Each week throughout the NFL season, we’ll be publishing Elo ratings for teams and using them to simulate the remainder of the season, and calculate each team’s chances of making the playoffs and winning the Super Bowl. Read about our methodology for details about how the system works.Elo ratings have been applied in many endeavors, from soccer to chess; we’ve simply taken the system and revised it to work with NFL data. Elo ratings have many virtues, including being simple and transparent. However, they’re based on a very limited set of information — only the final scores of games and home-field advantage is accounted for. Therefore, we very much doubt that they can consistently beat Las Vegas betting lines; the point spreads and win probabilities listed here are purely for fun and will not reflect important factors such as key injuries or personnel changes.The two charts below show the initial 2014 NFL Elo ratings, which are based on a mean-reverted version of ratings from the end of the 2013 season, as well as the league’s Week 1 matchups.
The iconic ’90s vocal trio talk about the high they get from watching their fans sing along with them and give props to today’s hip-hop infused R&BNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jul 17, 2018 – 2:05 pm Reuniting in 2005, GRAMMY nominees SWV — aka Sisters With Voice — returned triumphantly to an R&B scene that owes much of its modern swagger to the influence of their early career hits in the ’90s such as “Weak,” “Right Here,” “You’re The One,” and more. Facebook SWV On R&B’s Resurgence, New Jack Swing, Nicki Minaj & More News SWV On R&B’s Resurgence, Nicki Minaj & More swv-rbs-resurgence-new-jack-swing-nicki-minaj-more Email NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jul 17, 2018 – 2:04 pm SWV Talk Today’s R&B, Nicki Minaj & More Twitter We caught up with the trio from the Bronx, N.Y., backstage at Essence Festival 2018 in New Orleans to hear how R&B’s resurgence looks from where they sit, their thoughts on the legacy of new jack swing and Teddy Riley, and how hip-hop’s impact on the music world — specifically Nicki Minaj — has affected them. Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” read more
Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard Geneva Motor Show 2019 Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Kia Soul review: Well-rounded box reading • Goodyear’s newest tire is for flying cars The Goodyear Aero concept unveiled at the 2019 Geneva auto show functions as a narrow, non-pneumatic tire when on the ground, then acts as a propeller when rotated and spun up to high RPM in a tilt-rotor application. Given the amount of recent hype around autonomous flying cars, its a concept worth looking at.Goodyear’s Aero concept can function in the vertical plane as a road going tire/wheel assembly, and in the horizontal plane as a tilt-rotor propeller. Goodyear The most clever part of Aero is how the wheel’s “spokes” are also the propeller’s blades. Pitched, curved and manufactured precisely, they would seem to save a lot of space, expense, and articulation headaches on a flying car.The rubber that wraps around those blades would be solid, rather than an air-filled tire that would deform and disintegrate at aeronautic RPM. But without a pneumatic cushion Goodyear’s material scientists will have to pull some all-nighters to formulate a material compliant enough to cushion the ride on ground while also tough enough to protect the critical wheel/propeller structure. I wouldn’t want to get aloft only to find out I have a cracked prop blade because I curbed it downtown an hour before.The interior of the Goodyear Aero would be a sophisticated turbine-style fan for aerial propulsion, while the outside would be a narrow non-pneumatic tire that provides cushioning and grip. Goodyear Goodyear imagines this Aero assembly being spun by magnetic propulsion and controlled by AI, both of which are the sorts of things you just have to say in 2019. But more realistic is their vision that Aero would be monitored by a fiber optic sensor package to make sure it’s in perfect condition and performing properly in its two critical missions. That jibes with an exploding trend of smart monitoring technology in the auto business, from Porsche’s new Wet Mode that listens for the audio signature of wet pavement, to millimeter wave in-car monitoring tech from Texas Instruments that seeks to revolutionize awareness of who’s in the car and their state. Maybe the most interesting part of these “tires” is that we’re talking about the components needed for self-flying cars. We’ve seen Goodyear concept tires and wheels that grow moss in their middle or that roll every direction like a billiard ball with English on it, but this time they’re taking flight. Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US Tags • More From Roadshow 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro: The most extreme midsize off-roader you can buy See All 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Geneva Motor Show 2019 Cooley On Cars 1:26 Goodyear’s Aero tire is for flying self-driving cars Comment 1 Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s Share your voice Roadshow read more
A new crisis has emerged following the abolition of the quota system from 9th to 13th grades (class I and class II) in government jobs.The government took the decision amid a series of student movements demanding reforms in the quota system that started in April.In the end, the government on 4 October finally issued a circular entirely abolishing the quota system in recruitment of officers in class I and II public sector jobs, keeping the provision of quota only for Class III and IV jobs.Following the circular, children of freedom fighters took to the street and blocked city’s Shahbagh intersection, creating a new crisis.They also staged demonstration blocking roads at different parts of the country. However, the number of the protesters was very few.Muktijoddha Sangsad Santan Command took position in Shahbagh intersection area yesterday [Thursday] rejecting the circular issued by the public administration ministry.Leaders of the forum said they will announce the next course of action from a grand rally, to be organised on Saturday.They said they will continue the sit-in programmes until quota is restored.Muktijoddha Sangsad Santan Command central president Sheikh Atiqur Rahman said they will also go to the court to challenge the decision.They decided to continue the movement under the banner of ‘Muktijoddha Mancha’. Professor of sociology at Dhaka University AKM Jamal Uddin was made the spokesperson of the mancha.Dhaka University unit leaders and activists of the command and its Dhaka metropolitan unit, Muktijoddha families, Muktijoddha Sansad Online Command, Muktijoddha Prajanma and several other forums’ leaders and activists have expressed their solidarity with the movement.Citizens suffered as the blockaders did not allow any vehicle, except ambulances and police cars, to move through the area. Policemen were also not seen taking any measures to bring normalcy in the area.The Adivasi Quota Reform Parishad has announced to observe a half-day hartal and strike in ethnic group dominating areas of the country.Leaders of both the organisation of freedom fighters’ children and the ethnic minorities said they will challenge the decision at the court.Adivashi Quota Sanrakkhan Parishad coordinator William Nokrek said they would block the roads in Nodda of Gulshan area in the capital and take legal actions to reinstate the quota system in public jobs.The Chittagong hill tracts affairs ministry in a recent meeting also demanded quota for ethnic groups be reinstated.Expert and quota reform activists said this would not have happened if the quota reform issue was dealt logically.Ganasanhati Andolan chief coordinator Zunaid Saki said the movement was for reformation of quota and not for abolishing the system.Muktijoddha Santan and Muktijoddhar Santan Oikya Parishad of Sylhet district and metropolitan demonstrated in the Zindabazar area of the city on Thursday afternoon.They also brought out a protest procession. Later, they announced a week-long programme.The sons of freedom fighters, ethnic minors and specially abled students of the Islamic University, Kushtia demonstrated blocking the Kushtia-Jhenaidah highway for abolishing the quota.In Rajshahi, Adibashi Chhatra Parishad, a forum of ethnic minority students, demonstrated demanding restoration of the system.Rajshahi University units of Muktijoddha Sangsad Santan Command and Amra Muktijoddhar Santan also staged protest rally blocking the Dhaka-Rajshahi highway in front of the main gate of the university.Narayanganj district unit of Muktijoddha Sangsad Santan Command formed a human chain in front of the press club yesterday afternoon.People from different walks of life are now thinking of the matter whether the decision to abolish the quota is a ‘new tactic’ of the government.About the decision, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said the quota has been scrapped as many people do not want it.“If you want restoration of quota system, you have to take to the street,” Hasina said at a media briefing on 3 October.The circular says the abolition will be applicable for all government offices, autonomous and half-autonomous institutions and even public corporation.The cabinet approval committee placed a recommendation saying that if the government thinks that quota is required for any marginalised groups, it will take necessary steps.But, the circular released on 4 October mentioned nothing about this despite legal prohibition regarding the physically challenged people.Till date, 55 per cent people in the government jobs were recruited through different quotas. Ministers and leaders of the ruling party came up with a mixture of feedback over the matter. At least five ministers at the cabinet meeting spoke in favour of quota system.However, students demonstrating for reforms in quota system are yet to say anything after the publication of the circular.Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhon Parishad (Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council) convenor Hasan Al Mamun told Prothom Alo yesterday that they will soon take a decision about their next course of action.Ruling AL general secretary Obaidul Quader said no one has to make any demand for the freedom fighters to the incumbent government.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will take actions if any demand is justified and practical, he added.Asked about the matter, former cabinet secretary and adviser to a caretaker government Akbar Ali Khan told Prothom Alo that the first administrative committee recommended abolishing the entire quota system.The government has now abolished it and it is good, he said. *The piece, originally published in the print edition of Prothom Alo, has been rewritten in English by Toriqul Islam and Shameem Reza read more