Cyclists ride to fundraise for diabetic kids

first_imgSeveral cyclists took part in a relay race to raise money for children with diabetes and to increase awareness about the illness. (Image: Novo Nordisk South Africa)South Africans must educate themselves about the risks of obesity or being inactive, Nonceba Molwele of the City of Johannesburg recently said at a diabetes awareness month event held in Newtown.According to a press release, Molwele, the Johannesburg Member of the Mayoral Committee for Health and Social Development Councillor, gave a speech at the end of a three-day, 1 600km Novo Nordisk Cycle 4 Diabetes Relay Race at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, on Saturday 7 November 2015 to help raise funds for children with type 1 diabetes in George, Western Cape.At the ceremony, Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company, in partnership with the City of Johannesburg, handed over a cheque of R200 000 to the relay team to pass on to the children. Vehicle manufacturer Chevrolet also donated R50 000 to the fund.Watch and learn how the Novo Nordisk race started in South Africa:WHY THE RACE?Sixteen cyclists – from Team Novo Nordisk, Team C4D, Team Bonitas, Team Bestmed and Team Iron Man – and 10 from the City of Johannesburg took part in the race. It started in Johannesburg on Thursday, 5 November, and proceeded to KwaZulu-Natal via Mpumalanga and finally back to Johannesburg on Saturday morning.The non-stop race was aimed at raising funds for the children ahead of World Diabetes Day on 14 November, create diabetes awareness and encourage communities to screen and test for the disease. This is the fourth year that the race has been held.Watch children under the age of 12 talk about living with diabetes and showing how they test themselves:ABOUT WORLD DIABETES DAYWorld Diabetes Day is commemorated on 14 November each year with its primary goal to bring awareness to the “silent killer” known as diabetes. It was introduced in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to the alarming rise of diabetes around the world. The day itself marks the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best and John James Rickard Macleod, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922.According to the International Diabetes Federation, the key messages for World Diabetes Day this year is:Act to change your life today: Healthy eating is an important part of managing all types of diabetes.Act to change the world tomorrow: Access to affordable healthy food is essential to reducing the global burden of diabetes and ensuring global sustainable development.SIGNS OF DIABETESAccording to Novo Nordisk, more than 2 million South Africans are diagnosed with the illness, but most of the population do not know they have diabetes.There are three types of diabetes, including gestational diabetes, a temporary condition that occurs during pregnancy. Both mother and child have an increased risk of developing diabetes in the future.Signs and symptoms of include an unusual thirst, frequent urination, unusual weight loss, extreme fatigue or lack of energy. To learn more about diabetes, read more here.last_img read more

Monitoring spotted wing drosophila

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A relatively new but already widespread winged pest to Ohio small fruit growers can cause significant crop damage but, if spotted early, can be managed to avoid losses, according to an entomologist with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.While spotted wing drosophila may look like a common vinegar fly, it instead has the potential to wipe out entire fruit crops because of its propensity to attack healthy ripening fruit, said Celeste Welty, an Ohio State University Extension entomologist and associate professor of entomology.“The bad news about this pest is that is it widespread and causes significant damage,” said Welty, who also has an appointment with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. “But once you identify it and know it is impacting your crops, it can be managed and beaten back. Early detection is a critical part of managing this pest.”To help growers learn new management tips for spotted wing drosophila and new methods to trap and get rid of the pest, Welty, along with Jim Jasinski, an OSU Extension educator and integrated pest management specialist, will offer a webinar May 6 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.The webinar will teach participants the basics of adult monitoring with traps, cultural controls, how to manage spotted wing drosophila with insecticides once detected, and how to determine if fruit is infested with larvae using a simple salt water test, she said.“The salt water test to determine if the larvae are present in the fruit requires putting the fruit in a plastic zippered storage bag or 1 quart container filled with warm, salty water and waiting 15 minutes,” Welty said. “The bags or container with fruit infestation will show little larvae floating to the top of the salt water.”Spotted wing drosophila is a fly that targets fruit crops, including cherries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, grapes, peaches and plums, and sometimes strawberries, pears, apples and cherry tomatoes. The pest causes damage through larval feeding on ripening fruit. Damage starts as a tiny scar on the skin of the fruit, with the skin collapsing in two or three days and mold developing.The pest is known to cause significant losses for fruit growers in several states, including Michigan, where many blueberry, bramble and strawberry growers reported up to 50 percent fruit loss in 2012, according to a report from Michigan State University Extension.In Ohio, spotted wing drosophila was detected in Champaign, Clinton, Warren, Montgomery, Guernsey, Holmes, Wayne, Medina, Wood, Fulton, Fairfield and Meigs counties in 2012, Welty said. And the pest was spotted in 37 Ohio counties in 2013, she said.“Spotted wing drosophila was a huge problem for growers in 2013, but because more growers are learning about the pest, spotted wing drosophila was a smaller issue in 2014,” Welty said. “In 2012, the pest was still new and caught everyone by surprise.”Thanks to training offered by OSU Extension on spotted wing drosophila, more growers were expecting it in 2014 and knew more about what to do about it, she said.“Once you find spotted wing drosophila, it takes rigorous insecticide use to manage it, including spraying weekly using a pesticide that can be applied close to harvest,” Welty said.Some growers who do not want to spray are abandoning the production of berry crops until a biological control tactic can be developed, Welty said.The adult male spotted wing drosophila is distinguished from other fruit flies by spots on its wings that are visible with the naked eye and two dark bands on its front legs that can be viewed with a 40x magnifier. The adult female spotted wing drosophila is distinguished from other fruit flies because of its saw-like, hard ovipositor, which also can be viewed with a 40x magnifier, Welty said.“Growers can determine if spotted wing drosophila is in their crops by setting up traps to monitor any activity,” she said.The webinar will discuss trapping options, including a homemade one that may be more difficult to use or a purchased option that is easer to manage thanks to a new lure that is specialized to attract spotted wing drosophila.“Growers who’d prefer to avoid using pesticides can instead try growing black raspberries or June harvest strawberries, as these two crops don’t seem to as much of a problem with spotted wing drosophila,” Welty said. “There is also a pesticide available to use that is effective and is allowed in organic growing.”Other management tips include:* Do not delay harvesting: Pick as soon as fruit ripen.* Keep harvested fruit cooled as soon as picked.* Sanitation is critical. Collect and destroy unharvested or damaged fruit every two days. Put culls in a clear plastic bag and leave it in the sun for one week, or bury it 2 feet deep.* Netting is a mechanical control option, especially for organic growers.* If any spotted wing drosophila are found in the trap, then the fruit crop needs protection by insecticide, starting when fruits begin to ripen or berries start to turn color, until the final harvest.* Spray every seven days with insecticides that provide seven days residual activity.* Do a salt test weekly to see if the control program is working well: Put a sample of fruit in a bag with warm salty water and wait 15 minutes to see if any larvae are present.The May 6 webinar will also be archived and posted on at ipm.osu.edu and atentomology.osu.edu/welty/fruit_info1/Fruit_info.html. Participants can register for the webinar at www.surveymonkey.com/s/SWDmm2015.last_img read more

a month agoCoady furious after Wolves loss: We must be better!

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Coady furious after Wolves loss: We must be better!by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveConor Coady says Wolves must improve to get out of their current form slump.The Premier League club lost to Braga in the first Europa League clash of the campaign on Thursday, making it zero wins from their last three matches.Speaking after the game, Coady said: “It’s disappointing the run we’re on. We need to get out of it as quick as possible. It doesn’t matter what competition we play in we need to get out of it.”It’s everyone playing on the pitch. We all need to rectify it. We all need to come together. We should have scored to be honest.”We should have kept the clean sheet. We need to be better.” last_img read more

9 days agoMan Utd watching Napoli star Fabian Ruiz

first_imgMan Utd watching Napoli star Fabian Ruizby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have been watching Napoli star Fabian RuizThe Spanish international, 23, has risen to stardom since joining Napoli from Real Betis for £26million in 2018.And his exploits have attracted the attention of Real Madrid and Barcelona, who are in the market for a new control midfielder.Goal claim the Spanish heavyweights will battle it out for Ruiz next summer, but Napoli plan to tie him to a new contract with an £87million release clause.And the Manchester Evening News says United were also monitoring Ruiz over the summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Moodys Upgrades Royal Caribbean Rating

first_imgMoody’s rating agency has upgraded Royal Caribbean Cruises’ senior unsecured rating to Baa2 from Baa3, and assigned a P-2 rating to the company’s planned USD 1.15 billion commercial paper program.The rating agency added that the company’s rating outlook is stable.“The upgrade to Baa2 reflects Moody’s expectation that Royal Caribbean will benefit from strong booking trends, increased onboard spending and the introduction of new ships which will enable the company to maintain leverage below 3.5x,” Pete Trombetta, Moody’s lead lodging and cruise analyst, said.“The upgrade also reflects the company’s improved liquidity position, including reduced outstandings under its committed revolving credit facilities,” Trombetta added.The P-2 commercial paper rating reflects RCL’s adequate liquidity, supported by its strong free cash flow generation which is sufficient to cover debt maturities over the next 24 months.Constraining the company’s liquidity profile is the large cash outflows related to new ship deliveries which cause spikes in capital expenditures throughout the year.RCL also has a USD 1.4 billion revolver due 2020 and a USD 1.2 billion revolver due in 2022; combined outstandings of about USD 700 million at March 31, 2018.The revolvers do not require a material adverse change representation at borrowing, but do contain financial covenants which are expected to maintain ample headroom, Moody’s concluded.last_img read more

NFB gets new home in Torontos Entertainment District at 145 Wellington Street

first_imgAdvertisement Recent successes from the Ontario Studio include Stories We Tell, directed by Sarah Polley, and the multi-year HIGHRISE digital project, directed by Katerina Cizek―two of the most highly acclaimed works in NFB history―as well as powerful new releases like Tiffany Hsiung’s breakthrough feature doc, The Apology. Upcoming from the studio are major releases like Charles Officer’s Unarmed Verses and Attiya Khan and Larry Jackman’s A Better Man.The Ontario Studio is also the new space for the NFB’s Canadian Francophonie Studio (Studio de la Francophonie canadienne), headed by Dominic Desjardins, which produces French-language works from Ontario and the West that serve a vital need in supporting and strengthening Canada’s French-language communities.Also moving to the new space will be members of the NFB’s education, audience development, communications and marketing teams.The Ontario Studio has been located at 150 John Street since 1991, and its move to nearby 145 Wellington Street West is intended to keep the NFB in the Toronto’s key cultural district, close to creators, co-producers and partners. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook On December 12, the National Film Board of Canada’s award-winning Ontario Studio in Toronto is moving to a new home in the Entertainment District, at 145 Wellington Street West, Suite 1010. The NFB is making the move to a custom-designed space that meets its changing needs for film and interactive media creation, with six digital editing suites, a 20-seat screening room and a virtual reality lab, all designed to create world-class audiovisual works in the heart of Toronto.Headed by executive producer Anita Lee, with producers Lea Marin, David Oppenheim and Justine Pimlott, the Ontario Studio works closely with creators and partners in Toronto and across the province, the country and the world, to produce film and digital works that explore vital issues and break new ground in form and content. The NFB’s Toronto office is also the base for its new Director General of Creation and Innovation, René Bourdages, responsible for the NFB’s long-term programming vision, working with NFB studios across Canada. Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Hudsons Hope RCMP publishes policing report for May

first_imgHUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. — Cst. William McKenna with the Hudson’s Hope RCMP has published a policing report which says that police responded to approximately 32 calls for service over the last four weeks. During the month of April, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP issued 58 Motor Vehicle Act Warnings and Violation Tickets. One impaired driver was stopped and charged during this period.   Four check stops were conducted in an effort to combat impaired driving. Cst. McKenna said that the Hudson’s Hope Speed Watch program is progressing and expected to implemented in the next few weeks, and that the detachment is still welcoming volunteers to help with the program. The Hudson’s Hope RCMP was assisted by officers from Fort St John, Chetwynd, and North Peace Traffic Services during an enforcement campaign over the May long weekend. Extra police presence on the highway, on ATVs, and on the water was focused in historically busy areas in an effort to prevent offences and injuries to outdoor enthusiasts.The Hudson’s Hope RCMP Positive Ticketing program has begun and will continue until fall.  Several youths have been “caught in the act” being safe or acting in a positive way such as wearing a bike helmet, using a crosswalk to safely cross the road, or wearing a seatbelt. When officers witness this, the youth can be issued a free ice cream positive ticket. Cst. McKenna extended a big thank you to Belinda Karlin and the staff at Marg’s Mini Mart for partnering with the local RCMP in promoting safety and positivity in our community.  On April 24th, officers responded to a complaint of a shoplifting theft from the Sportsman Inn Liquor store. The suspect was described as a First Nations woman, approximately 20-30 years old, standing 5’5” tall, with a stocky build. She had bleached hair with an orange tint. Anyone with information can contact the RCMP locally or Crime stoppers.   On May 20th, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP were called out to a home on Twelve Mile road for a possible domestic assault. A man was arrested and lodged in cells for a few hours to sober up and was released later in the day.  The file is still being monitored.  On May 20th, the RCMP located a vehicle parked at a local business with expired insurance.  The driver eventually returned to the vehicle and was issued seven violation tickets for multiple infractions. The vehicle was also towed.  Anyone with information regarding current or past investigations can contact the Hudson’s Hope RCMP directly at 250-783-5241 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Visit http://crimestoppersnebc.ca/  for advice on submitting tips online and to browse the area’s “most wanted” page.last_img read more

Atishi moves EC for second time seeks FIR against Gambhir

first_imgNEW DELHI: AAP’s East Delhi candidate Atishi again wrote to the Election Commission on Monday seeking registration of FIR against her BJP rival Gautam Gambhir over violation of Model Code of Conduct by distributing pamphlets without details such as printer’s name. She has also challenged Gambhir for an open debate on five points which are on the development of East Delhi.”What has BJP done for the East Delhi and they should also say their work on women safety,” said Atishi describing the first two points out of the five points. She also asked BJP to talk about their performance of the affordable housing scheme in East Delhi. “I want to ask Gambhir to please tell us why BJP did not work to stop sealing because traders were highly affected. Lastly, I want to ask him what did BJP do to stop garbage dumping at Ghazipur landfill site,” Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesasked Atishi. Last week, Atishi began facing diatribes allegedly involving her religion after she restored her surname Marlena in her affidavit and nomination paper to the Election Commission. She had dropped her surname last year, fearing its misuse by political adversaries. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia came to the rescue of the AAP candidate amid the latest onslaught on her by former Okhla Congress MLA Asif Khan, who, in a message on social media, has been allegedly dubbing Atishi as a Jew and asking Muslims not to vote for her. “I am sad that the BJP and Congress together are spreading lies about the religion of our East Delhi candidate,” said Manish Sisodia in a tweet. On Sunday, Atishi had written to the EC seeking a 72-hour ban on campaigning for violating the model code of conduct for holding a rally without permission. On Monday, Atishi again wrote to the EC, saying he is distributing pamphlets without details such as printer’s name which is a violation of the model code of conduct.last_img read more

Patrick Mahomes And The Chiefs Are RedHot For Once They Might Stay

2Tom Brady20113471.694010.271510 5Phil Simms19842966.059410.270477 CLE1.91.4NYJ22.48.09.41378 NYJ61NYJ61MIA 20, NYJ 12-1.2– HOU7.63.6NYG4.52.86.41386 Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality The best two-game QB starts to a season since 1970Most yards above backup quarterback (YABQ) for passers in the first two games of an NFL season, 1970-2018 KC85.05.1SF28.37.112.21542 DAL41.912.3SEA25.810.222.51523 LAR74LAR82LAR 34, ARI 0+1.9– PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS MIN60MIN56GB 29, MIN 29+0.0 QuarterbackYEARAgeComp%Pass YDSNet Y/ATDIntYABQ IND17.44.7PHI75.05.810.41522 Age is as of Dec. 31 of the season in question.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com GB30.411.5WSH20.78.620.21473 ARI8.44.5CHI23.810.014.51445 CIN50BAL55CIN 34, BAL 23-7.7– DEN63DEN63DEN 20, OAK 19-2.2– OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION And unlike the names above him on the list, each of whom were seasoned veterans, Mahomes is just 23 this season1And his first two games came before he actually turned 23 on Sept. 17. — and he had just one game started under his belt before this season. Although he probably won’t stay on this record-breaking pace all season, Mahomes’s early career performance doesn’t look like a fluke. Since 1970, only two QBs (Hall of Famer Kurt Warner and Pro Bowler Jeff Blake) had more YABQ through their first three NFL games as a primary passer2Meaning he led the team in dropbacks — i.e., pass attempts plus sacks — in a game. than Mahomes. Of course, not every hot three-game start presaged a path to Canton; for every Warner or Dan Marino near the top of the list, there’s also Eric Hipple, Scott Mitchell and Ty Detmer. But even if Mahomes’s career develops more like that of, say, Daunte Culpepper — whose stats at the same age are strikingly similar to Mahomes’s 16-game pace over his career to date — it would surely validate the Chiefs’ decision to jettison successful longtime starter Alex Smith in favor of his rifle-armed young successor.We can already see how the Chiefs’ offense has changed with Mahomes at the helm. According to ESPN’s Stats & Info Group, his air yards per pass — which measures the distance the ball traveled downfield before being caught (or hitting the ground) — is 11.5 this season, which ranks first among all qualified passers. Smith’s number last season was 7.4, which ranked 23rd. Mahomes has faced more blitzes (and more pressure in general) than Smith, but he’s handled the heat much more capably — his Raw Total Quarterback Rating against pressure has been 74.0 (the league average is about 50 on all passes and 20 versus pressure), compared with Smith’s 31.3 mark last year. And for a team that went an entire season without a TD pass to a wide receiver a few years ago, Kansas City now ranks third in touchdown passes to receivers and eighth in passing yards to wideouts, with Tyreek Hill on track to surpass his 1,183 receiving yards from a year ago.Kansas City is hoping this newfound offensive attack can prevent another midseason letdown like the one the team suffered last year. The 2017 Chiefs also got off to a blazing start, winning their first five games behind a dominating offense. Then they promptly lost six of seven at midseason to bring their record to 6-6, requiring a four-game end-of-season winning streak just to make the playoffs. That wasn’t exactly rare for K.C. under Andy Reid: The Chiefs finished the 2014 season on a 2-4 stretch after starting 7-3, and they went 2-5 down the stretch in 2013 after a 9-0 start. So Chiefs fans would be forgiven for tempering their optimism at the moment. But the versatility of this year’s attack — made possible in part by Mahomes’s unique arm strength and comfort level in a spread system — might be the missing ingredient that makes this hot start more sustainable than the ones that fizzled in years past.In light of all this Mahomes mania, the 49ers are an especially interesting foil for the Chiefs this weekend. Niners starter Jimmy Garoppolo captured the NFL’s attention late last season with a five-game run that rivaled what Mahomes has done thus far. (Jimmy G. averaged 131.4 YABQ per game in his best two starts of that stretch, compared with Mahomes’s 243.9 per game this season.) But Garoppolo’s 2018 also illustrates the reversion that is sure to come for Mahomes sooner or later: San Francisco’s highly paid QB has seen his QBR drop from 82.7 in 2017 to 22.7 this season. He’ll almost certainly improve on that in the near future — perhaps substantially so against a K.C. defense that currently ranks a distant last in the NFL in defensive expected points added. But Mahomes can learn from his counterpart how quickly a QB can go from acclaim to adversity once opposing defenses study enough of his tape.Until then, though, Mahomes and the Chiefs are riding high, with the league’s best projected record and playoff chances according to our model, plus a status as co-Super Bowl favorites (with the Eagles). It’s hard to imagine a better way for a young QB to begin his career as an NFL starter.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersIn addition to our NFL Elo prediction interactive, which updates after every game to help you keep tabs on how your team stacks up, we’re also running a prediction game in which you make picks against our model (and your fellow readers). After the dust settles each week, we like to look at where Elo made its best — and worst — picks against the field. Here’s how it did in Week 2: The Chiefs have certainly seen a boost in our ratings with this hot start. Before the season, they ranked seventh in the league, and it wasn’t clear that K.C. was even the best team in its own division. But since the start of the season, Kansas City has risen to third in Elo, adding the third-most rating points of any team in the league (behind only the Buccaneers and Bengals).Mahomes has been leading the Chiefs’ charge. Going into the season, we noted that he would have a ton of weapons to work with in the Chief offense, and that his starting career could get off the ground quickly if he reined in his occasional “gunslinger” tendencies. Two weeks in, it’s worked out almost perfectly. Mahomes is making great decisions with the ball and has thrown plenty of absolute darts downfield. Since the 1970 AFL merger, only three QBs — Peyton Manning in 2013, Tom Brady in 2011 and, yes, Ryan Fitzpatrick this season — have produced more yards above backup QB (YABQ) through the first two games of a season than Mahomes has so far this year: BUF11.54.5MIN73.77.311.91525 3Peyton Manning20133767.17698.590501 Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are officially the toast of the 2018 NFL season so far, after K.C.’s young quarterback threw an incredible six touchdown passes against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, bringing his season tally to 10 — and the Chiefs’ record to 2-0.It’s only been two weeks, but the reviews for Mahomes have been nothing short of breathless. The latest opponent that will have to weather the Kansas City onslaught will be the San Francisco 49ers, who travel to Arrowhead on Sunday afternoon. Although the game doesn’t figure to alter the playoff odds too much — according to our NFL Elo predictions — it’s an intriguing showdown that ranks fourth-best of Week 3 in terms of our measure of matchup quality (which uses the harmonic mean of the two teams’ Elo ratings): 10Dan Fouts19813074.064612.541414 DAL76DAL58DAL 20, NYG 13-15.1– PIT58PIT51KC 42, PIT 37+4.9– ATL62ATL58ATL 31, CAR 24-5.2– LAC47.010.6LAR68.19.219.81561 9Steve Young19983760.36667.961415 PHI63PHI67TB 27, PHI 21-7.6– MIA48.411.3OAK8.05.216.51463 JAX75.311.6TEN30.512.323.91529 CAR42.610.9CIN56.610.721.61538 1Ryan Fitzpatrick20183678.7%81912.981585 SF58SF62SF 30, DET 27+1.2– DET12.35.7NE72.09.415.01539 BUF53%LAC69%LAC 31, BUF 20+15.7– 8Lynn Dickey19833480.462310.681423 4Patrick Mahomes20182369.158210.1100488 WSH75WSH68IND 21, WSH 9+8.4– The best matchups of Week 3Week 3 games with the highest average Elo rating, using the harmonic mean, plus the total potential swing for the two teams’ playoff chances, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions 6Joe Namath19722947.660913.472466 ATL62.6%+/-13.8NO29.8%+/-12.526.31578 Playoff %Playoff % NE56NE58JAX 31, NE 20-5.1– 7Drew Bledsoe19972564.16079.280428 NO85NO81NO 21, CLE 18-4.0– PIT39.911.7TB52.011.823.51548 BAL44.111.7DEN32.410.722.41503 Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. SEA54CHI52CHI 24, SEA 17+3.9– Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup.*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN.com TEN70HOU51TEN 20, HOU 17-20.1– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 2Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 2 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game After a successful Week 1 performance against FiveThirtyEight readers, I expected Elo to tail off a bit in Week 2. But instead, it did even better! On average, Elo beat the typical reader by 32.2 total points in our game this past week, bringing its overall lead up to 60.5 points on the season. The readers cleaned up in the Bills-Chargers game, taking advantage of Elo’s reluctance to acknowledge that Buffalo is a pit of despair this season. But that was offset by Elo’s confidence in the Cowboys at home against the Giants, and the fact that its seemingly misguided faith in the Titans — who were starting Blaine Gabbert, one of the worst QBs in NFL history, instead of the injured Marcus Mariota — paid off.We’ll see if Elo’s run of luck continues next week. Either way, congrats to reader Alexandre Augusto da Rocha, who led all (identified) users in points for Week 2 — and as a result leads for the season as well. And thanks to everyone who played last week. If you didn’t play, remember that it’s not too late to get in on the game, even if you missed the first couple weeks of the season. Make your picks now!Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more