New Delhi: A fire broke out at an under-construction building near gate number 6 of Pragati Maidan on Thursday morning, a Delhi Fire Services official said.A person called up the fire station to inform about the blaze around 11 am. Five fire tenders have been rushed to the spot.It doesn’t look like a big fire. It seems the shuttering material being used in the construction caught fire, the official said.
Midseason is rapidly approaching, and the Chicago Cubs are still making the rest of Major League Baseball look bad. They’re World Series favorites by a mile according to our Elo predictions — which also have them pegged for 104 wins — and they’ve outscored their opponents by an average of 2.3 runs per game, the most of any team through 70 games since the legendary 1939 Yankees.The Cubs have excelled on offense, scoring the third-most runs in the majors, but to an even greater degree the team owes its extreme success to run prevention. Chicago’s current 2.73 team ERA would be the lowest full-season1So, not counting the strike-shortened 1981 campaign. figure in the designated hitter era (since 1973), and the lowest relative to the MLB average since World War II.This Cubs staff is pretty good at making guys miss — it ranks fifth in the majors in K-BB rate — but that alone isn’t enough to explain such a microscopic ERA. Chicago has also allowed a .254 batting average on balls in play, 42 points below the major-league average and 19 points lower than the next-closest team. If the Cubs were to finish the year that far below the norm, their BABIP would also be the lowest relative to average since World War II. As a byproduct, the gap between Chicago’s ERA and its Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) is 0.64 runs, the widest positive gap in the majors.We know of three things that could contribute to such a separation. One is flat-out luck, but the others are a good defense and a pitching staff that induces especially fieldable batted balls. Prior to the advent of Statcast, MLB’s new radar-based motion-tracking system, it was almost impossible to separate the latter two elements, parsing out a pitcher’s impact on batted balls from that of his fellow defenders. But now we can start to unravel those relationships and assign partial credit to each possible factor at work.To do that, we built a couple of models. The first model estimated each MLB pitcher’s effect on the exit velocities and launch angles he allows by comparing his rates to the same hitters’ numbers against all other pitchers.2Specifically, we used two mixed models that incorporate effects for each batter, pitcher and park to predict exit velocity and launch angle. Because 20 to 25 percent of batted balls are missed by the tracking system, all models in this piece imputed missing Statcast data using the average of similarly classified batted balls and outcomes. Then we calculated what would happen if we replaced each team’s actual pitchers with a staff full of generic arms that allowed league-average exit velocities and launch angles. The difference between those actual and generic figures gives us a number of runs attributable to each pitching staff’s contact-management skills, i.e., its tendency to allow batted balls that do less damage.Next, we modeled fielding on a team-by-team basis by estimating how much each batted ball “should” have been worth (in terms of linear-weight run value) based on its exit velocity and launch angle.3This was a random forest model, as described in an earlier piece. Then we compared those estimated values to the actual values of the same batted balls.4Using a separate model to adjust for ballpark effects. If a batted ball with an exit velocity and launch angle that would typically produce a single actually yielded an out, the model credited some of the difference to the defense, which we assume prevented the single through some combination of good range, good hands and good positioning.Finally, we combined those two values into one total figure to see how many runs each team has saved on its balls in play, relative to a team with average contact-management and defense. TEAMFIELDINGPITCHINGTOTAL Angels-6.42.4-4.1 Braves3.1-5.4-2.4 Diamondbacks4.6-23.4-18.8 Reds1.8-49.9-48.1 Pirates-6.815.58.7 Dodgers2.927.330.2 Royals0.5-12.6-12.0 Cardinals6.413.419.8 RUNS SAVED Rangers18.5-6.212.3 Indians6.7-7.1-0.4 Nationals-3.816.312.6 Phillies-3.9-31.2-35.1 Marlins5.3-2.82.5 Twins-12.1-39.0-51.1 Yankees-184.108.40.206 Blue Jays14.16.520.6 Brewers-10.9-3.4-14.4 Giants6.717.524.2 Red Sox9.7-3.85.9 Padres2.4-9.2-6.8 White Sox3.125.428.5 Mariners-0.27.67.4 Cubs12.644.557.1 Mets-4.026.422.3 Rockies9.8-24.9-15.1 There’s a moderate, statistically significant relationship5A correlation coefficient of 0.44. between a team’s ERA-FIP gap and our estimate of its runs saved from contact management and defense. Add in sequencing (as measured by Left on Base Percentage), and we can explain about 60 percent of the difference between a team’s ERA and its FIP. The rest can be chalked up to random variation, plus a variety of smaller factors6Such as the way pitchers influence other batted-ball characteristics (i.e., spray angle), the tendency of good pitch-framing catchers — such as the Cubs’ Miguel Montero and David Ross — to produce more favorable counts and make batters swing at bad pitches (which can’t be hit as hard), and the ability of batters and pitchers to restrict the running game (the rare area in which the Cubs don’t excel). and, admittedly, other unknown elements that we can’t conceive of or are unable to calculate using current data.According to our models, the Cubs’ defense — aided perhaps by data-driven positioning, if not frequent infield shifting — has been the third-best in baseball, behind the Rangers and Blue Jays. But fielding is a relatively small piece of Chicago’s run-preventing puzzle. Its pitching staff’s collective ability to manage contact leads the next-best team by close to 20 runs. As a group, Cubs pitchers have depressed exit velocity by 0.4 miles per hour and launch angle by almost 2 degrees, relative to average.7As of June 19.That leads to a larger takeaway from our models: Leaguewide, the impact of pitchers’ contact management is more than twice that of defense, which seems to contradict the traditional defense-independent pitching theory that most pitchers have little ability to prevent hits on balls in play. (It’s probably no coincidence that the career leader in Inside Edge’s Soft Contact rate is fabled bat breaker Mariano Rivera.) In other words, much of what appears to be good or bad defense might really be good or bad contact management, which can produce easier (or more difficult) fielding opportunities that make certain fielders look better or worse than they are. In theory, only a Statcast-derived defensive stat could account for this heretofore-camouflaged effect.Exit velocity is meaningful even over small samples, but at this early stage of the Statcast Era, we still don’t know enough about how pitchers control contact to say whether the Cubs’ BABIP is sustainable, or if it stems from a conscious pitching (or even pitching-acquisition) approach. As with any extreme observation, it seems safe to expect some regression to the mean for Chicago’s pitchers. Still, we can conclude that the Cubs’ historically low BABIP through their first 69 games isn’t merely luck. One way or another, the Cubs have earned a lot of those outs. Tigers-10.69.9-0.7 Includes games through June 19Source: MLBAM, PitchInfo Astros-10.310.0-0.3 Rays4.2-19.6-15.4 The Cubs Are The Best At Controlling Contact Athletics-5.7-8.8-14.5 Orioles-2.7-4.9-7.7
Sacramento Kings rookie Ben McLemore learned a valuable lesson in Friday’s game against the Miami Heat, never stand in front of LeBron James when he is going to dunk the basketball.The play happened in the first quarter of the game and watch as LeBron rises high over McLemore for the incredible one-handed jam.“I just went over there to try to take the charge,” McLemore said. “He dunked the ball. Afterwards, I thought I should have just fouled him.”The Heat scored a season high 122 points. They shot 61.4 percent (51- of-83) from the floor, registered 70 points in the paint — also a season high — and netted 32 points on 20 Sacramento turnovers.Miami has won 18 straight contests against Western Conference teams.
Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic says he has what it takes to turn their poor start to the Premier League season around.Fulham have won just one game since promotion and are now in the relegation zone after four successive defeats, but Jokanovic feels he has proved himself during his three previous seasons at the club.“This kind of situation is part of football,” Jokanovic told Sky Sports.Official: Tottenham sign Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon Andrew Smyth – August 8, 2019 Tottenham have sealed another transfer deadline day deal to sign the highly-rated Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.“I am not here three days, I am here three years and the board must have some kind of opinion about my work.“From my side, I have the confidence and believe in my job. People around me are professional and we don’t try to make some crazy things.“We know it’s not an easy job ahead of us, we must be brave and encourage the team not to stop, never give up.“My experience in this club – this is my fourth season here – and always it was complicated and always we reached the target at the end of the season.”
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Snapchat, an instant messaging and multimedia mobile application, has hired Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs Group to manage its Initial Public Offering (IPO) that could come as early as March 2017.Earlier this week, the two lender banks were informed that they have been given one of the most lucrative IPO mandates in recent years as Snapchat is eyeing a $25 billion valuation in the stock market, Reuters reported.Apart from the two above mentioned lenders, JP Morgan Chase & Co, Deutsche Bank AG, Barclays Plc and Credit Suisse Group will also be involved as joint book runners, sources informed the agency.The company, which started in 2012 as a mobile app, allows users to send photos, which vanish within seconds. With an active user-base of over 100 million people, the firm managed to raise $1.81 billion in May, which valued the Los Angeles-based Snapchat at $20 billion.Snapchat will be the largest social media IPO since Twitter in November 2013, Bloomberg reported. The company’s plans to go public come at a time when its rivals such as Uber Technologies and Airbnb Inc are taking more time to raise capital.However, Morgan Stanley’s role of handling the IPO comes after the bank arranged a credit-facility for the company in September. The company’s last round of fundraising included General Atlantic, Sequoia Capital, T Rowe Prince and Lone Pine. Some of the previous rounds included Fidelity Investment, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Yahoo.
The Bangladesh Nationalist Partys (BNP’s) executive committee set to meet Saturday may focus on dual strategies of contesting the next general elections, if relevant, and holding demonstration for realising its demand for polls-time neutral government.The meeting, the largest platform of the party, is expected to discuss the BNP’s next political course if the party chairperson Khaleda Zia is convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust case in its verdict on 8 February.A few senior leaders of the BNP, preferring not to be named, said BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia may ask the party leaders and workers to show restraint, even if a ‘negative verdeict’ is delivered in her case.Khaleda Zia is likely to listen to the party leaders at the executive committee meeting scheduled to be held at Le Meridien hotel in Dhaka.”It’s important to understand the mindset of the party leaders at the grassroots level,” one of the leaders said about the agenda of the meeting.Khaleda Zia will then make instructions for the party men in view of the country’s latest political situation.The meeting may urge the party leaders and activists to get ready for both elections later this year and movement for the election-time neutral government.The BNP leaders believe the Awami League wants to keep the opposition party out of the next elections the way the rulers held a one-sided polls in 2014.”So, the BNP cannot fall into the trap of the Awami League govenment,” a leader said.Some 700 leaders including 502 executive committee members are expected to attend the meeting to be chaired by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.The former prime minister, Khaleda Zia, may call upon her party leaders and activists to avoid violent means of protest against possible judgement of the Zia Orphanage Trust case that implicated herself, the BNP’s senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman and 4 others.A Dhaka court has fixed 8 February to deliver the verdict.BNP standing committee members, advisors to the BNP chairperson and presidents of the district units across the country have been invited to the meeting.
Aysha Siddiqa Minni, wife of slain youth Rifat Sharif, has confessed to her involvement in the much talked-about Rifat murder before a Barguna court.The court of Barguna judicial magistrate recorded her confessional statement on Friday afternoon, said police inspector Humayun Kabir who is investigating the case.Minni’s father Mozammel Hossain, however, claimed that his daughter was forced to give the confessional statement.”Minni is sick. She was forced and tortured to record the confessional statement,” he said on the court premises.”My daughter tried to save her husband risking her own life. Was that her crime?” he added.Pointing his finger to local member of parliament Dhirendra Debnath Shambhu, Minni’s father said, “It’s all Shambhu Babu’s game. We are being made scapegoat to save his son Suman Debnath.”On the court premises, Minni was seen guarded by two female police members. Minni was stopped to speak up when she tried to say something to the journalists there.Earlier on 17 July, Minni was arrested after nearly 13 hours of interrogation.In a statement, superintendent of police in Barugna, Maruf Hossain, said the investigation officer’s interrogation of Aysha Siddiqa Minni and analysis of the information she provided him appeared to show her involvement in the murder.On 14 July, Minni addressed a media conference at her father’s residence, where she claimed herself innocent.She defended herself saying those who created Nayan Bond and the terrorist group Bond 007 in Barguna are trying to divert the murder case to a different direction by accusing her.”By uploading negative posts, doctored images and comments, a vested quarter has been plotting against me since Rifat’s murder. Their main intention is to direct the case to a different course. Because, those who created 007 Bond group are very influential and rich,” she told the press conference.She made the claim after her father-in-law Abdul Halim Sharif, on the earlier day, told a media conference at Barguna press club that Minni was involved in the Rifat killing.He also demanded her arrest.On 26 June, Rifat Sharif was killed in broad daylight in front of Barguna Government College.On the following day, victim’s father Abdul Halim Sharif filed a lawsuit with Barguna police station against 12. Besides, four-five others unnamed people also were made accused in the case.Main accused in the case Sabbir Ahmed alias Nayan Bond was killed in what police called a gunfight with them on 2 July.As of Thursday morning, 15 people have been arrested in connection with the murder.
TCL is giving the label “smart TV” a whole new meaning at CES: The Chinese consumer electronics company showed off a TV set that analyzes the visual content of a video, and then changes color tones accordingly.The demo on display on the show floor Tuesday was able to identify yellow sand and sand dunes in one video example, which led it to correctly identify the video as a desert scene. Another video was identified as an autumn scene based on the recognition of fallen leaves and yellow leaves.Each time, the TV changed the color tones accordingly, adding more warmth for the autumn scene, and making the sand dunes look more vibrant in the desert scene. A TCL spokesperson was quick to point out that this kind of use of artificial intelligence was just a technology demo, and not something the company is introducing with its 2019 line of TV sets. However, the technology is in many ways a successor to the company’s IPQ engine, which optimizes HDR reproduction dynamically by analyzing the visual qualities of each and every scene. CREDIT: Janko Roettgers / Variety TCL isn’t the first company to tout the use of artificial intelligence for its TV sets. But while previous implementations were often constrained to voice control and content recommendations, this demo clearly showed that there may be far more advanced applications coming down the pipeline. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15