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Victorian Gladiator Wins

first_imgELIMINATORNatasha went into the eliminator 2.5 seconds behind and beat her competitor.Thanks to Touch Football Victoria for providing the article content. Victorian Touch Football representative Natasha Haines put her touch football skills to good use by claiming the 2008 Gladiator crown. In the final game “Eliminator”, Natasha overcame a 2.5 second deficit to claim victory over her New South Wales competitor.Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate Natasha on her achievement and the resulting promotion of our sport.Below is some information about the show:Natasha talks about Touch Football: “I have played a lot of sports and touch is a sport that is a highly competitive, high intensity sport and you need fitness to survive. Touch is unlike any other sport where you need to be fresh and explosive on the field to make an impact…then quickly sub off for a rest. It has a very quick turnaround between subs.Touch is a highly social game, many friends and families play the sport across all levels. It enables you to play in a same sex team and/or mixed team.”Final Review:Game 1 – GAUNTLETNatasha could not dodge past the Gladiators and didn’t score.Game 2 HANG TOUGH Natasha stayed up on the rings long enough to collect 5 points.Game 3 SUMO BALL Natasha failed to out sumo Amazon and failed to score.Game 4 PYRAMID Olympia proved too strong for Natasha and she scored no points.last_img read more

Go India! Ziva Dhoni makes her presence felt at Edgbaston as India reach CWC 19 semi-finals

first_imgGo India! Ziva Dhoni makes her presence felt at Edgbaston as India reach CWC 19 semi-finalsZiva Dhoni had a fun outing once again at Edgbaston as she saw India beat Bangladesh to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup 2019. view more view less India Today Web Desk BirminghamJuly 3, 2019UPDATED: July 3, 2019 11:55 IST Ziva and Sakshi Dhoni have been constantly supporting Team India in England during this World Cup (Sakshi Dhoni Instagram)HIGHLIGHTSZiva and Sakshi Dhoni attended India’s match against Bangladesh at Edgbaston on TuesdayIndia (314/9) beat Bangladesh (286) by 28 runs to reach CWC 19 semi-finalsIndia finish their group stage with a game against Sri Lanka at Leeds on July 6Ziva Dhoni once again made her presence felt at the Edgbaston cricket ground on Tuesday as she cheered for Team India in their World Cup 2019 match against Bangladesh and her team won.Ziva was in the stands along with her mother Sakshi, as India produced another clinical performance to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.Sakshi posted a series of pictures and a video of Ziva screaming “Go India” on her daughter’s Instagram account. Ziva and Sakshi have attended most of the 8 games that Team India has played in the tournament so far.On Tuesday, vice-captain Rohit Sharma’s dream run with the bat and Jasprit Bumrah’s brilliance at the death helped India beat Bangladesh by 28 runs to become the second team after Australia to reach the last four with 13 points from 8 matches.It was Rohit’s (104 off 92 balls) record-equalling fourth century in a single edition and his 180-run opening stand with KL Rahul (77 off 92 balls) that laid the foundation for a par-score of 314 for nine after India opted to bat.The chase wasn’t impossible but Shakib Al Hasan (66 off 74 balls) didn’t get any notable support from the other end as Bangladesh were bundled out for 286 in 48 overs. Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya were the stars with the ball with the duo finishing with 4 and 3 wickets respectively.India have now reached the semi-finals in 3 successive World Cups. They won the tournament in 2011, lost to Australia in the semi-finals in 2015 and now have the chance to win their 3rd World Cup.advertisementBangladesh will next take on Pakistan on July 5 while India finish their group stage with a game against Sri Lanka at Leeds on July 6.Also Read | WATCH: Sakshi Dhoni steals Ziva Dhoni’s pram for a joyrideAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Ziva Dhoni has a fun day out as India beat West IndiesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Ziva DhoniFollow Sakshi DhoniFollow India vs BangladeshFollow World Cup 2019 graphs advertisement commentary No data available! scorecard Nextlast_img read more

2M Links Kobe to Gothenburg

first_imgzoom The Maersk Edmonton is the first vessel to call Gothenburg from Kobe, Japan within a new deep sea service established between APM Terminals Gothenburg and Japan, under the new 2M alliance.According to APM, container vessels from Sweden will now be able to reach Kobe and Yokohama, a voyage that previously did not exist.The vessel called at APM Terminals Gothenburg on 25th of February.“2M’s decision to establish a link between our terminal and Japan further consolidates Gothenburg as the natural logistics hub and promotes regional trade and industry in Sweden and Norway,” says Patrik Thulin, Chief Commercial Officer APM Terminals Gothenburg.In recent years, carriers have been joining hands to form alliances in response to vessel overcapacity trying to benefit from economies of scale. On the trade route between Asia and North Europe, the majority of container traffic is now handled by four major alliances.For port terminals, the consequences of such alliances mean operating fewer but larger calls. Not all terminals can accommodate these bigger vessels and larger calls, and only by investing in upgrades will they be able to remain competitive, as recently highlighted by Kim Fejfer, CEO APM Terminals.APM Terminals Gothenburg is currently undergoing such transformation. Two new 24-container wide reach super post-Panamax STS cranes and two rail-mounted gantry cranes will become operational in Spring 2015, as will the completion of an expansion project that is adding a sixth access track to accommodate three, instead of the current two, full trains of 750 meters in length simultaneously.“The new investment at our terminal enables us to handle larger calls in a more efficient manner. At the same time, the larger volumes affected our planning and foresight to be able to quickly and efficiently transport goods to and from vessels, through the terminal, and onto the market,” explains Thulin.last_img read more

Solo climber stranded on Yukons Mount Logan rescued

first_imgWHITEHORSE – A climber who was stranded on Canada’s highest mountain following an earthquake in Yukon has reportedly been rescued.Natalia Martinez, 37, of Argentina, began a solo climb on Mount Logan in Kluane National Park and Reserve on April 22. Two large earthquakes on Monday caused avalanches near her camp.A message posted by ExpeNews on its website — which is used by climbers, trekkers and outdoor enthusiasts to track their progress and location — said Martinez was successfully rescued in a three-hour operation that ended at about 10:30 p.m. local time. (1 a.m. ET).Parks Canada had said Thursday that bad weather was preventing a rescue attempt, but ExpeNews said a pilot with the charter service Icefield Discovery was in the area and noticed an improvement in the conditions.ExpeNews said the pilot alerted a rescue team, and after checking with Martinez, it was decided to launch a rescue. The website said Martinez was taken to the Icefield Discovery base in Kluane Lake in southwest Yukon.Parks Canada spokeswoman Christine Aikens said earlier that officials were in close contact with Martinez — an experienced climber who reported that she still had a good supply of food and fuel.Aikens said avalanches caused by the quakes had caused glacial ice to fall in the area of the climber’s camp, which is at 3,900-metre level on the east ridge of Mount Logan.An average of 25 climbers try to summit the mountain every year, but Aikens said solo attempts are rare.last_img read more

Win Football Memorabilia With The Elton John AIDS Foundation

first_imgThe Elton John AIDS Foundation is giving you the chance to win some fantastic football memorabilia, simply by supporting its work in creating an AIDS free future.The prizes include: One 2007/08 Barcelona kit signed by Thierry Henry Three 2007/08 Barcelona training shirts signed by Thierry Henry One 2007/08 Arsenal training kit signed by Emmanuel Adebayor One 2005 FA Pennant signed by Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville and David JamesTo be in to win, click here and show your support for the Elton John AIDS Foundation before July 14.last_img read more

AmericanCanadian Director George A Romero of Night of the Living Dead has

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement Romero’s zombies, however, were always more than mere cannibals; they were metaphors for conformity, racism, mall culture, militarism, class differences and other social ills.“The zombies, they could be anything,” Romero told The Associated Press in 2008. “They could be an avalanche, they could be a hurricane. It’s a disaster out there. The stories are about how people fail to respond in the proper way. They fail to address it. They keep trying to stick where they are, instead of recognizing maybe this is too big for us to try to maintain. That’s the part of it that I’ve always enjoyed.”Night of the Living Dead, made for about $100,000 US, featured flesh-hungry ghouls trying to feast on humans holed up in a Pennsylvania house. In 1999, the Library of Congress inducted the black-and-white masterpiece into the National Registry of Films.Many considered the film to be a critique on racism in America. The sole black character survives the zombies, but he is fatally shot by rescuers.Ten years after Night of the Living Dead, Romero made Dawn of the Dead, where human survivors take refuge from the undead in a mall and then turn on each other as the zombies stumble around the shopping complex.Film critic Roger Ebert called it “one of the best horror films ever made — and, as an inescapable result, one of the most horrifying. It is gruesome, sickening, disgusting, violent, brutal and appalling. It is also … brilliantly crafted, funny, droll, and savagely merciless in its satiric view of the American consumer society.”Romero had a sometimes combative relationship with the genre he helped create. He called The Walking Dead a “soap opera” and said big-budget films like World War Z made modest zombie films impossible. Romero maintained that he wouldn’t make horror films if he couldn’t fill them with political statements.Here’s to the great George Romero, the man who started it all! A true legend and a huge inspiration. Rest In Peace.— Robert Rodriguez (@Rodriguez) July 16, 2017“People say, ‘You’re trapped in this genre. You’re a horror guy.’ I say, ‘Wait a minute, I’m able to say exactly what I think,” Romero told the AP. “I’m able to talk about, comment about, take snapshots of what’s going on at the time. I don’t feel trapped. I feel this is my way of being able to express myself.”The third in the Romero’s zombie series, 1985’s Day of the Dead, was a critical and commercial failure. There wouldn’t be another Dead film for two decades.Land of the Dead in 2005 was the most star-packed of the bunch — the cast included Dennis Hooper, John Leguizamo, Asia Argento and Simon Baker. Two years later came Diary of the Dead, another box-office failure.There were other movies interspersed with the Dead films, including The Crazies (1973), Martin (1977), Creepshow (1982), Monkey Shines (1988) and The Dark Half (1993). There also was 1981’s Knightriders, Romero’s take on the Arthurian legend featuring motorcycling jousters. Some were moderately successful, others box-office flops.George Andrew Romero was born on Feb. 4, 1940, in New York City. He grew up in the Bronx, and he was a fan of horror comics and movies in the pre-VCR era.“I grew up at the Loews American in the Bronx,” he wrote in an issue of the British Film Institute’s Sight and Sound magazine in 2002.Sad to hear my favorite collaborator–and good old friend–George Romero has died. George, there will never be another like you.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) July 16, 2017His favourite film was Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s The Tales of Hoffman, based on Jacques Offenbach’s opera. It was, he once wrote, “the one movie that made me want to make movies.”He spoke fondly of travelling to Manhattan to rent a 16mm version of the film from a distribution house. When the film was unavailable, Romero said, it was because another “kid” had rented it — Martin Scorsese.Romero graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh in 1960. He learned the movie business working on the sets of movies and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which was shot in Pittsburgh.The city became Romero’s home and many of his films were set in western Pennsylvania. Dawn of the Dead was filmed in suburban Monroeville Mall, which has since become a popular destination for his fans.THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment George A. Romero, whose classic Night of the Living Dead and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, died in Toronto at the age of 77.Romero died Sunday following a battle with lung cancer, said his family in a statement provided by his manager Chris Roe. Romero’s family said he died while listening to the score of The Quiet Man, one of his favourite films, with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher, and daughter, Tina Romero, by his side.Romero is credited with reinventing the movie zombie with his directorial debut, the 1968 cult classic Night of the Living Dead. The movie set the rules imitators lived by: Zombies move slowly, lust for human flesh and can only be killed when shot in the head. If a zombie bites a human, the person dies and returns as a zombie. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Members of the Weeknds tour crew investigated for sexual assault

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Two members of the Weeknd’s tour crew are reported to be under investigation for sexual assault while on tour with the R&B star in Columbus, Ohio.The alleged assault, TMZ reported Tuesday, occurred early on Sept. 20, after singer’s show Sept. 19 at the city’s Schottenstein Centre, on the campus of Ohio State University.The Weeknd — alias Toronto’s own Abel Tesfaye — had reportedly already left the area at the time of the assault, and is in no way implicated in the accusations. Advertisement Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Northwestels upgraded satellite internet to roll out across Nunavut

first_imgIQALUIT, Nunavut – BCE Inc’s Northwestel says it will begin providing a faster satellite-based internet service for homes throughout Nunavut, starting with the territorial capital of Iqaluit on Oct. 1.Upgraded broadband service to the territory’s 24 other communities will become available over the coming months, starting with Cambridge Bay, Arviat and Rankin Inlet.The service upgrade is enabled by the launch of Telesat’s new Telstar 19 Vantage satellite this summer aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.Northwestel’s upgrade received $49 million from a federal government program for improving internet access in rural and remote parts of Canada.But even after tripling Northwestel’s current maximum speeds, the new service will be relatively slow and expensive compared with more densely populated markets.The new maximum speed of 15 megabits per second, with 100 gigabytes of monthly usage included, will cost $129 per month.By comparison, Bell Canada’s has a 25 mbps internet-only landline service in Ontario with 350 gigabytes of data for about $80 per month, before discounts.Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE)last_img read more

UN envoy for Sudan expresses concern at increasing harassment of aid workers

Jan Pronk, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, told a meeting of the Joint Implementation Mechanism (JIM), the body set up last year by the UN and Khartoum to deal with the crisis in Darfur, that Sudanese nationals working for NGOs were particularly likely to be harassed.In the latest example, three Sudanese nationals (two men and one woman) working for a 12-member CARE food distribution team in the West Darfur town of Zaleingi were arrested while returning from the market to their office on Monday. The three staff members were charged with adultery and jailed overnight, where the men were assaulted and the woman was verbally abused before they were released.During the JIM meeting, Sudanese Government officials also agreed to respect Mr. Pronk’s request this week for “three days of tranquillity” starting Monday when a nationwide campaign begins to immunize nearly six million children against polio.On Sunday, Mr. Pronk travels to Naivasha, Kenya, to attend the formal signing ceremony of the peace agreement between Khartoum and rebels to end the separate 21-year civil war in southern Sudan.The conflict in Darfur, which began in early 2003 when rebel groups took up arms against Sudanese Government forces in protest over the distribution of economic resources, has claimed tens of thousands of lives and displaced more than 1.8 million people. read more

Ebola UN says health workers in Sierra Leone to receive hazard pay

“One of the most difficult things about tackling the Ebola crisis is in the area of human resources,” said Sudipto Mukerjee, UNDP’s Country Director for Sierra Leone. “You can construct a treatment centre in a couple of months. You can construct a community care centre in two to three weeks. But getting trained people to come and run them has been a major challenge.”The transition from direct cash to an electronic solution will help to improve overall efficiency, timeliness and security of payments for Ebola response workers, Mr. Mukerjee said.“We cannot afford to lose a single minute where people have put their tools down and refuse to work,” he said. “That is why reliable and predictable mobile payments are so significant.”“These people are working on the front lines. They could be alive today and dead tomorrow,” he said. “If they’re not paid on time, if they’re not paid the right amount of money, they get frustrated and they tend to protest, which means that whatever Ebola care is being provided will no longer be available. We cannot afford a strike. We have to keep the whole system going.”Working under the umbrella of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), UNDP provided technical assistance and brokered a harmonized mobile payment platform, according to a press release issued today. The current cycle of hazard payments is being made from December 15 to 19, and approximately 16,000 workers who are being paid by the Sierra Leonean National Ebola Response Centre, and 13,000 are targeted to receive their pay through mobile money. “Ebola is known as a caregiver’s disease. If you are a clinician in the red zone, you are possibly at much greater risk than the average person. Unless there is a certain element of incentives, or danger pay, it’s very difficult to attract and retain people.”In addition to the cash transfer development in Sierra Leone, in Liberia, a hotline has been established and a target has been established to make all back payments by the end of the year. And in Guinea, UNDP and its partners are harmonizing payment scales across paying organizations and improving the quality of payroll lists. Also today, UNMEER reported that Liberia has begun treating Ebola patients with serum therapy, which is a form of treatment made from the blood of recovered survivors, and that an Australian-run, British-built medical centre for Ebola patients has opened in Sierra Leone near the capital, Freetown. UNMEER also said Liberia is scheduled now to hold delayed senatorial elections on December 20, based on its Supreme Court ruling the vote should go ahead despite the Ebola outbreak. In Geneva today, Christophe Boulierac, spokesperson for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), who just returned from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa, underlined the specific challenges confronting the fight against the virus in Guinea.Guinea was the biggest and the most populated of the three Ebola-affected countries where neither a peacekeeping mission nor military contingents were present, unlike Liberia, the UNICEF spokesman noted, and it was a country with poor infrastructure and few partners and non-governmental organizations present. Several rapid response teams had been sent there to provide swift and flexible response wherever needed, he said, outlining the challenges in raising awareness that was being resisted in some communities as well as insecurity that complicated the work being carried out by Ebola response teams. read more

Muhammad Alis Childhood Home Purchased By Fan

There are fans and then there is Jared Weiss, who apparently is such a staunch supporter of icon Muhammad Ali that he purchased “The Champ’s” rickety childhood home in Louisville, Ken.Louisville realtor Dave Lambrechts told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Weiss, a Las Vegas real estate investor, closed on the property, paying $70,000 for the small white house with a sagging front porch overhang in a western Louisville neighborhood made up of mostly neat, modest homes.“The guy’s a huge Ali fan, and that’s what kind of spurred this,” Lambrechts said.The home already has a state historical marker out front recognizing the residence as the home of Ali when he was a boy named Cassius Clay. The marker says Ali lived in the mostly black neighborhood with his parents and brother and attended local public schools.It was at the home where the future boxing champion’s “values were instilled,” the marker says.“Ali’s childhood home is really symbolic for the area,” Lambrechts said.Ali and his wife, Lonnie, have multiple residences but do not live in Louisville. However, they remain linked to the city by the Muhammad Ali Center, a downtown museum and education center that is one of the city’s prime tourist attractions. Ali came home for a 70th birthday bash in January.Lambrechts says the new owner wants to restore the home to how it looked when Ali lived in it.He said Weiss hasn’t finalized his plans but won’t use it as rental property. Among the options being considered are turning the home into a museum or using it for some charitable function.The house had been under private ownership and was assessed at $23,260, according to the Jefferson County Property Value Administrator’s website. Former owner Steve Stephenson had said he was asking $50,000. read more

Is Virginia Too Slow

Last year, coach Tony Bennett and his Virginia Cavaliers earned the embarrassing distinction of becoming the first No. 1 seed in men’s NCAA Tournament history to lose to a No. 16 seed in the opening round. Bennett may end up being tied to that ignominious bit of trivia for the rest of his life, but he also has a real shot at redemption this year. Virginia is a No. 1 seed once again, and the reigning coach of the year will have another chance to win his (and the school’s) first national championship. But the questions linger: Was last year’s loss to the underdog Maryland-Baltimore County Retrievers just a one-off fluke for Virginia, or was it symptomatic of a fatal flaw in Bennett’s system? Will this be the year that one of his teams finally breaks through?Broadly speaking, Bennett has been very successful at Virginia. He has racked up multiple 30-win seasons, recruited a string of NBA-quality players and fixed the Cavaliers firmly in the AP Top 10. It took him just three seasons to transform a 10-win team into an NCAA Tournament participant. And yet — despite five subsequent tourney appearances, including three No. 1 seeds — victories in the Big Dance have been few and far between for Bennett, as his Virginia teams have notched a total of just seven tournament wins. In fact, Virginia’s performance against seed expectation of -1.30 wins per tournament is the second-worst of any team over the past five years. Gonzaga19113Finalist1x+0.8812th of 160 UNC16915Champion2+0.6621 Wichita St.1666Sweet 161-0.41119 Arizona1688Elite Eight1-0.54127 Virginia has been successful lately, just not when it countsTournament wins vs. average for seed* for the 10 Division I NCAA teams with the most total wins since 2013-14, through the 2018 tournament Kentucky17915Finalist1+1.187 Villanova19015Champion3+0.0549 SCHOOLTOTALTOURNEYBEST FINISHNo. 1 SeedAVG.Rank Playing at a fast or slow pace tends to nudge a good team’s range of outcomes one way or the other by about a quarter of a win. So, yes, Virginia’s slow pace of play puts it at a relative disadvantage compared to other, higher-tempo No. 1 seeds. But that doesn’t necessarily mean Virginia should start playing faster.After all, Bennett knows a low-possession team can succeed in the tourney. He witnessed it firsthand in 2000 as a member of his father Dick’s coaching staff, when their methodical Wisconsin squad reached the Final Four despite playing at a snail’s pace. Now, Tony has implemented the same pace-defying pack-line defense that Dick once used to stifle Wisconsin’s opponents and tempo alike. That conservative defensive scheme is so integral to the Bennetts’ coaching identity that playing at a slow pace has basically become a family tradition.In the end, a team’s efficiency margin is still a much better predictor of tournament success than its tempo. And, in practice, Virginia’s huge efficiency margin may be inextricable from its slow pace of play. A faster-paced Virginia team might also become a less efficient Virginia team, especially on the defensive end.Theoretically, Bennett would maximize Virginia’s tournament chances by having his team play at a faster tempo. But in reality, his best bet may be to continue following in his dad’s slow-paced footsteps in the hopes that they will eventually lead him back to the Final Four.The journey will start for Bennett and Virginia on Friday afternoon against Gardner-Webb of the Big South. On paper, the Cavaliers will be 35 points better than the Runnin’ Bulldogs, at least on a per-100-possession basis. But we will just have to wait and see if 59 possessions will be enough for the Cavs to prove they are better than a No. 16 seed this time around.Check out our latest March Madness predictions. Michigan St.1629Final Four—+0.3529 WINSWins Vs. expected Virginia1727Elite Eight3-1.30159 Kansas17212Final Four3-0.55131 * Seed averages since 1985. Game totals through March 17, 2019.Source: So, what gives? Why has Virginia — a team that has so thoroughly dominated the regular season lately — disappointed so much in March? It may have something to do with the glacially slow pace at which Bennett has his team playing.A team’s efficiency margin (i.e., the amount by which it would outscore an average Division I opponent over the course of 100 possessions) is generally a good predictor of wins and losses. Teams that score efficiently and make it hard for their opponents to do so tend to win a lot of games. According to Ken Pomeroy’s ratings, Virginia has hovered near the Top 5 in adjusted efficiency margin during its recent period of excellence, finishing each of the past five seasons somewhere in the ballpark of +25 to +30 points per 100 possessions. This year, the Cavs have the best margin of any Division I team at an eye-popping +35.Of course, Virginia never actually has a chance to play 100 possessions in any individual game. The typical 40-minute college game has only about 70 possessions in each direction. And because the Cavaliers play at the slowest pace of any Division I team (353rd), they typically use even fewer possessions than that — just less than 60 on average.Reducing the number of possessions available to each team puts a greater emphasis on randomness; each stroke of bad luck — a cold-shooting snap, a blown call, a bounce of the ball in the wrong direction — matters a bit more when the pace is slow. Extra randomness puts the favorite at greater risk and bolsters the underdog’s chances at an upset. By playing at a slow pace, the Cavaliers are essentially giving themselves fewer opportunities to prove that they are the better team in any given game. This is especially problematic if the Cavs find themselves trailing by a large margin, as they were early in the second half last year against UMBC.But does it actually matter? We know that pace has only a very modest influence on the predictability of postseason outcomes in the NBA. That’s because each NBA game is 48 minutes long, each team uses about 100 possessions per game, and each playoff matchup is decided over a best-of-seven series. However, in a single elimination tournament with shorter games and fewer possessions, playing at a slower pace has much greater potential to introduce some wild volatility — hence, March Madness.We ran a simulation to gauge just how big of a problem Virginia’s slow pace might be in the NCAA Tournament. Starting with the Cavaliers’ per-100-possession stats, we broke down the likelihood of the various potential outcomes for each possession on offense and on defense — how often they would score or allow 3 points (3-pointer made, 3 free throws or a 2-pointer and a free throw), 2 points (2PM or 2FTs), 1 point (1 FT) or 0 points (0FG, 0FT or a turnover) against an average opponent. Then, by sampling randomly from these distributions of potential possession outcomes, we created 10,000 simulated games for a range of different pace scenarios — from 50 to 80 possessions per game — to find the ratio of points scored to points allowed in each simulation. These simulations assume (undoubtedly unrealistically) that Virginia’s offensive and defensive efficiency would be unaffected by a change in the pace of play. Duke17212Champion1+0.1145 Under this assumption of a stable efficiency margin — where the digital Cavaliers are programmed to score an average of 1.3 times as many points as they allow regardless of the tempo — we find that Virginia wins slightly more simulated games when playing at a faster pace. Visually, you can see the orange band of simulated results narrowing from left to right as the range of likely outcomes shrinks toward the average with an increasing number of possessions. The Cavs lost 9.7 percent of their simulated games when they played at a 59 possession-per-game tempo (equivalent to their usual pace), but the more their pace increased, the fewer upsets there were.This is an interesting thought experiment, but is there any empirical evidence to support the idea that playing at a slow pace is tied to underachievement in the tournament?To find out, we examined game results from the 17 NCAA Tournaments from 2002 to 2018, for which there are team-tempo stats available from KenPom. We created a model for expected win totals based on tournament seed and adjusted efficiency margin. Next, we compared the expected win totals from the model with the actual win totals for each team in each tournament, excluding the First Four and other play-in games.164 teams per tournament x 17 tournaments for a total of 1,088 distinct team-year combos. From there we sorted the teams by quality (i.e., expected to win more or less than two games in a single tournament) and by adjusted tempo (possessions per game, divided into tertiles), forming six groups. We found that, among the teams that were expected to win the most games (two or more), those that played at a slow pace tended to underachieve, while those that played faster were most likely to outperform their expected win totals. read more

RK Vardar have new goalkeepers coach – Dejan Peric

The reigning Men’s EHF Champions League winners, RK Vardar Skopje, appointed new goalkeeper’s coach Dejan Peric. The 48-years old legendary Serbian goalkeeper will join Raul Gonzales and David Davis starting from March 1.Peric worked as Serbian national team coach between 2014 and 2016. He led “Eagles” at Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in Poland, where Serbia ended competition after Preliminary Round. This will be Peric’s first job after June 2016, when Serbs lost Play-Off clash with Hungary for France 2017.  ← Previous Story Pressano win Italian Cup 2018! Next Story → Rhein Neckar Lowen lose Gedeon Guardiola for the rest of the season! read more

Pop star arrested over debts to state

first_imgAuthorities have arrested a Greek pop singer, identified so far only by his initials, A.R., for outstanding debts to the state.Officials said the debts were linked to Thessaloniki’s Iraklis football club, of which the suspect has in the past been president and main shareholder.The amount of the debt was not made public.Source: Kathimerini. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Calendrier maya révisé la fin du monde nest plus pour 2012

first_imgCalendrier maya révisé : la fin du monde n’est plus pour 2012 ? Monde – La fin des temps n’est pas pour 2012, comme l’auraient annoncé les Mayas. Le calendrier de cette civilisation précolombienne a en effet été révisé et les nouveaux calculs sont flous concernant les dates exactes de l’apocalypse.C’est à la fois une bonne et une mauvaise nouvelle pour tous ceux qui croyaient à l’apocalypse censée survenir le 21 décembre 2012, comme le laissait supposer le calendrier maya. En réalité, ce calendrier ne prend pas fin à cette date et, par conséquent, la fin du monde n’aura pas lieu à ce moment-là. En revanche, personne ne sait réellement quand prendra fin ce calendrier ou même si cette date est déjà passée.Une réévaluation laisserait cependant à penser qu’il faudrait repousser la date de la fin du monde de 50 à 100 ans, d’après l’ouvrage “Calendars and Years II: Astronomy and Time in the Ancient and Medieval World”. La première conversion du calendrier maya pour déterminer des dates en correspondance avec notre actuel calendrier géorgien est appelée la constante de GMT (les initiales des noms des trois premiers chercheurs ayant étudié la culture maya). Selon Gerardo Aldana de l’université de Californie, ce travail a été essentiellement basé sur des documents des colonisateurs écrits en langue maya et traduits ensuite en langue latine.À lire aussiFin du monde : une nouvelle date pour l’apocalypsePar la suite, les travaux de Floyd Lounsbury, un linguiste et anthropologue américain, ont corroboré la thèse de la constante de GMT. Ce scientifique s’est basé sur les mouvements de la planète Vénus, comme les Mayas le faisaient eux-mêmes.Aldana conteste actuellement la valeur de la constante de GMT, car il accorde peu de crédit aux documents qui ont servi de base à son élaboration, remettant de ce fait en cause les conclusions de Lounsbury. “Ces données historiques, dit-il, sont moins fiables que la Table (de Vénus) elle-même”. Le chercheur, n’a pas de nouvelle proposition à faire concernant la conversion du calendrier maya.Le 20 octobre 2010 à 16:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Developer asks officials to rescind agreement

first_imgA developer is asking city officials to rescind a decade-old agreement that he says has hamstrung his ability to build on land he owns off Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard and Southeast Hearthwood Boulevard.The request by Asghar Sadri to the Vancouver Planning Commission and City council sparked a larger discussion about how the city plans for future development.At issue is a development agreement between the city and Sadri and Ken Yu, who also owns property on the site, that was established after the city rezoned the property, according to Bryan Snodgrass, the city’s community and economic development planner.Sadri and Yu had first applied for a rezone in 2002. The rezoning was approved, but came with restrictions on land use and new development standards. They asked for an amendment to the agreement in 2008, which was denied. In 2009, the current agreement was approved to allow greater range in development, but the owners argue the terms are still too restrictive. Much of the site remains undeveloped.The agreement prohibits drive-thru businesses, 24-hour services, gas stations, self-serve storage and car washes. Some restrictions deal with access and the need to limit the number of cars entering the property. The parcel can only have two access points from Mill Plain, and one already exists leading into a strip mall on site. The plan also dictates that all properties must have access to 148th Avenue.last_img read more

Remembering Music Executive And Recording Academy Trustee Eddie Lambert

first_img Remembering Music Executive And Recording Academy Trustee Eddie Lambert Remembering Music Executive Eddie Lambert remembering-music-executive-and-recording-academy-trustee-eddie-lambert News Email Twitter Lambert wore many hats in the music business before founding his music licensing consultancy, Rilex EntertainmentPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 14, 2019 – 4:24 pm Music industry executive and friend of the Recording Academy, Eddie Lambert died of cancer at the age of 76 in West Hills, Calif. on March 4. Born in Brooklyn in the early 1940s, Lambert joined the industry at 22 as a music publisher and worked with music legends such as Dick Asher, Don Costa and Lenny Stogel. He also mentored his sibling Dennis Lambert, who referred to his departed brother as “my mentor, my big bro, my biggest fan and my best friend.”By 1974 the two brothers were ready to go out on their own and founded Haven Records, signing the reunited Righteous Brothers, who enjoyed a major comeback with their No. 3 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, “Rock And Roll Heaven.”The later 1970s found Eddie Lambert working with Hall & Oates’ catalog at Interworld Music Group and then as VP Creative at 20th Century Fox Music where he supervised movie soundtracks and signed songwriters such as Bruce Hornsby and James Ingram. During 1979–1981, Lambert served as president of the Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter, a role he later served in again in 1999–2001. Facebook In 1982, Eddie Lambert became Director of A&R at Motown Records for four years, where he continued to supervise soundtrack compilations and to work as an executive producer of albums, including many produced by his brother Dennis. He went on to work in talent and casting for the television phenomenon “Star Search.”Then for 11 years, from 1989 to 2000, Eddie Lambert worked as vice president of film and television at EMI-Capitol Special Markets where he built on his previous movie soundtrack experience by synch placing EMI recordings in hundreds of media projects.In 2002, Eddie Lambert founded the Rilex Entertainment consultancy, where he helped clients manage licensing for recordings and composed works until his cancer diagnosis forced Lambert to retire in 2017.In addition to his Chapter work for the Academy, Lambert twice served in the role of national Vice Chairman as well as being a national trustee and serving on the Academy’s television committee. His expertise, encouragement and willingness to pitch in and help will all be profoundly missed by the music community in which he played so many active and responsible roles.”Eddie was a dear and wonderful man and friend,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. “In the music industry, he achieved the status of ‘one name’ recognition: if you heard, ‘it’s Eddie on the phone,’ it probably meant that it was THE Eddie Lambert! In fact, he was the person who suggested I get involved with the Recording Academy when I was transferred by RCA Records to LA in 1979. He thought that I might find the people and the missions of value. So, I took his advice, and his introductions, and ultimately ran for a seat as a Governor of the LA Chapter, and somehow won a place at that table.  Well, as they say, the rest is history. And I can say without hesitation, that without Eddie’s wise, kind, caring, and insightful counsel, my life and career might have had a very different direction and not turned out quite as wonderfully and special as it has for me.  THAT’s the power and impact of a true friend, and that’s exactly what Eddie was to me and to countless others in the music community, and we send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.”Clarence Avant, Godfather Of Black Music, To Be Honored At Pre-GRAMMY GalaRead morelast_img read more

Army Says It Fairly Dismissed Soldiers With Mental Health Problems Brain Injuries

first_imgAlex Wong/Getty ImagesU.S. Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning ordered a review after an NPR investigation found thousands of soldiers diagnosed with mental health problems or brain injuries were dismissed for misconduct. But the new Army report concluded that it treated the soldiers fairly.An Army review concludes that commanders did nothing wrong when they kicked out more than 22,000 soldiers for misconduct after they came back from Iraq or Afghanistan – even though all of those troops had been diagnosed with mental health problems or brain injuries.The Army’s report, ordered by Secretary Eric Fanning, seeks to reassure members of Congress that it’s treating wounded soldiers fairly. But senators and military specialists say the report troubles them.“I don’t think the Army understands the scope of this problem,” says Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. “And I don’t think they’ve conveyed the seriousness to get it right.”The Army’s report is “unbelievable,” says psychiatrist Judith Broder. “It’s just bizarre.” Broder was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal by President Obama for organizing the Soldiers Project, a network of hundreds of psychotherapists and others who help troops and their families.NPR asked Fanning for an interview, but he declined and sent a statement: “Anyone who is injured while serving our nation deserves to be properly diagnosed and treated,” it says, in part. “In cases where a Soldier is facing separation as a result of his or her conduct, the completion of a thorough medical review is a routine part of the Army’s process.”The Army didn’t provide NPR an interview with other top officials, either.NPR and Colorado Public Radio revealed last year that the Army has separated more than 22,000 wounded soldiers for misconduct since 2009, stripping them of some or all of their benefits — often unfairly because they had mental health problems or brain injuries. As a result, 12 Democratic senators signed a letter asking Fanning to investigate and “rectify this grave offense to the men and women that serve in our armed forces.”Fanning responded by ordering Assistant Secretary for Manpower Debra Wada “to conduct a thorough, multidisciplinary review,” of how the Army handles misconduct separations for troops with mental health problems or brain injuries. Army auditors and the inspector general took part.The report is dated April 14, but Army officials released it only recently. The report’s conclusion: “The Army remains confident in the administrative processes that define misconduct separation procedures.” The report supports that statement by arguing that the Army has followed the letter of a 2009 law. But senators say the report focuses too narrowly on precise legal wording instead of examining a widespread problem that started coming to light more than a decade ago.The nation’s leaders had become increasingly troubled by widespread media reports that commanders were kicking out wounded combat soldiers instead of helping them. So Congress passed a law requiring commanders to evaluate two issues whenever they’re considering dismissing a soldier for misconduct: whether that soldier has been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder, and whether he or she deployed during the previous two years in a war zone or other “contingency operation.” If so, the commanders must decide if those injuries “constitute matters in extenuation” that helped trigger the soldier’s behavior. The law does not specifically mention other mental health disorders.The Army’s report states that only 3,327 of the more than 22,000 soldiers who had been kicked out met that legal test. As a result, investigators ignored the rest of the soldiers — roughly 19,000 of them — who had mental health problems or brain injuries.Broder says that by focusing on the fine print in the law, Army officials are missing the big picture. If Army officials genuinely want to help wounded troops, their new report makes no medical sense.“It’s mind boggling to exclude people because they don’t have one of those two diagnoses,” Broder says. “Our experience at the Soldiers Project is that at least half, maybe more than that, of the people who call us with mental health problems following their service have anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol problems, all of which directly flow from their experiences in combat.” But, she says, they have not been diagnosed with PTSD or TBI.Army records, which NPR and CPR obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, reinforce the Soldiers Project’s findings. Those records show that most of the 22,000-plus troops whom the Army kicked out for misconduct had been diagnosed with illnesses such as “anxiety disorder,” “adjustment disorder” or “mood disorder,” which includes depression.Murphy says he’s also troubled that the Army report suggests that soldiers’ mental health injuries don’t matter if they didn’t serve in the wars within two years of their diagnosis.“What we know is that PTSD and other disorders and conditions that arise from military service often don’t rear their ugly heads until two or three or four years later,” he says.The federal government’s studies of Vietnam veterans show that mental health problems linked to combat sometimes take many more years to show up and be diagnosed.“What a moral injustice it continues to be to have so many soldiers with mental illnesses and brain injuries connected to their service who are being discharged and made ineligible [for benefits],” says Murphy.The Army report also seeks to rebut another finding by NPR and CPR: Many, if not most, of the soldiers with mental health disorders or TBI who were kicked out for misconduct lost some or all of their benefits. The new Army report states that 88 percent of the soldiers they examined “were separated under honorable conditions and were immediately eligible for medical care through the Veterans Administration.”The report’s wording sounds as if those soldiers got a coveted honorable discharge, which conveys all the benefits the Army has to offer. But in response to questions by NPR, the Army disclosed that actually, 96 percent of those troops received a “general under honorable conditions” discharge — which denies some crucial benefits. The Army’s report does not disclose that fact.It’s “completely misleading,” says Colby Vokey, a former top attorney in the Marine Corps who’s now in private practice. “A general discharge has a very negative effect on soldier. It often carries a stigma.”Soldiers who receive a general discharge get access to medical care at the VA, but they lose their education benefits under the GI Bill – one of the main incentives for people to join the service. In addition, a general discharge can hurt their chances of getting good jobs.“I have a client right now who’s a soldier,” Vokey says. “He wants to get into law enforcement or corrections. He’s applied to a number of police departments and because of the general discharge, they won’t hire him.”The Army’s report acknowledges that investigators did find some problems with the ways commanders have been separating soldiers for misconduct. It states, for instance, that they couldn’t find evidence in more than one third of the cases they examined that commanders had considered soldiers’ mental health before they kicked them out. But, the report adds, “that finding alone does not mean the [commanders] did not review it or that the Army was non-compliant” with the law.Fanning told each of the 12 senators in a letter that from now on, the Army will require commanders to document in writing that they reviewed the soldier’s medical files.Fanning wrote in the letter that investigators found 73 cases in which soldiers might have been kicked out unfairly, and that the Army will review those cases “to determine if the Soldier’s discharge should be upgraded.”When Murphy read that finding, he laughed. “No, the number is clearly not 73. The problem is much bigger than that.”“The bottom line for me is that the Congress still has work to do to ensure that our soldiers who are facing mental health challenges, and have been kicked out of the Army, get a fair shake,” says Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.Both Wyden and Murphy told NPR that they are trying to figure out their next steps. That could include calling for congressional hearings and pushing for a tougher law to protect soldiers with mental health problems and brain injuries.But Andrew Pogany, a soldiers’ rights advocate who has helped trigger federal investigations of alleged mistreatment of soldiers, says that’s not enough.“The only way we can really find out how the Army is treating wounded soldiers is by forming an independent third-party commission and conducting a genuine investigation,” Pogany says. “As long as Army officials investigate themselves, we’ll just hear what those officials want to tell us.”Michael de Yoanna of KUNC contributed reporting to this story. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

How Ending The DACA Program Could Affect Harvey Victims

first_img Share A child evacuated from Harvey flooding carries donated supplies in a trash bag at a shelter setup inside NRG Center, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Trump administration announced this morning that it’s ending DACA. That’s the Deferred Action for Children Arrivals program. Local immigration groups say it’s a decision that will impact nearly 70,000 people in Greater Houston.How could President Trump’s decision to stop processing new applications for DACA impact Houston immigrants recovering from Harvey? Jeronimo Cortina helps us understand the situation. He’s an associate professor of political science at the University of Houston.Plus, Congress is back in session today and is expected to take up a nearly $8 billion Harvey disaster relief package. But does it have the bi-partisan support needed to pass?last_img read more

Pompompurin the pudding dog gets own menu at McDonalds Japan

first_img Sanrio Boys are here to steal your hearts in new mobile dating game It’s time for the collaboration that no one knew the world needed: lovable cream-colored dog Pompompurin and the fast food empire of McDonald’s. Starting October 17 at select McDonald’s restaurants across Japan, a plethora of pudding-themed food will debut to the unsuspecting masses!Behold, the hubris of mankind! Oh, what we have wrought upon ourselves!The tamest item of the bunch, this cute Pompompurin Burger is a normal McDonald’s cheeseburger with Pompompurin’s cute mug printed into the top bread bun. So far, this seems normal and inoffensive, yes?We are not 100% clear what is in the Chicken Nugget Pompompurin Sauce. The blood of dead Pompompurins? It’s probably pudding flavored, and hey, sometimes sweet goes well with the saltiness of savory chicken nuggets. We’ve had chicken and waffles before, so maybe this is the same taste pairing concept. Kind of weird, but it’s a sauce, so it can be delegated out as you wish. Cool. We are game for this!The McFlurry Pompompurin looks like they blended up one of the dogs and dressed it with a brown sauce. This is probably actually delicious as it’s a sweet ice cream with pudding flavor added and a caramel topping that is probably not made from the blood of Pompompurin’s ancestors.The mysterious PomChicken! The Japan McDonald’s menu usually has an item called Shaka Chicki, which is like one fist-sized chicken tender made to eat by hand in case you wanted more chicken meat than the nuggets usually provide. We are not clear how this will taste, but perhaps they’ve sprinkled a sweet pudding flavor into the chicken drying batter to make this on theme. Of course, it comes with a caramel sauce to top it all off!And finally, the unholy ghost that strikes fear into us all: the BarbePom Burger. This is a take on their barbecue hamburger, but with an added slab of actual pudding on top of the meat patty, layered carefully with lettuce, cheese, and tomato and dressed in a barbecue sauce. We are morbidly curious as to how this tastes, but also concerned that someone’s first idea for this collaboration was to put actual pudding together with meat.If you’d like a better idea of what kind of doggo Pompompurin is, take a look at this adorable video of him hanging out with his woodland creature friends.AdChoices广告Pompompurin is cute golden retriever dog character created by the king of kawaii, Sanrio. Sanrio also are the creators of the infamous Hello Kitty.On Sanrio’s official website, they state that “[Pompompurin’s] dream is to get even bigger.” A week’s worth of these pudding burgers should just about do it!The five new items will be available at McDonald’s for a limited time, so move your pudding-loving tails and get over there if you happen to be in the glorious land of Japan! Stay on targetlast_img read more