When this tournament started, the FiveThirtyEight model said Duke was only 6 percent likely to win the NCAA tournament. Now it’s 100 percent.What the model couldn’t tell you: that Duke would pull away from Gonzaga late in the Elite Eight and demolish a surprising Michigan State team in the Final Four; that it’d have to come back against a Wisconsin team late in the championship game; and that one of the guys helping the Blue Devils do it would be Grayson Allen, the freshman from Jacksonville who scored 16 points in the final of the NCAA tournament. Allen averaged nine minutes and four points a game this season but went 5 of 8 from the field in the biggest game of his life. He’s the kind of folk hero March Madness is so good at finding.That Duke was only 6 percent likely to win the tournament doesn’t mean this was a total shock. The Blue Devils were a No. 1 seed after all and had the sixth-highest probability to win, according to the FiveThirtyEight model. Here’s a look back at the Blue Devils’ win probabilities going into each round of the tournament. Engrave it on to your commemorative DVD, Duke fans. Shining moments shouldn’t be forgotten.Round of 64: 6 percent chance to win the championship.Round of 32: 7 percent.Sweet 16: 12 percent.Elite Eight: 13 percent.Final Four: 22 percent.Finals: 47 percent.Monday night, 11:30 p.m.: 100 percent.
Comment Google Stadia is a play-anywhere streaming game platform… Google announced Stadia at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco in March. The service will let gamers play standard PC games within anything that can browse the web, including a TV, a phone, a tablet and of course a PC. The games are powered by Google’s high-performance computers, which then stream the images to the web browser in a similar way Netflix streams videos. Gamers play using a controller Google designed, which connects through Wi-Fi to Stadia’s systems. Google says the service is designed as a way for people to play and watch gaming together.”Our ambition is far beyond a single game,” Google’s Phil Harrison said at GDC in March. Instead, the company sees the opportunity to give players “instant access” to a game by clicking a link.Originally published June 3, 10:03 a.m. PT.Update, 10:23 a.m.: Adds more background on Google Stadia. Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Some news can’t wait for #E3. Tune into the first ever #StadiaConnect this Thursday 6/6 at 9AM PT for exciting announcements, games, and more → https://t.co/dKmKakQeQp pic.twitter.com/mZRagFGh4k— Stadia (@GoogleStadia) June 3, 2019 1:56 1 Google Tags Gaming Google says Stadia was designed as a way for people to play and watch gaming together. James Martin/CNET We’re not going to have to wait long to learn more about Google Stadia, the search giant’s upcoming streaming game service.On Monday, the official account for Google Stadia tweeted that launch information, game announcements and pricing would be revealed Thursday at 9 a.m. PT, during the first ever Stadia Connect event.”Some news can’t wait for #E3,” the company tweeted, referencing the Electronic Entertainment Expo. “Tune into the first ever #StadiaConnect this Thursday 6/6 at 9AM PT for exciting announcements, games, and more.”
IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Companies across major sectors can improve performance and productivity by tapping into a more strategic approach to place their employees in the right place, according to report by LinkedIn and Ernest & Young (EY).The report found that most of the organisations are putting right people in the wrong places by concentrating talent in their headquarter country or in legacy locations, rather than establishing a presence in countries with current and future revenue opportunities.”Placing talent where the sector market opportunity is, instead of only the headquarter country or legacy markets can bring substantial gains for companies,” said Sonu Iyer, Tax Partner and People Advisory Services Leader, EY India.Further, the report also found that when company’s workforce is located in places of high market opportunities, profits improve.The report examined 659 firms of varied size and scale and noted that companies headquartered in North America usually achieve higher talent-to-market alignment than those headquartered in Asia and Europe.Companies that increase talent-to-market alignment over time, tend to grow faster.”India has a huge potential to grow and improve its talent-to-market alignment. Further to that, there is scope for firms headquartered in India to improve the match between their workforce and the markets that will drive future growth in top and bottom line,” said Anurag Malik, Partner – People Advisory Services, EY India. In this photo taken on January 10, 2017, start-up companies work out of Nasscom’s Startup Warehouse facility, which incubates start-up tech companies, in Bangalore. [Representational Image]MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesThe report also said that it is crucial for global companies to ask the question — where it makes the most sense to establish their workforce.However, at present very few companies have the confidence to recruit more talent from where the market demand is high due to hard costs and organizational drain caused by fragmenting their talent base into multiple locations. 10 tips to optimize your LinkedIn profile Close
Jatiya Oikya Front convener Kamal Hossain speaks at a civic condolence meeting organised by his party at the National Press Club in Dhaka on Tuesday in memory of those killed in Chawkbazar fire. Photo: UNBJatiya Oikya Front convener Kamal Hossain on Tuesday criticised the government for not taking any step in compliance with a High Court order to make the old quarter of the capital safe for people after the Nimtoli fire incident that had claimed lives of 124 people in 2010, reports UNB.“After the Nimtoli fire incident nine years ago, the High Court ordered the government to take steps to make the Old Dhaka safe for people. However, we never saw the government to take any step. We only witnessed its silence. Why is this irresponsibility even after such a court order?” he said.Kamal, also Gano Forum president was speaking at a civic condolence meeting organised by his party at the National Press Club in memory of those killed in Chawkbazar fire on 20 February.He said the country’s 160 million people want answer why such a fire incident took place and why so many innocent people had to lose their lives without committing any crime.At least 69 people were killed and 39 others injured after a devastating fire broke out at a chemical warehouse and raged through several nearby tenements at Chawkbazar of Dhaka on 20 February.On 3 June 2010, at least 124 people, including 117 on the spot, were killed in a devastating fire that originated in the Nimtoli area in an electrical transformer explosion.On 10 June that year, the High Court issued a rule asking the authorities to explain as to why they should not be directed to ensure safe and planned development of Old Dhaka and prevent the unauthorised setting up or use of buildings as warehouses and factories and use of flammable or petroleum products.
Citation: High-speed video study reveals the nature of the cobra wave (2017, August 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-08-high-speed-video-reveals-nature-cobra.html A small team of researchers from multiple institutions in France has learned more about the properties of the “cobra wave” by building structures from popsicle sticks and filming wave progressions with a high-speed camera. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, Jean-Philippe Boucher, Christophe Clanet, David Quéré and Frédéric Chevy describe the series of experiments they carried out with the sticks and what they learned in the process. A cobra wave is, by definition, a wave that occurs when popsicle sticks are bound together in a certain way under tension and are then released—the sticks become unbound as the wave propagates the length of the structure. Understanding the cobra wave and how it works is important because researchers believe that some biological processes work in the same way.To learn more about the cobra wave, the group assembled a large number of popsicle lattices in arrangements that were similar to previous methods of creating the effect—each resembled a number of Xs lined up next to one another, sort of like the small fences used in a flower garden. The two ends had a different configuration, with sticks placed in such a way as to prevent adjacent ones from unraveling. Once the structure is set, all it takes is pulling one stick from the end to create the wave, which moves in fashion similar to dominoes—one stick unraveling causes the next to unravel, until the structure is undone. There is one particularly unique characteristic of the wave—as it gets going, the part of the structure that has not come undone rises into the air, causing the structure to bend in the shape of a cobra about to strike. Another characteristic of the structure and associated wave is the sticks flying every which way as the wave progresses, creating an impressive display. Via highs-speed video of multiple waves in action with the variably sized popsicles sticks arranged in slightly different ways, the researchers learned that stick length must fit into a narrow range of possibilities. They also found that the recoil was due to sticks being ejected. The sticks, of course, got their kinetic energy from the stored potential energy derived from bending. The team also derived wave speed formulas based on characteristics of the sticks. As for the unique cobra shape, the team found that it resulted from competition between the recoil from sticks being ejected and gravitational forces. More information: Jean-Philippe Boucher et al. Popsicle-Stick Cobra Wave, Physical Review Letters (2017). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.084301 British vets warn against throwing sticks for dogs Journal information: Physical Review Letters © 2017 Phys.org 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. Credit: Physical Review Letters (2017). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.084301 Explore further
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Share Posted by Travelweek Group Bahia Principe properties streamline into four categories MIAMI — Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts has rejigged its 24-hotel portfolio, reclassifying properties into four categories and segments in an effort to simplify the booking process.The four hotel categories include: Luxury Bahia Principe, featuring the brand’s most luxurious hotels; Grand Bahia Principe, comprising five-star hotels; Sunlight Bahia Principe, for all Spain-based properties; and Fantasia Bahia Principe, a family-friendly concept that offers thematic hotels, inspired by the success of the brand’s newest property in Punta Cana.The brand will debut Fantasia Bahia Principe Tenerife, its second Fantasia property, in November 2018 in Spain.“The Fantasia Bahia Principe hotels will deliver the highest standards in quality and service, but, above all, will guarantee a thematic experience in which everyone can enjoy our first-class amenities and exciting activities, regardless of age,” said Isabel Pinero, Vice-President of Marketing & Communications for Grupo Piñero, the parent company of Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts.In addition to the new categories, hotels will also be segmented by experience: Treasure, hotels in off-the-beaten path locations; Escape, adults-only properties; and Family & Friends, for travellers with varying age groups and vacation preferences.More news: CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionHere is a list of Bahia properties under their new categories:LUXURY BAHIA PRINCIPELuxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado (Dominican Republic)Luxury Bahia Principe Samaná (Dominican Republic)Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia (Dominican Republic) – to be renamed Fantasia Bahia Principe Punta Cana starting November 2018Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Blue (Dominican Republic)Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Green (Dominican Republic)Luxury Bahia Principe Bougaville (Dominican Republic)Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda (Dominican Republic)Luxury Bahia Principe Runaway Bay (Jamaica)Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal (Mexico)Luxury Bahia Principe Slan Ka’an (Mexico)GRAND BAHIA PRINCIPEGrand Bahia Principe Cayacoa (Dominican Republic)Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo (Dominican Republic)Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana (Dominican Republic)Grand Bahia Principe La Romana (Dominican Republic)Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa (Dominican Republic)Grand Bahia Principe Bávaro (Dominican Republic)Grand Bahia Principe San Juan (Dominican Republic)Grand Bahia Principe Coba (Mexico)Grand Bahia Principe Tulum (Mexico)Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica (Jamaica)More news: War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upSUNLIGHT BAHIA PRINCIPESunlight Bahia Principe Costa Adeje (Spain)Sunlight Bahia Principe Tenerife (Spain)Sunlight Bahia Principe San Felipe (Spain)Sunlight Bahia Principe Coral Playa (Spain)FANTASIA BAHIA PRINCIPEFantasia Bahia Principe Tenerife (Spain) – opening November 2018 Tags: Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts
Tags: Contiki, Promotions, Seven Wonders TORONTO — Contiki has kicked off its largest campaign of the year with the introduction of the Contiki SEVEN, a set of worldwide experiences handpicked by the youth adventure travel brand that will be promoted for the next 8 weeks.The campaign encourages young Canadians to experience their own version of the 7 Wonders of the World with Contiki.The company says the idea behind Contiki SEVEN came from a recent survey, conducted by the brand, which found that nearly 75% of millennial respondents from across Canada said they are planning to try new experiences in 2019, with over half saying that encountering new experiences was a deciding factor in their travels.From now through April 14, 2019, clients can save $250 off 28 of Contiki best-selling adventures.Agents will also be able to join in on the fun, with a chance to win prize packs throughout the campaign on the Contiki Canada Travel Agents Facebook page, plus entering to win a trip plus airfare and earning money as part of its revamped Contiki Rewards program.The first destination in the Contiki SEVEN spotlight, Thailand, takes the spotlight from Feb. 18 to March 3, 2019. During those two weeks, a selection of Contiki’s most popular trips that visit the ‘Land of Smiles’ will be on a limited time offer of $250. They include Big Indochina Adventure, Bangkok to Singapore Adventure, Munch Asia, Total Thailand, Total Thailand plus Thai Island Hopper West, Northern Thai Highlights and Thai Tripper North.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTOver 250,000 Canadians visited Thailand in 2017 according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), and TAT expects total arrivals and revenue from the region to rise by 10%.That’s in line with numbers from young travellers, with Contiki Canada having seen a 26% year-over-year increase in bookings for its popular Thai Island Hopper West trip.Contiki has added more departures over the peak period in the western Thai islands, and for the first time, will be operating its highly popular Thai Island Hopper East trip in the winter months of December, January and February.With Contiki SEVEN agents will be able to turn every booking into a cash incentive. With the launch of the 2019 Contiki Rewards program, agents can earn $250 for every five passengers booked on any Contiki trips that are seven days or longer.For every additional 5 passengers booked, agents will receive another $250 in cash. Agents just need to fill out the ‘2019 Cash Incentive’ form, which can be downloaded at contiki.com/agents, and email it to email@example.com.Contiki will also be running a national contest asking participants to pick their seven favourite Contiki trips from the campaign, and in exchange will be giving one lucky Canadian winner one of their seven chosen trips for free, with airfare included.More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”This contest will run for the duration of the Contiki SEVEN campaign at https://www.contiki.com/ca/en/activity/contiki-7.Additionally, Contiki will be giving away destination themed prize packs through its Contiki Canada Travel Agent Facebook page. Throughout the campaign, there will be fun and engaging ways to enter and multiple prizes to be won. Agents are encouraged to check the Facebook group on a regular basis to see what Contiki is giving away and special spot prizing.The Contiki SEVEN campaign will run for a total of eight weeks, offering $250 off 28 of Contiki’s top trips, including:European MagicSimply ItalyRoad to CroatiaTaste of TanzaniaIrelandCambodia & Laos UncoveredInca PanoramaEuropean HorizonCape, Safari & FallsAsian AdventureEgypt & the NileMediterranean EscapeVietnam ExperienceGreek Island HoppingIsrael & Jordan UncoveredNorthern Choice (Auckland to Wellington)Spanish SpreeEastern TrailCroatia Island EscapeJapan UnrivalledPeruvian HighlightsScandinaviaThai Tripper SouthBest of Balkans (Start Budapest)Mediterranean HighlightsEuropean DiscoveryEngland & ScotlandBeaches and ReefsFor more information, agents can visit contiki.com/ca/en/activity/contiki-7 or speak with their local sales and business development manager.To check out Travelweek’s exclusive interview with Dave Marathakis, National Sales Manager for Contiki Canada, with his own top 7 picks for Thailand experiences – all available through Contiki – click here. Share Tuesday, February 19, 2019 Posted by Agent incentives, client savings with brand new Contiki SEVEN epic promotion Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>