Hoops Preview: Oklahoma State vs. TCU Round Two

first_imgDon’t look now, but the (17-8, 6-6) TCU Horned Frogs are looking like a tournament team for the first time since before Bill Clinton was impeached. Currently projecting as a 1o-seed, the Frogs are experiencing all the good feels after sweeping Texas recently for the first time since head coach Jamie Dixon was hitting game winners as a senior.Viewing InformationTime: 8:00 p.m.Location: Fort Worth, TexasTV: ESPNULine: TCU – 1Season TrendA solid resume that lacks signature wins but remains fairly unblemished as they’ve beat everyone they should have.Handed a season-high 18 point loss, the Frogs returned home dejected after trailing the vast majority of the game against the rival Baylor Bears on Saturday. The TCU offense was on life support, only scoring 17 points in the first half on only one assist. The biggest gap was on the boards where Baylor dominated, swiping 25 defensive boards and ruining second chance opportunities for the Frogs.Johnathan Motley dominated the TCU front court to the tune of 25 points on 12 of 15 shooting and Baylor’s spot-duty shooting guard King McClure had one of his best games of the year, hitting 3 of 4 from deep for 13 points. Baylor’s sleepy three point shooters hitting nearly 39 percent from deep bodes well for the Cowboy bombers on Wednesday night.The Last Time They PlayedSometimes you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time and Stillwater on January 23rd was just that for TCU. What turned out to be the second win in a five game streak, the Cowboys were putting everything together and picking up serious momentum that night. Jawun emerged from his slump like an angry bear out of hibernation, lighting up the Frogs for 27 points and assists. While TCU drew it close with ten minutes to go, the Pokes put their foot down per Coach Underwood:“The last 10 minutes of that ballgame is how you close out a game. (Shoot) 12 of 15 from the perimeter, you make your free throws and then no turnovers in the last eight and a half (minutes) or so.”TCU’s talent-rich front line was hit and miss, disappearing for stretches. The skilled 6’11” Slovakian had a phenomenal second half but it just wasn’t enough to overcome the Cowboy offense shooting 64.5 percent from the field after the break.To cap off the night, Dillard put the Frogs to bed with this beauty:Davon Dillard windmills the Horned Frogs. #okstate pic.twitter.com/A53pjIy5xg— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) January 24, 2017Three Things to Watch1. As Fisher Goes, They GoThe top-rated recruit in Horned Frog basketball history is freshman point guard Jaylen Fisher and he will be the swing vote if this TCU team is to go dancing. While his career-high 18 points wasn’t enough to keep TCU in the game against Baylor on Saturday, it usually is. When the freshman guard gets into double digits, the Frogs are 12-3 and he’s got a four game streak in double digits. Rationality says that the team’s two leading scorers (star big man Brodziansky and Texas A&M transfer Alex Robinson) need to get their numbers for the team to be successful, but it’s a prolific third banana that helps the TCU offense to get over the hump.2. Get after the BallQuoted after the Texas game in early February, head coach Jamie Dixon laid out a crucial point for the TCU offense:“Our guards are going to have some turnovers because we let them do a lot of things. We rely on them to create shots for a lot of guys. So we’re going to have to play through the mistakes. For the most part, we haven’t had them [the last two games].”So much of TCU’s offensive efficiency depends on the newbie guards not turning the ball over. A week ago, the Red Raiders were able to take the game into the final seconds by turning over the Frogs 21 times in Fort Worth.Highlights from tonight’s game at TCU, Red Raiders face No. 3 Kansas at 1 p.m. on Saturday #WreckEm #4to1 pic.twitter.com/Prrr6XO5TB— Texas Tech Basketball (@TexasTechMBB) February 8, 20173. Double the Big GuyI won’t ask for anything for Christmas ever again if I don’t have to watch another big play keep-a-way from Dillard/McGriff/Hammonds again this year. Fortunately for the Pokes, Texas Tech last week exposed a vulnerability in junior forward Vlad Brodziansky’s offense: double him fast and he coughs it up on the pass.Now, the dude shoots quick so you’ve got to collapse quickly. But go ahead and forget about the TCU deep ball at 34 percent, it’s a much better shot than the 59.6 percent-shooting Brodziansky.Fun side note: of course we looked at but didn’t offer the skilled 6’11” big man at a Kansas junior college… you throw Brodziansky in a class with Evans and Dillard, you’ve got a potential all-timer.Statistical ComparisonOther NotesThe road Cowboys have taken their last three Big 12 road games, including an 82-75 victory at No. 7 West Virginia. In the Big 12, only Kansas (7-1) has more true road wins than the Cowboys (5-4).OSU was 2-3 against new TCU head coach Jamie Dixon in his time at Pitt. Most notable was when new OSU coach Travis Ford’s team was eliminated by the Panthers from the 2009 NCAA Tournament.Since TCU joined the Big 12, OSU is 7-2 against the Horned Frogs, and both losses came in the Cowboys’ last two trips to Fort Worth.The last team to make the NCAA Tournament field after falling in their first six conference games was the 1985-86 Maryland team led by Len Bias.Seven OSU players went to high school within an hour drive of TCU’s campus; Brandon Averette (Richardson), Jawun Evans (Dallas), Tavarius Shine (Irving), Cameron McGriff (Grand Prairie), Phil Forte (Flower Mound), Leyton Hammonds (North Richland Hills) and Jeffrey Carroll (Rowlett).Davon Dillard entered Big 12 play on Dec. 30 with a career total of 63 minutes played (39 this season).  Over the last six games Dillard is averaging 8.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 56.3 percent shooting, including a 62.5 percent clip from 3-point.center_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Know Before You Go: Building Confidence On Both Sides

first_imgNican aims to create active and dynamic national links between people, places and resources that improve access to recreation experiences for people with disabilities and their communities. Know Before You Go is a new, joined up approach which works to address barriers faced by providers and people with disabilities themselves. A series of learning circles has worked to encourage participants to investigate their own barriers to engagement, develop strategies and take action to get out and involved in the community in the activities that they love. These learning circles have assisted the development of a tool kit of information, facts sheets, checklists and resources that can be used by mainstream recreation providers to build their organisation’s confidence in becoming more inclusive and accessible for people with disability. There are two parts to the resource, with part two being for sport and recreation organisations. To view this resource, please click on the link below. http://www.nican.com.au/node/15103 Please also find attached a copy of the research report ‘Getting involved in sport: Participation and non-participation of people with disability in sport and active recreation’ from the Australian Sports Commission. This research report examines the factors that influence the participation and non-participation of people with disability in sport and active recreation. Over 1000 people with disability, who were both participants and non-participants in sport and active recreation, provided results for the report. The aim of the research was to provide validated data and information to sport sector partners to help them plan and implement quality programs. Attached is a copy of the full report, as well as a summary outlining the key findings.Participation and non-participation of people with disability in sport and active recreationSummary of disability research reportlast_img read more

Minnesota Tweets Frogger-Inspired Graphic To Hype Season-Opener vs. TCU

first_imgminnesota tweets a frogger graphic to promote opening game against TCU.minnesota frogger tcuThe Big Ten just released its prime-time schedule on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC for the 2015 season. The Minnesota Golden Gophers will host a pair of night games, including their season opener against TCU on Thursday, Sept. 3.  Minnesota promoted its prime-time contest against the Horned Frogs with this humorous graphic based on the classic 1980s arcade game, Frogger. Round One. Primetime on @ESPN. pic.twitter.com/0e4k11ixHC— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) April 23, 2015Pretty cool, and Minnesota didn’t stop there. For their Halloween night game against Michigan, they used a Gopher in a Jason mask from the Friday the 13th movie series.Happy Halloween, #Gophers. Primetime on @ABCNetwork, @ESPN or ESPN2. pic.twitter.com/5AMcXj3EHM— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) April 23, 2015Nice touch again, but perhaps a Mike Myers mask from the old Halloween movies would have been better.last_img read more

PM Singles Out Technical and Vocational Training for Special Attention

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the technical and vocational training areas are being singled out for focus, and that this has already begun with the National Youth Service (NYS) and the Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL) being merged with the HEART Trust/NTA.He says such an important and strategic move, which will create a national training organisation, will provide services for members of the population who are not attached to any institution of training.Speaking at an appreciation function for retired Spalding High School Principal, Alphansus Davis, at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville, Manchester, on April 5, the Prime Minister said it is estimated that some 130,000 youngsters are either not in school, not attached to a training institution or have no skills.“We must garner, hone, take charge of, and train those young people, because they can in a short period of time, provide the labour force that we need to drive the new growth industries in our country,” Mr. Holness said.The Prime Minister argued that Jamaica’s education system is a binding constraint on the country’s growth prospects, and that 10 years ago, he did not think the problem today would be that there are not sufficient trained workers.“We have industries that are growing at a faster rate than we can supply them with labour. If you look at the growth in business process outsourcing and logistics, we are not turning out enough trained graduates,” Mr. Holness said.He said the Government has to double down on what is being done in education, which has a budget this year of $101.6 billion, up from $98.9 billion last year, adding that taxpayers should be asking what the money is being used for and whether their children are benefiting enough from the budgetary allocation.“Make no mistake, the people who are committing the crime, were either failed by the schools or were not in schools. We intend to focus on the education system this year,” he added.The Prime Minister lauded Mr. Davis for his service, noting that when he was the Minister of Education, the retired principal served as his adviser.Mr. Holness said that he is a better person for having benefited from the guidance, direction and fatherly advice of Mr. Davis.“He (Mr. Davis), is a humble, honest, caring, committed man; he is truly a great Jamaican,” he said.Replying to the many tributes paid to him, Mr. Davis thanked everyone for the appreciation function and threw out a challenge for a radical shift to a realignment of the school curriculum to complement career interests.“Make interest-based education the name of the game. Why force children to do subjects in which they have no interest?” he asked.He added that the child who consistently taps his desk may want to be a DJ, so the school should hone in on his interest. To do otherwise, he suggested, would be to discourage this young man, who might later become a behavioural challenge to the school community. Story Highlights Speaking at an appreciation function for retired Spalding High School Principal, Alphansus Davis, at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville, Manchester, on April 5, the Prime Minister said it is estimated that some 130,000 youngsters are either not in school, not attached to a training institution or have no skills. “We must garner, hone, take charge of, and train those young people, because they can in a short period of time, provide the labour force that we need to drive the new growth industries in our country,” Mr. Holness said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the technical and vocational training areas are being singled out for focus, and that this has already begun with the National Youth Service (NYS) and the Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL) being merged with the HEART Trust/NTA.last_img read more

Freelancers Unite to Battle Low Pay and Bad Contracts

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement TORONTO – Members of five of Canada’s largest freelancer associations have banded together to fight against stagnant pay rates and contracts that demand the right to reuse their work for no further pay.The Canadian Media Guild (CMG) Freelance Branch, the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC), News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC), Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC), and the Urban Worker Project (UWP) are urging their members to work together to challenge pay rates that have remained stagnant for years, and to push back on contracts that not only demand copyright but also ask freelance journalists to indemnify the hiring publishers should they be sued because of the content the freelancer has contributed.“Low wages and unfair contracts have become just par for the course, today,” says Don Genova, president of CMG Freelance. “More and more people in the Canadian workforce are self-employed, engaged on short-term contracts that offer no job security and no benefits. At the same time, employers demand ownership of the work they produce and the right to use it over and over again without additional compensation. Needless to say, this has significant ramifications for the workers’ livelihood.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment A contract is supposed to be an agreement between two parties, says Genova. “The expectation that you should just sign whatever is put in front of you without reading it thoroughly or negotiating is clearly unfair. Yet, this is what’s presented to freelancers, often as a take-it-or-leave-it proposition.”Many freelancers worry that even asking questions about their contracts or pay will label them as ‘troublemakers’, but in Genova’s experience in helping CMG Freelance members, “often, the people asking the freelancer to sign a contract haven’t even read it thoroughly or do not recognize some of the ramifications it contains. In many cases, employers were willing to make changes when the freelancer raised concerns.”To that end, CMG Freelance, PWAC, NPAC, TMAC, and UWP have pledged to educate their members on contracts and pay rates for their work, while calling on employers to show more fairness in their contract language and the employment conditions they offer to workers.This weekend in Toronto (Sept. 21 and 22), as part of the Say No to Bad Contracts campaign, PWAC and CMG Freelance have joined together to present a conference called ‘Level Up’, a series of professional development sessions, some of which are targeted at understanding and negotiating contracts. Other sessions include tips on freelancers collaborating to take advantage of each others’ specialties, and using those capabilities to secure contracts outside of their traditional markets.Resources and background on interpreting and negotiating contracts are available on the CMG Freelance page http://cmgfreelance.ca/en/justsayno/, which is frequently updated with new material relevant to freelance contracts. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Ontario police investigator sets date to release review of dozens of Thunder

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsThe results of a two-year investigation by the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) into dozens of investigations conducted by the Thunder Bay police service is set to be released Dec. 12.The OIPRD launched a systemic review, the first of its kind in the province of Ontario, that examined Thunder Bay police service’s policies, practices and attitudes on missing persons and death investigations involving Indigenous peoples.According to a statement released Wednesday, the OIPRD reviewed more than three dozen investigations by the Thunder Bay police.“The systemic review report is a culmination of an extensive review and analysis of 37 TBPS investigations, dozens of interviews with former and current TBPS members, First Nations Police Services, Ontario’s Chief Coroner and Chief Forensic Pathologist, and more than 80 meetings with Indigenous and non-Indigenous community and service organizations, individuals and Indigenous leaders,” the release from the OIPRD said.“The majority of the investigations were sudden deaths, including those deemed homicides, suicides and accidental.”First Nations leaders welcomed the review when it was announced in 2016.“There’s a lot of things that are coming to the surface where there has been situations where our people have been mistreated either verbally or physically,” said Anna Betty Achneepineskum, former deputy grand chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation in 2016.“A lot of things those allegations were proven to be true. It’s very important that we start addressing this and working together and that our people, our indigenous citizens have a voice at the table.”Wound from the student inquest that examined the deaths of seven First Nation students in the city were still fresh.Along with strong concerns over how police handled some of those missing person reports and death investigations.Officials with Nishnawbe Aski Nation declined to comment until the report is released.About six months into the director’s investigation, Gerry McNeilly said he was troubled by what he was seeing and hearing in the city.“It’s a bit of a crisis that’s why I have started and why I’m carrying out this systemic review,” he said at the time. “We need to bring some reconciliation, we need to bring some changes, we need to bring a better relationship between the police and the indigenous community and how they interact.”The Thunder Bay police say its open to any recommendations from the report.Officials say the force is already addressing some of the issues that are expected to come up.“I can truly tell you though that we haven’t stood idle for the last year and a half so it’s not like we’re sitting, waiting to say okay, please tell us where we’re deficient, said Police Chief Sylvie Hauth the day she was sworn in. “I’ve really made an effort in the last year and a half to really focus on the areas that were highlighted or the areas that were problematic.”In the winter of 2017, the OIPRD found two Thunder Bay investigators guilty of discredible conduct for how they handed the Stacey Debungee death investigation.The body of the man from the Rainy River First Nation was found in the McIntyre River in 2015.His family filed a complaint to the OIPRD which prompted the review.wfiddler@aptn.ca@willowblasizzolast_img read more

Volkswagen reaches settlement deal for 30L diesel vehicles in Canada

first_imgTORONTO – Volkswagen has reached a $290.5-million deal to settle claims in Canada covering 20,000 3.0-litre Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche diesel vehicles that were caught up in an emissions cheating scandal.The agreement was reached by Volkswagen and Canadian class counsel in consultation with the Commissioner of Competition.In addition to the proposed class settlement, which is subject to court approval, Volkswagen Group Canada has agreed to pay a $2.5-million civil penalty.If approved, cash payments will be made to roughly 15,000 owners and lessees of model year 2013-2016 Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche 3.0L diesel vehicles who receive the recall for an emissions repair as well as an extended emissions warranty.Payments will also be made to owners and lessees of affected model year 2009-2012 vehicles, as well as additional options that include buyback, trade-in, early lease termination or, if approved by the U.S. EPA and available by recall in Canada, a modification to reduce emissions.The agreement follows a settlement deal last year covering Volkswagen and Audi vehicles with 2.0-litre diesel engines.last_img read more

Harbhajan VVS lend support to Gambhir

first_imgNew Delhi: It is common practice for politicians to rely on abuses during election time. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had recently said that the 56 abuses that opposition hurled at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Modi had turned them into something that would flourish the blooming of lotuses. Delhi will go to polls on May 12 and the fight this time around is three-way.AAP and Congress dragged out their alliance talk for months causing speculation and uncertainty for so many of their workers and supporters. And, it ultimately failed to yield any result because both parties have their own agendas. Further, the recent pamphlet controversy that has come to light because of AAP and Atishi, has shown how low Arvind Kejriwal’s team can go. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesWell known cricketers and long-time colleagues of Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh and VVS Laxman came out in his support. They said that Gambhir would never do such a thing where a woman’s character is assassinated. With his clean background on his side, Gambhir is standing his ground on the pamphlet controversy and his party is extending all the support they can to him in this regard. This in contrast with AAP and Congress. Now, even Congress leaders do not seem to show support for Atishi and AAP’s crusade against Gambhir. And knowing the seriousness of the matter, Gambhir has duly escalated the matter to the judiciary, by filing a defamation case against Atishi, thus protecting his identity and the integrity of politics in the nation. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarIn fact, Gambhir’s disappointment at the incident is shown by his reaction to it. He categorically denied all allegations and said that he is ready to resign from politics if the accusations had any merit. But in exchange he also asked if Kejriwal was willing to resign if he is proven wrong. Gambhir said that he is ashamed of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, whom he accused of orchestrating this attack on him. The state of politics in Delhi has reached new lows in recent years. It has now come down to a place where only blame-games are played between politicians with vested interests. And as a result, central issues in the country are taking a back seat. In fact, the nature of politics has taken a turn for the worse to such an extent that even when AAP claims to be friendly towards Congress, the latter continues to categorically deny such friendly advances from the former’s camp. The BJP has strategised its plan in such a way that they have fielded five sitting MPs again in Delhi, and only two new faces. With the experience that the sitting MPs have and the clean intentions that the new faces bring, the saffron party has set the path for making sure BJP forms government again. This is because Gambhir’s way of thinking clearly shows that bringing a BJP government is the only way of bringing standard and decorum in Indian politics.last_img read more

Britain to tackle Islamist extremism

first_imgBritain has announced plans to classify “Islamist extremism” as a distinct ideology as part of efforts to tackle radicalized crime influenced by “hate preachers,” British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday.Cameron’s remarks came amid the ongoing trial of two men charged with the murder of soldier Lee Rigby on a busy London street last May. A court heard that one of them said it was an “eye for an eye” and revenge for what they considered to be Britain’s wars against Muslims, according to Reuters news agency.Both men have pleaded not guilty. “This summer we saw events that shocked the nation,” Cameron, who is in China on a trade trip, told reporters.“These tragedies were a wakeup call for government and wider society to take action to confront extremism in all its forms, whether in our communities, schools, prisons, Islamic centers or universities.”“Islamist extremism” would, for the first time, be classified as a distinct ideology to guard against it being confused with traditional religious practice, he said.Britain, home to around 2.7 million Muslims, will aim to tackle violent ideologies that claim Islamic justification but by doing so in a way that does not alienate the Muslim population, Cameron said.The new definition would make it clear that “Islamist extremism” was a distorted interpretation of Islam that betrayed the religion’s principles and tried to sow division.“There are just too many people who have been radicalized at Islamic centers, who have been in contact with extremist preachers, who have come across material on the Internet who haven’t been sufficiently challenged,” Cameron said.“I want to see an end to hate preaching in Britain.”As part of the plans, the prime minister said he would implement recommendations he had received from a task force he set up after Rigby’s murder.Britain will also draw on techniques it has used to fight online pornography to make it easier for people to report material deemed extremist and work with Internet providers to create filters to allow people to block such content.Source: Al Arabiyalast_img read more

Carrick happy to help Pogba

first_imgPaul Pogba had been criticized a lot this season but he managed to show an extraordinary performance against Manchester City in the derby game and helped his team to grab a win by scoring two crucial goals.Michael Carrick, his experienced teammate, admitted that he had a small chat with Pogba during the half-time break and he tried to help him – and after this, the Frenchman scored a brace…The former England international spoke about his teammate as he said, according to fourfourtwo.com:“I just kept it simple and said ‘this is what you are’ and ‘this is what you’re good at. But listen, he scored two goals, so it’s not down to me.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I’m glad I did [have an impact] because it shows little things do register with players.”“Three or four years ago I probably wouldn’t have thought I’d go down that route. It wasn’t until I started my coaching badges that I found that I enjoyed it.”“Eventually, I think I would like to be a manager. It looks easier than it obviously is, but of course, it’s not easy.”“There is an element that keeps nagging away at me in games where I think what I would do there and what would I change.”last_img read more

FIFA president calls for racism to end Its not acceptable

first_imgFIFA president Gianni Infantino is working hard to stamp out racism from football following a number of incidents in recent weeks.Infantino’s declaration comes after a Ligue 1 match between Dijon and Amiens on Saturday afternoon was postponed for five minutes due to the visitors’ captain Prince Gouano being targeted for racial abuse.The French defender’s request to stop the match was accepted by the referee before action eventually resumed, with Dijon and Amiens settling for a goalless draw.Moise Kean, Kalidou Koulibaly, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mohamed Salah, Raheem Sterling and Danny Rose are some of the other high-profile names to suffer racism this season.“In recent days, it has been very sad to see a number of racist incidents in football,” read a FIFA statement.“This is really not acceptable.“Racism has no place in football, just as it has no place in society.IranFan dies after setting herself on fire protesting Iran’s ban on women spectators Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 A young woman from Iran set, only publicly known as The Blue Girl for the color of her favorite club Esteghlal, has died from her injuries after protesting Iran’s ban on female fans.“FIFA stands together with Prince Gouano, Kalidou Koulibaly, Raheem Sterling, Danny Rose and any other player, coach, fan or participant in a football match who has suffered from racism, whether at the highest professional level or in a school playground.“Racism needs to end, full stop.”He added: “We introduced the so-called “three-step procedure” at our tournaments: a mechanism that allows referees to abandon a match in case of discriminatory incidents,” he added.“FIFA urges all member associations, leagues, clubs and disciplinary bodies to adopt the same procedure, as well as a zero-tolerance approach to incidents of racism in football, and to apply harsh sanctions for any such kind of behaviour.“We will continue to be at the forefront of the fight against racism and we guarantee to all our member associations that they have our full support in taking up this challenge.“We will not hesitate to do everything in our power to eradicate racism and any other form of discrimination, from football, at any level and anywhere in the world.”CAGLIARI, ITALY – APRIL 02: Moise Kean of Juventus celebrates his goal 0-2 during the Serie A match between Cagliari and Juventus at Sardegna Arena on April 2, 2019 in Cagliari, Italy. (Photo by Enrico Locci/Getty Images)last_img read more

Report Today could be Fabregas last Chelsea match

first_imgAccording to Sky Sports, the match between Chelsea and Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup will be the last for the Spaniard before he moves to Monaco.Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas has played for the world’s top teams: Arsenal, Barcelona, and Chelsea.The Arenys de Mar native played with the Gunners from 2003 to 2011, he then moved to Barcelona from 2011 to 2014.He has played with the Blues since 2014, but today’s match against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup Third Round seems to be his last game.At least according to Sky Sports, who have reported France Ligue 1 team Monaco is close to agreeing to a January transfer.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“In this position, we have only two players, Jorginho and Fabregas, so for me, it would be really a problem without Cesc,” Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri told Sky Sports recently.“I want him to stay, I don’t know the final decision of Cesc and the club of course.”“But for me, it’s very important and if Cesc will go I think that we need to buy another player, and it’s not easy because, technically, Cesc is a very important player,” Sarri explained.“And I think that in the market it’s very difficult to find a player with his characteristics.”last_img read more

Turnagain Arm Hikers Advised Caution Following Reports Of Unusual Black Bear Behavior

first_imgDave Battle biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game: “Just coming straight at them with its head down, not phased by yelling, waving arms, or even the dogs barking at it. It just kept coming. Didn’t have any vocalizations or anything that would indicate defensive behavior. And that’s the kind of thing that concerns us with black bears.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is advising hikers along the Turnagain Arm Trail to use caution, following multiple reports of a black bear displaying unusual behavior. The second report happened on Monday, closer to McHugh. Battle says in that case, hikers reported seeing a bear above them on a hill. It reportedly circled around and got close to their dog. One of the hikers fired a warning shot with a pistol, driving the bear off. If hikers do choose to use the trail, DF&G advises hikers to travel in groups. ADF&G has more information on bear safety on their website. The agency received the first report on May 23. A black bear approached two adults and two dogs about a mile south of the McHugh trailhead.last_img read more

Time Inc and Smithsonian Strike Ad Sales Partnership

first_imgSmithsonian, which has a rate base of 2 million, dropped 26 percent in ad pages in 2009 versus 2008, per PIB. Nevertheless, the brand’s reach was an attractive match, said Rosie Walker, associate publisher of marketing and sales development at Smithsonian. “On the flip side, we fill an important demographic for them, we have a readersihp of nearly seven million, which is a nice size to hit that baby boomer demographic,” she said.Both Picard and Walker declined to offer any specifics on the revenue share. Smithsonian magazine will be the main benefactor of any combined deal, but Walker said that the other brands—Air & Space magazine and GoSmithsonian, a travel-oriented site—will also be included where applicable. Smithsonian magazine is about to get a lot more sales representation. Time Inc. said Monday that it has partnered with Smithsonian Media to include the brand in its corporate sales efforts.”The opportunity is strictly an advertising partnership,” Leslie Picard, president of Time Inc. corporate sales and marketing told FOLIO:. “We felt it was a great opportunity to develop multiple programs with Smithsonian as part of what Time Inc. can bring to the table. The brands marry up well for a number of our advertisers.”The partnership is not meant to replace the Smithsonian sales operation, but the publisher will benefit from Time Inc.’s entre into the bigger corporate deals. Picard said the travel, pharmaceutical and technology categories are particularly well-suited for a Smithsonian-enhanced sale.last_img read more

California Sunday Brings December Issue East in the Form of an Art

first_img“We love opportunities to bring the print magazine to life,” says Jacqueline Bates, photography director for California Sunday Magazine, adding that in addition to the gallery show, the magazine has posted audio accompaniment to each of the issue’s stories on its website. “It really makes for a more multilayered reading experience. It’s less linear, and you can also listen to the audio on your phone as you walk through the exhibit.”Published bimonthly, California Sunday dedicates one issue a year to a single theme (last year’s was the lives of teenagers), and because photography has always been an essential aspect of the magazine, Bates says the team decided to make this year’s themed issue an “all-photography” one. Text in the issue, which features work from 34 different photographers, is minimal—mostly confined to captions and credits.Elisabeth Gambrell, Gerlach, Nev. — Katy Grannan“We knew we wanted to make an issue told entirely through photography,” Bates adds. “In a year when wildfires, rising housing costs, and controversial immigration issues have dominated the news, ‘Home,’ and how people come to find and define it, has never felt more important.”The 34 contributors to the issue are a mix of both up-and-coming and established photographers and artists, such as Jim Goldberg, whose work can be seen in the Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery in Washington. Another contributor, Taylor Kay Johnson, is a recent graduate introduced to California Sunday when her California College of the Arts class worked with the magazine on an Instagram takeover last year.Mary Dambacher, Taos, N.M. — Ahndraya Parlato &Gregory HalpernThe subjects of each feature, themselves wide-ranging in both geography and circumstance, are divided into sections organized by distance, says Bates, from those who are “Far Away”—long-distance firefighters, a family separated at the U.S. border—to those who are “In Between”—a high school student in San Diego who visits his deported mother in Tijuana—to those who are “Home”—a pair of formerly homeless men on move-in day at a San Francisco housing complex.For the cover story alone, “we assigned 19 photographers across 10 states, and from there allowed them to wander and look for stories of ‘Home,’” Bates continues. “We met a Bay Area transplant who made a sanctuary out of his sailboat, a mother who built a bathroom from scratch for her and her daughter, a DACA recipient who just purchased his first house, and many others.”All of this—a feature well whose subjects range from Alaska to Mexico and a coinciding gallery activation in New York City—beg the obvious conclusion that California Sunday envisions an audience that expands well beyond the Golden State. (Case in point: I recently purchased a copy at a magazine shop in London.)“From the very beginning, we made stories for a national audience of curious, creative people,” publisher Chas Edwards tells Folio:, noting that the magazine’s stories often focus on the broader American West, in addition to Asia and Latin America. “Among our digital readers, New Yorkers are the second biggest group after Californians, so we’re always eager to find ways to get closer to our New York fans.”Roscoe Mitchell, Oakland, Calif. — David BlackDebbie Austin, Portland, Ore. — Lauren Angalis FieldBut the business sense behind the gallery exhibit isn’t just about the prospect of picking up a few more East Coast customers for the magazine’s $39.99-per-year print subscriptions. The entire project, including both the exhibit and the December issue, is sponsored by the Google Pixel 3—the same smartphone that shot the November covers of Allure, Architectural Digest, Bon Appétit, Condé Nast Traveler, Glamour, GQ, and W as part of a promotional partnership with Condé Nast.In addition to behind-the-scenes photos shot on the Pixel 3 depicting the December issue’s production, the integration includes displays of photos taken on the phone at the Aperture exhibit, custom ad inserts in the issue that blend in with the look and feel of the editorial.“We love it when we find a sponsor that’s willing to work with us, specifically our Brand Studio team, on a program that delivers new, compelling experiences to our community of readers and fans,” adds Edwards. “These are opportunities to support the journalism and storytelling we do, and at the same time deliver added goodness to our audience.” The California Sunday Magazine may still be a baby by national magazine standards—especially compared to the legacy institutions against which it has become a regular competitor for National Magazine Awards each March—but it’s accomplished quite a bit in its four years of existence.It’s most recent achievement, and perhaps its most financially impactful, was securing an acquisition by Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective, whose other media-related investments include funding for nonprofits like The Committee to Protect Journalists, The Marshall Project, Mother Jones, and ProPublica, as well as a majority stake in The Atlantic.In a statement announcing the acquisition, Powell Jobs called California Sunday and its sister brand, the touring stage show Pop-Up Magazine, “unique journalistic platforms that help foster empathy and better understanding in the world.”Those values of empathy and understanding are on display this month—literally—at the Aperture Foundation in Manhattan, at which visitors can take in “At Home: In the American West,” a gallery exhibition featuring over 90 photographs in an extension of the magazine’s December issue cover story.last_img read more

BRAC Hiatus Wont Extend Indefinitely

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Washington, D.C. — With the Trump administration’s decision not to request additional base closures with this year’s budget submission, the Pentagon’s uphill battle to demonstrate the benefits of a new BRAC round to lawmakers has been placed on the back burner, but the discussion can be expected to return to Capitol Hill eventually. At some point, DOD will need to rebalance its infrastructure, Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the audience Wednesday at the 2018 Defense Communities National Summit. “[That] will have to occur through a BRAC,” Harrison said.That time likely could come when lawmakers realize the rising defense budget is not translating into a significantly larger force structure. The need to curb spending as the nation’s debt grows could provide a strong push in that direction as well. “Then BRAC will come back up,” Harrison said.An additional factor at play is the dispute between the Pentagon and Congress over DOD’s estimate of its excess capacity. Lawmakers, along with a recent Government Accountability Office report, have called for a more precise estimate of the military’s unused capacity. In response, defense officials point out that is only possible when Congress authorizes a new BRAC round. Both sides have a point in this standoff, but lawmakers will be hesitant to jump into a new round in the absence of better data, said Mackenzie Eaglen, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.“It certainly helps forestall the next BRAC round,” Eaglen said.last_img read more

CHAMBER CORNER Learn About Banyan Treatment Center In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce profiles a different member in the local media each week. In this week’s “Chamber Corner,” the Chamber is spotlighting Banyan Treatment Center at 66K Concord Street in town..Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCHAMBER CORNER: Meet Assunta Perez Of DaMore LawIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Align Credit Union’s Student AccountsIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Michaela Klofac From AFLACIn “Business”last_img read more

The Lenovo Smart Clock The smartest alarm clock for your nightstand

first_imgChris Monroe/CNET The Lenovo Smart Clock is now shipping out to customers. Developed alongside Google, it’s a bedside alarm clock that responds to voice commands through Google Assistant. It has a simple touchscreen so you can check your calendar and the weather when you first wake up.Because it was developed with Google, it was obviously meant to coexist with the Google Nest Hub (formerly the Google Home Hub) in Google’s smart home product line. The Nest Hub is a smart display with a more robust touchscreen that can play videos, show you pictures and do lots of other tasks that the Lenovo Smart Clock can’t.The Nest Hub retails for $130 and the Lenovo Smart Clock for $80, but the Nest Hub is frequently on sale for even less than the retail price of the Lenovo Smart Clock. In that case, it can be hard to justify spending roughly the same amount on a device with a less capable touchscreen.See it at WalmartNote that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.In my review, I mentioned this as one of the downsides of the Lenovo Smart Clock. You shouldn’t buy it expecting all of the same features as a full-sized smart display. You’ll be disappointed. That said, the Lenovo Smart Clock is unique enough to stand on its own and it’s generally a better gadget if you specifically want a smart gadget for your bedside table. Here’s why.Tech detoxThe Lenovo Smart Clock is a better fit if you want to get away from your phone before bed. The Nest Hub can’t do everything you can do on a phone, but you can still use it to watch YouTube videos and scroll through images. See All Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Lenovo Smart Clock: Google Assistant and Lenovo combine… Now playing: Watch this: CNET Smart Home 12 Photos Your alarm can trigger your good morning routine, which will tell you about your calendar and play the news by default. You can also customize the routine to control your smart home devices and more in the Google Home app. This routine won’t trigger when you snooze, just when you stop your alarm for good.My favorite feature of the bunch is the sunrise function. Turn this on, and the screen on the Lenovo Smart Clock will gradually start getting brighter 30 minutes before your scheduled alarm. This wake-up light serves to naturally ease you out of your sleep leading up to your wake-up time and it works great. The Nest Hub could potentially add this feature in a future update, but right now, the Lenovo Clock has it and the Nest Hub doesn’t.Smack to snoozelenovo-smart-clock-7 Chris Monroe/CNET When your alarm does start buzzing, you can smack the top of the Lenovo Smart Clock to get it to stop. You can customize this so that hitting it will cause it to snooze or stop entirely, which is pretty great. If you use the Nest Hub as an alarm, you can stop it just by saying “Stop” or you can hit a snooze button on the touchscreen. Neither is an arduous task, and you have those options with the Lenovo Clock too. When I’m groggy in the morning, I get a lot of satisfaction from stopping my alarm with a little bit of brute force.I almost always hit snooze a couple of times and finding a button on the Nest Hub’s screen is honestly more work than I want when I’m still struggling to wake up. Smacking the top of the Lenovo Smart Clock feels right — a call back to a big snooze button on the top of a traditional alarm clock. The fact that you can customize what happens when you hit it makes it even better.Sound qualityBelieve it or not, the little Lenovo Smart Clock sounds better when it’s playing music than the Nest Hub. The Nest Hub isn’t exactly a giant device and neither one can do more than fill a room with background music, but Lenovo makes great use of its built-in 3W speaker and two passive radiators.It sounds pretty good, especially for its size, and doesn’t have any noticeable distortion in sound quality, even at max volume. Again, don’t expect booming stereo sound — Lenovo’s alarm clock is tiny — but it’s good enough to outclass the tinny and underwhelming sound quality of the Nest Hub.Fits in better Smart Home 14 Photos I love the cute and colorful design of the Nest Hub. It could blend into a wide variety of rooms and Google offers a few color choices for the fabric exterior. The Lenovo Smart Clock just has the one grey fabric finish, but it’s perfect for your nightstand.Neither has a built-in camera and both have a mute switch to help with peace of mind. Plus, they both have an ambient light sensor to minimize glow from the display. But Lenovo’s alarm clock is small enough to fit onto any open surface in your bedroom. It has a USB port for charging your phone and the rectangular front is pleasantly reminiscent of old school alarms with a modern twist.Nevertheless, wait for a saleThe Google Nest Hub is a great smart display. The Lenovo Smart Clock is a great smart alarm clock. Both are helpful smart home gadgets. Yes, they both have Google Assistant built in for voice control and the screen on the Nest Hub does more, but the Lenovo Smart Clock is perfectly suited for what it is. If you specifically want to upgrade your alarm clock with smarts, this cute little gadget from Lenovo is your best option right now.With that said, the frequent sales on the Nest Hub make the Lenovo Smart Clock seem overpriced. Its more limited functionality makes a lot more sense when it’s $50 less than the Nest Hub. Lenovo’s full-sized smart display has also gone on sale a few times since it was released last year, and your best bet might be to wait for a similar sale on the Lenovo Smart Clock. Once it’s discounted, if you don’t need all of the features of the Nest Hub, you can save money by going with the more streamlined bedside gadget. Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) News • The Lenovo Smart Clock can now double as a digital photo frame Smart displays let Amazon, Facebook, Google show you answers to your questions • Lenovo Smart Clock Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now The Lenovo Smart Clock is closer in functionality to a smart speaker as the touchscreen only offers a few prescribed functions while still letting you issue any of Google Assistant’s recognized voice commands. For certain families, that more limited functionality will be a good thing.If you want to limit screen time for yourself and your family, the Lenovo Smart Clock offers a viable alternative. You can still see the most pressing pieces of info — you can check on your security cam, look at your calendar, and see the forecast and your commute.Lenovo was intentional with the features left out of the Smart Clock. What remains makes sense for your bedside and for the things you need to know when you’re going to sleep or first waking up. It offers enough info that you could reasonably turn off your phone without the temptation to keep consuming the vast content of the internet anyway.Sunrise alarmsYou can set an alarm with a voice command to the Google Nest Hub, so you can use it to wake you up, but the Lenovo Smart Clock is designed for that task. It will suggest alarms based on your first appointment the next day. You can set multiple alarms and customize each one. You can change the alarm tones, the snooze length and the volume of the alarm (separate from the volume of the speaker). The Lenovo Smart Clock helps Google Assistant ease you out of sleep Share your voice Tags reading • The Lenovo Smart Clock: The smartest alarm clock for your nightstand Review • The Lenovo Smart Clock: A deft, Google Assistant-powered twist on the simple alarm clock 3:14 Comments Nest Google Lenovo 2 CNET Smart Home Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your houselast_img read more

Sara Ali Khan addresses Shah Rukh Khan as uncle fans engage in

first_imgSara Ali Khan calls Shah Rukh Khan “uncle”, leaving fans angry.Varinder Chawla/ Ben Pruchnie/Getty ImagesSara Ali Khan has apparently irked a lot of Shah Rukh Khan fans by addressing the superstar as “uncle” at a recent award show.At the recently held Filmfare Awards, Sara apparently called Shah Rukh “uncle”, which has left SRK fans highly miffed. A number of tweets have been made, expressing discontent at the star kid’s gesture.This incident has triggered a debate on Twitter as some extended support to Sara, and some others opined that it was inappropriate for the young actress to call Shah Rukh as “uncle”. Some said that SRK is more than double the age of Sara, and there is nothing wrong in she calling him “uncle”.However, there are others who are of the view that though calling “uncle” is not disrespectful, “sir” would have been a more appropriate word.One of the netizens, who commented in support of Sara, received a lot of responses on the tweet. “Sara Ali Khan called SRK uncle at Filmfare and people are trolling her. What do you expect a 23 YO to call a 50 plus man who is in real life, older than her father? Stupid fans need to accept their hero has aged enough to be called uncle [sic],” the tweet read.This tweet started off a debate with series of comments, both in favour and against Saif Ali Khan’s daughter. Some even made tweets wondering if Shah Rukh himself had any issue with Sara calling him “uncle” or it is just the fans who are furious about it. Sara Ali Khan in KedarnathInstagramNonetheless, International Business Times India could not independently verify if Sara actually called Shah Rukh “uncle” at any recent award function.Meanwhile, Sara has been busy shooting for her upcoming movie Love Aaj Kal 2 that features Kartik Aaryan as male lead. The film is getting a lot of attention as Sara and Kartik are rumoured to be dating each other.last_img read more

Jeff Bezos Amazon widens India losses 10fold in 2 years

first_imgIn its fourth year, Amazon India incurred a whopping loss of Rs 3,572 crore (about $500 million) in the financial year 2015-16, a sharp rise from Rs 321 crore in 2013-14. In comparison, revenues sky-rocketed from Rs 169 crore to Rs 2,275 crore.In the financial year 2014-15, the company reported revenues of Rs 1,022 crore and loss of Rs 1,724 crore, respectively. Advertising and promotional expenses accounted for almost half of its expenses at Rs 1,405 crore.Amazon.in operates in the world’s fastest-growing economy and burgeoning e-commerce market through Amazon Seller Services Pvt. Ltd.The financial performance of Amazon’s India operations was made available by Tofler. The net worth of Amazon Seller Services was pegged at Rs 4,021 crore as of March 31, 2016.The company has three streams of revenues — income from marketing support services from marketing and promotional services provided to its group companies; income from marketplace services from operating an internet portal and sale of traded goods, which includes Kindle book reader and its accessories.During one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visits to the US, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos committed investments of about $3 billion in India, taking its cumulative India investment to $5 billion.Recently, Amazon Seller Services got a fund infusion of Rs 2,010 crore from its parent entity to take on its rivals in an intensely-competitive business in India.”We will invest what it takes to become the customers’ preferred choice in India, and are encouraged that we are India’s largest and fastest-growing ecommerce marketplace,” an Amazon India spokeswoman was quoted as saying.In India, the company is in direct competition with home-grown online marketplace firms Snapdeal and Flipkart. Other players in the space include Myntra, Jabong, Infibeam and Limeroad.The e-commerce space in India saw a relaxation in FDI norms, with the government allowing 100 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) in marketplace model.  In a marketplace format, an e-commerce company facilitates transactions between buyers and sellers, whereas in the inventory-based model, it owns the goods and sells them to customers directly.last_img read more