first_imgTopics : Separately, BI senior deputy governor Destry Damayanti responded to Ridwan’s statement, saying it was one of BI’s duties to help regional administrations.“Our mandates include maintaining price stabilization. Together with the West Java administration, we already have a regional inflation monitoring team. We will keep inflation on both national and regional levels relatively low,” said Destry.The West Java administration has set a target to increase investment in the province by 10 percent in 2020 from the Rp 130 trillion (US$9.5 billion) pocketed last year.Amazon and Hyundai are among the foreign investors expected to pour money into West Java, with investments of Rp 40 trillion and Rp 100 trillion, respectively. The petrochemical business in Indramayu is also expected to receive Rp 1 trillion in foreign investment.Ridwan said West Java’s large population allowed it to achieve high economic productivity, noting that drivers of the province’s economy included tourism and manufacturing. (syk) While West Java has recorded the highest rates of domestic and foreign investment in the country over the last two years, with economic growth also above the national average, the governor has admitted his administration needs to monitor the province’s above average inflation rate.“[Inflation] remains a concern,” West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said during the inauguration of the new head of Bank Indonesia’s [BI] West Java branch on Friday.Statistics Indonesia (BPS) reported that inflation in West Java reached 2.95 percent in the period of January to August last year, up from 2.58 percent year-on-year (yoy), mainly driven by rising food prices in the region. The rate is higher than the 2019 national average of 2.72 percent.center_img Many believe the high inflation rate could scare off investors, as inflation erodes the value of investment returns over time, prompting investors to shift their money to markets with lower inflation rates.During the inauguration ceremony, Ridwan called on BI’s West Java chief representative, Herawanto, to help strengthen the economy of West Java.“The West Java administration needs to translate BI’s statistical language into concrete programs to strengthen its economy,” said Ridwan.Read also: West, Central Java lead efforts to lure investorslast_img read more

first_imgFreshman forward Brendan Woods broke his femur and dislocated his knee in a nasty collision while playing in the USHL in 2009.[/media-credit]If you grow up in a hockey family, especially one where your father is a former professional hockey player and assistant coach for the four-time defending NHL Southeast Division champion team, it’s pretty difficult to breathe and bleed anything other than hockey.It’s probably a big reason why Wisconsin freshman forward Brendan Woods’ father, Washington Capitals assistant coach Bob Woods, gave his son a funny look when he said he wanted to be a baseball player during a dual interview when Brendan was younger.Brendan has certainly found his way though, despite his momentary dream of being a baseball player, realizing the potential he possessed in hockey and taking advantage of the benefits of having such strong hockey roots.“It comes natural,” Woods said. “You are around it all the time, and it kind of sets you one step ahead of everyone else. You know what to expect.”Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves added that while final determinations during the recruitment of a player come down to individual traits on and off the ice, coming from a solid hockey environment certainly doesn’t hurt a player’s chances.Woods chose to come to Wisconsin and play for Eaves after being courted by other national hockey powers such as Minnesota, North Dakota and Colorado College, with hopes of winning an NCAA Championship and receiving the necessary preparation to continue to the NHL.“What Coach Eaves has done with guys in the past, he’s been there, he knows what it takes [to play in the NHL], so it’s just putting myself in his hands, knowing that I am in the right place, and I know if I give him all I got, he’s going to get me somewhere, and that’s what I am looking forward to,” Woods said.But for a brief moment, it looked like which college Woods decided to play for had little relevance. In his 2009-10 USHL rookie season playing for the Chicago Steel, Woods suffered a terrible injury. He broke his femur and dislocated his knee on a leg-on-leg collision while in possession of the puck.“It’s always in the back of my mind,” Woods said. “I wish it didn’t happen; I wonder where I would be strength-wise and even hockey-wise. [At the time] I was uncommitted, but I was having colleges call me, which was a great thing for me to have, because me sitting on the couch wasn’t the greatest thing for me to be doing. Having them call me and letting me know they cared and still had faith and potential and all, that was a good thing.”While many people played critical roles in his recovery and maintenance of a positive attitude, it was Brendan’s father who really helped push him through.“He has always been there for me,” Woods said. “I had that traumatic injury with my knee, and we kind of put hockey aside there. I was wondering what I’m going to do, but he was a dad. He was there for me, he was there to encourage me and give me the positives out of it.”The injury still had an impact, keeping Woods from being drafted in 2010 despite being ranked as the No. 83 skater in North America by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau. He then dropped to No. 147 in 2011 and was bypassed once more.“The year of my draft year it hurt, but if you look at the positives of not being drafted I could have all teams wanting me,” Woods said. “The hockey world is crazy sometimes. You are going to run into things that are going to tear you to pieces inside, but you have to dig deep and find out what it’s going to take.”Now that he is back on the ice and contributing nicely for the Badgers, Woods has four points on the season and Eaves sees encouraging signs of the type of player he can envision Woods becoming.Matching his skills with his physical stature increases the value of Woods to the Badgers even more. Eaves cites Woods’ 6-foot-3 frame and ability to move up and down the ice with good speed as key reasons why he still has what it takes to be an NHL player.“He is just hard to play against. In the corner he can protect pucks,” Eaves said. “The power play goal that we scored up in St. Cloud, he was a direct result of being in front, being a big body that was hacking and whacking at it, so his presence on the ice can be felt in many ways.”If Woods is fortunate enough to be drafted into the NHL and play at the next level, would Brendan want to grow his family hockey roots even deeper by playing for his dad and the Capitals?“Of course not,” Woods says. “I just want to play against him. I don’t think I could handle him screaming at me. He would probably be the hardest. If you ask any kid that plays for their parent, mom or dad, they are always going to be hardest on you, so you would rather play against them and beat them and be able to smile at them across the ice, just letting him know you got the better side of him.”last_img read more

first_imgWhen it comes to making March Madness bracket picks, there are no golden rules. Every tournament, every team — whether sleeper or favorite — and every potential path to the NCAA championship is different.In general, to give yourself the best chance to win your bracket pool, you want to figure out which teams in the bracket are being overrated by the general public — then think twice about making big bets on them. However, if you’re in a relatively big pool, or if your scoring system provides great rewards for picking lower-seeded teams to win, then these are some of the top opportunities to consider in terms of making early-round upset picks against popular favorites. Especially if you didn’t plan on picking one of the teams above to make it farther than the Sweet 16 anyway, you might want to consider picking them to lose even earlier.If you want to see the best bracket for your pool, or just need a great bracket quickly since the tournament starts soon, check out that data-driven NCAA Bracket Picks product from TeamRankings.com.(If you’d like to learn more about TeamRankings, check out this WIRED magazine article and see their past performance in bracket pools.) MORE FROM TEAMRANKINGS: NCAA Tournament Prediction ToolEditor’s Note: This is a guest post from TeamRankings.com, whose subscribers have reported winning over $1.1 million in NCAA bracket pool prizes since 2007. Check out their 2019 March Madness bracket picks.March Madness 2019: NCAA Tournament bracket pool tips, adviceWhat Is An Overrated Team?For the purposes of this article, we’ll focus on making Sweet 16 picks.If a team’s percentage chance to make the Sweet 16 is lower than the percentage of brackets nationwide that is picking them to get there, that team is being overrated by the public.For example, according to our tournament projections, South Region No. 6 Villanova has a 30 percent chance to make the Sweet 16 this year. (This is clearly not the championship Villanova team of 2018.) However, perhaps because of recency bias, 40 percent of the public is picking Villanova to make it there.That’s a big difference. Unless you’re convinced that Villanova is going to make a big run again this year, you may do better fading the public and having the Wildcats exit your bracket early. If Villanova does lose early, a big portion of your opponents are going to pay the price.Too Many Risky Picks Will Hurt Your ChancesLet’s be clear about one thing first: In standard 1-2-4-8-16-32 bracket pool scoring, optimal strategy almost always calls for picking overvalued teams, especially early on.Great teams are almost always overvalued by the public in the early rounds, and you certainly shouldn’t pick all the best teams in the tournament to lose early. That would be far too risky since those teams usually have the best chances to make a deep run, and scoring a whopping 16 or 32 points for correct picks in the last couple rounds is what usually wins bracket pools.However, drop down a tier or two in team quality and some better opportunities to fade the crowd start to present themselves. Primarily, you’re looking for teams that are being overrated by the public to make the Sweet 16 and also don’t have particularly good chances to win it all or make the title game.It involves a lot of math and data to figure out which overrated teams you should pick to lose early. We built our NCAA Bracket Picks product to figure out the optimal pick decisions. Here are four examples of overrated Sweet 16 teams you might want to think twice about in your 2019 March Madness bracket.MORE TEAMRANKINGS: Can any March Madness sleepers win it all?March Madness 2019: Four overrated Sweet 16 favoritesNo. 4 Kansas State (South)Kansas State is arguably the team that is being most overvalued by the public when it comes to Sweet 16 choices. While 43 of the public has them getting to the Sweet 16, their actual odds are closer to just 18 percent. There’s a double whammy facing Kansas State. First, their best offensive player, Dean Wade, is battling an injury and was doubtful to play as of Wednesday morning. Second, they are facing a juggernaut of a No. 13 seed in UC Irvine before potentially facing a solid No. 5 seed in Wisconsin or a criminally underseeded No. 12 Oregon. It’s a horrible draw for a team that looks to not even be at full strength.No. 2 Michigan (West)Michigan is a popular public choice as a Sweet 16 pick, with over 80-percent support. (Like Villanova, it’s not a huge surprise, as the Wolverines were the runner-up last year.) However, that popularity far outpaces Michigan’s 61-percent chance of winning its first two games. While Michigan has played well in games against tournament-quality opposition, according to the offshore betting markets they have the lowest odds to win the tournament out of all the No. 2 seeds. Michigan’s path through the bracket is part of the reason, with underseeded No. 7 Nevada lurking as the likely second-round matchup. Michigan’s survival odds indicate they’ll probably still make it, but if you’re looking to take an educated gamble in your bracket, especially in pools with upset bonuses, this one should be on your radar screen.No. 4 Kansas (Midwest)Kansas is well known as a traditional powerhouse, and the Jayhawks would have the opportunity to play in front of a lot of hometown fans in the Regional Finals in Kansas City — if they get that far. First, Kansas will have to get by a No. 13 Northeastern team that’s back at full strength. That game isn’t a gimme, as Northeastern has a low-but-realistic 27-percent shot at pulling off the upset. In the second round, Kansas would likely have to play No. 5 Auburn on a neutral court, and Auburn looks to be the favorite in that matchup despite having a worse seed. While Kansas is a good team, they haven’t been the same since center Udoka Azubuike suffered a season-ending injury in January and Lagerald Vick left the team in February. All told, Kansas’s 33-percent chance to get to the Sweet 16 is significantly lower than the 48 percent of the public that is picking them to get there.No. 3 LSU (East)Despite not winning the SEC tournament as its top seed, LSU is a fairly popular choice to get to the Sweet 16, with over 61 percent of the public picking them to make it. However, the Tigers only have about a 41-percent chance. Though they received a No. 3 seed and have been playing better since their lineup stabilized in January, overall LSU has been playing at closer to No. 5- or No. 6-seed quality. LSU is still the slight favorite to make the Sweet 16 over No. 6 Maryland, but it’s a lot closer than most people think. From the standpoint of making a contrarian pick, especially if you don’t have LSU going any farther, having them get upset before the Sweet 16 isn’t as crazy as it may seem.MORE FROM TEAMRANKINGS: NCAA Tournament Prediction ToolShould You Make All These Picks?Let’s reiterate what all this information means from a bracket strategy standpoint.Should you avoid putting all four of these overrated teams above in your Sweet 16 this year? No, almost certainly not. Two of them are still our favorites to emerge from their pods. In most pools, you’d be taking on way too much risk by not picking any of these teams to win two games.last_img read more