Tennis superstars Roger Federer and Serena Williams will not be taking part in the ongoing season of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL). (Latest Tennis stories)”We are sad to announce that Roger Federer and Serena Williams won’t participate at the IPTL this year,” an IPTL statement read.IPTL founder and former India player Mahesh Bhuphati said he is hopeful of bringing the legendary players back on court in future seasons.”We have had challenges this year, and we were hoping to get past them. With the current economic climate in India and the uncertainty of spending money, I reached out to both Roger and Serena to explain the situation,” Bhupathi said.”They have been both been very supportive of the IPTL the first two seasons and we look forward to bring them in future years,” he added.FEDERER TROUBLED BY KNEE INJURYThe 17-time grand slam winner was expected to make a comeback on December 10 in Hyderabad with Indian Aces.Federer played his last competitive match was against Canada’s Milos Raonic in the semi-finals of the Wimbledon this year. After that he underwent knee surgery and that ruled him out of the Rio Olympics, US Open and the ATP World Tour Finals.Federer’s season was marred with injuries. He injured his knee while bathing his twin daughters after the Australian Open in February. A back problem forced him to pull out of French Open before a knee injury ruled him out of remaining 2016.SERENA RECUPERATING SHOULDER INJURYWorld No.2 Serena has also been out of action since US Open semi-finals defeat to Karolina Pliskova. Serena, who is tied with Steffi Graf on 22 Grand Slams, pulled out of the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore in October as she wanted to focus on recuperating from a shoulder injury.advertisementSerena was expected to join the defending champions Singapore Slammers.
Last week, the basketball website Ballislife.com tweeted a fun exercise, asking NBA fans to pick their dream starting five. The catch? It assigned dollar values to each legend and set up a monetary constraint which no lineup’s total cost could exceed. Do you want Michael Jordan as your starting shooting guard? OK, but he’ll cost you $5 of the $15 you have, so now you have just $10 of cap money to spend on four other players.It’s an entertaining spin on the classic “dream team” debate (although I’ll leave the basketball arguments to others). A few days later, though, Matt Henderson created his own version for hockey, giving us $18 to spend on our post-expansion NHL all-star team:Neil Greenberg, who runs The Washington Post’s Fancy Stats blog, posted his dream team analysis Thursday, and I thought it would be fun to take another look at the pros and cons of dream team building from an advanced stats point of view.GoalieEven at $4, Dominik Hasek is a steal. (As Greenberg noted, Hasek’s save percentage was much better than that of contemporaries like Martin Brodeur, even though Hasek is worth only $1 more than Brodeur by Henderson’s values.) In fact, during his career, Hasek was the outlier of all goaltending outliers. Because of the large influence of random variation in save percentages, most goalies can’t consistently distinguish themselves very much from an average netminder. But Hasek seemed to be the exception. In his career, he allowed 79 percent as many goals per shot as the league did, and was one of the only goalies ever to consistently sustain a very high level of play over a number of consecutive seasons. Hasek’s basically a no-brainer as the goalie for this team.As an aside, if Hasek had not been available, it might have made sense to buy the $1 goalie (in this case, Ed Belfour, a fine goalie who allowed 93 percent as many goals per shot as the league over his long career) and spend more on building a strong lineup of skaters. Because it’s difficult to predict how well a goaltender will play in a given season (much less a series or a game), it doesn’t usually make much sense to sink a huge percentage of a team’s payroll into one of them — a good piece of strategy in this exercise and in life.DefensemenThe four most valuable non-goalie seasons ever according to Tom Awad’s all-in-one stat Goals Versus Threshold (GVT; think Value Over Replacement Player for hockey) belong to Bobby Orr. Orr costs the maximum “salary” here ($5), but the difference between his production at his peak (an average of 45.6 goals above replacement per year in his best five seasons, with a career-high of 49.5 in 1970-71) and that of the next-best defenseman is truly massive. Among the next-best available D-men, neither Paul Coffey, Larry Robinson nor Denis Potvin ever produced a GVT better than 31.1 in any of their seasons.Speaking of Larry Robinson, it’s worth noting that he costs only $2 in salary despite putting up some of the best seasons by a defenseman in NHL history. In 1976-77, Robinson notched 85 points (ranking 12th among all players, not just defensemen) and set the non-Orr record for highest plus/minus in a season with a +120 mark. That performance was worth 30.4 goals above replacement in GVT’s estimation; Robinson also had five other seasons of at least 19.9 GVT, giving him a higher five-year peak than Nicklas Lidstrom despite Lidstrom costing more than twice as much in Henderson’s dollar values.CenterThe second-best non-goalie ever by peak GVT is Wayne Gretzky, who owns the two best non-Orr seasons ever by a skater (each were worth more than 43 GVT). Gretzky also costs the maximum ($5), which, when combined with the salaries of Hasek, Robinson and Orr, will leave only $2 to spread across two wingers. But like Orr and Hasek, Gretzky’s production was such a radical outlier that he’ll be worth the price. (For one thing, there’s plenty of evidence backing up the notion that super-elite playmakers, such as Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, can have a dramatic positive influence on teammates’ shooting percentages.)WingsOn the wings, we’re now essentially “stuck” with $1 pickups Jari Kurri and Johnny Bucyk as Gretzky’s linemates. There are a couple of reasons why this isn’t a bad thing, though. First (and this should be self-evident): Kurri and Bucyk are both Hall of Famers! It’s not like we’re picking from the dregs of the hockey universe here. In fact, Kurri and Bucyk had better GVT numbers in their best five seasons than Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille did in theirs, despite Hull costing four times as much as Kurri and Robitaille costing five times as much as Bucyk. Secondly, statheads have found evidence that — despite the importance placed on strong depth in hockey’s conventional wisdom — building a top-heavy team with a few stars and a bunch of lesser players is not such a bad thing.So, there you have it, the best team our $18 could buy: Hasek, Orr, Robinson, Gretzky, Kurri and Bucyk. According to the average of each player’s best five seasons, our team would produce 200.3 GVT in a hypothetical full season.In a perfect universe, our team would face that of Greenberg (Hasek, Mark Messier, Bobby Hull, Mike Bossy, Lidstrom and Zdeno Chara) and everyone else in the Twittersphere, and settle the matter on the ice. Obviously, that can never happen — and maybe it’s more fun this way anyhow.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 29, 2017 – Providenciales – Yesterday the Premier spoke to the nation. Strong media presence and Ministers of Education, Tourism, Home Affairs, Infrastructure and Deputy Premier/Border Control were also on hand at the Office of the Premier.CDEMA, a part of CARICOM has turned in an Irma Damage report.The country’s economic center Provo was with almost 80% of buildings damaged, but Salt Cay is with the worse building damage, 100% and South Caicos records 99.9% damage as only two homes were with no damage from catastrophic Hurricane Irma on September 7 and 8th.North Caicos had 70.9% damage and Middle Caicos has 62.9% of its buildings damaged.The country’s capital Grand Turk had 45 structures completely destroyed and overall saw just under 77% building damage according to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency report.The Maria report by CDEMA is in the works said Premier, Hon Sharlene Robinson.#MagneticMediaNews#hurricaneIrmadamagereport Related Items:#hurricaneIrmadamagereport, #magneticmedianews
More information: Stabilizing Rabi oscillations in a superconducting qubit using quantum feedback, Nature, 490, 77–80 (04 October 2012) doi:10.1038/nature11505AbstractThe act of measurement bridges the quantum and classical worlds by projecting a superposition of possible states into a single (probabilistic) outcome. The timescale of this ‘instantaneous’ process can be stretched using weak measurements, such that it takes the form of a gradual random walk towards a final state. Remarkably, the interim measurement record is sufficient to continuously track and steer the quantum state using feedback. Here we implement quantum feedback control in a solid-state system, namely a superconducting quantum bit (qubit) coupled to a microwave cavity. A weak measurement of the qubit is implemented by probing the cavity with microwave photons, maintaining its average occupation at less than one photon. These photons are then directed to a high-bandwidth, quantum-noise-limited amplifier, which allows real-time monitoring of the state of the cavity (and, hence, that of the qubit) with high fidelity. We demonstrate quantum feedback control by inhibiting the decay of Rabi oscillations, allowing them to persist indefinitely. Such an ability permits the active suppression of decoherence and enables a method of quantum error correction based on weak continuous measurements. Other applications include quantum state stabilization, entanglement generation using measurement, state purification and adaptive measurements. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Nature Physicists seek to quantify macroscopic quantum states Rabi oscillations and feedback. Credit: Nature, 490, 77–80 (04 October 2012) doi:10.1038/nature11505
Kolkata: The British Council Summer School has come back to the city once again. The school has a lot to offer to children aged between 7-14 years, enhancing communication, creativity and confidence.After coaching 650 students in Kolkata in 2017 through engaging methodologies, the Summer School aims to make learning a fun process for children this year as well.Children aged between 7-14 years can spend their summer holidays discovering their inner creativity in fun and engaging ways, through a mixture of games, projects, drama and communicative activities at the British Council Summer School. The programme also encourages students to interact in pairs, small groups and whole class situations, improving their English fluency and confidence. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThis year will see British Council run two themes during the Summer School: Explorers (through a virtual trip around the world, children will travel to one country each day, learn about different cultures, develop language skills and build confidence) and Media Magic (children will explore communication channels such as the radio, television and the internet. They will learn how to write blogs, create an advertisement and newspaper report).Debanjan Chakrabarti, Director, East and Northeast, British Council, said, “Our English language teaching centre in Kolkata is an exciting hub of activity all summer. The year 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the British Council’s presence in India.”