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Beside The Points For Thursday May 10 2018

See more NBA predictions Oh, and don’t forgetBreaking Baseball is fun We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe All newsletters Things That Caught My EyeMarc-Andre Fleury is outstandingVegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is in the middle of one of the best ever playoffs for a goalie, pitching four shutouts in his first 10 starts. There have been 14 goalie-seasons since ’79 where a player posted four or more shutouts in a playoff run, and in six of those fourteen seasons the goalie’s team went on to win the Stanley Cup. [FiveThirtyEight]Loose and improvisational lineups in ClevelandCleveland’s most used lineup in the playoff series against the Pacers and Raptors was George Hill, J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver, LeBron James and Kevin Love. Those five men were on the court together for a collective 110 minutes. During the regular season, those five players were on the court together for zero minutes. This could be one indication of how the barely-50 win regular season Cavs have turned into an unstoppable juggernaut, mainly because they Ship of Theseus’d this one. [FiveThirtyEight]Iceland made great once moreHafthor Julius Bjornsson, who “Game of Thrones” fans may recognize as the enormous actor behind Ser Gregor Clegane, has won the World’s Strongest Man competition in the Philippines last weekend. Bjornsson is the first Icelander to win since 1996, bringing the title home to a nation that once dominated the strongman competition when Jon Pall Sigmarsson and Magnus ver Magnusson won 8 contests in 11 years in the ’80s and early ’90s. [The New York Times]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?New York may have a home game in OWL championshipsThe NYXL, New York’s team in the Overwatch League, is an early favorite to take the inaugural championship, with two stage final victories, a 23-7 match record, and a +68 map differential. Here’s some more good news: the July championship is scheduled to take place on their home turf, with Brooklyn’s Barclays Center tapped as the host of the two-day championship weekend. [ESPN]Players Tournament is the real golf competitionAn average PGA Tour player has no better than an 0.18 percent win probability at any of the majors from 2011 to 2017. The Players Tournament is a much stronger field than the majors, some of which allow club professionals, former winners and amateurs to compete. The Players Tournament is way more exclusive, which forbids amateurs, club pros, sectional qualifiers, and caps winners at five years of subsequent invitations. The average PGA player had no better than a 0.12 percent win probability at the Players Championship in all but a single year over the same period. [FiveThirtyEight]Position players get itAn MLB.com survey of 35 position players and 35 pitchers asked them which stats they analyze come the end of the season to evaluate their own performance. Looking at position players, 16 out of 35 identified on-base plus slugging (OPS) and on-base percentage (OBP) as their preferred metric, which is a pretty remarkable win for baseball nerds. [Deadspin]Some personal news, though, before we get to the big number: I’m leaving FiveThirtyEight to start a forthcoming daily morning newsletter, Numlock News, and work on other exciting projects. Beside the Points will absolutely continue, but if you’ve been a fan of my run, please subscribe to my new newsletter!Big Number(s)92 percentRafael Nadal is ridiculously good on clay. Heading into this week’s tournament in Madrid, he had won 46 clay court sets in a row, annihilating the previous record of 35 consecutive wins on clay. Moreover, his overall record on clay prior to this event was 401-35, a 92 percent win percentage. In the Open Era no other tennis star came close to that on any surface. Bjorn Borg got closest, with 86 percent wins on clay. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: kyle:the mets batted out of order in the first inning?neil:Yupcolleen:that is… very mets-yneil:Yup.colleen:what’s the rule on that? are they both out?ah, here’s an explainer:The Mets gave the umpires the wrong lineup and were penalized for batting out of orderPredictions NBA read more

BAHAMAS Minister Expresses Well Wishes to Chinese Government at Event Celebrating Chinese

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 16, 2018 – Nassau – Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield attended a ceremony commemorating the opening of the Chinese New Year (Spring Festival).  The event was held at the British Colonial Hilton on Thursday, 8th February.  The Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to The Bahamas, His Excellency Huang Qinguo and his wife Madame Zheng Chuncao hosted the event. Also in attendance were: the Governor General, Cabinet Ministers, Members of the Judiciary, Senior Public Service officials and Members of the Chinese community in the Bahamas.Minister Henfield said he was honoured to attend the celebration: “The Spring Festival is a very important celebration on the Chinese calendar and is traditionally marked by happy gatherings, close family interactions, vibrant parades and colourful celebrations among Chinese communities all over the world. Here in The Bahamas, it is no different.“I wish you, Ambassador, and the entire Chinese Community in The Bahamas a wonderful evening and all the best for this coming Chinese New Year.”Last year, The Bahamas and China commemorated a significant milestone, as both countries celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of Diplomatic Relations.“Since 1997, the Government of the People’s Republic of China has made invaluable contributions to the development of The Bahamas,” said Mr. Henfield. “We have continued to enjoy a harmonious friendship deepened by co-operation in areas such as tourism, health care, financial services, trade, agriculture and education.”He said that the Government of The Bahamas ‘appreciates and welcomes’ China’s continued support with respect to mutually supported candidacies, cultural exchanges, cross-training, visa-free travel, and business investments.   And also looks forward to the finalization of the Civil Air Services Agreement, which will further help to stimulate economic growth.“Excellency, the appointment of His Excellency Sterling Quant as The Bahamas Ambassador to China in December past reaffirmed our commitment to the cordial relations between The Bahamas and China.   Just this past Monday, The Bahamas Embassy in Beijing hosted a Sino-Bahamas Financial Co-operation Seminar, where some 23  senior banking officials were in attendance.  Exchanges of this nature help to deepen and solidify our mutually beneficial relationship,” said Mr. Henfield.The Minister also took the opportunity to thank Counsellor Wang Qingjun, in his absence, for his contributions, and to welcome the new Counsellor, Mr Yin Haigang.“Excellency, Each year, scores of Bahamians benefit from educational and technical opportunities offered by your Government,” he said.  “These scholarship opportunities expose our citizens to your unique culture and equip them with the necessary skills to contribute positively to the national development of The Bahamas upon their return.  I thank you for such opportunities which continue to bring our two countries closer.”He reiterated the commitment of the Government of The Bahamas to strengthening and promoting Sino-Bahamian relations through on-going direct dialogue between the nations and peoples.By: Betty Vedrine (BIS)Photo caption: Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield greets Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Huang Qinquo and his wife, Madame Zheng Chuncao, during the celebration commemorating the opening of the 2018 Chinese New Year (Spring Festival). The event was held on Thursday, February 8, at the British Colonial Hilton.(Photo courtesy of Ministry of Foreign Affairs) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Hot Wheels ID adds Amiibostyle magic to its cars

first_img Tags 50 Photos Hot Wheels have been around for 51 years, and Mattel has experimented with funky tech in its cars before. A video racer doubled as a video camera. A GoPro-connectible Hot Wheels car could record close-ups of stunt footage. There was even a Rocket League Hot Wheels game set.Hot Wheels ID cars don’t have cameras, unfortunately, but the cars do look nice. They’re also more expensive than normal Hot Wheels, at $7 a pop. The packaging feels collectible, and the boxes are designed so you can scan your car into the Hot Wheels app without ever taking it out of the box. The car designs, including a funky hammerhead shark (my favorite), are…well, they’re Hot Wheels.21-hot-wheels-idThe $40 Portal piece that’s needed to record stats on the cars. Sarah Tew/CNET Tracking speed, laps and more (but you need the extras)When Mattel first described Hot Wheels ID, I expected a truly self-contained smart car. That’s not what these are. In fact, all sensing data is done off the car. It’s a basic toy, plus an NFC chip. The base Race Portal launcher has Bluetooth, IR sensors, and NFC, and measures the speed of a Hot Wheels ID car as it passes through. Now playing: Watch this: 2:26 Post a comment Sarah Tew/CNET My kids have Hot Wheels scattered all over our house, in boxes, under chairs. At a dollar a pop, they’re the cheap consolation prize at the supermarket. Hot Wheels is going a little more upmarket this year, embedding NFC chips into its newest line of cars. Hot Wheels ID (technically it’s “Hot Wheels id”) is like the Nintendo Amiibo of toy cars, aiming to be a new line of toys that scan into phones and tablets, and track lifetime race stats on a little chip inside. I got to play-race with the cars and Mattel’s Smart Track set that are launching today: here’s what they’re like.I say Amiibo because, really, Hot Wheels ID cars aren’t smart cars. They’re NFC-enabled, but they store data, they don’t actively record it. To know your Hot Wheels’ virtual miles an hour, or rpm, or laps raced, you’ll need some extra hardware: either a $40 Hot Wheels Race Portal, or a much more expensive $180 Smart Track race kit. In another unusual spin, Hot Wheels ID will be an Apple Store exclusive for now before expanding to Android later this year. Share your voice The speed is calculated into an estimate of the scale car’s miles-per-hour equivalent. The little smart gate can also count laps raced. The $40 portal comes with two cars, so it’s clearly the gift package Mattel envisions as the “starter pack.” The portal connects with existing Hot Wheels race track sets, so it can basically turn your old track into a “smart” one.07-hot-wheels-idThe launch cars for Hot Wheels ID (the shark one is my favorite) Sarah Tew/CNET But for the full experience, there’s the Smart Track ($180), which has a pump-accelerating launcher and zips cars along the course one by one. There’s not much to the “game” here…it’s nothing like what Anki’s robotic race cars did. Instead, you’re just seeing how fast you can get those cars to do laps before they fly off the track. (Hot Wheels fans, you’re familiar with what’s going on.) The Smart Track can also measure launch rpm and lifetime mileage for your cars, but $180 is a pretty big gift to ask for.11-hot-wheels-idNFC-equipped iPhones can scan the cars directly, something other toys haven’t done yet. Sarah Tew/CNET Scanning your car into an app gameMattel has a new Hot Wheels ID game app that stores the cars you scan in and turns it into a museum/arcade of sorts: you could look at details up close, study stats, or race in video games with the car. That’s a lot like many other app-ified toys, but Mattel sees this “mixed play” strategy as a way to not need the iPhone or iPad around all the time. Kids would play with the real toys in real life, and sometimes go to the screen, but not necessarily both. It’ll be interesting to see how that plays out over time as Hot Wheels ID expands.38-hot-wheels-idRacing on the $180 Smart Track, which needs a lot of table space (and pocket change). Sarah Tew/CNET A world of NFC toys to come?Maybe the most interesting part of Hot Wheels ID is that it can use the NFC capability on iPhones to scan directly in (for iPads, you’ll need the $40 portal as a car-scanner). iOS devices haven’t unlocked NFC for a lot of uses, and Hot Wheels are the first toys I’ve seen that do this. (The cars will work on Android in July, timed to Amazon Prime Day.) If Mattel is launching a bunch of cars that do this, maybe a lot more toys with NFC chips are next.Hot Wheels ID don’t seem revolutionary, and they’re not magic robot cars. But they look like a model for where all action figures, toys and collectibles are going next: being scannable. Hot Wheels ID goes for phone-connected racing 0 Test driving the new Hot Wheels ID smart cars Mobile Toys and Tabletop Gameslast_img read more