JW Walsh has been historically good

first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSII thought I would see J.W. Walsh stacks up against recent Big 12 quarterbacks. Using the College Football Reference Play Index, I found the stats for every QB in the Big 12 from 2009 to 2012 that attempted at least 150 passes. This ended up being a group of 50 QBs after I threw in Johnny Manziel’s Heisman-winning season as a benchmark.Walsh’s 2012 season qualifies with 163 attempts, but I went ahead and tossed in his 2013 stats as well for this post.Let’s look at the four components of QB Rating:Yards / AttemptRG3’s 10.7 is the highest number in college football in the past decade.Completion PercentageTypically, your higher-percentage passers are “dink and dunk” guys who throw a ton of easy-to-complete short passes. The elite QBs are the ones who can manage a high completion percentage while still throwing the ball down the field. Walsh rates highly in both categories. So do RG3, Geno Smith, Weeden, Manziel, and David Ash. Wait, what?TDs / AttemptsLast season, Dayne Crist threw 4 TDs on 216 attempts. Walsh has 17 TDs on 217 attempts in his career.INT / AttemptI love this one. So far, Walsh has been very careful with the football. Let’s give Zac a break for his 2009 season. He lost Dez, Kendall, and his health for big chunks of that season.QB RatingTop 5 in every category: RG3Top 10 in every category: RG3, Walsh, Geno SmithBy the way, Walsh is No. 2 in this group of 50 in yards/rush at 6.4, trailing only Johnny Manziel at 7.0. I also calculated yards/touch: (passing yards + rushing yards) / (pass attempts + rush attempts). Walsh leads this category at 8.7.It’s still a relatively small sample size — Walsh’s 217 career passing attempts are the 43rd most on this list — but so far in his career, Walsh is doing very well against his peers in every important QB statistical category.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

The winter of political philanthropy parties rake in cash in first quarter

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — The long Canadian winter of 2019 was good for at least one thing: lining the pockets of political parties.The Conservative Party of Canada’s first-quarter haul of $8 million is more than any party has ever raised in the first three months of a year.The Tories’ raised more than double the Liberals’ $3.9 million — which is still the Liberals’ best first quarter in three years, despite the party’s struggles in the SNC-Lavalin saga.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer attributes his party’s financial prowess to having a message that is resonating with Canadians and believes it is a sign Canadians want a change in government.The Green Party of Canada also had its best first fundraising quarter ever, bringing in $783,278, almost 50 per cent more than it brought in during the same period last year.Maxime Bernier’s brand-new People’s Party of Canada nearly matched the Greens’ total with a reported $762,000.last_img read more

Vodafone to roll out 4G services in Kochi from 10 December

first_imgVodafone India, the country’s second largest telecom operator, on Tuesday has announced that it will launch its 4G networks in India on the FDD-LTE 1800MHz band from Monday, 10 December in Kochi, Kerala. With the 4G rollout, it will be the first telecom operator in Kerala to offer 2G/ 3G/ 4G services on its own radio.Vodafone in an emailed statement added it will increase the intensity of its 4G rollout covering important metros – Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, and Kolkata in the first phase. It added that testing of 4G services in these locations has already commenced successfully. The company had announced December rollouts for Mumbai, Delhi-NCR and Kolkata back in October.Existing subscribers in Kochi can avail of a free upgrade to 4G services along with a new “Superfast 4G SIM”. The user also gets access to free unlimited music streaming on Vodafone Music. Kochi customers can also get benefits like “100% Extra Data”, for all 4G RED customers for 3 months. 4G data packs range from a trial pack of 120MB at Rs. 29 to a bonanza pack of 20GB at Rs. 2,499. Users can also use 4G mobile Wi-Fi hotspots for up to 10 devices.Customers can get an instant SIM swap at all Vodafone stores and select retail outlets in the city, request for a 4G SIM through the call centre or SMS, and avail of same day door-step delivery of postpaid 4G SIMs.last_img read more

Protecting Your System From Hackers

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 6 min read Change passwords often. Defy hackers by adding one upper case letter to your password. Install firewalls and antivirus software. Limit use of free e-mail accounts (Hotmail and Yahoo) by employees at work. Don’t download anything unless you know what it is and who sent it. Encrypt sensitive data. Don’t send financial information over the Internet unless you are sure it is secure. Think about using an “anonymizer” to hide your identity while visiting Web sites. (Check out www.anonymizer.com.) Read privacy policies, and don’t give sites the option to share your data with third parties or for marketing purposes. Be aware of widespread viruses, and take the time to download “patches” offered by software makers. Although security experts said Microsoft knew for months that its Windows NT or 2000 software was vulnerable to “Code Red,” it didn’t publicize the security patch until mid-June. Your computer network may have been spared by the recent Code Red virus, but don’t think because you’re small, you aren’t vulnerable to a crippling security breach or nasty virus. “This problem isn’t going away,” said Andy Faris, president, Americas, of Message Labs Inc. in Minneapolis. “The hackers are getting more malicious and more clever. Traditional security measures aren’t working anymore, so you have to step up your vigilance and improve security.”The current scourge, Sir Cam, has been assaulting e-mail systems for the past two weeks. United Kingdom-based Message Labs, which provides e-mail filtering services worldwide, has intercepted 10,000 Sir Cam messages per day being sent to its 500,000 subscribers, according to Faris. In most cases, several messages a day from different people appear to be messages sent by a friend needing “help.” The Sir Cam virus can delete files and forward confidential company information to unwitting recipients, Faris said.If you think these viruses are just nuisances, check out the damage estimates. Last year’s Valentine’s Love Letter virus caused an estimated $2.6 billion in losses in 72 hours, according to industry analysts. In 1999, the Love Bug virus infected networks, causing an estimated $10 billion in damage, while the Melissa virus cost another $393 million in 2001. The widespread Anna Kournikova virus also caused big, expensive headaches around the world.”I would suggest that all companies, big and small, do a thorough review of their security,” said Faris, whose company offers its e-mail filtering services for about $2.50 per user, per month with a one-year contract. If a mysterious hacker isn’t trying to shut down your Web site, a disgruntled former employee could be. Doing things as simple as changing system passwords frequently can prevent a major security breach.”If a business owner doesn’t take proactive steps to make sure their information is secured, it’s the equivalent of putting their secrets out on the front doorstep when they go home at night,” said Robert Lonadier, director of security strategies for the Hurwitz Group in Framingham, Massachusetts. “The typical hacker is a bored teenager with a modem and access to news groups. Data in transit (e-mail) and data at rest (company files, financial information and customer files) need to be protected in some manner; otherwise, the safe bet is that it will find its way into the wrong hands.”Lonadier said lax password security comes about as a result of sharing passwords or scribbling them on sticky notes and sticking them to computers or inside desk drawers. “It’s amazing how common sense gets ignored when it comes to security issues,” said Lonadier. He recommends that every business owner spend 15 minutes making a detailed list of critical information assets. Figure out who really needs access to specific information, then limit access to everyone else. Keep close tabs on who has access to financial and other confidential information. Think twice about e-mailing confidential documents and contracts. Faxing or mailing them to clients or customers is safer. “People get lulled into the convenience of the electronic medium without thinking through the implication of having (sensitive) documents travel through cyberspace,” said Lonadier.To immediately increase password security, Lonadier recommends including one upper-case letter in your password. This is a very simple and effective tool against hackers. “If you have the computer equivalent of locks on your doors and a ‘Club’ on your car, the casual hacker may be turned away,” he said.Another problem is the push to open your computer systems and Web site to your customers. If a legitimate customer is given a password to go online to check order status 24 hours a day, a hacker has an open door to dig deeper into your computer system. “With large numbers of computer systems being interconnected front end to back end, there is an opportunity for errors and vulnerability,” said Lonadier.Security experts warn against posting too much personal information about your executives on your Web site. If you tell the world your CIO has three kids, loves to jog and lives in San Jose, he or she is vulnerable to being contacted or threatened by a computer criminal.Experts say your confidential information is most vulnerable when you send it over the Internet in the form of e-mail. Currently, 10 million e-mail messages are sent around the world every day, and the number is expected to grow to 35 million messages a day in the next five years, according to Accenture, a high-tech consulting firm. “When you want to use the Internet for business purposes, it has flaws-it’s not a very secure channel,” said Jim Liski, COO of Atabok Inc. in Newton, Massachusetts. Atabok offers a variety of subscription-based e-mail protection services (the cost is about $40 a month), including encryption and a product that allows you to control use of the messages you send. “With our product, you can control whether you can print, forward or save a message,” said Liski. “You can also revoke a message that has been sent.” COMPUTER SECURITY TIPS Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » August 13, 2001 Jane Applegate is a syndicated columnist and the author of 201 Great Ideas for Your Small Business. For a free copy of her “Business Owner’s Check Up,” send your name and address to Check Up, P.O. Box 768, Pelham NY 10803 or e-mail it to info@sbtv.com. Sarah Prior contributed to this article. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Don’t let hackers get the best of you. Here’s how:last_img read more

Cramped train passengers told We wont cut fares through fear of attracting

first_img Video will play in  Click for Sound Stoke Station After the response was branded “facetious,” the firm pointed out it was actually “factual”. But Matty Brunt responded: “Factual: perhaps. Snarky and unprofessional: yes.” Stephen added: “Not a good response here to a customer PAYING for your service and making a valid complaint. “Unnecessary condescension when a phone call to @nationalrailenq achieves a refund or reduction of ticket for poor travel experience and even poorer customer service here….” “They don’t care as long as they are taking your money,” another passenger wrote. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA train firm serving passengers in Stoke-on-Trent has told customers it would not cut fares – for fear of making services even more crowded. One angry commuter took to social media to question CrossCountry on Tuesday morning. But the livid passenger, who was forced to stand, was left even more angry by the firm’s “facetious” response. Writing on Twitter, Ceri said: “Ok, @CrossCountryUK if you intend for travellers to stand the whole journey between Birmingham and Stoke, please can you adjust your fares accordingly?” And CrossCountry attracted criticism with its reply, which claimed: “Apologies if you had to stand Ceri. “In regards to adjusting fares, making fares cheaper will only encourage more passengers to travel thus making your train even more busy.” Video Loading Video Unavailable We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.com They added: “There needs to be a complete overhaul of the greedy transport system.” But Ian countered: “Not defending CC, as overcrowding is a regular feature of their (not enough coaches) services, but if you’re buying tickets in advance, always use the CC site where you can swiftly reserve seats. “Had this debate on Sun when passengers used the VT site to buy CC tickets.” We have contacted CrossCountry for a comment. The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Watch againcenter_img Click to playTap to play Virgin Trains West Coast service has received a higher rate of complaints than any other franchised rail operator so far this year. Statistics released by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) showed the company received 177 complaints per 100,000 passengers between January and March – more than any other rail franchise in the country. A quarter of the complaints were about poor punctuality and reliability, and a further 24 per cent were about the quality of the facilities and service on the train. Read More160 crimes reported at railway stations in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire The number of complaints made to Virgin Trains West Coast actually decreased by seven per cent from the same period last year, indicating some improvement on the service, despite ongoing customer issues. CrossCountry Trains also received a high level of complaints, with 85 out of every 100,000 passengers writing in with their gripes – a 45 per cent increase on 2017. Watch Next Share this video Most overcrowed train services revealedlast_img read more