It’s easy to see why this is Queensland’s most popular house

first_img701 Clear Mountain Rd. Picture: are 20 foot high ceilings in the entrance where an imported crystal chandelier hangs.A circular butterfly staircase with Traveston tiles then leads upstairs. Even the kitchen has views at 701 Clear Mountain Rd. Picture: main bedroom has a raised bed platform, crystal chandelier and an extensive ensuite, which includes a spa bath, double shower, toilet, bidet and floor to ceiling marble tiles.Strong interest continued in the second most popular property this week, which was last week’s most popular property, 76 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach. Queensland’s most viewed property this week at701 Clear Mountain Rd, Clear Mountain.IT’S easy to see why Queensland’s most viewed property this week grabbed so much attention.The home at 701 Clear Mountain Rd, Clear Mountain, which has topped’s list as the most viewed in the state has amazing views — and that’s not all. 701 Clear Mountain Rd, Picture: seven-bedroom home is listed through Scott Gemmell of LJ Hooker New Farm.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoKnown as Mountain Lake Manor it has panoramic views across the rolling hills of Clear Mountain.center_img The views of the rolling hills from 701 Clear Mountain Rd, Clear Mountain are quite impressive. 76 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach made the most popular list for two weeks in a row.The home was designed by Jared Poole. It has a handcrafted sandstone feature wall and oak timber floors.Third on the list this week was 17 Blackwattle Circuit at Arundel.The home is listed for buyers in the $399,000 to $439,000 price range and has gone under contract.It has four bedrooms and was recently painted.Following on from that home in popularity was 12 Inala Ave, Tugun, The four-bedroom home is listed for interest over $675,000.Rounding out the top five this week was a home at 53 Empress Drive, Carindale. The five-bedroom home is on 746sq m, in a cul de sac.last_img read more

Bundesliga: Hazard inspires Dortmund to win over former side Gladbach

first_imgThe match was tense throughout and featured a Bundesliga season-high 10 yellow cards, with players from both teams needing to be pulled away from each other by Dortmund coach Lucien Favre at full-time.“It was a difficult game. Gladbach are efficient and our first half wasn’t great,” said Favre. “But after it was 1-1, we played well – and that was good, very good.”Dortmund took the lead inside 10 minutes when ex-Gladbach midfielder Hazard took a pass from Erling Braut Haaland and shrugged off three defenders to curl a floating shot into the top left-hand corner of the net.Gladbach equalised in the 50th minute when Lars Stindl tapped in a shot from Alassane Plea to score his fifth goal from his past four games.The turning point for Dortmund came in the 66th minute when Jadon Sancho -– who started on the bench ahead of Dortmund’s crucial trip to Paris Saint-German in midweek -– was introduced.Sancho’s assist, his 15th of the season, put Achraf Hakimi in acres of space on the right wing, with the Real Madrid loanee beating Yann Sommer through his legs.The win saw Dortmund leapfrog Leipzig into second place, trailing leaders Bayern Munich by a point.After the match, Hazard praised Haaland’s efforts in letting other Dortmund players get on the scoresheet.“I think he needs to give more assists, because he scores too much. I gave him one last time and now he’s given me one – we’re 1-1 – but next time it’s my turn to give him an assist again,” said Hazard.Dortmund captain Mats Hummels said the recent additions of Haaland and Emre Can had helped them find the right balance.“Right now we’ve got the perfect mix between artists and workers – or folks that can do both,” said Hummels.– Leipzig draw blank –RB Leipzig dropped points for the second weekend running after labouring to a 0-0 draw at Wolfsburg.Timo Werner was limited to 30 minutes off the bench for RB Leipzig due to injury An inspired performance by Thorgan Hazard against his former club helped Borussia Dortmund claim a crucial three points in the title race with a 2-1 win away at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.Advertisement Leipzig missed the goal threat of Timo Werner, who started the game on the bench after overcoming a muscular problem during the week.Despite being subbed on in the 60th minute, Werner –- who has 21 goals in the Bundesliga this season -– failed to make an impact in a dour encounter with few chances for either side, marking just the third time this season that Leipzig have failed to get on the scoresheet.Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann said the performance did not bode well ahead of Tottenham’s visit to Germany on Tuesday.“A draw was the right result as we weren’t good enough to win. We were laboured and slow in our build-up,” he said.“We didn’t create any space. We need to become dangerous again in front of goal before the Tottenham game.”At the BayArena, Bayer Leverkusen dominated Eintracht Frankfurt 4-0 to jump up to fourth in the table.German football’s golden boy Kai Havertz opened the scoring in the fourth minute with his sixth of the season, tapping in a cross from Moussa Diaby. Karim Bellarabi scored the home side’s second just 10 minutes later when chipping in from close range.Leverkusen’s teenage Brazilian forward Paulinho added two more in a five-minute period midway through the second half.Schalke and Hoffenheim fought out a 1-1 draw at the Veltins Arena. American midfielder Weston McKennie scored just his second goal from 67 Bundesliga appearances when his left-footed drive put his side 1-0 up in the 20th minute. Read Also: Messi named La Liga Player of the Month for FebruaryHoffenheim levelled in the 69th minute through Christoph Baumgartner.Elsewhere, relegation-threatened Werder Bremen held on for a 2-2 draw away at Hertha Berlin after blowing a two-goal lead.Freiburg kept their hopes for European football alive with a dominant 3-1 home win over Union Berlin.On Sunday, Bayern have a chance to restore their four-point lead at the top of the table when they welcome Bavarian neighbours Augsburg to the Allianz Arena.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone12 Actors Who Can Only Play Bad Guys5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Shows You Didn’t Want To Watch At The EndCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind Loading… last_img read more

Update:  Iraq Marshlands Recovering Quicker Than Expected

first_imgHow is south-central Iraq doing?  Recall that Saddam Hussein nearly obliterated, intentionally, one of the world’s premier wetlands (05/01/2003, 02/18/2005).  His fall from power enabled scientists to measure the damage and estimate hopes for recovery.  The outlook was pretty bleak at first.  Now, after two seasons of above-average rainfall upstream, fresh water has again been flooding large areas of the marshes.    A team monitoring the recovery provided an update in BioScience.1  Their assessment is guarded optimism: about a third of the vast acreage is recovering better than expected, but there is a long way to go.  Many birds and indigenous species have been spotted, giving scientists hope of their return from near extinction.    The main problems are lack of landscape connectivity between the reflooded areas, uncertainties about the sustainability of the freshwater sources, and doubts that the Marsh Arab culture will become re-established.  Many of those forced away may not return due to other opportunities, fear, uncertainty and other factors: the young, for instance, are being attracted to other ways of life.  It was not exactly the “Garden of Eden” lifestyle portrayed in the West, anyway: the paper states that warfare, rivalry and disease accompanied living in the region.1Curtis J. Richardson and Najah H. Hussain, “ Restoring the Garden of Eden: An Ecological Assessment of the Marshes of Iraq,” BioScience, Volume 56, Number 6, June 2006, pp. 477-489(13).Where are the activist environmentalists on this issue?  Have they forgotten that Saddam Hussein intentionally committed two of the worst acts of environmental terrorism in history, the burning of the Kuwaiti oil fields in the first gulf war, and the destruction of the Iraqi marshlands in the second?  Had not the international coalition under American leadership intervened in both cases, Saddam would have succeeded without consequence, and the land might never have recovered.  The dictator who machine-gunned civilians by the tens of thousands and bulldozed their bodies into mass graves now is getting some due process he denied his victims, while the land he ravaged has at least some hope of recovery.  Environmentalists tend to be predominantly leftist in ideology.  Can they at least give the two President Bushes a little credit here for taking the initiative, boldly, to do something about it?    While saving the ecology was not the primary mission of either military action, it has been a tangible by-product.  As in other lands ravaged by dictators, the return of freedom has provided incalculable environmental hope for this vital region.  Sin cursed the original Garden of Eden and continues to curse the land wherever evil triumphs.  Some day, according to the Bible, only the Creator’s intervention will avail to “destroy those who destroy the earth” (Rev. 11:18).  By then, a complete remake will be required by the Creator himself.  That does not mean, however, that we stewards should not work to conserve and fortify what we have now.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Learn a Gruesome Lesson in Horror Makeup From Rick Baker

first_imgGo old school with the Bride of Frankenstein. You’re on your own with the wig.Horror Makeup: How to Create the Monster’s Bride Next, Baker explains how to execute a classic Dia de los Muertos sugar skull look.Horror Makeup: How to Create Day of the Dead Finally, channel your Inner-90s-Goth-Kid and transform yourself into Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. This one is a little more involved, but it’s still completely doable.Horror Makeup: Sally From The Nightmare Before ChristmasWhat are your favorite Rick Baker creations? What are you going to be for Halloween? Let us know in the comments below!center_img Rick Baker is the most scary-talented special effects artist of all time. With these makeup tutorials, you’ll learn how to take your video project to a creepy new level – or maybe just rule Halloween!Rick Baker might be responsible for your nightmares. He’s created some of the most iconic creatures, creeps, and killer monsters to ever stalk the silver screen — and now you can learn his practical horror makeup techniques for yourself! In the videos below, Baker shows you how to transform an ordinary human into all manner of monsters. Apply these techniques to up the production value of your next video project — or maybe just use them to rule your next Halloween party. First, let’s take a quick look at some of Baker’s most innovative and iconic work.A History of Horrifying Hollywood CreativityRick Baker’s career began on the set of The Exorcist and his professional journey has taken him to the darkest corners of cinema and pop culture. In this very 1980s clip, Baker goes behind the scenes of the legendary transformation from the John Landis classic, An American Werewolf in London. This sequence won Baker the Oscar for Special Effects, an award category that didn’t even exist the year before. He would go on to receive ten more nominations and seven wins.After the success of An American Werewolf in London, Baker was tapped to create the horror makeup special effects for Michael Jackson’s Thriller. The video would put Baker’s work into the mainstream… But, according to an interview with Vice,  the makeup master wasn’t originally certain that the project would be a success.I was really concerned about making up a pop star. I thought, This is going to be difficult, and he’s not going to be a good subject for this. But I was totally wrong. He loved it, [but] it was chaotic, and I had a whole lot of work to do in a very little amount of time. I had to use union makeup artists whom I didn’t really know, and didn’t know what they could do to apply these makeups on the dancers, and I was applying makeup on Michael on the same night, running around the makeup trailers, going, “No, no, no…” And there we were, in Vernon, the meatpacking district, in the middle of the night, and they started doing the “Thriller” dance…Baker’s work in horror will likely define his legacy, but not all of his creations were creepy. In fact, Baker has said on record that one of his favorite creations is downright lovable…  Harry the sasquatch from Harry and the Hendersons.I’m proud of most of the things that I’ve done. One of my favorites though that I just really have the most fond memories of and really think the work is still good, is a film called Harry and the Hendersons. I really loved that character and I think it still holds up. I just read an article about CG stuff and somebody was talking about animatronics and how they didn’t think they could do something better than Harry was in that film – and I did that in the 80s.Today, practical effects appear to be making a comeback, but not enough to keep Baker in the studio; he announced his retirement in March of 2015. Be sure to check out his YouTube channel. He’s got all kinds of behind-the-scenes awesomeness and several how-to tutorials.Horror Makeup Tutorials From the MasterIn 2013, Baker worked with MAC Cosmetics on some video tutorials that explain how to transform your friends into freaks and ghouls. You can use these techniques on your next no-budget horror project or, even better, use them to win $50 at your next Halloween costume contest. First up, a lesson in the living dead.Horror Makeup: How to Create a Zombielast_img read more

The Evolution of Sales Approaches Won’t End with Insight

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now After watching this video about Level 4 Value Creation™ posted on LinkedIn, Ben asks whether the ideas popularized by The Challenger Sale and approaches that lead with insight have been commoditized. The short answer here is that we are not even close to having commoditized value-creating approaches to selling to—and serving—our clients.The Evolution of SolutionsMack Hanan wrote the book Consultative Selling in 1970. The central idea in that book was that being consultative meant helping your client improve their profitability. Very few salespeople or sales organizations executed the PIP (profit improvement plans) he recommended in his book. Forty-eight years later, few are even aware of his excellent work, though the book was on it’s eight edition last I checked.You may not even be aware that Michael Bosworth developed and wrote the first book on Solutions Selling in 1994. That makes the ideas in that book decades old, and the version by Keith Eades, New Solutions Selling followed in 2003, fifteen years prior to this post. Solutions Selling was–and is–very widely and successfully implemented, so much so, that I believe Level 3 Value, the ability to solve a client’s dissatisfaction has been commoditized. That said, there are many salespeople and sales organizations that never moved past pitching themselves and their products, some being more successful than others, context being the difference in results.The long evolutionary arc of sales approaches bends towards greater levels of value creation (and how could it be otherwise).A Small Step for Salespeople and Their ClientsIn all of human history, we have advanced steadily forward, always improving things, occasionally stumbling in the most horrific of ways imaginable. We have never, however, gone from Hunter-Gatherer, to Agrarian, to the Industrial Age, to the Information Age, and then back to Industrial Age. These advances are not universal, with some reaching certain paths before others.In sales, we couldn’t help but stumble into leading with insights and ideas as the natural progression from solutions. It was unavoidable that the people who sat across from clients and developed solutions with them would eventually develop the business acumen and situational knowledge necessary to be able to proactively compel their dream clients to change before they suffered from their lack of awareness and/or action. This should come as no surprise, as a “trusted advisor” has always coupled the two ideas that make up the term itself.The answer is no, leading with insights and helping the client decide to change has not yet been commoditized. It will be some time before it is replaced by something even more powerful. But over time, you can count on the bar being raised ever higher, and with it, more being required of salespeople who want to be consultative in their approach.Stay tuned for Level 5.last_img read more

Ind vs WI: Rains ruined Dhoni’s plans

first_imgIndia captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni didn’t hide his disappointed stating that his plan was “ruined due to the rain” that stopped play for around 32 minutes during the final session of the second Test against West Indies that ended in a draw.”I am disappointed to some extent. The last session was evenly poised. My plan was ruined because of the rain, we got couple of wickets that were needed but bad light spoiled the party,” a dejected Dhoni stated at the post-match presentation ceremony.About his decision to offer a sporting declaration, Dhoni said that he was confident that 280 was a defendable total.”I thought 280 was enough in this venue since the outfield is slow which means you can add some 30 runs to the target. It was also not easy to play shots on this track.”The Indian captain did admit that it was a difficult track to bat on first up.”I think there was fair bit of moisture on the track on the first day. If we had bowled, we might have had bowled slightly fuller. Our bowlers have been really good in this series. Even though some of them have not taken wickets, they have put pressure on the batsmen,” he said.The skipper was full of praise for Ishant Sharma. “He has bowled really well and in absence of Zaheer Khan has proved to be our main strike bowler.”Ishant who had a match-haul of 10 for 108 was naturally elated after being adjudged man-of-the-match for his spectacular bowling.advertisement”I can’t forget this match as I have never bowled so well in a Test match. The wicket had uneven bounce but once you stuck to the right areas it yielded results,” Ishant said. He also thanked Zaheer Khan for mentoring him. “I am thankful to Zak as his advice has helped me bowl well.”Under pressure West Indian captain Darren Sammy was however happy that they had managed a draw in the Test match. “I will take this result. As long as we didn’t lose today, I was quite happy. We had a plan even down to the last 15 overs were on course but we lost too many wickets,” Sammy said.He has always regretted the batting effort and this time also it was no different.”It was a repetition of the first Test when we got them cheaply but couldn’t surpass their score although Bravo and Baugh played well in the second innings,” the Caribbean skipper said.The endeavour now will be to win the final Test and square the series. “We have to go all out to win the Test. I can’t fault the effort of our bowlers. Fidel got eight wickets and Rampaul aslo bowled well,” he stated.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Alex Cabagnot, seven others get fined in latest round of PBA penalties

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MANILA, Philippines—Eight players, including San Miguel Beer guard Alex Cabagnot, were the latest to be fined by the PBA on Wednesday,ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ramil de Jesus already bracing for La Salle-UST Final 4 match up DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Three other Beermen were punished with Kelly Nabong (P3,400), Arwind Santos (P1,600) and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser (P1,600) fined for picking up a technical foul each for various reasons. Nabong already has four technicals this conference.Four Phoenix players in Alex Mallari, Ron Dennison, Jason Perkins and Jaypee Mendoza were also fined.READ: Caloy Garcia heaviest hit as PBA hands out multiple fines in PBA semisMallari, who got ejected, was fined P2,600 for his second motion and verbal altercation that merited technical fouls.Mendoza, who was also thrown out, got a P6,600 fine for his flagrant foul 1 and technical for use of profane language.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cabagnot was slapped with a P20,000 fine for his low blow hit on Phoenix’s RJ Jazul in the second quarter of the Beermen’s 114-91 rout of the Fuel Masters in Game 4 of the Philippine Cup semifinals Tuesday night.The league deemed Cabagnot’s punch as a flagrant foul penalty 2 upon after the referees initially and inexplicably missed it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsREAD: Louie Alas baffled over non-call on Alex Cabagnot: ‘We saw Jazul was punched’The non-call drew flak on social media and irked Phoenix head coach Louie Alas. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dennison was fined P5,000 for breaking the landing spot rule against Nabong while Perkins was fined P1,600 for taunting Santos.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

West Bengal government announce cash award of Rs 10 lakh for Swapna Barman

first_imgKolkata, Aug 30 (PTI) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today announced a cash award of Rs 10 lakh and a government job for Swapna Barman, who won India’s first-ever Asian Games gold medal in heptathlon. Bengal tourism minister Gautam Deb today called on Swapna’s family in Jalpaiguri and made her mother speak to the Chief Minister on phone, West Bengal Athletic Association secretary Kamal Maitra told PTI. “The CM announced a cash award of Rs 10 lakh and a government job for Swapna. The minister (Deb) spent about half an hour at Swapna’s house, and also assured them full support,” Maitra said. Swapna is likely to return around September 3-4 and the WBAA are also planning to felicitate the golden girl from Jalpaiguri, Maitra added. The 21-year-old from Jalpaiguri scripted history in Jakarta when she achieved her personal best score of 6026 points in the seven-event competition to earn India a first heptathlon gold in Asian Games. Wishes poured in from all quarters including Bengal icon Sourav Ganguly, who congratulated Swapna on his official Twitter handle. “Congratulations to Swapna Burman @Swapna_Barman96 ..for her gold ..we in India and Bengal are so happy and proud,” Ganguly wrote. Swapna is yet another story in Indian Olympic sports that has seen her battle poverty and physical difficulty to run with ill-fitting shoes that always pinch the six toes on each of her feet. One of the four children of her parents, her story is a story of survival. Her father Panchanan Barman pulled rickshaw van till a stroke forced him to stay at home, while mother Basana Devi worked as a maid and plucked leaves in tea garden. Seeing his youngest daughter Swapna’s interest in sport, her father Panchanan Barman, used to fix bamboo sticks on the field in the backyard of his tin-roofed house for her to practice high jump. After returning from school, Swapna used to practice there and that’s how her journey from Jalpaiguri to Jakarta began for her. The family income was too meagre and there was no infrastructure for athletics but the biggest challenge was poverty.advertisement Her mother Basana Devi used to encourage her after noticing her win the first prize in high jump among all the primary school. To ensure that Swapna did not miss out on her practice, her mother used to drop her to Jalpaiguri Sports Complex ground. Her brother, Asit Barman said Swapna had left SAI camp hostel in 2015 never to return to the athletics track, but her coach Subhas Sarkar dissuaded her from doing so and stood like a pillar of strength. PTI TAP COR MM KHSKHSlast_img read more

The Spurs And Heats Road to the Conference Finals

On Wednesday night, both the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs closed out their series in five games. Through the end of these second-round series, the Spurs have been outscoring their opponents by an average of 9.9 points per 100 possessions, the Heat by nine points per 100 possessions. Both of those marks lap the rest of the field — the next closest team in the playoffs is the Oklahoma City Thunder at +4.5. The Heat and the Spurs have been the best in these playoffs by a wide margin.Those point-per-possession metrics are important; they account for pace and average margin of victory or defeat. That means they offer a more insightful understanding of a team’s strength than its record can. And once we understand a team’s strength, we can better guess its future success.By that metric, the Spurs and Heat are converging. After a seven-game slog against the Dallas Mavericks in the first round, the Spurs had a per 100 possession point differential of +3.4. From there, they seem to have swelled, getting stronger and stronger as they dismantled the Portland Trail Blazers. The Heat’s dominance looks inverted. First, they swept the Charlotte Bobcats with a per 100 possession point differential of +10.1. But after trampling the Brooklyn Nets in the first two games of the second round, they’ve struggled to separate themselves and their point differential has been slowly creeping downward.The chart below shows the cumulative per 100 possession point differential of each team going into the second round and after each second-round game.Both teams swung upward in their two home games to start the round. But as the Spurs’ point differential has continued to climb, albeit at a slightly slower trajectory, the Heat have been trending downward from their playoff peak to meet them. Quality of competition is certainly a factor, and the Spurs’ first-round point differential is heavily influenced by having played the Mavericks, a much more successful team during the regular season than the Charlotte Bobcats. But the Spurs’ second-round opponent, the Trail Blazers, had a Simple Rating System mark of 4.44 during the regular season, sixth-best in the league. The Nets were -1.58, 20th in the league.Of course, both teams still have plenty of obstacles, but playing at such a high level bodes well for the next round (though which teams they face may matter even more). But the directions their performances have been trending implies that the Spurs might be moving on with slightly more momentum than the Heat. read more

The Outcomes of Groups A And B Will Be Decided Today

Monday marks the end of the beginning of the World Cup: the simultaneous matches phase. At 4 p.m. EDT, all teams from Group A will kick off: Brazil will play Cameroon in Brasilia, Brazil, while Mexico will play Croatia in Recife. FIFA schedules these matches simultaneously so that no team might benefit from knowing the score of the other match ahead of time, which could potentially impact strategy.These are the final matches of the group phase and therefore will determine who advances. Sometimes, working through the permutations is easy — as it is in Group B, where the Netherlands and Chile have already guaranteed advancement and are playing only to determine who finishes first in the group. But other cases, like the United States’ Group G, are more complicated.FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup forecasts project the results in a probabilistic fashion, showing each team’s odds of winning and advancing from its group. But we’ll also be working through the possibilities in a more detailed way with matrices, such as the one you see below:That was the simple case I mentioned before: Group B, which will play its matches at noon Monday. The Netherlands will advance first in the group if it beats Chile or draws with it; Chile will do so if it beats the Netherlands by any margin. Australia and Spain are already mathematically eliminated from the tournament, and their game won’t make any difference.But the Chile-Netherlands game matters more than you might think: Up for grabs is the right not to have to face Brazil in the Round of 16, which the second-place team from Group B will probably have to do.Brazil’s Group A is more complicated, even though most scenarios result in Brazil finishing in first place. Cameroon has been eliminated. Brazil is almost certain to advance, but there are wild-card scenarios where it might not. Mexico can guarantee advancement with a win or draw against Croatia. A Croatia win means that it advances while Mexico almost certainly does not. This is what that group looks like:I’m assuming, as a default, that all wins come by a 2-1 scoreline while all draws are 1-1. Cases where the exact score matters are highlighted in yellow.Brazil and Mexico, for instance, are tied atop Group A with four points, but Brazil is ahead on the goal-differential tiebreaker. If both teams win their matches Monday, both will advance with seven points. Will Brazil advance as the first-place team? Yes, if both wins come by our default 2-1 scoreline or under most other realistic scenarios. But it’s theoretically possible that Mexico could surpass Brazil — for example, if it beats Croatia 3-0 while Brazil beats Cameroon 1-0.The more treacherous case for Brazil — albeit extremely unlikely because it’s so heavily favored to beat Cameroon — is if Brazil and Mexico lose. In that case, Croatia will qualify first in the group. Brazil and Mexico will be stuck on four points and tied for second. If Brazil lost by a wider margin than Mexico, it could fail to advance.There’s also one case where Brazil would be denied advancement outright. That comes if it loses to Cameroon, and Mexico and Croatia draw. Then the group standings would be: Mexico 5 points, Croatia 4, Brazil 4, Cameroon 3. Mexico qualifies first and Croatia and Brazil are tied for second. But Brazil would be guaranteed to lose the goal-differential tiebreaker because it and Croatia currently have the same goal differential (+2) and Brazil’s would worsen with its loss while Croatia’s would stay the same with its draw. Fortunately for Brazil, the probability of this happening is only about 0.5 percent. read more