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T&T Red Force again

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Trinidad and Tobago Red Force retained their Regional Super50 title after brushing aside Barbados Pride by 72 runs in the final at Queen’s Park Oval last night.The reigning champions piled up 270 for seven before producing a clinical bowling performance to bundle out Pride for a disappointing 198 off 42.5 overs.They reduced Pride to 31 for four in the 10th over, a situation the visitors failed to recover from despite a top score of 50 from West Indies batsman Shai Hope and an attacking 46 from all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite.FLICKER OF HOPEThe pair put on 59 for the seventh wicket to give Pride a flicker of hope, but once they were separated, another three wickets fell for ten runs as Red Force reasserted control.Tail-enders Sulieman Benn and Jomel Warrican frustrated Red Force, however, adding a breezy 49 for the last wicket.Benn struck a run-a-ball 27 not out while Warrican made 24 from 31 deliveries before he missed a heave at seamer Rayad Emrit and was bowled, sparking celebrations among the Red Force faithful.Emrit was the best bowler with three for 46, while off-spinner Jon-Russ Jagessar (2-30), fast bowler Marlon Richards (2-38) and left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein (2-55) all finished with two wickets each.Earlier, stylish left-hander Darren Bravo agonisingly missed out on three figures as Red Force prospered after being sent in.Bravo made 97 while opener Kyle Hope stroked 34, captain Jason Mohammed, 31, and Denesh Ramdin 26.Bravo’s knock, his third half-century in as many innings in the tournament, was laced with eight fours and two sixes and came from 104 balls.Carlos Brathwaite took two for 54 with his medium pace.last_img read more

Indebted to Darwin

first_imgBritain’s Food Standards Agency is concerned about diminishing fish stocks and is asking citizens to consume less, reported The Telegraph.  This can only mean one thing, thinks Ulf Dieckmann (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria): it’s come time to pay the piper.  Who is the piper, you ask?  Answer: Charles Darwin.Dr Dieckmann said: “It was thought that these changes would only occur over millennia.  But it is becoming clear that significant evolution can take place within 20 years if the forces driving it are strong – and in fisheries they have been.”     Dr Dieckmann said that evolution caused by over-fishing took a longer [sic] to recover from than it did to cause: if the Barents Sea was closed to fishermen, it would take 250 years for cod to return to spawning at 10 years old.    “This is a Darwinian debt that will have to be paid back by future generations,” he added.    Dr Dieckmann said evolution caused by commercial fisheries had played an overlooked part in the collapse of the Northern cod off Newfoundland in 1992, the most disastrous crash yet of a major commercial fish species.    He said that from 1985 a downward trend in the size of spawning cod was detectable off [sic] and should have led to “a more precautionary approach” in setting catch quotas.Greenpeace is involved in this campaign, too, the article says.  The row has provoked a backlash by fisherman who are blasting the “Madness of Greenpeace.”  Either Dr. Dieckmann was calling the fisherman blind and random, or the changes (actually a trend toward extinction, not evolution) were caused by their presumably intelligent and purposeful actions.  The concept of a “Darwinian debt” also seems fishy.  Does it apply only to humans?  Or do fish also have to pay Darwin for what they overconsume, and so on down the food chain?    Rotate the globe over to Croatia.  Scientists there are gearing up for the big Darwin Day celebrations a year from now.  In a letter to Nature,1 Jasmina Muzini (ornithologist at the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts) wrote that his country has felt left behind.  Not to worry: he and his colleagues have started to make sure Darwin gets a big ovation in 2009.Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and The Descent of Man have at last been translated into Croatian, thanks to the work of the renowned science and theology translator Josip Balabanic.  Other European countries –including Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia and Sweden – had access to Darwin’s works in their mother tongue during his lifetime.  But it was not until this year that Croatian students of biology could read them in their own language.    Religious education was introduced in elementary schools during the early years of Croatian independence, and ethics and the major world religions are now studied in high school.  At the same time, the importance of evolution for modern biology and medicine is publicly acknowledged by science academies and societies – in the spirit of your Editorial ‘Spread the word’ (Nature 451, 108; doi:10.1038/451108b 2008).    Croatia aspires to join the group of countries in which education and science occupy prime positions in national strategies, and recognizing the influence of Darwin’s writings is an important step in that direction.  Celebrations of the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth on 12 February next year, possibly at the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, will have particular significance for Croatians.1.  Correspondence, Nature 451, 627 (7 February 2008) | doi:10.1038/451627c.You didn’t realize you owe a debt to Darwin.  Are you behind in your payments?  Better not go into default.  His collection agency is red in tooth and claw.    If people accelerate evolution, such that things happen in 20 years that they used to think required thousands of years, great; let’s accelerate evolution on fruit flies and see if we can get them to evolve into mammals.  On second thought….    The Croatian suck-up to Charlie is so obsequious, you’d think they be embarrassed, but no: they are proud of their shame.  Cub Scouts have Webelos, which stands for “We’ll be loyal scouts.”  The Croatians have announced a new order for young wannabees in the Darwin Party axis of evil: the Webelodos, which stands for “We’ll be loyal Darwinist operatives.”  The motto of the Webelodos is DODO! DODO! (translation: see 02/15/2006, 02/17/2006 and 02/24/2006).  OK; whatever.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Talks sound hope for Zimbabwe

first_imgMovement for Democratic Change leaderMargan Tsvangirai at the signing of theMemorandum of Understanding in Harareyesterday.(Image: Irin News)Tamara O’ReillyThe signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between embattled Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe and main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has opened the door to talks about the formation of a power-sharing government to resolve the country’s political and economic woes.Zimbabwe’s two political protagonists signed the MoU at a ceremony in the capital Harare on 21 July, committing themselves to dialogue with each other with a view to creating a sustainable solution to the Zimbabwean situation. Although the talks are a small step in the direction of restoring Zimbabwe, they are significant as the two leaders have been at loggerheads since the since the formation of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) 10 years ago, led by Tsvangirai, provided the first real opposition to Mugabe’s ruling Zanu (PF).After 28 years of rule, Mugabe’s loss to the MDC in the March 2008 election was the first indication that his grip on power was loosening. Despite having lost the presidential election, Mugabe insisted on a run-off election in June 2008. Campaigning was marred by a wave of violence and intimidation targeted at MDC supporters, causing Tsvangirai to withdraw from the election to save lives. The resultant one-horse race was inevitably won by Mugabe, giving him a further five-year term as president.On the agendaAs outlined in the MoU, talks between the parties will take place during the next two weeks around issues of economics, politics, communication and security.Ways in which to restore economic stability and growth are high up on the agenda as Zimbabwe has the most battered economy in the world, with inflation at a whopping 2.2-million percent and unemployment at 80%.Politically, the prospect of a new constitution will also be explored as well as the functions of state organs and institutions. A government of national unity is widely seen as the solution to the crisis by the African Union (AU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and new elections could possibly be discussed. The talks will also focus on promoting equality and restoring unity and encouraging national healing.Violence has been a distinctive mark of Mugabe’s rule and the way forward in preventing bloodshed and protecting the security of citizens is also on the cards.South African President Thabo Mbeki, who has been receiving criticism for his quiet stance on the neighbouring country’s politics, facilitated talks between the two parties. SADC appointed him mediator in 2007, and he has long maintained that talks between the two were paramount in resolving Zimbabwe’s problems.Talks applaudedSouth Africa’s Department of Foreign Affairs said the signing of the MoU “heralds the dawn of a new beginning in the quest for a lasting solution to the country’s political and economic challenges”.“We are convinced that the Memorandum of Understanding has laid a firm foundation for the Zimbabwean people to start on a new road towards political stability and economic recovery,” said Foreign Affairs spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa. “We reiterate our view that the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding is a significant and major step forward in the process of dialogue among the Zimbabwean political parties as facilitated by President Thabo Mbeki in his capacity as SADC Facilitator.”The South African media have hailed the talks with the front-page headline of The Star newspaper calling it “Hope in a handshake”, the Times’s banner headline simply declaring “HOPE”, and Business Day calling it a “New Dawn in Zimbabwe as Mugabe accepts deal”.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email tamarao@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesLeaders condemn Zim violenceUseful linksZimbabwe Memorandum of UnderstandingSouthern African Development CommunityAfrican UnionDepartment of Foreign Affairslast_img read more

African adventure for electric car

first_imgThe Venturi electric vehicle taking off fromthe Nairobi headquarters of the UNEnvironment Programme.(Image: Venturi Automobiles) Xavier Chevrin with the Mission AfricaVenturi electric vehicle.(Images: Venturi Automobiles)MEDIA CONTACTS • Cecilia KinuthiaUNEP liaison officer for South Africa+27 12 354 8092Cadine PillayAn electric vehicle has begun an unassisted 5 000 kilometre-journey from Nairobi, Kenya to Johannesburg, South Africa – an expedition designed to showcase the endurance of battery-powered vehicles and promote green energy use.The driver, electric car campaigner Xavier Chevrin, left on 11 May after a send-off news conference at the Nairobi headquarters of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).“We want to break the clichés of electric-powered vehicles,” Chevrin said, “and show that they have a range of uses.”Without any backup, Chevrin will head south through Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana, before finishing in Johannesburg in late June.It follows a 2010 journey by the adventurer, which saw him driving 13 400 kilometres from Shanghai to Paris in a similar van, in the process setting up a record for the longest journey ever made in an electric vehicle.The vehicle is a bright orange Citroen Berlingo powered by technology developed by French electric car specialist Venturi and is the first such vehicle to make a trans-Africa trip. Chevrin said the six-nation trip would show that electric cars could travel long distances, and were not only for use in the city.The Berlingo will recharge its batteries at electric sockets along the way. It carries three aptly-named Zebra nickel sodium chloride batteries – two more than standard Berlingos – each of which has a capacity of 23.5 kWh, giving the car a total of 70.5 kWh.As with the Shanghai-Paris trip, Chevrin will trust in encounters with local people to recharge his batteries. He plans to use these random meetings to engage with ordinary Africans, inviting them on board the vehicle and showing that clean technology is a vital part of the world’s future energy sources.“The successful completion of such a journey depends not only on incredible performances from a machine, but also the people you meet throughout the entire trip,” Chevrin said.“Without any backup or pre-planned stopovers, you have to rely on chance encounters, hoping to progress each day from one point to the next.”The challengesHowever, one of Chevrin’s big challenges will be limited access to electricity, and the possibility of frequent power cuts in rural Africa. The car has no backup generator, so should he run out of power he will be stranded, adding to the scale of the adventure.“Here in Africa is going to be the toughest so far because of the problems of power supply,” Chevrin said.The Berlingo can cover 500 km (300 miles) without recharge at a maximum speed of 110 km/h (68 mph). Recharging the batteries from scratch will take seven hours.The vehicle also features a raised suspension to cope with bumpy roads.This journey is one of the Venturi Global Challenges, a series of technological and human challenges with the aim of demonstrating the company’s leadership in the field of electric propulsion. Each challenge takes place on a different continent in extreme conditions.Another expedition is being planned to drive an electric-powered vehicle from the edge of Antarctica through the snowy wilderness to the South Pole.Mission to AfricaCalled Mission Africa, the journey is supported by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and is part of the UN International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, a global initiative led by the organisation’s secretary-general Ban Ki-moon to urge all sectors of society to contribute to improving energy efficiency, doubling the amount of renewable energy produced, and enabling more people to access modern energy services.“We have been using combustion engines for over a century, but now it is a new revolution,” Chevrin said. “Within a few decades it will be logical for everyone to have an electric car as it fits with the philosophy of having to be careful how we use energy.”According to UNEP’s soon-to-released flagship report on the state of the environment, the Global Environment Outlook 5, the current fossil-fuel based transport system accounts for 25% of all greenhouse gas emissions. This figure is expected to rise to almost one third in the coming decades.Zero emissions are kind to the environment Chevrin pointed out that the electric vehicle puts out zero emissions and is much cheaper to run than petrol-fuelled cars. The Shanghai-Paris trip cost less than US$200 (R1 700) in electricity, compared to the $4 000 (R33 600) it would have cost to use diesel, Chevrin said.“We want to prove that electricity is an alternative energy source that can be used for transportation,” he said.South Africa’s own locally-developed electric car, the Joule, was on display during the recent COP17 climate change conference held in Durban. The car was shown off at the Climate Change Response expo from 28 November to 9 December. The car’s developer Optimal Energy had three fully functioning prototype vehicles on display in three different exhibition halls.Although the company is currently experiencing difficulties in financing the Joule’s continued development and the project is now on hold, it is still determined to bring the electric car to the South African market. But for now, Optimal Energy’s new focus is on electric buses for public transport.last_img read more

It’s a wrap for the first Cape Town Fringe

first_img9 October 2014As the organisers of the inaugural Cape Town Fringe call a wrap on the 11-day festival, which offered up a mix of theatre, puppetry, comedy, music, physical theatre and family fare, they say the numbers attained have set them on the same growth path as other festivals they’ve studied – particularly their World Fringe Alliance partner festivals in Amsterdam, Prague and New York.“We are very happy with the overall performance of the festival,” says Tony Lankester, the festival’s CEO. “For our first edition we felt that audiences were strong.”The World Fringe Alliance is a grouping of nine fringe festivals around the world which collectively reach an audience of more than 3-million people. Alliance members are the festivals in Grahamstown, Hollywood, New York, Edinburgh, Brighton, Prague, Amsterdam, Perth and Adelaide – and Cape Town.According to the latest figures, 18 569 people attended Fringe performances. “This is a significant first outing and exceeded our expectations,” said Lankester. A total of 486 performances of 92 productions were staged.Lankester acknowledged that, like any festival with multiple events, some productions fared better than others: “That’s the nature of these things as well as what makes them such a great journey of discovery for our audiences.” The productions that proved most popular at the box office were Andrew Buckland’s Crazy in Love, Stuart Lightbody’s Devilish, and Followspot Productions’ Big Boys Don’t Dance.“That’s not to say that others didn’t do well – some were performed in smaller venues so didn’t have the opportunity to earn big box office takings, but still received acclaim,” said Lankester.A consideration that would be taken into account when putting together next year’s programme is that while Capetonians seemed to be spoiled for choice when it came to music, there was “a significant demand for the kind of theatre we staged on the Fringe”.A project of the National Arts Festival, held in Grahamstown every July, the Cape Town Fringe stems from a three-year partnership with the City of Cape Town. Other partners are Standard Bank, M-Net and 567 Cape Talk.“Cape Town is richer for the Cape Town Fringe festival in more ways than one,” said Garreth Bloor, the Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for tourism, events and economic development. “It has added value to the lives of both its citizens and its arts community and the shows were expertly and professionally executed. “We applaud the great strides made for new, young theatregoers through the schools programme,” Bloor said.“In addition the grand lady, City Hall, took centre stage as host to this event as the venue was transformed into four theatres, a box office and the Fringe Club.”Councillor Bloor also wished the Cape Town Fringe team well with their planning for 2015.The response from participating artists and Mother City residents alike has been upbeat, with some sharing their excitement on social media:“We’ve seen some fantastic shows on the first CT Fringe!! The Year of the Bicycle was incredible … so powerful! And Whistle Stop was phenomenal. Such incredible talent in this country – phew. And last night, Herbie Tsoaeli just blew us away,” enthused Karina Porter Robert on the Cape Town Fringe’s Facebook page.Comedian Andrew Simpson (Lord of the Flings) said he was grateful that the Fringe was giving performers another platform to showcase their work. “To start something, whether a business or a festival or writing a script, is the hardest part. I’m positive that the Fringe will grow even stronger next year,” he said.Lessons learntA great deal has been learnt from this first outing, and Lankester said that the organisers would be responding productively to criticisms – especially those around timelines and the selection process.“Now that we’ve done our first event and have a solid idea of the venues involved and what they’re capable of – and now that we’re more confident around the logistics of staging an event in Cape Town – we can focus on bringing a lot of that selection, scheduling and planning forward, giving productions more time to prepare and market themselves,” he said.Economic impactMusic journalist Evan Milton compared the Cape Town Fringe with the National Arts Festival in its ability to transform “spaces that are meant for something else into islands and havens of art, culture and nourishing entertainment”.Around 30 technicians and sound and lighting specialists were employed for the duration of the festival. Also involved were Cape-based equipment and infrastructure suppliers, a security company, as well as local entrepreneurs who ran the bars and a coffee shop at the Fringe Club.Guitarist Guy Buttery was full of praise for the Fringe’s behind-the-scenes crew: “I have had the honour of performing at many first-time festivals over the years, some of which have been fantastic and others which needed a bit of work. I’ve never been to an inaugural event of any kind that is so well organised, with great venues and even better technicians, as I have at the Cape Town Fringe. The City of Cape Town is lucky to have all these world-class shows come to its doorstep (from all over the country and not just Cape Town) and, personally, I hope it’s here to stay for good.”The broader reach and influence of the Fringe would be better understood once Rhodes University’s Economics Department crunched the data from the economic impact study they conducted at the Fringe.Schools programmeA key focus of the festival was the exposure of young people to the world of arts, helping them develop their own voices. Around 1 000 learners from schools in Grassy Park, Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha were invited to attend free shows and workshops at City Hall.“You have completely changed 180 learners and 20 educators’ experience of performance – and expectations of achievement. And that is no small thing,” wrote Kapil Misra, the principal at Battswood arts centre in Grassy Park, and drama teachers Sheldon Cross and Penny Youngleson, in a joint letter of thanks to the organisers.This, Lankester said, was a key part of what the Cape Town Fringe was trying to achieve: “Their experience was something that money just can’t buy.”last_img read more

Eskom announces independent enquiry into state of its business

first_imgThe board of South African power utility has resolved to commission an independent enquiry, conducted by external parties, to examine the current status of the business and the challenges it faces. Four senior executives will be asked to step down for the duration of the probe.Eskom chairman Zola TsotsiThe board of South African power utility has resolved to commission an independent enquiry, conducted by external parties, to examine the current status of the business and the challenges it faces. Four senior executives will be asked to step down for the duration of the probe.The Eskom board has today resolved to commission an independent enquiry on the current status of the business and its challenges.• Download media statementThe board, in its quest to address the current challenges faced by Eskom, has deemed it prudent to seek an independent view on the status of a number of issues. These include:• The poor performance of generation plant• Delays in bringing the new generation plant on-stream• High costs of primary energy• Cash-flow challenges“To ensure that this process is as transparent and uninhibited as possible,” said Eskom chairman Zola Tsotsi, “the board has also resolved that four of its senior executives, including the chief executive, should step down for the duration of this enquiry.”The executives who have been asked to step down while the enquiry is underway are Tsholofelo Molefe (Finance Director), Dan Marokane (Group Capital) and Matshela Koko (Commercial and Technology). One of the current non-executive board members, Zethembe Khoza, has been asked to assume the position of interim chief executive. Khoza will be supported by Nonkululeko Veleti (Finance), Abram Masango (Group Capital) and Edwin Mabelane (Commercial and Technology).“All these senior executives have been with the organisation a long time and we are confident that they will maintain business continuity during this period,” said Tsotsi.The board also resolved that the independent enquiry be conducted by external parties, who will be selected within the next week. They will be given unfettered rights of access to all information deemed necessary for this probe to be successful.The board has emphasized that this process is a critical step towards ensuring that the situation facing Eskom improves as expeditiously as possible.“To that end, we would like to assure our customers and employees that this was done in the best interest of all our stakeholders, and we hope to come out of this with a better grasp of all the challenges facing the business, and most importantly, with solutions,” said Tsotsi.The interim appointeesMs Nonkululeko Veleti is a registered chartered accountant and has been with the organisation for almost 14 years working in the finance department.Abram Masango, a qualified engineer, has been with Eskom for over 18 years and is currently project director at Kusile. He brings to the role many years of valuable experience, having occupied various senior positions within the organisation.Edwin Mabelane has been with the organisation for 21 years. He is a qualified engineer has been a very senior executive before this appointment. He brings into the role many years of valuable experience.Issued by Eskom Media DeskTel: +27 11 800 3304/3343/3378Cell: +27 82 805 7278Fax: 086 664 7699Email: mediadesk@eskom.co.zalast_img read more

We’re Still Not Facebook: Lessons from Late Adopters

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#start#StartUp 101#startups Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… This week thousands of visitors arrived at ReadWriteWeb thinking we were the new Facebook and asking us how to login. The phenomenon came about as mainstream audiences were directed to our story via Google search for “Facebook login”. While RWW’s regular tech readers found the mistake amusing, it perhaps speaks to the fact that there are huge variables in user interaction. A few months ago Betaworks’ Andrew Weissman wrote an article entitled, Don’t Get High On Your Own Supply where he tells entrepreneurs to step outside of their insular worlds. He writes, “[It] can mean not believing what other people say or write about your service – good or bad – it is the use case that matters, not the chatter.” In our world of tech media, it’s easy to forget that there is a large group of users who type terms like “Facebook login” into Google search. Could you imagine if we’d written an article entitled, “Bank of America Wants to Be Your One True Password”? We might all be sipping margaritas in the Grand Cayman right now. If a huge audience can’t understand the difference between a blog and a social networking site, how are we supposed to explain the concepts of OAuth and OpenID? If you’re a startup entrepreneur, step outside of your own world of early adopters and look at your product through the eyes of a n00b. While we didn’t mean to confuse Facebook users, the traffic on this week’s login post is proof that the late adoption audience is a valuable group to consider. Photo Credit: Dave Olson dana oshirolast_img read more

Fincantieri Lays Keel for Carnival Panorama

first_imgzoom Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has held a keel-laying ceremony in Marghera, Italy, for Carnival Cruise Line’s third 133,500-ton Vista-class ship, Carnival Panorama.The Miami-based cruise liner announced the name of the ship back in December.The third Vista-class cruise ship is scheduled to enter service in November 2019, joining its sister ships Carnival Vista, which was handed over in April 2016, and Carnival Horizon, set to debut April 2, 2018.The three Vista-class ships are the largest ever vessels constructed for Carnival Cruise Line.Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri held the steel cutting ceremony for the vessel in early July 2017 at its Marghera shipyard.Further design details of the  323-meter-long vessels, as well as its the ship’s homeport and itinerary, are expected to be revealed at a later date.Apart from the Vista-class ships, the cruise company has two more 180,000-ton vessels in its orderbook, scheduled to enter service in 2020 and 2022.last_img read more

The 6493 Best Ideas To Prevent Tanking In The NBA

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed … and counting. Late last week, after a conversation about the NBA draft on our sports podcast Hot Takedown, I launched our show’s first crowdsourcing project. The question was simple:Lots of people think the NBA draft structure is broken, which leads to tanking by teams. How would you fix it?I thought this would generate a few dozen responses and perhaps some fodder for another conversation on the podcast.Turns out, we’ve tapped a nerd nerve. Almost 6,500 of you (as of this writing) have responded with incredibly thoughtful and rigorously defended proposals. Most used the form that was in the original post, but I’ve also received PDF email attachments — because the online form wasn’t big enough. And someone even dropped off a spiral-bound version of his plan at the FiveThirtyEight offices.So here we go. I’m going to sift through all 6,493 of your ideas. I can’t promise to catch every word, but the goal is still to find one plan to endorse as the official Hot Takedown proposal. Which we still plan to print out, notarize and deliver to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s office.Before I dive in, here a few first impressions. Many of the ideas are variations on five basic themes:Flatten out the disparity between the lottery team’s chances of getting the first pick.Scrap the lottery and have a draft-pick playoff for teams that didn’t make the playoffs.Reverse the incentive structure entirely — the best teams that didn’t make the playoffs get the highest pick.Scrap the draft entirely and let players enter the marketplace as free agents.Somehow mask a team’s incentives or uncouple them from the team’s record (e.g., only have some games count toward the lottery).But there are many, many weirder ideas as well. All of these plans have lots of wrinkles, cascading implications, and plenty of pros and cons. I was impressed by how willing most of you were to be honest about the downsides of your proposal.We’ve anonymized the proposals and posted the full set of raw submissions online. In the continued spirit of crowdsourcing, if you happen to see a plan you really like, flag it for us in the comments or tweet it to me (please include its row number so we can find it easily). By Jody Avirgan In the form, we also asked you a few questions. And a sample size of 6,500 means there’s some actual data to play with. Given that this was a poll of people who have written their own proposals to fix NBA tanking, it may not be that much of a surprise that respondents think tanking is a big problem. Some other notes:Almost a quarter of you think tanking is a 14 (big problem) on a scale of 1 to 14 lottery pingpong balls.A much smaller, but notable, number of you wrote in to argue that tanking is actually a good thing. We’ve discussed this on the podcast — it does create a compelling storyline of sorts.I’m most interested in those of you who think that tanking is not a problem but still crafted your own proposal to fix it.You are a confident bunch. About 35 percent have full faith that your plan will stop tanking entirely.220 of you have no confidence in your plan. I’d love to talk to those who don’t think tanking is a problem, don’t believe in your plan, but still submitted it. Good for you.That’s where we stand for now. I’ll be updating online and on the podcast (so, subscribe!) over the next few weeks. We’ll discuss the finalists on the show and pick a winner before the lottery May 19. Listen to the latest episode of Hot Takedown Embed Code read more

Data Shot Bonnier Led Ad Page Growth Among Six Major Publishers in

first_imgBonnier showed the biggest jump in ad pages (up 19 percent) while Meredith showed the largest drop in ad pages (down 10 percent) among six major publishers in the first quarter of 2011, according to data from MagazineRadar. Bonnier also had the most individual brands advertising in its magazines in the first quarter at 1,608, beating out Time Inc., which had 1,539 individual advertisers (Time Inc. had the most individual brand advertisers in 2010 among the six major publishers tracked by MagazineRadar). However, Time Inc. had the most overall ad pages in the first quarter at 4,629, posting a 3 percent gain. Hachette saw pages up 2 percent in the first quarter while ad pages fell for both Conde Nast and Hearst (down 3 percent and 5 percent respectively), according to MagazineRadar.last_img read more