 in the first half – but they finished just 10 for 31 from beyond the arc and couldn’t get anything else going.“I thought our press today was as good as it’s been in a couple weeks,” McGuff said. “We really gave Canisius problems.”The Buckeyes didn’t allow the Golden Griffins to see the free-throw line at all and committed just eight team fouls. All nine Buckeyes who saw the floor had two personal fouls or less. McGuff praised his team for a solid defensive game, but acknowledged that there were still several hiccups.“We had 4, 5, 6, 7 possessions where we had really good possessions and then just didn’t finish them out,” McGuff said. “We were close to having a really good day defensively.”For the game, Canisius shot 34.8 percent (23-for-66).Bench pointsAnother Buckeye advantage came in bench points, where OSU outscored Canisius 40-6. The bench effort was led by freshman forward Tori McCoy, who scored 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds. She was also 3 of 3 from the free throw line.Redshirt sophomore forward Makayla Waterman had one of her best games on the young season, adding nine points, nine rebounds and a team-high five assists. Freshman guards Kiara Lewis (10 points) and Jensen Caretti (four points) also contributed off the bench.“As we go through the year, depth is going to be a real strength of ours,” McGuff said. “Today, I thought we had some really good minutes off the bench.”OSU’s current depth has been well documented, but the Buckeyes are about to get even deeper. Redshirt junior guard Linnae Harper is just days away from regaining eligibility and will be available to play in OSU’s next game against Alabama State on Friday.“She’ll bring a lot of defense, rebounds and points,” OSU junior guard Asia Doss said. “That means way more depth as far as our rotations and the pressing, I feel like, is going to be even more hectic.”Harper decided to transfer from the University of Kentucky last fall.Up nextOSU will finish off its current five-game home stand with a game against the Alabama State Hornets on Friday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Schottenstein Center.
People pay final tributes to the dainik Samakl editor Golam Sarwar. Photo: UNBPeople from all walks of life paid their final tributes to vernacular daily Samakal editor Golam Sarwar, who died at a Singapore hospital on Monday night, at Central Shaheed Minar in the city on Thursday.The body of the veteran journalist Sarwar, also the president of Editors’ Council, was taken to the Shaheed Minar around 10:00am and was kept there until 12:30pm, reports UNB.From the Shaheed Minar, Sarwar’s body was taken to the Jatiya Press Club where journalists paid their tributes to him before his last janaza there after Zohr prayers.The mortal remains of the senior journalist will be buried at Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals’ Graveyard after Asr prayers today, Thursday.Earlier, his body was taken to his workplace at Tejgaon Industrial area around 9:00am where his colleagues paid last respects to their late editor and his third namaz-e-janaza was held at the field of Bangladesh University of Textiles adjacent to Samakal office.Sarwar breathed his last around 9:25pm (Bangladesh time) on Monday while undergoing treatment at Singapore General Hospital.He was 75.
Soldiers stand beside military vehicles just outside Harare, Zimbabwe. Photo: ReutersArmoured vehicles were seen on the streets near the Zimbabwean capital Harare as questions mounted Wednesday over whether President Robert Mugabe, who has ruled since independence from Britain in 1980, still has a firm grip on power.Tensions between the 93-year-old leader and the military that has been a key buttress to his reign have intensified, and prolonged gunfire erupted near his private residence in the suburb of Borrowdale in the early hours of Wednesday, a witness told AFP.No further details were available.Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party accused army chief General Constantino Chiwenga on Tuesday of “treasonable conduct”. The public dispute has presented a major test for Mugabe, who is in increasingly frail health.Chiwenga had demanded that Mugabe stop purges of senior party figures, including vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was dismissed last week.ZANU-PF said Chiwenga’s stance was “clearly calculated to disturb national peace… and suggests treasonable conduct on his part as this was meant to incite insurrection”.Before being ousted, Mnangagwa had clashed repeatedly with Mugabe’s wife Grace, 52, who is seen as vying with Mnangagwa to be the next president.As the situation deteriorated overnight, the US embassy in Harare warned its citizens in the country to “shelter in place” due to “ongoing political uncertainty”.The armoured vehicles spotted outside Harare alarmed many residents as Chiwenga had warned of possible military intervention. The army’s spokesman was not available to comment.“I saw a long convoy of military vehicles,” a female fruit seller told AFP, while other witnesses took to social media to confirm the reports.Mugabe under pressureMugabe is the world’s oldest head of state, but his poor health has fuelled a bitter succession battle as potential replacements jockey for position.Some of the army top brass are seen as strongly opposed to Grace Mugabe’s apparent emergence as the likely next president.“We very rarely see tanks on the roads,” Derek Matyszak, an analyst at the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies, told AFP.“Chiwenga threw down the gauntlet to Mugabe… it would make sense for Chiwenga to organise some military manoeuvres to up the ante.“It’s clear we are entering new territory here.”In speeches this year, Mugabe has often slurred his words, mumbled and paused for long periods.His lengthy rule has been marked by brutal repression of dissent, mass emigration, vote-rigging and economic collapse since land reforms in 2000.The main opposition MDC party called for civilian rule to be protected.“No one wants to see a coup… If the army takes over that will be undesirable. It will bring democracy to a halt,” shadow defence minister Gift Chimanikire, told AFP.ZANU-PF’s influential youth league, which supports Grace Mugabe as the next president, said in a statement that army chief Chiwenga must not be allowed to choose Zimbabwe’s leaders.Speculation has been rife in Harare that Mugabe could seek to remove Chiwenga, who is seen as an ally of ousted Mnangagwa.‘Ominous moment’?The crisis marks an “ominous moment in the ongoing race to succeed” Mugabe, said political analyst Alex Magaisa in an online article.“(Mugabe) has previously warned the military to stay away from ZANU-PF’s succession race.“His authority over the military has never been tested in this way.”Mnangagwa, 75, was widely viewed as Mugabe’s most loyal lieutenant, having worked alongside him for decades.He fled the country and is thought to be in South Africa after issuing a searing five-page condemnation of Grace’s ambition and Mugabe’s leadership.Earlier this year the country was gripped by a bizarre spat between Grace and Mnangagwa that included an alleged ice-cream poisoning incident that laid bare the pair’s rivalry.Mnangagwa took over as vice president from Joice Mujuru who was axed in 2014 after Grace Mugabe launched a campaign accusing her of plotting to topple the president.Grace Mugabe — 41 years younger than her husband-has become increasingly active in public life in what many say is a process to help her eventually take the top job.
The next major cycle in gold stocks will be up. Right now, even the staunchest gold investors are weary of the years-long drubbing the gold price has taken since its $1,921 peak in August 2011. Whether the frustrating experience is the work of a market-rigging conspiracy, government manipulation of data to hide inflation, those blindingly loyal Keynesians who keep pounding us with messages that gold is nothing but a “shiny bitcoin,” or the gullibility of mainstream investors who tell themselves that, gee, since Warren Buffett is a billionaire, his “gold has no utility” mantra must be right, it hasn’t been fun. The nasty downcycle has offered no respite. That’s all about to change. If there’s one constant in the resource sector, it’s the boom-bust-repeat cycle that over the past 40 years has been almost predictable. This is particularly the case with gold stocks. We charted every major cycle for gold stocks (producers) from 1975—when gold again became legal to own in the US—to the present. You can easily see that not only do gold stocks cycle up and down repeatedly, but the percentage gains for buyers at a cycle bottom can be downright mouthwatering. The profits could be spectacular, because as the patterns show, triple-digit gains have been common. Gold stocks have finished the bust that tormented investors for more than three years and are now preparing for another boom. All you have to do is hold on and wait for the next cycle to begin. No timing required. The only thing we don’t know is if Mr. Buffett will see this chart and jump on the in-your-face deep value that gold stocks are showing right now. Gold stocks will soon go vertical again—just as they have many times in the past—and investors with just a smidgen of patience will see their gold portfolios driven by a hurricane-force bull market. Virtually all gold stocks will go much higher. As in the past, gains for the strongest juniors will be 10-to-1, and you can expect a few superstars to return 100-to-1. I talk about this rich opportunity with some of the most successful investors in the gold sector—Pierre Lassaonde, Frank Holmes, Rick Rule, Bob Quartermain, Ron Netolitzky, Doug Casey, and Louis James. Check out our free webcast, Going Vertical, a can’t-miss one-hour event that will show you the life-changing profits waiting just ahead. And yes, we extend our invitation to Warren Buffett. What’s interesting about where we sit today in early 2015 is that gold stocks have now logged the second-deepest bear market since 1975—rougher even than the selloff following the 1980 mania. This history teaches three “how to get rich” lessons. For the recent bear market, the bottom for gold stocks is almost certainly in.
Justin’s note: Today, Palm Beach Letter analyst Greg Wilson explains why China is going to be a massive force in the growth of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. And why today is the perfect buying opportunity… By Greg Wilson, analyst, The Palm Beach Letter Gong Yi Feng kept checking his phone. He couldn’t believe his eyes. His portfolio losses now topped $30,000. Retired, and with most of his assets in the stock market, Mr. Gong was naturally worried. For nearly three years, it had been smooth sailing. The Shanghai Index had risen 127% during that time. But in July 2015, regulators pricked the bubble. During that time, China’s stock market was experiencing a margin lending-fueled bubble. Margin lending is a process in which brokerages lend money to customers so they can buy more stocks. From 2013–2015, China’s margin lending grew 780%. And that powered stock market growth. The wild growth attracted fraudsters. And Chinese regulators quickly stepped in. Recommended Link If you look at the history of Chinese regulations on the finance industry, you’ll see that their goal is largely to identify the players and clean out the bad actors. They’re not looking to kill the industry. Lending, for example, continues to grow. Outstanding loans have grown 80% since the start of the regulatory crackdowns in 2010. We saw the same with peer-to-peer (P2P) lending in China. P2P lending is when individuals both lend and receive loans from each other without an intermediary or middleman. An example is Lending Club. From 2010–2014, P2P lending became quite popular in China. The number of platforms grew from 50 to 1,575. Meanwhile, the amount of P2P loans increased from next to nothing to $17 billion. Like with margin lending, Chinese regulators stepped in. Once again, they wanted to identify the players and clean out the bad actors. And they implemented a number of regulatory reforms. But P2P lending continues to thrive. Today, there are over 4,000 P2P lending platforms in China with over $120 billion in loans. And remember China’s margin lending? It’s starting to grow again, too. A Temporary Pause China’s new regulations haven’t been the death of any of these industries. And it won’t be the death of bitcoin or cryptocurrencies. Based on history, it’s the opposite. China has given us a big buying opportunity. It reminds me of a quote from Fred Wilson, a partner at venture capital firm Union Square Ventures. And mind you, he said this in 2014. The lesson from the internet is, anything that China bans, invest in it. China is going to be a massive force in the growth of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. The recent regulation doesn’t change that. Use this sell-off to buy bitcoin now. Regards, In 2010, they halted loan repackaging. — Recommended Link In 2014, they issued tougher guidelines for lenders. And they continue to impose new regulations on the industry to this day. First, they banned the biggest brokerages from opening new margin accounts. Then they targeted the grey market. Those markets are outside authorized channels… and a hotbed for fraudulent activity. The crackdown on margin lending put the brakes on China’s bull market. From its peak in June 2015, the Shanghai Index dropped 43% in less than three months. Nearly $2 trillion in market value vanished. And like many in China, Mr. Gong got caught up in the regulatory storm. If you own bitcoin or cryptocurrencies, you likely feel the same right now as Mr. Gong did back in 2015. In the last month, not only has China banned initial coin offerings (ICOs), but cryptocurrency exchanges, too. Peak to trough, the cryptocurrency market fell 44%. Bitcoin fell 40%. The price action is scary. But as I’ll show, regulatory bans by China don’t stunt growth in the long term. In fact, China just provided us with a buying opportunity. China’s History of Cracking Down, Then Relenting Introducing regulation to growing financial markets is nothing new in China. One example is China’s lending market. From 2003–2010, Chinese loans rocketed 250% to over $1 trillion. The rapid growth caught the eyes of Chinese regulators. And they started to “crack down” on the lending industry. Would You Have The Guts To Invest… Here? It’s corrupt, violent, and bleak… like the backdrop of a James Bond movie. Yet places like this have generated some of the most profitable moneymaking opportunities in the world—like 1,000%… 5,000%… or more. Details here. Maui tuna fisherman turns tiny investment into $181,680 in less than 5 months… Jeff D., one of my readers from Maui, retired at 64 and now spends his time fishing for tuna. “Years ago,” he said, “I realized I had to get educated on money or I wasn’t going to have any.” With one recommendation – far outside the stock market – Jeff turned a tiny stake into $181,680. It took him less than 5 months… Here’s the whole story
Explore further Amazon remains the company with the best reputation, but several other tech brands including Apple and Google saw their reputations drop in the annual Harris Poll Reputation Quotient poll, out Tuesday. Citation: Amazon maintains top brand reputation, Apple and Google reps dip (2018, March 13) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-amazon-brand-reputation-apple-google.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ©2018 USA Today Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Google tops Harris corporate reputation poll It’s just the latest evidence of a burgeoning backlash against some of the technology giants that impact consumers’ lives daily. Among the factors, which have spawned the hashtag #Techlash: Apple’s recent Batterygate crisis, which found many iPhone users with slowed devices, and concerns about how Google-owned YouTube and Facebook were manipulated by Russian operatives in the 2016 presidential race.As recently as 2016, Apple and Google were No. 2 and No. 3 behind Amazon in the poll. And the two tech companies were in the top ten list year, Apple was No. 5 and Google was No. 8. Facebook falls much lower on the list at No. 51, but is up from No. 66 last year.Even though some consumers have growing concerns that big tech companies have control of too much personal information, Amazon maintains an “excellent reputation,” the Harris report says.It is the third consecutive year, and the fourth out of the last five, that the Seattle-headquartered online retailer has held the top spot in the annual poll of the 100 most visible companies, out Tuesday. In 2015, Wegmans edged out Amazon for the top spot, pushing the retailing powerhouse to No. 2.This comes as Amazon mixes business expansion—more homes are welcoming its Echo speakers powered by digital voice assistant Alexa and it’s acquiring Whole Foods for $13.7 billion—with so-called moonshot projects such its initiative with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to improve lower health care costs.Also gaining in reputation: Tesla Motors, which moved up to No. 3 from No. 9 last year. Company founder and CEO Elon Musk is the current master of moonshot projects with plans to send people to Mars—with rockets built by his other company SpaceX—and build high-speed transportation tunnels in high-traffic metro areas.The Top 10 1. Amazon 2. Wegmans 3. Tesla Motors 4. Chick-fil-A 5. The Walt Disney Co. 6. HEB Grocery 7. UPS 8. Publix Supermarkets 9. Patagonia 10. AldiFor the 19th annual poll, 25,880 people were interviewed between Dec. 11, 2017 and Jan. 12, 2018.
Telecommunications equipment maker CommScope is paying $5.7 billion for Arris International as it prepares for the entrance of faster 5G service to the wireless market. Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domain This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. CommScope buying some of TE Connectivity ops for about $3B Arris makes modems and boxes for the wireless industry, including cable operators. Equipment makers and telecommunications companies like Verizon are all gearing up for 5G, which is expected to allow for higher and faster data rates and better connections between multiple devices.Under the deal announced Thursday, CommScope Holding Co. will pay $31.75 per share for Arris International Plc. and assume the company’s debt, bringing the total buyout price to about $7.4 billion. Also, asset manager The Carlyle Group is helping to finance the deal with a $1 billion investment in CommScope. Citation: CommScope, getting ready for 5G, spends $5.7B for Arris (2018, November 8) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-commscope-ready-5g-57b-arris.html © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
Code of ethics doesn’t influence decisions of software developers Barbara Grosz has a fantasy that every time a computer scientist logs on to write an algorithm or build a system, a message will flash across the screen that asks, “Have you thought about the ethical implications of what you’re doing?” Provided by Harvard University Grosz and her philosophy colleagues are at the center of a movement that they hope will spread to computer science programs around the country. Harvard’s “distributed pedagogy” approach is different from many university programs that treat ethics by adding a stand-alone course that is, more often than not, just an elective for computer science majors.”Standalone courses can be great, but they can send the message that ethics is something that you think about after you’ve done your ‘real’ computer science work,” Simmons said. “We want to send the message that ethical reasoning is part of what you do as a computer scientist.”Embedding ethics across the curriculum helps computer science students see how ethical issues can arise from many contexts, issues ranging from the way social networks facilitate the spread of false information to censorship to machine-learning techniques that empower statistical inferences in employment and in the criminal justice system.Courses in artificial intelligence and machine learning are obvious areas for ethical discussions, but Embedded EthiCS also has built modules for less-obvious pairings, such as applied algebra.”We really want to get students habituated to thinking: How might an ethical issue arise in this context or that context?” Simmons said.David Parkes, George F. Colony Professor of Computer Science, teaches a wide-ranging undergraduate class on topics in algorithmic economics. “Without this initiative, I would have struggled to craft the right ethical questions related to rules for matching markets, or choosing objectives for recommender systems,” he said. “It has been an eye-opening experience to get students to think carefully about ethical issues.”Grosz acknowledged that it can be a challenge for computer science faculty and their students to wrap their heads around often opaque ethical quandaries.”Computer scientists are used to there being ways to prove problem set answers correct or algorithms efficient,” she said. “To wind up in a situation where different values lead to there being trade-offs and ways to support different ‘right conclusions’ is a challenging mind shift. But getting these normative issues into the computer system designer’s mind is crucial for society right now.”Jeffrey Behrends, currently a fellow-in-residence at Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, has co-taught the design and ethics course with Grosz. Behrends said the experience revealed greater harmony between the two fields than one might expect.”Once students who are unfamiliar with philosophy are introduced to it, they realize that it’s not some arcane enterprise that’s wholly independent from other ways of thinking about the world,” he said. “A lot of students who are attracted to computer science are also attracted to some of the methodologies of philosophy, because we emphasize rigorous thinking. We emphasize a methodology for solving problems that doesn’t look too dissimilar from some of the methodologies in solving problems in computer science.”The Embedded EthiCS model has attracted interest from universities—and companies—around the country. Recently, experts from more than 20 institutions gathered at Harvard for a workshop on the challenges and best practices for integrating ethics into computer science curricula. Mary Gray, a senior researcher at Microsoft Research (and a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society), who helped convene the gathering, said that in addition to impeccable technical chops, employers increasingly are looking for people who understand the need to create technology that is accessible and socially responsible.”Our challenge in industry is to help researchers and practitioners not see ethics as a box that has to be checked at the end, but rather to think about these things from the very beginning of a project,” Gray said.Those concerns recently inspired the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest scientific and educational computing society, to update its code of ethics for the first time since 1992.In hope of spreading the Embedded EthiCS concept widely across the computer science landscape, Grosz and colleagues have authored a paper to be published in the journal Communications of the ACM and launched a website to serve as an open-source repository of