Odds & Ends: Frozen to Tour Before Broadway & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Frozen to Tour Before Broadway Before making it to Broadway’s boards, Frozen is coming to a city near you…on ice, somewhat fittingly. According to The New York Times, the ice-skating spectacular, with a cast of 39, will kick off an arena tour this September in Orlando, Florida. Expect a stage based on a snowflake, blizzards, projections and a lot of small (and big) kids singing “Let It Go.” Loudly. Kelli O’Hara Says Bridges Closing Was the ‘Strangest Thing I’ve Ever Dealt With’ Bridges of Madison County Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara is as mystified as the rest of us as to why the tuner shuttered prematurely. “It’s the strangest thing I’ve ever dealt with in my life.” She revealed to The Hollywood Reporter. “Even when the houses weren’t selling, everybody in the houses leapt to their feet at the end of our show. I’ve done shows that have run for over a year and they didn’t do that!” Kelli O’Hara View Comments Bryan Cranstoncenter_img Laura Benanti Bryan Cranston and All the Way Pick Up More Gongs More accolades for the Tony nominated Bryan Cranston and All the Way. Cranston won the Outstanding Large Actor at the 32nd Elliot Norton awards in Boston May 19, whilst the play, which ran at the city’s A.R.T. last fall, won Outstanding Large Production. At this rate, Cranston and the show’s producers may soon be running out of space on their mantlepieces. Watch Laura Benanti Talk about Herself (Adorably) Tony winner Laura Benanti stopped by NBC New York to talk about her upcoming hosting gig at the Drama Desk Awards, keeping it hi-lar-ious on Twitter and where she keeps all those awards of hers. Check out what the Broadway babe had to say below. Star Fileslast_img read more

The former barracks on Dugi otok will become an attractive tourist product

first_imgThe Administrative Department for Physical Planning, Environmental Protection and Communal Affairs of Zadar County has issued a building permit allowing the public institution Nature Park Telašćica to reconstruct the central building, ie museum, armory and loophole, built souvenir building and construction of a lookout, Antenna Zadar.Thus, the former Grpašćak barracks will become an attractive tourist product in the future. The project of construction of the Interpretation and Educational Center Grpašćak will be financed by a grant from the European Regional Development Fund, and it is worth 13.153.622,55 kuna. The goal of the project is to contribute to sustainable development of the destination, encourage entrepreneurship, raise public awareness of natural and cultural values ​​and the need for their protection and preservation, to create a new tourist product and open the possibility of presentation and offer, indigenous products, as well as the employment of new staff.The main project holder is the Public Institution Nature Park Telašćica, while the project partners are the Municipality of Sali and the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Sali. “We expect that a contractor will be selected in the first half of next year, while the opening of the facility is scheduled for 2020. ” points out Nikolina Baković, director of PP Telašćica. The project refers to the reconstruction, adaptation and adjustment of the existing military infrastructure, which was ceded to the Public Institution Nature Park Telašćica for use in 2006. The entire infrastructure will be converted into an interpretation and education center Grpašćak, for the needs of quality management of the protected area, optimization of visits and encouragement of local entrepreneurship in order to contribute to the sustainable development of the destination.The Management Plan document clearly indicates the problems faced by the Public Institution in managing the Nature Park, including the overcrowding of Mir Bay as the zone with the most visitors during the tourist season, but also the lack of tourist offer due to lack of adequate tourist infrastructure.The establishment of the Interpretation and Education Center, in addition to optimizing visits due to overcrowding in critical areas of the Park, also seeks to provide new opportunities for educational and presentation content to raise public awareness of natural and cultural values ​​and the need to protect and preserve them. Also, a new tourist product would be created and the possibility of presenting and offering autochthonous products would be opened, as well as the employment of new staff, which would additionally invest in sustainable development, primarily for the benefit of the local community.last_img read more

Sharks’ Evander Kane shares heartbreaking message

first_imgSAN JOSE — Sharks forward Evander Kane shared Thursday that he and his wife recently lost a child during pregnancy.In a statement released via his Twitter account, Kane said, “I would like to thank everyone who has reached out to my wife and I during this extremely difficult time. Over the weekend, our daughter, Eva, at 26 weeks, passed away. As expecting parents, this past week has broken us.“We’ve received a ton of support from family and friends, and we truly want to thank them. We would …last_img

Curiosity Set to Explore Mars

first_imgHaving survived its nail-biting entry, descent and landing, the Curiosity rover is ready to roll on Mars.The excitement in the Mission Support Area at JPL when the signal came down that Curiosity was alive on the surface will be replayed for years to come as one of the great moments in space exploration.  First pictures indicate that the rover is healthy.  Next, there will be a prolonged checkout period before science collection begins in Gale Crater and Mt. Sharp, the central peak.At the press conference following the historic landing, project manager Pete Theisinger stated that the nominal mission is two years, but the rover was tested for three times nominal but not to failure.  Given that the Opportunity rover is still going strong after 8 years, Curiosity could be exploring Mars for the next decade.The website for following Curiosity’s progress is mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl.  “Curiosity” is the name given to the Mars Science Laboratory, or MSL.In the delirious celebration of landing, little was said about astrobiology or the search for life up through the first press conference.  That will change.  The press and the scientists are obsessed with finding life on another world.  Curiosity is not able to detect life; at most, it can find conditions for habitability.  We know from experience that the L-word life will appear often in upcoming press releases.  Keep your focus on the data, not on the claims.  Remember that scientific discovery is very different from scientific explanation.  Raw data from distant worlds has usually been discouraging for astrobiologists.  We’ll see if Curiosity keeps that tradition going.For the moment, this is time to celebrate on a profound achievement of human intelligent design – design rightly attributed by the panelists to the United States of America, land of the free and home of the brave people who attempt daring things.  Congratulations to the hundreds of American men and women who participated in making this long-awaited entry, descent and landing a resounding success. (Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

NBA: LeBron supports new All Star Game format: ‘Not a bad idea’

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next “Trying to switch it up. Just like how the dunk contest was at one point it was great, then it wasn’t so well, so they had to kind of switch it up. Then it got good, then it got bad and you switch it up again. You see what happens.”Still, LeBron does not guarantee the change will indeed bring back the excitement to the once revered sporting spectacle, but he knows it’s worth the shot.“It’s hard to say if it’s good or bad yet. We haven’t done it yet. February isn’t here yet so no one knows how good or how bad it’s going to be. But I like the change. Why not?”  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES MOST READ Chicago man blinded in one eye by baseball sues the sportcenter_img Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa READ: NBA changes All-Star Game format; captains will pick teams“I don’t see it as a bad idea. We had to do something,” the 32-year-old forward told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJames also did not mince his words regarding the event’s non-competitiveness in recent years, as players hardly play any defense and pretty content on just shooting wide open threes.“The All-Star Game has been pretty bad the last couple years just from a competition standpoint,” he admitted. Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) poses for the Twitter mirror as Kendrick Perkins looks on during the NBA basketball team media day, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Independence, Ohio.  AP Photo/Ron SchwaneLeBron James has been a staple in the NBA All-Star games, having been chosen to represent the Eastern Conference for the past 13 seasons.With Commissioner Adam Silver confirming that this year’s festivities will undergo major changes, the two-time All Star Game MVP said he supports the long overdue adjustment.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

25 days agoFormer PSG defensive midfielder Thiago Motta: Don’t compare Idrissa Gueye with me

first_imgFormer PSG defensive midfielder Thiago Motta: Don’t compare Idrissa Gueye with meby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer PSG defensive midfielder Thiago Motta has hailed the impact of summer arrival Idrissa Gueye.The midfielder has been outstanding since his arrival from Everton.Motta told Canal Football Club: “He is not my successor. I think he’s a very good player, he just has to be himself and he can give Marco Verratti this support, give him a little more freedom. “He is a recovery player, but he has a good pass too, he is well positioned on the field, he is very intelligent. He has everything to play well at Paris Saint Germain.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

BMO and CIBCs Simplii warn fraudsters may have accessed clients data

first_imgTORONTO – Two of Canada’s biggest banks warned Monday that “fraudsters” may have accessed certain personal and financial information of up to 90,000 customers.The Bank of Montreal said hackers contacted the bank on Sunday claiming to be in possession of the personal information of fewer than 50,000 customers and threatened to make it public.“We became aware of unverified claims that customer personal and financial data may have been accessed by a fraudster,” said spokesman Paul Gammal in an emailed statement Monday.“A threat was made. Our practice is not to make payments to fraudsters. We are focused on protecting and helping our customers,” he said.The bank said it believes the attack originated outside Canada, but did not elaborate on the type of data they accessed.Gammal said the bank is conducting a thorough investigation and is working with the relevant authorities.The disclosure followed a warning from CIBC’s direct banking brand Simplii Financial that also said “fraudsters” may have electronically accessed certain personal and account information for approximately 40,000 Simplii Financial clients.Simplii said Monday it learned of the potential issue on Sunday and has implemented additional online security measures such as enhanced online fraud monitoring, adding it is working with the relevant authorities.Gammal said the potential breach at BMO appears to be related to the CIBC issue. Royal Bank, Scotiabank and Toronto-Dominion Bank said they have no indication they were affected.Both BMO and CIBC said they will be contacting clients, and recommended that customers monitor their accounts and notify their financial institution about any suspicious activity.“We are investigating to determine the validity of the claims and the type of the information that may have been accessed,” CIBC spokesman Tom Wallis said in an emailed statement.Minister of Finance Bill Morneau has spoken to the chief executives of the affected institutions, ministry spokeswoman Jocelyn Sweet said.“We are monitoring the situation closely with the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions,” she said in an emailed statement. “The situation is being investigated by the institutions in collaboration with law enforcement.”The Office of the Privacy Commissioner said Monday that both financial institutions have notified it about the issue.“We are working with the organizations to better understand what occurred and what they are doing to mitigate the situation,” said spokeswoman Valerie Lawton in an email.“At this point in time, we are in contact with the companies; we have not opened a formal investigation.”Simplii said Monday that clients who are victims of fraud because of the issue will receive 100 per cent of the money lost from the affected bank account. It added that there is no indication that clients who bank through CIBC have been affected.CIBC launched Simplii in November and absorbed the accounts of some two million President’s Choice Financial account holders. CIBC had provided the back-end banking services for PC Financial for nearly 20 years, but last August the bank struck a deal with PC’s parent company Loblaw to go their separate ways.The potential data breaches reported by Simplii and BMO on Monday are the latest cybersecurity incidents involving Canadians.Last fall, credit reporting service Equifax notified the public that hackers accessed or stole the personal data of 145.5 million U.S. customers and 19,000 Canadians. In January, Bell Canada warned some of its customers that their information, such as names and email addresses, had been illegally accessed in a data breach.In November, ride-sharing company Uber said hackers stole names, email addresses and cellphone numbers of millions of riders. Uber in December said that 815,000 Canadian riders and drivers may have been affected as part of the worldwide data breach.New federal data breach regulations which would require mandatory reporting of security breaches are set to take effect on Nov. 1.The regulations require organizations to determine if a data breach poses a risk to any individual whose information was involved and then to notify the federal privacy commissioner and affected individuals “as soon as feasible.” Previously, companies that had been hacked had been alerting the public on their own timeline.Companies in this story: (TSX:CM, TSX:BMO)last_img read more

NorthEast Another Kashmir

first_imgMany fear that another Kashmir is in the making in North-East (NE) India. In the last few years, a series of disturbing developments in NE have created a genuine apprehension in the minds of citizens and political analysts about the future of this resource-rich region. Through the division of Bengal in 1947, India has created a landlocked, fertile, region in the northeastern part of the country, surrounded by five foreign nations – China, Myanmar, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal. NE’s only physical contact with the mainland is through the Siliguri corridor, often termed as ‘chicken neck’. This lack of connectivity has further crippled the region’s economy, making it entirely dependent on others, even for basic necessities. Historical blunder On August 15, 1947, two Indian states were divided. Quite some time before the Muslim League demanded the partition of India on religious lines, Bengal-based industrialist G D Birla, had plead for it. On January 11, 1938, he wrote to Mahadev Desai, Gandhi’s secretary: “I wonder why it should not be possible to have two Federations, one of Muslims and another of Hindus……if anything is going to check our progress, it is the Hindu-Muslim question – not the Englishman, but our own internal quarrels.” Not only did Birla try to persuade Gandhi todivide India on communal lines as early as in January 1938 but he also approached Viceroy Linlithgow with the same proposal in the same month. Accordingly, Punjab and Bengal were divided in 1947 and millions of people were uprooted from their ancestral homes. As apprehended, the exchange of population was not peaceful – thousands were killed in communal riots. Unlike Punjab and Bengal, Muslim dominated Kashmir was not divided. But “the immediate impact (of partition) was in Jammu. Muslim subjects from different parts of Jammu province were forcibly displaced by the Dogra Army in a programme of expulsion and murder carried out over three weeks between October-November 1947”. The Muslims, who constituted more than 60 per cent of the population of Jammu region, were reduced to a minority. To quote a August 10, 1948, report published in The Times, London: “2,37,000 Muslims were systematically exterminated – unless they escaped to Pakistan along the border – by the forces of the Dogra State headed by the Maharaja in person and aided by Hindus and Sikhs. This happened in October 1947, five days before Pak invasion and nine days before the Maharaja’s accession to India.” Within hours of Kashmir’s accession to India, Pakistan Army had occupied a major portion of northern Kashmir and the state was divided into Pak Occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Indian state of Kashmir. The next Kashmir There are many reasons that empower the apprehension of NE becoming Kashmir – once beloved, then torn. Like Kashmir, this region is also strategically significant to our neighbouring countries China and Myanmar. Second, Hindutva philosophy of ruling Indo-Aryan parties faces strong resistance from the Tibeto-Burmese and Austro-Asiatic tribes who dominate this region. Third, NE tribes have a long history of conflicts among themselves and with the State. In 1958, The Armed Forces (Special Power) Act (AFSPA) was enacted to empower Indian armed forces’ ‘special power’ to maintain public order in ‘disturbed areas’. Incidentally, till date, AFSPA has been executed only in the northeastern states (except Mizoram) and in Jammu & Kashmir. Fourth, lack of proper connectivity with the mainland has alienated this region from the investment radar of national and foreign capital. Human and natural resources have not been utilised to their potential. Fifth, Pakistan’s close association with China has made it a stronger enemy for India. The Delhi-Mumbai-Ahmedabad centric ruling oligarchy is looking for a softer enemy around NE to shift the war zone away from India’s power centre to the periphery. Sixth, the rise of Bangladesh as an emerging ‘Tiger’ of South-East Asia is a major blow to proponents of the religion-based Two Nations Theory. After the division of Bengal, the Muslim majority East Bengal went to Pakistan (East) while Hindu dominated West Bengal remained with India. In 1971, East Pakistan declared independence from Urdu hegemony and became Democratic Republic of Bangladesh. Since then, language, not religion, has become the principal identity of Bangladesh. Now, Bangladesh is ahead of Pakistan in almost all socioeconomic parameters. In 2017-18, it was ahead (USD 1,751) of its sister West Bengal (USD 1,500) in per capita income (in current price) and it is estimated that Bangladesh, one of the world’s most densely populated countries, will exceed India’s per capita income in the next few years. To the Hindu nationalists of India, the existence of Bangladesh as an independent thriving nation is an embarrassment. To them, Bengali refugees are like ‘termites’. And, to fight these ‘termites’, they have decided to strengthen their hold in West Bengal first. Vicious circle of poverty The division of Bengal had landlocked NE, surrounding it by five foreign countries. The umbilical cord remains the ‘chicken neck’ corridor at Siliguri. Due to lack of proper market and adequate support from the government at Delhi, the region could not utilise its huge economic potential for the benefit of its citizens. During 2000-2018, NE states could attract only 0.03 per cent of the FDI equity flow which entered India. Not only FDI, even Indian commercial banks have not extended due credit to NE people as they deserve. The credit-deposit ratio of NE has remained nearly half of the national average. Lack of funds and sustained siphoning of people’s savings and natural resources like tea, timber, oil, coal etc., to other parts of the country have resulted in a vicious circle of inadequate resources, poverty, unemployment and political unrest. Instead of breaking this vicious cycle, political leaders have tried to sustain it for their selfish interests. Possible way out NE’s policy-makers should reflect upon which side they must look at, East or West, for the long-term development of their region. Better economic and cultural engagements with Bangladesh and West Bengal are likely to offer them brighter prospects at breaking their geophysical trap and help gain access to huge global markets using the sea. Ambassador Gautam Mukhopadhaya, in his lectures ‘North East, Act East’, delivered on January 31, 2017, at Indian International Centre, Delhi, also echoed the same opinion. According to him, Assam had enjoyed one of the highest growth rates under the colonial economy built on trading tea, timber and oil with Calcutta, to which it was linked. The epicentre of growth radiated down the Bay of Bengal via ports of Calcutta, Chittagong, Akyab (Sittwe), Rangoon, Moulmein, Tavoy and Singapore. He argued that ‘if transport through old Bengal and present-day Bangladesh was crucial in the growth of the old Assamese economy, then every diplomatic effort must be made to restore such connectivity for the present day North-East.’ To the landlocked people of NE states, Bengali speaking people of Bangladesh and West Bengal are not ‘termites’ rather these people are their true friends. They are all victims of the 1947 partition of Bengal. Unless this truth is realised and internalised by today’s people, the entire region runs the risk of becoming another war zone, like Kashmir.last_img read more

Ethiopian crew followed procedure but unable to control jet Report

first_imgAddis Ababa: The crew of the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed last month killing 157 people, repeatedly followed procedures recommended by Boeing, but were unable to regain control of the jet, according the investigators’ report released Thursday. The initial report, unveiled by Ethiopian Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges, cast further doubt on the system controlling the Boeing 737 MAX 8 model, which has been grounded worldwide for almost a month. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”The crew performed all the procedures repeatedly provided by the manufacturer, but was not able to control the aircraft,” said Dagmawit Moges, unveiling results of the preliminary probe into the crash. The report recommends “the aircraft flight control system shall be reviewed by the manufacturer,” she said. “Aviation authorities shall verify that the review of the aircraft flight control system has been adequately addressed by the manufacturer before the release of the aircraft for operations,” she added. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe release of the report came after the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced a review of the certification of the automated flight control system on the 737 MAX. Boeing is reviewing the report. The Ethiopian Airlines flight was headed to Nairobi on a clear morning on March 10 when it plummeted nose-first into a field outside Addis Ababa just minutes after take-off, having reportedly experienced erratic steep climbs and descents.last_img read more

Whos Likely To Win The Five Big European Soccer Leagues

Arsenal719 Man. City544 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. Chelsea96%62% Barcelona43%25% TEAMMAKING CHAMP. LG.WINNING PREMIER LG. CHANCE OF … Eintracht34<1 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. Teams with a greater than 5 percent chance of qualifying for Champions League Sevilla823 Tottenham709 Real Madrid2312 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 Man. United29<1 Teams with a greater than 5 percent chance of reaching the Champions League final 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 TEAMMAKING FINALWINNING CHAMP. LG. Atletico Madrid68<1 Lazio222 Roma7823 Real Madrid>99%49% Bayer17<1 CHANCE OF … Arsenal105 Dortmund146 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 TEAMMAKING CHAMP. LG.WINNING LIGUE 1 Hertha Berlin32<1 Hoffenheim27<1 FC Cologne14<1 RB Leipzig836 AC Milan11<1 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 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 Teams with a greater than 5 percent chance of qualifying for Champions League Bayern Munich>99%91% Liverpool7915 Napoli6413 Atalanta7<1 Dortmund803 Inter Milan211 Barcelona>9946 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 Monaco9748 CHANCE OF … CHANCE OF … PSG97%48% Sevilla94 Lyon512 Nice471 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 CHANCE OF … TEAMMAKING CHAMP. LG.WINNING SERIE A Teams with a greater than 5 percent chance of qualifying for Champions League Juventus93%60% Villarreal22<1 CHANCE OF … Juventus2110 Man. City146 Real Sociedad18<1 Napoli84 TEAMMAKING CHAMP. LG.WINNING BUNDESLIGA Teams with a greater than 5 percent chance of qualifying for Champions League Bayern Munich2816 Teams with a greater than 5 percent chance of qualifying for Champions League Atletico Madrid125 read more