Since FiveThirtyEight relaunched with ESPN, we’ve created predictions for the NFL, NBA, MLB, NWSL, the men’s and women’s World Cup, college football, college basketball and tennis. Now we’re adding another set for the world’s most popular sport. Introducing: Club soccer predictions!Our new ratings — which are a revamped version of the ESPN Soccer Power Index (SPI) of national teams, adapted to the club game — use in-game player and ball-location data to assess the quality of shots and opportunities that teams generate. This gives us a better picture of performance than can be gleaned from game outcomes alone; you can read more in our full methodology here. Based on each team’s performance we calculate an offensive and defensive rating, which are used to predict the outcome of matches over the rest of the season.Right now, our predictions cover Europe’s five strongest club leagues — England’s Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, Germany’s Bundesliga, Italy’s Serie A and France’s Ligue 1 — and the Champions League. Our prediction pages are available in English and Spanish. Here’s how each league stands.Premier League Italy’s club season also started with a clear favorite, as Juventus sought its sixth-straight title. The club currently holds a one-point lead with a game in hand, and we rate Juve’s defense as the best in Serie A. AS Roma and Napoli have slightly stronger offenses and a combined 36 percent chance of winning the league. Those three teams are the favorites to take the league’s three Champions League spots as well, with Lazio and both Milan clubs capable of making spoiler runs.Ligue 1 Eintracht34<1 Sevilla94 CHANCE OF … Teams with a greater than 5 percent chance of qualifying for Champions League Real Madrid>99%49% Dortmund146 Man. United29<1 CHANCE OF … Lazio222 FC Cologne14<1 On the other side of the table, 2015-16 Cinderella Leicester City has fallen hard. While at the start of the season we projected the Foxes to finish ninth, they currently sit in 15th place, and we give them a 12 percent chance of being relegated. Swansea City, which skyrocketed from the fourth tier to the Premier League between 2005 and 2011, has a 61 percent chance of relegation.La Liga CHANCE OF … Lyon512 Teams with a greater than 5 percent chance of qualifying for Champions League Juventus93%60% Inter Milan211 Atletico Madrid68<1 Roma7823 Real Sociedad18<1 Nice471 TEAMMAKING CHAMP. LG.WINNING SERIE A Teams with a greater than 5 percent chance of qualifying for Champions League Man. City544 Napoli6413 CHANCE OF … PSG97%48% TEAMMAKING FINALWINNING CHAMP. LG. Hertha Berlin32<1 Villarreal22<1 Bayer17<1 Monaco9748 The group stage of the Champions League is behind us, with relatively few surprises. Tottenham and Dynamo Kiev probably were the two best teams eliminated: They had a 68 percent and 58 percent chance of advancing, respectively. AS Monaco and Benfica advanced in their stead.The knockout stage begins on February 14. Barcelona, which faces Paris Saint-Germain in the Round of 16, remains the favorite to win the title at 25 percent. Bayern, Real and Juventus are close behind. We give the other 12 teams just a 37 percent chance of winning, combined. Leicester City’s magic carried the club through the group stage, but its poor Premier League play has lowered its ratings. We give Leicester just a 29 percent chance of advancing past Sevilla to the quarterfinals, and a 1 percent chance of making the final.Check out our latest soccer predictions. Atletico Madrid125 Hoffenheim27<1 Barcelona43%25% Liverpool7915 CHANCE OF … Sevilla823 Bayern Munich>99%91% Real Madrid recently saw its 40-game unbeaten streak come to an end, but the club still holds a one-point lead in La Liga with a game in hand. Our ratings still consider third-place Barcelona to be the stronger team on both sides of the ball, which makes Real’s offense merely the second-best in the world. This leaves us with a neck-and-neck race for the league title, with a pivotal matchup between the two clubs looming in Madrid on April 23.Sevilla sits in second place, but we don’t expect the club to finish in first. Its goal differential is nearly half that of Real and Barcelona, and we rate Sevilla’s offense as about a goal per game worse than the other two teams’. Nevertheless, Sevilla is in good position to qualify for the Champions League by finishing in the top four in La Liga, after having qualified as the Europa League champion in each of the last two seasons.Bundesliga AC Milan11<1 Chelsea96%62% Teams with a greater than 5 percent chance of qualifying for Champions League TEAMMAKING CHAMP. LG.WINNING BUNDESLIGA TEAMMAKING CHAMP. LG.WINNING PREMIER LG. Teams with a greater than 5 percent chance of qualifying for Champions League RB Leipzig836 Bayern is in the driver’s seat here, seeking its fifth-straight Bundesliga title. RB Leipzig — which played in Germany’s second division last season but isn’t exactly a heartwarming underdog — is only three points behind in the table. Our ratings consider RB to be a much inferior team to Bayern, though, and goal differential agrees. We peg Dortmund as the second-best offense and fourth-best defense in the league, but an ugly 7-win, 6-draw, 3-loss start has the club in sixth place, with too much ground to make up.The battle for Champions League qualification is a bit more exciting. Bayern is a lock and we expect RB and Dortmund to qualify as well, but the league’s fourth spot is wide open. Hoffenheim — which narrowly avoided relegation last season — has a 27 percent chance of completing an impressive turnaround by finishing in the top four.Serie A Arsenal719 Juventus2110 Arsenal105 Paris Saint-Germain entered the 2016-17 season as a heavy favorite to win its fifth-straight league title, with our preseason projections giving PSG a 91 percent chance against its relatively weak opposition. Twenty matches in, PSG sits at third in the table with 42 points, three behind Nice and Monaco. We have ourselves a race!We expect the title battle to come down to PSG and Monaco, which are now closely matched in our ratings (with Nice considerably lower). Fourth-place Lyon has only 34 points in 19 games, but it’s also much stronger than Nice and we expect the two clubs to closely contest the league’s third Champions League spot.Champions League Napoli84 Tottenham709 Atalanta7<1 Bayern Munich2816 Real Madrid2312 Barcelona>9946 Man. City146 Dortmund803 Teams with a greater than 5 percent chance of reaching the Champions League final TEAMMAKING CHAMP. LG.WINNING LIGUE 1 CHANCE OF … Chelsea has opened up a seven-point lead on its Premier League rivals, and is threatening to run away with the title. Our ratings don’t consider the Blues to be significantly stronger than the other teams at the top of the table: We narrowly rate their defense as the league’s best, but their offense as just the third-best behind Arsenal’s and Liverpool’s. But even though Chelsea isn’t necessarily the best team in the league, seven points is a large margin with 17 games to play; we give Chelsea a 62 percent chance of taking the title. If our forecasted standings hold, both Manchester United and Manchester City will be left out of the top four for the first time in Premier League history. Who will win the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and the Champions League? See our predictions » TEAMMAKING CHAMP. LG.WinningLa Liga
Enlarge ImageThe Prius Prime arrived in the 2017 model year to replace the Prius Plug-In, and it’s remained relatively unchanged since then. Toyota Toyota may have given the regular Prius a redesign for the 2019 model year, but the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid soldiered on unchanged. The automaker will change that, though, with a slew of solid updates for the 2020 model year.Toyota this week unveiled a raft of changes for the 2020 Toyota Prius. However, the aesthetics remain unchanged, leaving the Prius Prime to look like a sharper yet also wackier version of the regular Prius. The two do look a bit more similar, though, thanks to the 2019 Prius’ visual updates. The adjustments focus on interior comfort and tech. Perhaps most importantly, Toyota has added Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM satellite radio and Amazon Alexa compatibility as standard equipment across the lineup. To ensure everybody’s devices are topped off for post-drive adventures, the 2020 Prius Prime now sports two extra USB ports in the second row.Speaking of the second row, it now accommodates three individuals, up from two in previous model years. That’s the major interior update, as the rest are pretty inconsequential. There’s a new extender for the sun visors, the white interior accents have been swapped out for black ones and the front-heated seat buttons have been relocated for easier access. Finally, Toyota also revamped the hierarchy of the lineup. Instead of Plus, Premium and Advanced trims, they’re now called LE, XLE and Limited, mirroring other Toyota vehicles. When the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime goes on sale this summer, it’ll start at $27,600 before destination, rising to $29,500 for the midlevel XLE and $33,500 for the top-tier Limited. Its battery still permits an all-electric range of 25 miles, but taking the gas tank into account, it can run up to 640 miles before it needs more go-go juice. 42 Photos More From Roadshow More about 2019 Toyota Prius • Preview • 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e: Efficient stability 0 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Share your voice Toyota Apple 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy Review • 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e review: A thrifty hybrid with more grip 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid review: Sip with subtlety reading • 2020 Toyota Prius Prime picks up Apple CarPlay and a fifth seat 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e review: A thrifty hybrid with more grip Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Toyota Hybrids Hatchbacks Post a comment Apple Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 2017 Toyota Prius Prime: Meaner style, greener miles Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Tags See All
2019 Audi RS5 Sportback review: Goody two-shoes “Research has shown people readily understand the heating and cooling dynamics to denote directions and the subtlety of temperature change can be perfect for certain feedback that doesn’t require a more intrusive audio or vibration-based cue,” said Alexandros Mouzakitis, JLR’s senior manager for electrical research, in a statement.In the future, this system might have a hand in self-driving vehicles, too. The automaker said that it’s also adapted this temperature-shifting technology to work with gear shift paddles, which could inform a driver that the swap between human and computer control is complete. Post a comment Review • 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque review: Style, now with more substance Share your voice Jaguar Land Rover 2:24 More about 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Land Rover Jaguar Preview • 2020 Range Rover Evoque first drive: Stylish SUV packs X-ray vision 2019 Lamborghini Urus review: Part SUV, part supercar 5 things you need to know about the 2020 Land Rover Range… Hey, neat, more pictures of the new Land Rover Defender Tags Auto Tech Future Cars More From Roadshow 13 Photos We’ve had haptic feedback in steering wheels for years now, and it’s a great way to notify the driver of a lane departure or whatever without requiring them to stare at a visual alert. Now, Jaguar Land Rover is taking it one step further by bringing temperature into the equation.Jaguar Land Rover this week unveiled its “sensory steering wheel concept.” Developed with the help of Glasgow University, the automaker is investigating whether using heating and cooling can alert drivers to less pertinent information. This wouldn’t replace haptic feedback, but rather it would create a lower-priority tier of messages with its own unique notification method.Here’s how it works. Each side of the steering wheel can be heated or cooled by up to 10.8 degrees Fahrenheit, and the rate of change is adjustable to suit the driver’s preference. It could alert drivers of an upcoming turn in either direction, when to change lanes or if there’s poor visibility ahead. For things requiring much more pertinent notifications, like a lane departure, haptic feedback is still faster and more efficient for communication. Now playing: Watch this: 0 2019 McLaren 600LT: Balanced and bonkers
Massive outrage flared all over India as the sharpest hike in petrol prices took effect on Thursday.Petrol Price Hike. Image Credit: http://www.change.orgUndoubtedly, the steep hike has hit the masses hard with the already ongoing depreciating value of rupee. Thousands of fuming commoners came on streets Wednesday midnight to protest and others expressed their plight on social networking sites.As per the latest and steepest-ever raise, petrol prices have increased by 6.28 rupees per litre excluding local taxes from midnight, translating to a 11.5 percent or Rs 7.5 hike. The actual hike in prices will differ from state to state depending on their sales tax or VAT.Soon after the announcement, mammoth number of tweets and comments started pouring in on social media sites. People waiting in the huge queues at the petrol pumps till midnight, tweeted live reactions of the common man over the issue.In addition, an online petition started circulating on the web today, requesting Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas to analyze the whole issue from the eyes of the common man and roll back the unreasonable price hike.Some are calling it a “rape economy” with the rupee value falling down and petrol prices going up, fervently alleging it to be “Aam Aadmi’s suicide.” On the other hand people have strongly slammed the UPA government for the petrol price rise, especially with the government’s third anniversary nearing.Here are some hilarious yet satirical tweets expressing the effect of the drastic hike on the general public.The best one comes from Bollywood’s superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who tweeted this morning: “Petrol up Rs 7.5 : Pump attendent – ‘Kitne ka daloon ?’ ! Mumbaikar – ‘2-4 rupye ka car ke upar spray kar de bhai, jalana hai !!'” Another tweet doing the rounds on the micro-blogging site: “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari Knew About The #Petrol Price Hike.”A user Swaroop Kankipati wrote, “It looks like a tight race between the #dollar and the price of #petrol to see who can reach 100 first.””No salary hike but hike in #petrol price…what a gift!,” tweeted Vinayak Hodage. “Finally, its gonna be a dream come true: All gals dream man will come on a white horse, All thanks to the petrol price hike #petrol,” joked Taru Agarwal.Another user Rahul Dutta wrote, “Solution for fuel price hike: Put a couple of viagra pills in your petroltank. Atleast you fuel indicator will stay up. #Petrol.””Like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s weight…#Petrol price too is increasingly continuously! Some1 plz stop dem,” a user tweeted.”Thank you UPA 2 for increase in #petrol price. Now I can fulfill my life long dream of officially retiring in the mountains,” wrote an “Aam Aadmi” with a pinch of sarcasm.Another user, who recognized herself as an “Angry Bombay Girl” joked, “Due to Petrol Price hike Poonam Pandey has stopped all Her Free Home Delivery schemes.”A Facebook user wrote, “#make a note: this year when ur ‘finance minister’ say GDP will rise… He mean,, Gas, Diesel and Petrol !”Another one briskly commented, “Looking for a gift for my birthday next week… please gift me PETROL!!”#Petrol price hike, an alternate suggested by a Facebook user to economically commute after the rise. Image Credit: Facebook/ Basavaraj Patel NolambaWhile, actress Shilpa Shetty’s husband Raj Kundra tweeted, #petrolhike yikes! Petrol chodo drink Johnnie Walker and keep walking!”Another one wrote in a similar tone, “petrol price hike again…dat too 7.50! :O wats next….bicycle era??? “”Anyone Selling a Horse… Need one urgently… Petrol gone up by 7.50 per Litre. Car back in the stable. Feeding a Horse will work out cheaper as I still want Horse Power,” tweeted a user.”Due to the hike in #petrol price it really seems as if to buy petrol u need to give gold in return after few years,” said a Twitter user.”What you pay for a ltr of petrol is actually the price for 100 ltr.1% is filled in your scooter while 99% goes into R.G’s chopper. #petrol,” Shekhar Verma wrote.Well-known Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen also expressed her reaction in a lighter vein. She wrote: “I do not care about #petrol price, it is not because I do not have a car, it is because I have a driver. He steals petrol.”A user Nitin Kapoor tweeted, “Mamata didi if you can help with the rollback of #petrol price hike I will forgive you for your CNN-IBN interview blunder.”Another user, Guru Singh, vehemently wrote on Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs account, who himself is an active Twitter user.”@PMOIndia sir waise aap roj ik tweet karte hai,jab se #Petrol ka pricebadaya hai koi bhi tweet nahi, kya apka twitter #Petrol se chalta hai,” he wrote.A user Siddhartha Varma wrote, “Anyone wants to exchange a Hyundai Verna Fluidic petrol, for a Tata Nano Diesel? #Petrol price hike.”While another user Naveen Kumar Meena wrote, “What did UPA goverment think before #petrol price hike ?? “Aaj kuch toofani karte hai (a popular tagline of cold drink advertisement)””One Satyamev Jayate episode should feature Petrol Price rise.. #smj#Petrol,” wrote Kr. Ashish on Twitter.T S Sudhir wrote, “AP gets Rs 2 crore more for every rupee hiked in price of #petrol, acc to DC. Ministers must b calculating hw many new SUVs they can buy now.”Leave your comments below about how the hike will affect you… an “Aam Admi,” in the coming months.
Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio may help Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications (RCom) in paying up a liberalisation fee of Rs 5,384 crore for sharing its 800 MHz spectrum in 16 circles. The spectrum liberalisation fee is collected from telecom operators for all the circles where airwaves were not auctioned.The department of telecommunications (DoT) had, on 22 December, also asked RCom to pay a one-time spectrum usage charge of Rs 1,596 crore within a month, sources told Business Standard.”The company will submit a bank guarantee equal to the one-time spectrum usage charge of Rs 1,596 crore as the matter is sub judice,” the sources said.RCom, India’s fourth largest telecom operator by subscribers, plans to partner with Reliance Jio to offer 4G services. In September last year, RCom chairman Anil Ambani had said the company would enter into a “strategic partnership” with Reliance Jio for 4G spectrum sharing-cum-trading.RJio possesses 2,300 MHz in all circles, 1,800 MHz in 18 circles and 850 MHz in 10 circles. But, 800 MHz band provides good connectivity indoors and offers seamless voice services through Voice over LTE (VoLTE). The benefits of having 800 MHz spectrum has made the deal “critical” to roll out 4G services. The tie-up will enable RJio to provide 4G services over the 800 MHz band across 10 circles.On the other hand, the partnership will also be beneficial to RCom, as it can use Jio’s 4G network in the 10 circles without incurring any “incremental capex cost”.By the end of September, RCom had a huge debt load of Rs 39,800 crore, which it plans to reduce to Rs 20,000 crore by selling its tower business Reliance Infratel.Meanwhile, the merger of RCom and Sistema Shyam Teleservices (SSTL), which provides telecom services through MTS brand, will enable the former to gain access to liberalised 800 MHz spectrum in eight circles. MTS has a strong presence in non-voice segment and derives nearly half of its total revenues from the segment.Analysts said that increased competition in the data services will likely lead to further increase in capital expenditure by the operators to keep growth intact. Telecom companies are also expected to purchase spectrum from others at a higher price, resulting in increased debt levels.In November last year, Idea Cellular had agreed to buy spectrum for two circles — Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh (West) — from Videocon for Rs 3,310 crore, which is double the amount paid to acquire spectrum for those circles in the March 2015 auction.
A 40-kilometer long human chain was formed demanding effective steps to prevent road accidents on Dhaka-Chattogram highway in Sitakunda on Saturday. Photo:UNBFrustrated by recurring road accidents in Sitakunda on the Dhaka-Chattogram highway, local stakeholders formed a 40-kilometre long human chain on Saturday, reports UNB.They held the demonstration as at least 36 people were killed and more than 100 people were injured in the past three months on that area.Students, teachers and members of more than one hundred social, cultural and political organisations joined the human chain that last for about two hours.The demonstrators demanded immediate and effective steps to prevent road accidents and ensure overall road safety.Speakers there said the highway has turned into a death trap as number of accidents has increased alarmingly, particularly in Sitakunda and Mirsharai points.They blamed ‘unskilled drivers’ for the unwanted accidents.At least 142 people died in road accidents in Sitakunda in past one year, according to government data.Apart from careful driving, the demonstrators emphasised the importance of awareness of the passengers and surveillance by the authorities to address the situation.The human chain, considered longest ever in this part of the country, was organised by ‘Sitakunda Samity Chattogong’.Students and teachers of Fouzdarhat KM High School, Shitalpur Multipurpose High School, Shilpur Madrasa, South Mechzidda Government Primary School, Kumira Girls’ School and Mosque High School along with Sitakunda Journalists Association, Smile Bangladesh, Jaijaidin Friends Forum, Hafiz Jute Mills, Green Education, Communist Party of Bangladesh, Sitakunda Evolution Club and Lions Club of Chattogong Liberty, among others, participated in the human chain.
Mahbub Uz Zaman. Photo: UNBThe government has decided to appoint Mahbub Uz Zaman, currently serving as the secretary (Asia and Pacific) at the foreign ministry, as the new Bangladesh Ambassador to China, reports BSS.Mahbub Uz Zaman, a career foreign service officer, belongs to the 1985 batch of Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) foreign affairs cadre.In his distinguished diplomatic career of over 30 years, Mahbub served as the High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Singapore and Sri Lanka, a foreign ministry press release said.He also worked in various capacities in Bangladesh Permanent Missions in Geneva, New York as well as Bangladesh Missions in Tokyo, Ottawa and New Delhi. At headquarters, from December 2016, he has been serving as the secretary (Asia and Pacific).Zaman obtained his Bachelor (Honours) and Master degrees in Economics from Dhaka University. He also obtained a diploma in French language and International Relations from Belgium.