8. 1989 NLCS: San Francisco Giants (86.3) vs. Chicago Cubs (83.0); harmonic mean 84.6. The Cubs have appeared in the NLCS three times — in 1984, 1989 and 2003 — and all three of those cases appear on this list. However, the 1970s and 1980s, what gets factored into their 1989 WALT score, weren’t quite as bad as some other eras for the franchise. The Giants had reached the NLCS in 1987, but that had come after awful play in the early 1980s. 4. 1969 NLCS: New York Mets (104.5) vs. Atlanta Braves (75.1); harmonic mean 87.4. Before 1969, the Braves hadn’t made the postseason since 1958, when they did so in Milwaukee. But they had been a winning team for most of the 1960s — the high rank of this series is despite them rather than because of them. Instead it was the “miracle” Mets, who had averaged a record of 56-105 between their inaugural year in 1962 and 1968, who went on to win the NLCS and the World Series. The Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals meet Friday night in Baltimore for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, and they’re no strangers to the ALCS. The Orioles will be making their 10th ALCS appearance — only the New York Yankees (15 appearances) and the Oakland A’s (11) have made it more often. Kansas City will be appearing for the seventh time.But both franchises’ glory days came long ago. The Orioles last made the ALCS in 1997 and averaged a 73-89 record between 1998 and last season. The Royals last made the ALCS in 1985 and were respectable for the next few years, but Kansas City had an average record of 68-94 from 1996 to 2013.How unusual is it for two such moribund franchises to get their act together and meet in the League Championship Series?In baseball, there’s a precedent for pretty much everything — so there are some other examples like this, such as the Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians in 1995. Still, the Orioles-Royals series qualifies as being as underdog-y as any other since the ALCS and NLCS began in 1969.To identify cases in which two franchises with long losing track records met in the LCS, I took a weighted average of each team’s loss totals for the 20 seasons prior to the year it appeared in the championship series. We can call this figure WALT, for Weighted Average Loss Total. In calculating WALT, the most recent prior season is given a weight of 20, while a season from 20 years ago is given a weight of one. (Loss totals are prorated to a 162-game schedule.)Then I took the harmonic mean of the WALT score for the two teams to appear together in each LCS. The harmonic mean places more emphasis on the lower of the two values. What this means is that a series will rank higher if both teams have been bad, as in the case of the Orioles and Royals, rather than if one has been awful while the other has been OK.Here are the 10 most underdog-y championship series as rated by this measure:10. 2007 NLCS: Colorado Rockies (87.8 WALT) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (81.8 WALT); harmonic mean 84.4. The 2007 NLCS featured the novelty of two 1990s expansion teams facing each other. But the Diamondbacks had gotten off to a quick start, winning the World Series in 2001. The Rockies had struggled more, having reached the playoffs just once before 2007. 7. 2002 ALCS: Minnesota Twins (86.7) vs. Anaheim Angels (83.7); harmonic mean 85.2. The Twins won the World Series in 1987 and 1991, but they were terrible for most of the intervening seasons before making the playoffs again in 2002. The Angels had been following their usual Atlanta Hawks-esque pattern of being slightly below .500 and never making an impact in the playoffs. In fact, 2002 was their first postseason appearance since their classic series against the Red Sox in 1986. 2. 1984 NLCS: San Diego Padres (91.7) vs. Chicago Cubs (87.2); harmonic mean 89.4. This has been a painful list for Cubs fans. The ball that went through Leon Durham’s legs in the decisive fifth game of the 1984 NLCS is not remembered as well as a similar play by Bill Buckner in the 1986 World Series (or the Steve Bartman incident in 2003). But it was every bit as consequential; the error improved the Padres’ probability of winning the series by 20 percent — about as much as Buckner’s play did given that the Mets and Red Sox still had a seventh game to play. However, the Padres rank as the slightly worse team by WALT: 1984 was their first playoff appearance and just the second time they finished with a winning record.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuOauPWip_8?t=1h51m30s1. 2014 ALCS: Kansas City Royals (92.1) vs. Baltimore Orioles (87.7); harmonic mean 89.8. It’s almost certainly just a coincidence, but the other series on this list have given us more than their fair share of extraordinary moments. Here’s hoping the Orioles and Royals will give us a few more. 9. 1982 ALCS: California Angels (85.1) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (83.7); harmonic mean 84.4. The Angels had been mediocre rather than awful for most of the 1960s and 1970s; they’d reached the ALCS only once before (in 1979) but also never lost more than 95 games in a season. The Brewers were terrible from 1969 (when they began as the Seattle Pilots) to 1977 but were due for a breakthrough by 1982, having posted winning records in each year from 1978 to 1981. 6. 1991 NLCS: Atlanta Braves (91.0) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (81.0); harmonic mean 85.7. Atlanta and Pittsburgh would meet in the NLCS again in 1992, which is remembered for Francisco Cabrera’s walk-off single. But their 1991 series also went to seven games and featured four games decided by one run. It ranks slightly higher according to WALT since the Braves made the playoffs for just the second time since 1969 — and after having averaged 96 losses per season from 1985 through 1990. 5. 2003 NLCS: Florida Marlins (88.1) vs. Chicago Cubs (85.6); harmonic mean 86.8. Between 1909 and 2002, the Marlins and Cubs won only one World Series between them, and that went, in 1997, to Florida, who had come into existence as an expansion franchise only four years earlier. But the Marlins blew up their roster a year later and had a losing record for the next five seasons before winning the World Series again in 2003. The Cubs, meanwhile, missed their moment in 2003 in about the most painful way imaginable. But don’t worry, bleacher bums: Your team is going to win the World Series in 2015, according to “Back To the Future Part II.” 3. 1995 ALCS: Seattle Mariners (90.0) vs. Cleveland Indians (87.2); harmonic mean 88.6. If I were ranking the series subjectively instead of by a formula, this one would stand out along with Royals-Orioles. The 1995 ALCS fits the template of two notoriously terrible franchises hitting their stride at the same time. The Indians had a winning record just once from 1982 to 1993, and 1995 was their first postseason appearance since 1954. The Mariners had posted a winning record just twice in franchise history and had never made the playoffs before.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper has been caught on video tape using a racial slur.The footage of the football player at a country music singer Kenny Chesney concert surfaced yesterday. It the short clip, Cooper pledged, “I will jump that fence and fight every n***r here,” at the July show in Philadelphia.“I want to apologize. I have been offensive. I have apologized to my coach, to [chairman] Jeffrey Lurie, to [general manager] Howie Roseman and to my teammates,” Cooper said in a statement released by the team. “I owe an apology to the fans and to this community. I am so ashamed, but there are no excuses. What I did was wrong and I will accept the consequences.”.Cooper, 25, is currently in his fourth season in the NFL. The wide-out has 46 catches for 679 yards and five touchdowns thus far in his career.
Photo by Ebony magazine.Dwyane Wade has gone Hollywood.Fox has purchased the rights to a television sitcom based on his life as an NBA star and single father of two boys. “Three The Hard Way” will feature a character named Daryl Wade. The show is described as Wade and “his entourage of eccentric friends, find themselves parenting by committee, when he gets full custody of his two young sons. It’s a recipe made for disaster, but no matter how misinformed, misguided, or unfit Team Wade may be, they have a trump card that can’t lose. It’s called love.”The plot closely follows Wade’s life and is based on the book he released last year called “A Father First.” Wade has had sole custody of his two sons, Zaire and Zion, since 2010.“Who’s going to play me? I haven’t figured that out yet, but I’m sure it’s going to be somebody handsome,” Wade said. “I just want somebody who’s good.“I will be involved, very involved … to the point where it has enough of what I would like to see from my story. Obviously it’s a comedy, but there will be some things you want to let loose.”Wade said the show would be inspired by some themes of “The Cosby Show.”“I think they’ll be able to pull the comedy out of the dark moments,” Wade said. “That was one thing I kept saying before I sold my story. I want to be able to bring some light into the dark times. I always take off from “The Cosby Show” kind of thing. They always told a lesson at the end of the day. There’s always a story, and comedy in it as well.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 28, 2016 – “It is with profound pleasure that I bring holiday greetings to the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands on behalf of the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, and the Progressive National Party during this advent season and as we look forward to the New Year.” “This annual season gives us an opportunity like no other time to reflect and introspect. Reflect on the events of the last twelve months and how it has shaped the lives of us all. In that regard we have much to be thankful for as our beloved Turks and Caicos continues to prosper, and be peaceful albeit new concerns about increased crime. Introspective as we look-back over our own behavior and actions to discover consistencies and contradictions regarding our calling to ‘Love mercy and do justly’ and to walk in humility before our God. ““In the words of the great philosophers – ‘the unexamined life is not worth living’. As we examine our own lives let us extend charity in words and in deed and repent of the motives for the way we have judged others so that the spirit of goodwill to all men ushered in by the saviour will prevail.”“As we face a new year we will continue to experience triumphs and despair at the personal and national level for so goes the course of life. Let us resolve to summon the courage to face these girded in the faith of our fathers pledging our commitment first to God and our loyalty to country above self and all others.” “As some of you look forward to the promise of change I find the words of Shakespeare appropriate.” “This above all: to thine own self be trueAnd it must follow, as the night the dayThou canst not then be false to any man.”“May God’s blessings continue to be with us all during this season.” ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting #MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo
Related Items:#CommonwealthParliamentaryAssociationseminar, #magneticmedianews, #TCIleadswithwomeninparliament, #TCIwomeninParliament Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 8, 2017 – Grand Turk – At the Opening of a two day Commonwealth Parliamentary Association seminar in Grand Turk, special guest from London and Secretary General of the CPA, Akbar Khan commended the Turks and Caicos for the recent General Election and for its showing of women in Parliament. Mr. Khan called the feat for the TCI, which this past polling season elected for the first time a woman to serve as Premier in the person of Hon Sharlene Robinson, inspirational. With 40% of its parliamentarians being women, the Turks and Caicos is a stand out democracy and the Secretary General highlighted that wider gender equality often equates to more efficient strides. The Turks and Caicos, with 81% voter turn-out at the December 16 polls, has doubled the average of CPA parliaments female make up and contributes to the 9,000 female parliamentarians globally among Commonwealth countries. Presenters at the Post Election Seminar, being held at the House of Assembly include House Speakers and Clerk from Monsterrat, Trinidad and Tobago and Canada. It is hosted by our own Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon Dwayne Taylor, who is also president of the Turks and Caicos branch of the CPA. #MagneticMediaNews#TCIwomeninParliament#TCIleadswithwomeninparliament #CommonwealthParliamentaryAssociationseminar
Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend says his goal during their shock 3-2 victory at Manchester City is the best goal of his career.Champions Manchester City lost their 100 percent home record this season after suffering a shock 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.Townsend put the visitors’ ahead after Jeffrey Schlupp had equalized Ilkay Gundogan’s 27th-minute opener.The 27-year-old midfielder hit a fantastic volley that flew into the top right corner in the 35th minute and has labeled it the “best goal” of his career.“I knew I had to take it first time because the way Manchester City press, if you take a touch it would have probably ended in a counter-attack and I hit it clean so as soon as it left my foot I knew it had a very good chance of going in,” Townsend told the club’s website.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“It was a big moment in the game and gave us a big lift when playing such a good side. Having watched it back it was definitely the best goal of my career, given the circumstances and the opposition I think it is probably the best side I have played in my career, you couldn’t get near them at times so to score against these, away from home, is certainly the best for me.“We knew we had to ride our luck at times but to come here and score three goals and get maximum points is an incredible achievement for us,”
Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson says the Gunners have “one of the worst” defences in the league and believes they won’t go far with their current backline.Despite the summer arrival of Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Stephan Lichtsteiner, Arsenal have been shaky at the back and Merson has urged his former club to strengthen at the back or risk achieving nothing this season.Arsenal have conceded the same amount of goals as West Ham and Watford, having shipped in 32 goals in 22 Premier League matches.“Defensively they are one of the worst sides I’ve ever seen in the top six of the Premier League,” he told Sky Sports.“Even when they were on that unbeaten run, I wasn’t convinced and now they are showing their true colors.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Until they sort out the defence, they won’t be able to achieve anything. Aaron Ramsey was Arsenal’s best player last weekend – he’s leaving on a free. I don’t know where the club is going.“Unai Emery will need a few windows to sort it out but the players they’ve purchased haven’t been great.”
Facebook said it has been trying to work with HUD to prevent discrimination.”While we were eager to find a solution, HUD insisted on access to sensitive information — like user data — without adequate safeguards. We’re disappointed by today’s developments, but we’ll continue working with civil rights experts on these issues,” a company spokesperson said in an emailed statement.The social media giant also said that it had reached “historic agreements” with the National Fair Housing Alliance, the ACLU and other advocacy groups on changes to its advertising system. The charge marks the latest incident that calls into question how Facebook conducts its business. It’s been under fire over how it collects user data for the past year.Here is HUD’s filing: Tags 13 1:31 “Facebook is discriminating against people based upon who they are and where they live,” HUD Secretary Ben Carson says. Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images The US Department of Housing and Urban Development charged Facebook on Thursday with allegedly violating the Fair Housing Act through targeted ads.The charge follows an August 2018 complaint that alleged the social network lets landlords and home sellers engage in housing discrimination through advertising that can exclude people based on race, national origin, religion, gender or disability.”Facebook is discriminating against people based upon who they are and where they live,” HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in a statement. “Using a computer to limit a person’s housing choices can be just as discriminatory as slamming a door in someone’s face.”The initial complaint came after a ProPublica investigation in 2016 showed that housing advertisements could be targeted at and away from specific groups. ProPublica followed up a year later, showing that the targeting hadn’t stopped.According to HUD’s lawsuit, Facebook allowed advertisers to exclude people who were born outside the US, non-Christians, interested in accessibility issues or interested in Latino culture. HUD also accuses Facebook of allowing advertisers to exclude people based on their neighborhoods or whether they have children.”Even as we confront new technologies, the fair housing laws enacted over half a century ago remain clear — discrimination in housing-related advertising is against the law,” HUD general counsel Paul Compton said in a statement. “Just because a process to deliver advertising is opaque and complex doesn’t mean that it exempts Facebook and others from our scrutiny and the law of the land.” Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice See how much time you’re wasting on Facebook Comments First published at 5:11 a.m. PT.Updates, 6:16 a.m. and 7:45 a.m.: Adds more details, Facebook’s comment and HUD’s filing. Internet Services Politics Facebook
education minister Nurul Islam NahidUrging the private university vice-chancellors (VCs) to keep their students away from any kind of movement, education minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Wednesday said they should be held accountable for the activities of the students, reports UNB.He made the call while addressing an emergency views exchange meeting with the VCs and pro-vice-chancellors of all private universities at the International Mother Language Institute in the capital.Claiming that the government has already accepted all the nine demands of the students which will be met gradually, Nahid expressed his wonder as to why the private university students staged demonstrations on Monday.”After my meeting with the heads of all educational institutions on Sunday (5 August), students went back to classes. It’s a wonder why students of some private universities staged demonstrations on Monday (6 August). I can’t understand the reason behind their grievances,” he said.The education minister expressed doubt whether the students demonstrated after being instigated by some evil forces.As per the demand of the students, he said, prime minister Sheikh Hasina would soon open work on constructing underpasses in front educational institutions in crowded areas in the city. “Their other demands will also be fulfilled gradually.”Nahid urged the heads of the private universities to make the students understand not to pay heed to any rumour.As the VCs demand unconditional release of students arrested during Monday’s demonstrations, he said actions will be taken as per law against those committed crimes.The education minister, however, said no innocent student will be punished.University Grants Commission (UGC) chairman professor Abdul Mannan chaired the programme jointly organised by the education ministry and UGC.
In this file photo taken on 28 April 2018, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is pictured during a meeting with his Russian counterpart in Moscow. Photo: AFPIran waved away US president Donald Trump’s claims that talks with the country’s leaders were imminent, saying “threats, sanctions and PR stunts won’t work”.With Washington pulling out of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal and set to reimpose full sanctions on Iran from 6 August, Tehran has responded coolly to Trump’s offer on Monday to talk “any time” without preconditions.“Threats, sanctions & PR stunts won’t work. Try respect: for Iranians & for (international) commitments,” tweeted foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.The Revolutionary Guards also made their opposition to talks clear.“The Iranian people do not authorise officials to meet the Great Satan… Mr Trump, Iran is not North Korea,” said General Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Guards, in an open letter published in local media.Trump told a rally in Tampa, Florida earlier on Tuesday: “I have a feeling they’ll be talking to us pretty soon… And maybe not, and that’s OK too.”He used the occasion to again blast the “horrible, one-sided” 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers which he abandoned in May.“It’s a horror show,” Trump said.“I hope it works out well with Iran. They are having a lot of difficulty right now.”There was not yet an official response from the top leadership, but supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said a fortnight ago that talks with Trump would be “useless.”Scepticism is indeed rife in Tehran over Trump’s latest tactic, with one high-profile lawmaker saying negotiations would be a “humiliation.”- ‘People are worried’ -Despite the rejection, many Iranians are deeply concerned that sanctions could tip the country into a major crisis.Tehran’s Grand Bazaar was packed on Wednesday lunchtime as customers rushed to snap up goods for fear of what might happen when full sanctions return on Monday.“It’s been really busy these last few days. People are worried that if they don’t buy things today, they won’t be available tomorrow,” said Ali, who runs a kitchen store in the bazaar.“They are right-if I sell these knives, I won’t be able to get any more.”He said the reason was that wholesalers and importers were refusing to provide new stock, preferring to sit on their inventory until the extent of the economic crisis is better understood-a claim backed by other shopkeepers.The biggest sign of the crisis so far has been the collapse of the currency, which has lost two-thirds of its value since the start of the year, including a near-20-per cent drop on Sunday and Monday alone.The rial rallied slightly after Trump’s offer of talks, but still stood at 109,000 to the dollar on Wednesday morning-a figure that would have seemed incredible even a few months ago.Several Iranian public figures said it was impossible to imagine negotiations with Washington after all the hostility of recent months.“Iran & US had 2 yrs of talks. With U/E3+Russia+China, we produced a unique multilateral accord-the JCPOA (nuclear deal). It’s been working. US can only blame itself for pulling out & leaving the table,” Zarif wrote on Twitter.Ali Motahari, the high-profile deputy speaker of parliament, said: “With the contemptuous statements (Trump) addressed to Iran, the idea of negotiating is inconceivable. It would be a humiliation.”Only last week, Trump fired off an all-caps tirade at his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Twitter, warning of untold “suffering” if Iran continued to threaten the United States.“We cannot negotiate with someone who violates international commitments, threatens to destroy countries, and constantly changes his position,” said analyst Mohammad Marandi, of the University of Tehran, who was part of the nuclear negotiating team.Some officials remained more receptive.“Negotiations with the United States must not be a taboo,” said Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, head of parliament’s foreign affairs commission, in an interview with the semi-official ISNA news agency.Motahari added that hardliners, who have long opposed any rapprochement with the US, share the blame for the collapse of the nuclear deal.“If the whole Iranian system had worked to implement this agreement, today we would be witnessing the presence of European companies in Iran and their investments, and even Trump would not be able to withdraw so easily from the deal,” he said.“But from the start one part of the system did not want the agreement to work.”The Trump administration says its “maximum pressure campaign” is designed to force Iran into a new deal that goes beyond limiting its nuclear program and includes curbs to its regional behaviour and missile program.