Martinez advances to free skate final of World Championships

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Manny Pacquiao back in talks to fight Jeff Horn LATEST STORIES ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties The 2015 Asian Figure Skating champion will be the first to perform in the final round while reigning titlist Javier Hernandez from Spain will be the last in the April 1 event.The World Championships is a qualifier for the 2018 Winter Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebucenter_img Michael Christian Martinez of the Philippines warms up during the men’s short program at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki, Finland on March 30, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALLFilipino Winter Olympian Michael Martinez advanced to the free skate final of the World Figure Skating Championships held in Helsinki early Friday (Manila time).Martinez, whose rise started in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics as the lone Filipino competitor, was the 24th-ranked skater in the Short program with a score of 69.74.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View commentslast_img read more

SA, Lesotho start phase two of mega water project

first_imgPhase two of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project will benefit 6 of South Africa’s nine provinces.President Jacob Zuma with King Letsie III inspect Polihali Dam Phase II. (Image: GovZA)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa and Lesotho have launched the R15.5-billion second phase of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, which will generate hydro-electric power for Lesotho while increasing the volume of water transferred to South Africa from the current 10-billion to about 15-billion cubic metres a year.The first phase of the project – comprising a series of dams, hydropower stations and tunnels between South Africa and mountainous, landlocked Lesotho – was funded by the World Bank and completed in 2004.Speaking at a sod-turning ceremony in the Mokhotlong district of Lesotho on Thursday, South African President Jacob Zuma said the project “represents a win-win mechanism, as it provides needed water to South Africa and creates an opportunity for the required infrastructure development and energy generation in Lesotho”.Among the benefits for Lesotho was the generation of revenue from water royalties and the sale of electricity. According to the Department of Water Affairs, in 2010, when more than 8.3-billion cubic metres of water was transferred to South Africa, Lesotho received R3-million in royalties and R638-million from the sale of electricity generated at the Muela hydropower station.The concrete arch Katse Dam in Lesotho. (Image: World Bank)Besides this, Zuma said, infrastructure development during the project’s first phase had included 102 kilometres of paved roads, 265 kilometres of gravel roads, 1 133 kilometres of rehabilitated roads, 299 kilometre of power lines, and 11 new bridges – including three bridges between Lesotho and South Africa in Maseru, Maputsoe and Caledonspoort.South Africa had also contributed R50-million to the construction of the Metolong Dam, which supplies water to Lesotho, along with a village and information centre at Metolong.At the same time, Zuma said, South Africa had gained high-quality water transfers, new job opportunities, and improved infrastructure in the Free State towns of Clarens, Fouriesburg, Ficksburg and Ladybrand in the form of new border crossings and improved amenities, community halls, clinics, houses and rail facilities.According to the Department of Water Affairs, six of South Africa’s nine provinces, as well as the country’s mining sector and major companies such as Sasol and Eskom, have all benefitted from the improved water security provided by the augmentation of the country’s largest river system, the Vaal.“As it stands, 40% of the water in the Vaal is from the Lesotho Highlands Water Project,” the department said in a statement last week.The first phase of the project comprises the Katse and Mohale dams, the Muela Hydropower station, and 124 kilometre of tunnels and associated infrastructure.The second phase will involve building the Polihali Dam in the Mokhotlong district, which is located in the northeastern part of Lesotho and, according to Wikipedia, includes both the highest terrain in the Maloti mountain range and the source of the Senqu River, Lesotho’s primary watershed.A new tunnel will also be built from from Polihali Dam to Katse Dam, along with new hydropower features and other advanced infrastructure.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Cartoon: Knol Experts

first_imgTags:#Cartoons#web Earlier this week we reported that Google had opened up Knol, its Wikipedia competitor, to the public. It had announced a private beta of the service last December.Now that Knol is public, it makes us wonder who you would rather party with: Knol experts, Squidoo lensmasters or Wikipedia editors? 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… rob cottingham 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts last_img

Apple’s OS X Mountain Lion Explained: Everything You Need to Know

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting More than just an iterative upgrade to an OS, Mountain Lion represents a larger shift for Apple. With this version, the company pushes OS X closer to the look and feel of iOS, the mobile operating system that runs on the devices that now make up the majority of Apple’s revenue. This slow convergence between the mobile and desktop experiences, which Microsoft is also working toward, is a natural progression for computing as smartphones and tablets proliferate and more of our digital lives happen in the cloud. For Apple, devices running iOS have been the real cash cow, propelling the company into the position of being the world’s most valuable technology firm. It only makes sense that their other product lines would be slowly molded to match the user experience of iOS. The glue holding this cross-device experience together is iCloud, the wireless syncing and cloud storage service first rolled out last year in iOS 5. Mountain Lion extends iCloud’s functionality to documents and brings support to more applications. It’s used to keep content update in new desktop apps like Reminders and sync Safari browser tabs across devices. Most of the major new features in Mountain Lion will look very familiar to iOS users. Notification Center, Notes, Messages, Reminders, Siri-powered dictation and in-app social sharing are all things lifted directly from Apple’s mobile OS. Apple’s screen-by-screen takeover goes beyond mobile devices and desktops. By bringing AirPlay to Mac OS X, Apple further bridges the gap between its devices and our televisions. All signs point to more ambitious plans for the living room, but for now Apple is slowly getting its customers used to the idea of using their increasingly unified OS on bigger screens.Is Your Mac Ready For Mountain Lion? Not every Apple-made computer under the sun will get to experience the 200 some-odd new features in Mountain Lion. The new OS can only be installed on computers running Lion or the latest version of Snow Leopard, and they must be one of the following machines: iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)Xserve (Early 2009)Still not sure? Check out our own Brian Proffitt’s write-up on how to tell if your machine is Mountain Lion-ready.  Apple has an official rundown of feature-specific requirements and more detailed tech specs. How to Get ItUnlike previous versions of OS X, Mountain Lion will not be sold on physical media like a DVD or thumb drive. Instead, the new upgrade is available exclusively through the Mac App Store.  Five months after Apple first previewed the latest version of its desktop operating system, Mountain Lion is here. Mac OS X 10.8 will be available from the Mac App Store today, Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer announced during yesterday’s quarterly earnings call.What’s New? Over 200 Features, That’s WhatWe’ve been hearing about big new features like deeper iCloud integration, Notification Center, AirPlay, social sharing and voice dictation since Apple first teased us with a glimpse at Mountain Lion in February. Mac users are also getting Game Center, a new security suite called Gatekeeper and Power Nap, which manages software updates and incoming messages in the background while your computer sleeps. Not only that, but – hold onto your hats! – there are even a few new screen saver animations. Apple has the complete list of more than 200 features with which Mountain Lion will equipped. Beyond the Features: What Mountain Lion Means 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Apple#web john paul titlow Related Posts last_img read more

What Took So Long? The First Open Source Private Cloud Software Arrives

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… brian proffitt Related Posts Rackspace has become the first vendor to deliver on the promise of true cloud-computing portability for businesses with Wednesday’s launch of the first commercial cloud service using OpenStack cloud technology. The news specifically announces that from this point forward, all new Rackspace Cloud customers using cloud services will have their cloud hosted on OpenStack technology.Techies hear a lot of hype about OpenStack these days. The open source cloud project that was kicked off by Rackspace and NASA in 2010 has a lot going for it, including practically a bazillion commercial vendors throwing resources into it, including Red Hat, HP and SUSE, which are basing their respective cloud strategies on OpenStack.Why It MattersThat Rackspace, one of the founders of this project and current parent company of the OpenStack subsidiary until the OpenStack Foundation is officially launched, has made this move is no big surprise. It’s their baby, after all. But the move is significant because it will provide actual portability for cloud users – a feature that’s notably lacking in the cloud ecosystem.It’s been heavily touted that OpenStack is open source, which is all well and good, because it delivers that warm-puppy feeling that says that by using open source code, you are a smart IT manager who loves penguins.A Compatibility RealityIn reality, it also means that any applications you have running on your servers can finally be used on a private cloud, on Rackspace’s cloud, or any other OpenStack-compatible cloud, such as the ones that will be eventually offered by HP, Red Hat, or SUSE.Contrast this with the Amazon Web Service Elastic Cloud Computing (AWS EC2) and the Google Cloud Platform, where your data and apps will be hosted and there they will stay – unless you go through the headache of migrating your apps away from EC2 or Google.AWS and Google don’t really buy into hosting a cloud on your own hardware, though even after arguing against it in 2010, Amazon later started working with partners like Eucalyptus to enable migration of workloads from private clouds to the AWS cloud and back again.Public vs. Private CloudsThere’s a big difference, though, between migrating workloads and actually hosting the cloud software natively within your own datacenter. That’s why a lot of companies, fearful of the instability and potential insecurity of the public cloud, are very keen on private clouds.Rackspace is well aware that it is basically inviting customers to install their cloud software and run it wherever they want. That is, after all, one of the usual consequences of using an open source project.“We are not a company that wanted to hold a customer hostage,” John Engates, Rackspace CTO told ReadWriteWeb. “We want to offer customers better service and support.”If that sounds vaguely familiar, it should: it’s nearly the same motto used by every commercial Linux vendor. OpenStack, like Linux, is free to use and modify, so commercial vendors like Rackspace are adopting a similar service-and-support revenue model for the cloud platform.Ultimately, Rackspace is hoping that OpenStack will prove to be as disruptive to cloud computing as Linux was to servers and mobility. That’s a good bet to make, and one that could make Rackspace more than just another cloud vendor.center_img Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#Open Source How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for …last_img read more

Leadership Guide for Every Business Growth Stage

first_imgTags:#company growth#Entrepreneurs#Leadership#startups Related Posts It can be challenging to realize that you are in the midst of a moment of personal growth when it comes to business. As the day-to-day of your professional life moves more quickly, you are likely to evolve in your career.  Sometimes you change in your leadership role without even realizing a transformation has occurred. But, you’ll want a leadership guide for every business growth stage.Through every stage of growth, your business transitions to new knowledge, systems, and management.As this transition occurs, you and your role within the company changes too. I have found that revenue and headcount together are useful markers for uncovering where you are as a business. These precursors are there to warn you about the leadership role required. Typically, more revenue leads to the need for more employees. And, more employees leads to greater business complexity.As tangible growth occurs, you will need to adjust your leadership style.Fewer touchpoints with the expanding employee base alone can drive this need for change. Looking back on how I have evolved as an executive, I’ve come to delineate my transitions to four distinct stages. Each stage has informed and evolved my personal leadership growth as well as the skills and approaches required of those around me.Stage 1: This first phase is associated with roughly $0 and $10 million in revenue and typically less than 50 employees. Usually, everyone in the organization knows a lot of the organization’s day-to-day and interactions are very cross-functional; sometimes, a single individual is wearing multiple hats of responsibility.Stage 2: The second phase is demarcated somewhere between $10-25 million, and you are likely approaching the 100-employee mark. In this phase, cross-functional responsibilities and “athletes” begin to be replaced with individuals with specific domains of expertise.Stage 3: The third phase is far removed from the first phase. ARR is now moving from $25M to over $100M, and your headcount has at least doubled to the north of the 200 million mark.Stage 4: In the fourth phase, revenue is moving to the north of $500 million, and headcount is likely expanding rapidly on both an organic and inorganic (M&A) basis. Phase IV begins to mark the transition into a platform business as opposed to a limited product company.(For the sake of this discussion we will only focus on these first four phases.)As an entrepreneur looking to become a business leader, you will need to know and anticipate how and when your role within the company will need to evolve. Watch and be aware of what is necessary as your organization matures through these phases.The Entrepreneurial SpiritThe first phase is often a bit messy because it is the period when the entrepreneurial spirit is strong, and rapid pivots are often critical. A better moniker for this is the “figure it out” phase. To be clear, in this crucial phase long-term planning is not always optimal. This period is often focused merely on survival. The points may also be incremental points of substantiation to the company’s value proposition.These incremental gains are critical to surviving your way to another investment cycle.Watch as you move through each investment cycle contained in another quarter, another month, another week, and even another day. The company and all who work in it need to have a survival mentality. All of you must be trying to get the business off the ground with the goal of keeping it in the air. At this phase, your thoughts are not centered on leadership; it is a phase of pure entrepreneurship – pretty or sustainable are less important than good enough and validated.This phase is often defined by the will of a single individual or a limited number of individuals putting the organization first no matter what.Sometimes the founder is carrying all the weight on their backs and doing whatever is necessary to get to the $10 million thresholds of sustainable profitability and product validation. As your organization approaches $10 million in ARR, you start to understand better whether or not your concept has a market and is sustainable.What is the primary value we provide to our customers? Think of the Pony Express.Why do clients and customers buy from us repeatedly? What distractions or legacy thinking overhangs exist and is our value proposition in the best “package” or could that “package” change or evolve? I like to utilize the tale of two cities to illustrate this latter point best. I use the cities of St. Joseph, MO, and Kansas City, MO. I grew up in Missouri, and for me, the story of the evolution of St. Joseph and Kansas City typifies the potential pitfalls when you fall in love with your “package” vs. your “value.”St. Joseph, MO was home to the Pony Express; this city was the hub for moving information and resources from the East to West. What the people of St. Joseph and the Pony Express were good at was moving information and goods. The moving of this information and goods was their value proposition.The business of the Pony Express’ first business iteration was delivering this value (information and goods).They came up with using a series of cowboys, on horses, creating a relay for the movement of this information and goods (not pretty, but practical enough).However, a time came when the town of St. Joseph needed to move from its own Phase I and transition into Phase II. As the necessary “package” (the Pony Express business) was about to change. The entrepreneurial business plan was about to be replaced with a repeatable business model — because — it was scalable.As the steam engine gained popularity and railroads became the next tool (package) for facilitating the value proposition.The new tool (steam engine) was implemented for the moving of the goods and information. The city of St. Joseph passed on the opportunity to leverage this new technology. The city of St. Joseph erroneously believed their system worked the best (i.e., leveraging horses), and they had fallen in love with their system. The city was sure that what they had been doing in the past was the best, so they didn’t even consider a new idea, a new tool, or a new strategy.Enter the railroad industry — a new tool.When the railroad came looking (with their new tool) they looked elsewhere, ultimately discovering a no-name cow town further south to serve as their railway hub between the East and the West — and that town is now Kansas City.The transition from Phase I to Phase II in business may very well facilitate some key pivots. You have to be laser-focused on your value proposition and to provide and to invest in a few core, repeatable strengths within your business.Find Your Strengths and Double DownIn the second phase of your business, the focus will shift from survival to how you can hone the bullseye of your business’s core. You’ll focus on key strengths and the repeatability of your business’s solutions.As an executive, you’ve evolved from being a startup entrepreneur to leading and initiating the creation of a system. Why something happens becomes more important than the fact that something happens.You will need to begin to think and act for the long-term. Scalable thinking begins to replace survival thinking.While you may have had an array of product offerings as you tried to find a market in the entrepreneurial phase by throwing a lot of spaghetti against the wall. By now, you will have discovered one or two individuals who are the main drivers of your business and value proposition.As a leader in the growth stage, you will have taken the time to define the core areas of focus, and you begin to transition from a “get it done” mentality. You find your group of generalists and move to repeatable, systematic behaviors, approaches, and domain experts.The entire business must become more systematic so that you can tweak and hone your processes for scalability.In this business stage, you aren’t just using individual efforts to simply overcome or drive the outcomes for survival. The worry of day-to-day existence and the urge to simply intervene and “make it happen” must now be replaced with systemic learnings.The stage of letting go of a few things can be a tough transition for many founders/entrepreneurs. For example, you’ll have to resist the urge to jump in and take over the sales meeting and allowing a new sales rep to fumble their way through.Here is where your leadership has to move forward. You can’t stay in the “fumbles” approach.You have to move to informing your team with a systemic approach to training, coaching, and onboarding key individuals. This can be accomplished even better with technology. I often refer to this stage with my colleagues as allowing ourselves to blow off digits (creating incremental learning lessons) vs. severing limbs (losing the sale, in this example).It is a dangerous journey finding this balance and can be very difficult for managers. This stage is critical to making it through Phase II successfully.While you’re identifying the vital aspects of the business and improving the system — something else — potentially dangerous happens if you don’t pay attention. You’ve added a large number of new employees, and the day-to-day decision-making moves further away from the leadership team.The “central nervous system” of the organization has migrated. The effectiveness of the systems and processes that are created throughout Phase II — will now become exposed in Phase III.Crossing the Founder’s Chasm: Entrepreneurship vs. LeadershipPhase II has been about leading the team to establish systems. You have removed the emotional tendencies to allow learning moments. Your system improvement observations have taken place. If you were effective in Phase II, you would have felt yourself begin to slide back, empowering the domain experts and allowing the business disciplines to take over.Phase III is about the transition from the front of the line leadership to what I like to call dog-sled leadership.In Phase III, the team and disciplines (processes, systems, cultural tendencies) must now guide the business. Your role is to support the identified needs of the team. Phase III is a natural transition to simply guiding the team vs. pulling the team. Leadership vs. Entrepreneurship is now in full effect.In Phase III,  you know what the company can do well. You have faced what the market actually wants. The question now becomes at what velocity can you execute.As the leader of the business, you need to develop new abilities.You are no longer an entrepreneur focused on what the market is telling you. You need to step away from your emotions and pride of ownership and move into systems that empower others to be excellent in their roles.You need systems and processes for almost everything your organization now effectuates.evaluating market/user feedbacktrainingonboarding the teamaligning the team’s objectivesassessing performanceconsistent sales, servicing models and escalationsStandardization of the back-office. By now, mistakes can’t repeatedly be happening, as you shouldn’t be making the same mistakes twice.Through the prior two phases, you have been the lead dog on the team. But as you cross the founder’s chasm to real leadership, you are now sitting in the musher’s chair.As a musher, your job isn’t pulling in a single direction – you need to be focused on aligning the entire team, feeding and nurturing the team and letting the crew pull the sled. You are now merely setting the direction of the company, and the team is doing the pulling.You must now focus on making sure they are happy, healthy, and pulling in the same direction. At this point, you and the leadership team have moved out of specialty roles where you know all aspects of the processes and operations to hire and round out teams of highly-specialized experts.Show Me Your Friends, and I’ll Show You Your FutureThe final stage of leadership is a bit more challenging to break down. The one key factor I’ve discovered that leads to success at this stage is the processes and systems that were key to leadership in the evolution of the business through the prior three stages. At this point, you need to be critical of who you surround yourself with. Honestly, this is the key to ultimate success as you’ve grown into a substantial organization.Placing your trust in your leadership team is crucial to ensuring that your business continues to be successful.You will need to trust them to understand the importance of having difficult conversations.Speaking up when something is going wrongPassing on to your team the ability to take a critical eye to the business and the rest of the organization.Ensuring the people who are going to take over your previous roles have the skills and confidence to run the company.If you are traveling at an excessively high speed, even a small wobble can cause the wheels to come off.To avoid having any part of the business come apart, you need to surround yourself with people you trust to be willing, to tell the truth, and surface the difficult but necessary topics. It requires a high degree of confidence to believe that people will stand up and speak out when something is not optimal.When you are responsible for running a business at scale, you need to be able to rely on a great leadership team who can avoid potentially harmful mistakes when something needs to be fixed.As your business grows, the level of your day-to-day involvement will inevitably change. Hopefully, my own experiences serve as a rough guide to help you navigate your role during each step of your company’s journey. What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Craig Powell Craig Powell is a technology executive and visionary who leads companies to achieving market leadership within their respective industries. A leader with an affinity for cultivating strong relationship and securing strategic partnerships to rapidly scale, he’s also an avid proponent of creating “winning cultures” that are dedicated to the principles of transparency, communication and individual responsibility. When not leading the charge toward the future of mobile workforce management as President and CEO of Motus, Craig sits on the board of the charitable organizations Your Grateful Nation, Beat the Streets and JVS. China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who …last_img read more

Podcast: Molecular robots, fire starters, and quantum computers

first_imgCurtis Perry/Flickr This week we hear stories on the gut microbiome’s involvement in multiple sclerosis, how wildfires start—hint: It’s almost always people—and a new record in quantum computing with Online News Editor David Grimm.Andrew Wagner talks to Lulu Qian about DNA-based robots that can carry and sort cargo.Sarah Crespi goes behind the scenes with Science’s Photography Managing Editor Bill Douthitt to learn about snapping this week’s cover photo of the world’s smallest neutrino detector.Listen to previous podcasts.[Image: Curtis Perry/Flickr; Music: Jeffrey Cook]last_img

Saina Nehwal becomes first Indian to win badminton grand prix at Philippines Open

first_imgSaina NehwalIt’s easy to confuse her with Sania Mirza, but the similar – sounding first name and racket – wielding sports are all the two Hyderabadi girls have in common.Ranked world no. 86, Saina Nehwal, 16, has become the first Indian to win a badminton grand prix at the Philippines,Saina NehwalIt’s easy to confuse her with Sania Mirza, but the similar – sounding first name and racket – wielding sports are all the two Hyderabadi girls have in common.Ranked world no. 86, Saina Nehwal, 16, has become the first Indian to win a badminton grand prix at the Philippines Open.”Saina is fast and does not wilt under pressure,” says former all-England champion Pullela Gopichand, who has trained her.Given that the game is in her genes-mother Usha Rani is a former Haryana player – Nehwal could well change women’s badminton in the country.last_img read more

Austria mum on reported SMB-Kia trade

first_imgArgentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges View comments San Miguel coach Leo Austria. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria kept his lips sealed on the reported trade involving his team and Kia.Sources told on Sunday that the Picanto have traded the rights to the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 PBA Draft to the Beermen in exchange for JayR Reyes, Rashawn McCarthy, Keith Agovida, a future first rounder, and cash considerations.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Kia trades top pick to San MiguelA revised version of the deal also surfaced with the Beermen sending Ronald Tubid, Yancy de Ocampo, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, McCarthy, a future pick, and cash considerations to the Picanto for the top selection.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe trade has reportedly been submitted but the Office of the Commissioner has yet to give its approval.Austria carefully watched PBA aspirants during the Draft Combine despite San Miguel not owning any pick in this year’s draft. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans World Series patches in place, Dodgers prepare for Astros Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Prospective number one pick Christian Standhardinger did not attend the combine due to his commitments with his ABL team Hong Kong.The Fil-German big man, though, posted on his Twitter account that he will be in attendance for the PBA Draft.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Tom Izzo Is The Best Coach In Modern NCAA Tournament History —

A No. 7 seed unseats a No. 2 in the NCAA tournament’s second round about twice every three years, but there was something about Michigan State’s upset of Virginia on Sunday that felt more routine than that. Perhaps it was the fact that the Spartans had toppled the Cavaliers just last season, but beyond that, no second-week tournament run from Michigan State qualifies as surprising at this point. As you might have heard, Izzo’s Spartans are now 13-1 all-time in the round of 32, and they’ve visited the Final Four more often (six times) than they’ve lost in the tournament’s opening weekend (five times).Digging deeper into the numbers only solidifies Izzo’s reputation as Mr. March. A few years ago, FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver wrote about how unlikely Izzo’s teams were to have consistently advanced as far as they did from the seeds at which they started — and that was at the very beginning of the five-season stretch (from 2010-present) where the Spartans advanced to four regional semifinals and one regional final. By any standard, Izzo’s teams tend to wildly exceed their expectations once the NCAA tournament commences.We can track where Izzo ranks among all tournament coaches in the 64-team bracket era1Since 1985. by comparing his actual wins to the number we’d expect of a team with the same seedings and pre-tournament Simple Rating System (SRS) ratings. And — spoiler alert — he’s No. 1 by a wide margin.To illustrate the method, a typical No. 7 seed would expect to win about 0.9 games per tournament, on average, while a No. 7 seed with an SRS 2.9 points better than the seed average — like Michigan State this season — would expect to win about 1.0 games per tournament. (This accounts for teams that may be over- or under-seeded according to their power rating.) Here’s how the expected-win curve looks across all seeds:When we factor 2015 in (according to the FiveThirtyEight model, Michigan State is expected to win 3.1 games this year, 2 more than you’d normally expect), Izzo’s Spartans have won 14.6 more tournament games than would be expected from their seedings and pre-tournament SRS ratings. Here’s how that figure stacks up against all other Division I coaches since 19852In the table, “Year(s)” denotes the range of years between the coach’s first and last NCAA tournament appearances in the 64-team era, which started in 1985.:Izzo’s performance is almost seven standard deviations above average, lending further credence to Nate’s assertion that Izzo isn’t simply the outlier you’d expect to naturally arise in a data set of 523 coaches. Rather, there seems to be something very real — whether it’s coaching, or perhaps recruiting the types of players whose styles suit March Madness — about Izzo’s ability to take his Michigan State teams much further in the tournament than the numbers or seedings say they ought to go.Disclosure: East Lansing native Nate Silver was not involved in the writing or editing of this article in any way.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more