The teams that make the field for the NCAA tournament are always controversial in one aspect or another. There is a way to take all the human bias out of it but I don’t think it has a leg to stand on. Power conferences have their post conference tournaments to make money so they want that winner as an automatic pick. Conferences without a tourney and deemed worthy of a bid take the conference champs. Why not take the power rankings and line up the top 64 teams and let them play. The top 4 get the No. 1 seed and you go on from there. If ten teams come from one conference so be it. For those that don’t make this tourney set them up in the next best post-season tourney and so on.If some school wants to play a weak pre-season they will pay for it. Just because you win 20 games will not guarantee an entry into the tourney. It will be based on quality wins and quality opponents. If you are an independent or a school from a small conference but have the right power numbers you would be in. The power rankings are based on numbers and not on any one’s opinion and those numbers are not subject to human bias.The power teams would always get in and some of the small schools who play tough schedule would also get in.
The USC Center on Public Diplomacy held a Conversation in Public Policy event with U.S. ambassadors to several Asian countries at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism on Tuesday afternoon.Down to business · Alexander Feldman, above, President and Chief Executive Officer of the US-ASEAN Business Council, speaks on campus. Tuesday. – Christine Yoo | Daily TrojanThe panel was composed of the United States ambassadors to Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore and Malaysia, as well as the president and CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council, Alexander Feldman. Professor Gabriel Kahn, co-director of the Media, Economics and Entrepreneurship program at Annenberg, mediated the conversation.ASEAN, or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, is a political and economic organization made up of 10 countries that have seen years of economic growth. Over the last few years, increased trading with countries that are part of ASEAN has had a positive effect on the American economy and California’s economy in particular.The conversation revolved around trade and economics. To open the discussion, Feldman asked the ambassadors if they ever felt it was part of the challenge to overcome the dominance that the China-U.S. trade and economic relationship poses in order to develop a true economic policy geared toward ASEAN.“The United States invests $200 billion in ASEAN and $158 billion of that runs through Singapore,” said Kirk Wagar, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore.The ambassadors said that they had different economic and diplomatic focuses.Robert O. Blake Jr., U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, mentioned the importance of utilizing social networking in nations which do business with the United States. He explained that because Indonesia’s population is largely juvenile, he and his team took part in creating a 21st-century cultural center in Jakarta. The center, named @america, invites young Indonesians to explore and discuss ideas about the United States. These kinds of projects familiarize Indonesians with the United States.Kimiya Shokoohi, a recent Annenberg graduate, attended the conversation because of her interest in America’s influence in public policy abroad.“I didn’t realize the magnitude and presence of the U.S. in ASEAN,” she said. “There is a great potential for increased trade in all of Asia.”Some of the ambassadors stressed the importance of using public diplomacy to help American companies in foreign countries, as well as express humanitarian values. Blake described how in late September a province in Sumatra enacted into law a bill that implements a stricter version of Islamic Sharia law in the town’s criminal law. The law would allow for corporal punishment against homosexual sex on both Muslims and non-Muslims. The embassy’s response was to release a tweet reflecting that in their opinion it was an unfortunate decision.Blake further explained that American responses like these affect Indonesian business decisions.“It’s also important for [Indonesian businesses] to know that if they are trying to attract American investment and if they’re trying to attract American tourism, these kinds of things are not going to attract those objectives,” he said.William Todd, U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, concluded the conversation by encouraging the students in attendance to consider a career in foreign service. He explained that one thing all of the ambassadors present had in common was strong enthusiasm for their jobs.Mary Phung, a senior majoring in international relations, came to the event due to her interest in foreign service and ASEAN.“I have been interested in joining the foreign service. It was great to find out what kinds of activities our ambassadors impart in,” Phung said.
Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Submit SIS will expand its racing broadcast and data gathering services within Eastern Europe after confirming that it has secured new agreements with the Czech Republic’s LAB racetrack operator and Hungary’s Kincsem Park racecourse.The new partnerships will see SIS broadcast ‘at least 300 races across the year’ from LAB Czech racecourses in Prague, Most, Pardubice, and Karlovy Vary regions. Meanwhile, SIS confirmed that it has become the exclusive live pictures distributor for Kincsem Park Budapest, Hungary’s grandest racing venue. SIS informed bookmaker clients that its broadcast services will feature Eastern Europe’s most prestigious races, including the rights to the Czech Velká Pardubická on 11 October, recognised as the ‘world’s toughest steeplechase‘.William Morris, Head of International Horse Racing at SIS, said: “Securing the exclusive rights to deliver live pictures and data for horse racing in the Czech Republic and Hungary is a boost to our international offering.“These additional races further enhance our 24/7 racing service, providing even more quality betting opportunities throughout the day, regardless of time zone, with content that will appeal to bettors, and help drive turnover for operators.”SIS’ new Eastern European content will be made available to operator partners as part of its international retail channels, as well as its 24/7 Live Horse Racing Channels and 24/7 Live Horse & Greyhound Channels.Boosting its international content portfolio, SIS underlined that its broadcast platforms now feature over 30,000 races from six continents. Coverage includes racing from the UK, Ireland, Argentina, Australia, Chile, Dubai, Germany, Singapore and the US.Vicki Gibbins, Operations and Sales Director at LAB, said: “SIS has an established reputation for distributing live racing to operators all around the world and it made strategic sense for us to partner with them. “Many bettors will be aware of our world-famous race, Velka Pardubicka and we are excited that thanks to this deal with SIS more bettors from all over the world will be able to enjoy and wager on it.” Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 SAZKA faces scrutiny following appointment of Flint Global as National Lottery advisor August 20, 2020