Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Bernard Lapasset said a Paris 2024 Olympics would “see sport as a driver of positive change”.Los Angeles and Paris are seen as the favorites to host the 2024 games.Los Angeles has the games twice before, in 1932 and 1984.Paris hosted the Olympics 100 years before, in 1924.Budapest has never previously hosted.The International Olympic Committee will make its final decision next September.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next We are young FILE – In this Aug. 20, 2016, file photo, United States’ Allyson Felix celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women’s 4×400-meter relay final during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With 10 months before the vote in the race for the 2024 Summer Games, bid leaders from Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest, Hungary, have traveled to Doha, Monday Nov. 14, 2016, to pitch their case to the general assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees. The Los Angeles bid team selected sprint star Allyson Felix, a Los Angeles-born African-American athlete who has won six Olympic gold medals and three silvers _ as one of its key speakers for the presentation. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)Six-time Olympic champion Allyson Felix led the Los Angeles 2024 bid delegation in seeking to calm the fears of the “Olympic family” following the election of Donald Trump as president.The American city, alongside rivals Paris and Budapest, unveiled for the first time details of their bids to host the Summer Olympics in eight years’ time to the Association of National Olympic Committees’ General Assembly being held in Qatar.ADVERTISEMENT Mayweather abhors being compared to Conor McGregor EDITORS’ PICK 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND And although Felix nor LA mayor Eric Garcetti mentioned the president-elect by name, they addressed concerns delegates might have about a US Olympics bid following comments made by Trump during the presidential election.Felix told delegates that America needed the Olympics “now more than ever”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“We have just finished our presidential election and some of you may question America’s commitment to its founding principals,” said Felix.“I have one message to you — please don’t doubt us.” PH among economies most vulnerable to virus “An America that remains actively engaged in the world.“An America that is outward looking, ready to play its role alongside the competing nations to address our world’s most pressing challenges.”Each city gave a 30-minute presentation on their 2024 bid to some 1,000 delegates gathered in Doha.LA went first and was followed by outsider Budapest, which claimed it only needed to build three more arenas to be ready for the games.The chairman of Budapest’s bid, Balazs Furjes, played on the relative small size of the Hungarian capital, claiming a “mid-size global city” should be awarded the Olympics.“We offer something totally different, it’s the right city at the right time,” he said. “A real alternative.Deputy-mayor Alexandra Szalay-Bobrovniczky emphasized the cultural strengths of Budapest’s bid but afterwards refused to be drawn on the issue of Trump, saying that the Hungarians remained confident after their presentation.Sharing the loveLast up was Paris, which included contributions from Tony Estanguet, a three-time Olympic canoe slalom champion and Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo.She emphasized the cultural aspects of the French bid and said: “At Paris 2024, we will swim in the River Seine, we will travel in driver-less vehicles.“We will open our doors and hearts to the world, to share our love of life and love of others. 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Millions left Wuhan before quarantine In a stirring address Felix, who was born in Los Angeles, also emphasized America’s “diversity” and also mentioned that her ancestors were transported to America against their will.There has been speculation that Trump’s election victory could harm Los Angeles’ chances.His remarks on policy issues during the campaign, especially regarding a potential ban on Muslims going to America and calling illegal Mexican immigrants rapists, are seen by some as being potentially harmful to LA’s bid outside the US.Felix, who won two relay sprint golds in Rio this year, was followed on stage by Garcetti.“My vision of America is a country that is informed by the Olympic vision,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town View comments
MLB Ranks in WAR from… This looks familiar …MLB-wide ranks in wins above replacement (WAR) per game from each category, 2015 Kansas City Royals vs. 2018 Milwaukee Brewers The Brewers’ bullpen has been positively Royals-esqueBest record when leading after six innings, 2014-15 and 2018 seasons 6PIT24292.37MIN1131290.4 TeamWinsLossesWin % 9SD20290.99STL1401689.7 2015Royals58.616th12th1st21st2nd On the basepaths, the Brewers have the majors’ most successful rate of taking extra bases, a category the famously aggressive Royals also excelled in. Milwaukee’s ability to track down balls in the field, led by Cain in the outfield and Orlando Arcia at shortstop, easily recalls the rangy Royals of, well, Cain and Alcides Escobar. And with reliever Josh Hader rewriting the all-time strikeout record book (to say nothing of the 0.60 ERA season Jeremy Jeffress is having), the Brewers have been even more unbeatable with a lead in the late innings than the Royals were in their Wade Davis-led heyday. So far this season, Milwaukee is a perfect 27-0 when leading through six innings, making it the only team in baseball that can say it hasn’t blown such a situation yet. 3BOS32294.13MIA107992.2 2018Brewers61.7%17th10th3rd20th3rd 1MIL270100.0%1KC1501093.8% TeamWinsLossesWin % 10CIN18290.010PIT1391689.7 2CHC24196.02SD108992.3 Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, Fangraphs.com Kansas City combined for a staggering 150-10 mark across those situations in 2014 and 2015, including the postseason, so the Brewers still have some work to do before catching up to their doppelganger. And the Royals comparison isn’t 100 percent perfect — Milwaukee isn’t quite the batting average machine K.C. was, for instance, because the Brewers strike out at a normal clip, not the freakishly low rate Kansas City did at its peak. But the Brew Crew might be the closest thing we’ll get in the homers-and-strikeouts world of 2018 baseball.Questions also remain about Milwaukee’s place among the pantheon of 2018 contenders. According to The Baseball Gauge, only the Seattle Mariners have gotten luckier this year, in terms of sequencing and winning close games (although the latter can be explained in part by the Brewer bullpen’s aforementioned dominance). After the Brewers dropped two of three to the lowly Chicago White Sox over the weekend,4Which, in fairness, the Royals also did twice in 2014 and 2015, plus they were swept by the White Sox on another occasion. our Elo forecast now thinks Milwaukee will go 54-48 over the rest of the season and be caught by the Cubs in the Central before too long — though it does give the Brewers a 67 percent chance of making the playoffs. (That projection is also on the high side; FanGraphs thinks the Brewers will go 48-54 from here on out, with less than a coin flip’s shot at the postseason.)But that’s just another way in which the Brewers evoke memories of Kansas City’s World Series-era teams. With their unconventional mix of strengths and weaknesses, those Royals squads spent multiple seasons bucking the odds and poking holes in the statistical arguments against them. Maybe now it’s Milwaukee’s turn to do the same.Check out our latest MLB predictions. When the Kansas City Royals made back-to-back World Series in 2014 and 2015 — coming agonizingly close in the former and winning the latter — they launched a thousand think pieces about whether manager Ned Yost’s brand of small ball would spread throughout the game. But then it looked like it might never get the chance: Right after the Royals’ revival, baseball embarked on a record-setting home run explosion, and the appeal of a team built primarily around speed, defense and a lights-out bullpen seemed to wane.1The Cubs and Astros shared some of those strengths, mind you, but each was also packed with ample power up and down the lineup.One of 2018’s top teams is taking a page out of K.C.’s championship playbook anyway. It isn’t just that the Milwaukee Brewers share the same center fielder with those Royals — although another All-Star caliber season from Lorenzo Cain hasn’t exactly hurt the comparison. The Brewers are also leading the NL Central with a strikingly similar combination of fielding, relief pitching and clever base running, even as the advanced metrics remain skeptical. (Sound familiar, Royals fans?) All that’s left is for postseason history to repeat — assuming Kansas City’s winning formula still works in a game that looks very different than it did just a few seasons ago.Going into the season, the Brewers were not expected to build much on last year’s surprising 86-win performance, despite loading up on players such as Cain and Christian Yelich over the winter. In fact, both the Vegas bookmakers and computer projections such as FanGraphs’ depth charts and Baseball Prospectus’s PECOTA picked Milwaukee to take a step backward, averaging out to about 83 wins for the season with only a meager chance of making the playoffs. In theory, the 2017 Brewers had gotten slightly lucky both in terms of wins and losses — they overshot the record their statistics predicted2At least, according to Base Runs, which estimates how much a team “should” win with neutral luck, based on its raw statistics. by a couple of games — as well as in career seasons from both batters (Eric Thames, Domingo Santana, Travis Shaw) and pitchers (Jimmy Nelson, Chase Anderson, Corey Knebel). So it wasn’t too hard to argue that a tumble would be on its way this summer.But remember, Milwaukee wasn’t supposed to be very good last year, either; all it proceeded to do was hang around the NL Central race far longer than anyone in the media — or on the presumptive division-favorite Chicago Cubs — thought possible. The Brewers led the Central well into late July before the Cubs (along with the Diamondbacks and Rockies) overtook them down the stretch. It was a good enough showing to convince general manager David Stearns to accelerate the club’s recent rebuilding project and raise the franchise’s expectations sooner than originally anticipated. And the result has been the best record in the National League through the season’s first two months.The Brewers aren’t alone in beating projections this year, but what stands out is how they’ve done it. Despite the new firepower in the lineup — and the emergence of hard-hitting first baseman Jesus Aguilar — Milwaukee ranks in the middle of the major league pack in runs scored, with middling numbers for both power and walks. Their starting rotation has also slipped, from ninth in MLB in wins above replacement3Using an average of Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com’s WAR metrics. per game in 2017 to 20th this season, with Anderson struggling to replicate last year’s form and Nelson missing the entire season to date because of injury.Milwaukee is making up for the difference, though, with the majors’ 10th-best base running WAR per game, along with the third-best WAR per game from both defense and relief pitching. It’s a combination of metrics eerily similar to the one Kansas City produced during its own championship run three years ago: 6ATL24292.36SF1441590.6 4SF27293.14CLE1341391.2 2018 Season2014-15 Seasons SeasonTeamWin %BattingBase RunningFieldingStartersRelievers 5BAL13192.95NYY1331391.1 Includes postseason for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Through June 3 for the 2018 season.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 8NYY31391.28LAA1391590.3
Mark Stanich has taken on the added responsibility of president of digital media at American Express Publishing. Stanich will continue to serve as senior vice president and CMO.About a week after leaving the Reader’s Digest Association as president of its recently-created Emerging Businesses division, Alyce Alston WAS named CEO at the American Achievement Corporation. Alston replaces Don Percenti, who previously served on the company’s CEO and will stay on as a member of its board of directors.Meanwhile, RDA expanded the responsibilities of North American Affinities president Suzanne Grimes. Moving forward, Grimes also will oversee Reader’s Digest Canada and RDA’s business in India, the company says.Scientific American announced a pair of personnel changes: former Newsweek deputy editor Fred Guterl was named executive editor and Michael Mrak, who most recently served as a consulting art director at Architectural Record, was named design director.Kelly Rae was named fashion and grooming director at Complex Media. Previously, Rae served as executive fashion director at Spin magazine.The Air Force Association named Adam J. Hebert editor-in-chief of Air Force Magazine, replacing Robert S. Dudney, who is retiring. Previously, Hebert served as the magazine’s executive editor. Bauer Media Group has named Ed Romaine group director of sales and marketing for the company’s teen group. Romaine previously served as the group’s marketing director.Joe Adalian has been appointed West Coast editor of New York magazine’s online entertainment blog Vulture. Most recently, Adalian served as TV editor at TheWrap.com and as a columnist for TV Week before that. Also joining Vulture is former Fader staffer Willa Paskin as associate editor in the New York office.Hearst named Jill Herzig editor-in-chief of Redbook, replacing Stacy Morrison who resigned. Most recently, Herzig served as executive editor at Glamour.
But that’s all old news, at this point. What’s happening now is what we’d hoped would happen when we started in 2009: People aren’t just publishing longform online, they are designing for it. Whether it’s us, or the Verge (really, Vox Media in general), or Pitchfork, there are now a growing number of publications really thinking about how to make longform reading a different kind of experience online. Even more encouraging, major media outlets like the New York Times are following in the wake of the smaller ones, utilizing a lot of those ideas and putting serious resources behind executing their versions of them. FOLIO: What are some of the more interesting content models you’re seeing coming out of the Atavist platform (from you and/or your customers)? How exactly are the boundaries of multimedia storytelling being pushed?Ratliff: For our own publishing, we’ve pushed more in the direction of visual storytelling, experimenting with selling more film-heavy works and comics. Most of the longform nonfiction online is text, with images and perhaps video or audio woven in. It’s interesting to try and take it from the other end. From our clients, we’ve seen some really traditional places like the Paris Review use the technology to capture the same spirit of what they’ve always done in print. And then other places have pushed into new areas: We work with a gluten-free cookbook and bakery outfit called Babycakes that uses our platform to create an elaborate app full of menus, videos, and games. We also see a lot of diversity on the business side: Some people are selling on a subscription basis, some are selling ebooks as one-offs, and some are advertising based. The technology doesn’t care which you choose, so it’s also easy to try different versions of each. FOLIO: How can ‘legacy’ consumer and b-to-b publishers leverage longer-form content in digital formats?Ratliff: Now it’s such an easy process to convert and digitally repackage writing, video, audio, images (whether it’s through our platform or another one), the real challenge is figuring out how they are going to get people to pay for it—if, indeed, that’s their goal. I’m skeptical of the trend of trying to get people to pay for content that already exists for free online. I think you really have to make an argument that something is new, compelling, and made with a digital reader in mind. While we do often help people convert existing works into digital formats, and there’s often a lot of value in that, I think our focus is more on helping people create. FOLIO: What are some lessons learned so far in your subscription efforts?Ratliff: Our main lesson is wishing we’d had subscriptions from the beginning! (It wasn’t available through iOS when we launched, unfortunately, and we only finally got it up and running recently.) A lot of the folks that buy our stories are just fans of that type of work in general—and fans of the fact that we’re giving an equal cut to the author—so they’re just as happy to subscribe when given the option to do so. The tricky part, of course, is that we have to be tighter about deadlines and production than we once were. Once you are offering subscriptions, you have to deliver on them.If you’re looking to expand your mobile strategy, or better understand how your brands can thrive in a converged media landscape, register now for FOLIO: and min’s MediaMashup event on April 16. One of the more dramatic turnarounds when considering online and digital content is long-form journalism. Once considered anathema to online publishing, not to mention mobile, only a couple years ago, it’s now considered an opportunity on multiple levels—from ebooks to tablets to interactive web features. The Atavist, founded by Evan Ratliff, Jefferson Rabb and Nicholas Thompson, was launched in early 2011 to tap the burgeoning long-form digital content market for mobile and web publishing. Here, Ratliff [pictured], who will be a speaker at FOLIO: and min’s MediaMashup summit on April 16 at the Grand Hyatt in New York, shares some of his insights on digital content production, the emerging models and how traditional publishers can participate.FOLIO: What are some of the trends you’re seeing in longer-form content production in digital formats—online and mobile/tablet?Evan Ratliff: It’s remarkable how things have changed just over the past two or three years. When we started, the idea that people wanted to read longform online was assumed to be dubious, if not ludicrous. Really, someone is going to sit at a computer and read a 5,000 word story? Almost no major outlets were doing digitally-original longform work. But the trend in the opposite direction started with the Kindle, accelerated with the iPad, then really took off with read-it-later services like Instapaper, Pocket and best-of selections like Longform. Now that you could read something in your hands, it changed the perspective on whether anyone would read something longer than a couple paragraphs, digitally.
ReutersThe Congress on Saturday released its eighth list of Lok Sabha candidates fielding Mallikarjun Kharge from his traditional seat of Gulbarga, Manish Khanduri from Garhwal and Meenakshi Natrajan from Mandsour.The list has names of three former chief ministers — Digvijaya Singh from Bhopal, Ashok Chavan from Nanded and Harish Rawat from Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar.Other prominent names in the list include former union minister M Veerapa Moily from Chikkballapur, Kanti lal Bhuria from Ratlam and Rashid Alvi from Amroha.While Kharge is the leader of the Congress in the outgoing Lok Sabha, Khanduri is son of BJP leader and former Uttarakhand Chief Minister B. C. Khanduri. He had joined the Congress earlier this month.The party has chosen a tough seat for Digvijaya Singh. In Mathura, Congress has fielded Mahesh Pathak against actor-turned-politician Hema Malini of the BJP.The list includes 18 candidates from Karnataka, nine from Madhya Pradesh, one from Maharashtra, two from Manipur, five from Uttarakhand and three from Uttar Pradesh. The list has some sitting and former MPs.With this, the Congress has so far declared 218 Lok Sabha candidates.