Fulham v QPR line-ups: Fredericks starts, Fer on bench

first_imgRyan Fredericks returns to the Fulham side for the derby against QPR, who are unchanged. Fredericks comes in at right-back for the injured Jazz Richards, while Leroy Fer is on the substitutes’ bench for Rangers.Dutch midfielder Fer has not featured so far this season because of a knee problem.Fulham: Lonergan, Fredericks, Stearman, Ream, Husband, Cairney, O’Hara, Tunnicliffe, Pringle, McCormack, Dembele.Subs: Lewis, Burn, Voser, Mattila, Christensen, Kavanagh, Woodrow.QPR: Green, Perch, Onuoha, Angella, Konchesky, Faurlin, Henry, Phillips, Luongo, Chery, Austin.Subs: Smithies, Tozser, Hall, Doughty, Fer, Gladwin, Mackie.See also:Fulham v QPR: six key battlesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Mahikeng airport freight hub on cards

first_img13 September 2013 The government of South Africa’s North West province is conducting a feasibility study for the development of a freight hub at Mahikeng International Airport. The study will form part of a wider freight transport strategy, including a passenger and freight rail plan, that is currently in the process of being drawn up, says Lesiba Moses Kgwele, spokesperson for the North West Premier’s office. The development of Mahikeng International was one of the priorities outlined by Premier Thandi Modise in her state of the province address earlier this year. The airport is currently undergoing a multi-million rand infrastructure upgrade to bring it into strict compliance with the regulations of the South African Civil Aviation Authority and the International Aviation Organisation. Kgwele said this week that R15-million was being spent on the rejuvenation of the airport’s runway, taxiways, apron and landing strip markings. A new 16-element instrument landing system (ILS) has been installed as part of the upgrade of the airport’s electrical grounding lighting system. “R30-million is also being spent on the project, to be completed in the current financial year,” Kgwele said. According to an approved Provincial Land Transport Framework report – which recommended the development of a freight hub or “dry port” in Mahikeng – the upgrades will enhance regional trade, eliminate border-crossing delays and minimise administrative inefficiencies. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

BEST Character awards highlight attributes of exhibitors

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Lea Kimley and Matt ReeseWork ethic, a positive attitude, patience, and focus — those involved with showing livestock have long understood there are many positive character traits young people can develop through working with animals.In 2018 the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) Program took the opportunity to formally recognize some of these character traits and the young people who display them throughout the show season. The 2018 BEST Character Trait awards highlighted attitude, focus and patience. Throughout the winter and spring show series, any OCA member or BEST participant or their parents could nominate other cattlemen, breeders or exhibitors for any of the Character Trait Awards.“This past year was our first year doing this and we worked with some of the leadership programs with Weaver Leather Livestock. They are a sponsoring partner for the BEST program and we worked with them to recognize the character traits. Everyone can nominate throughout the season and then the final decisions go to a selection committee,” said Stephanie Sindel, OCA Director of Youth Programs. “I think it is exciting to see the kids get recognized in places other than the show ring. I really enjoy the component that others can nominate their fellow contestants. It also provides another way for people to get involved in the program.”Jacob LeBrun, Scioto County was recognized for having an outstanding attitude; Jordan Johnson, Gallia County, was recognized for his extreme focus; and Collin Britton, Wood County was awarded for his exceptional patience.“They are very exemplary for the areas they have been recognized in and the dedication they put forth every day,” Sindel said. “There is only one person who wins a show on a given weekend, but there is dedication and commitment that comes through all the time. All of those kids have also been very successful in the BEST Program and this is just another area of recognition. At the end of the day, what we are trying to do is to create the next generation of leaders and highlight those folks.”This year’s BEST program featured 15 sanctioned shows across the state with over 523 youth participants showing 749 head of market animals and heifers. Collin Britton, Wood CountyAnyone who has worked much with cattle understands that patience is an important virtue in the endeavor. When little sisters are involved, even more patience is required — just ask 15-year-old Collin Britton.“I helped my little sister (Sara Britton) a lot and that takes a lot of patience. We also work the cows here and it can get frustrating so you have to be patient with that too,” Collin said. “We’re probably going to 35 shows in a year and for a lot of those there are two rings so you show twice. We go to Denver, we go to NAILE, Junior Nationals and most of the BEST Shows and we go state fairs and beef expos. We’ve had a lot of success from last year to this year. We won our division there at Denver and had Champion Simmental overall in Ohio BEST. My sister had third overall Shorthorn in BEST. She had third overall in showmanship at Junior Nationals. We had two class winners and a second at Junior Nationals too. She also had the Champion Shorthorn Junior Breeding Heifer at the Ohio State Fair. She has done unbelievably well for her first year showing calves. I couldn’t be more proud.”Collin has been showing in the BEST Program for three years and he is also proud to be recognized for his patience by his peers through the BEST Character Trait awards.“I think it is an awesome thing they have started to do. It is a truly great program overall with all of the shows you go to and the people you meet,” he said. “The BEST experience gets you ready for all of the other shows you go to. I look forward to seeing all of the people I show with all winter at the BEST shows. Going through all of the states and sight seeing is pretty fun also.” Jacob LeBrun, Scioto CountyJacob LeBrun, 15, of Scioto County won the positive attitude Character Trait award in this year’s BEST circuit.“I always try to keep a smile on my face and encourage others,” he said. “It’s important to always be happy in order to be a light to others.”LeBrun can typically be found in the barn trying to lift up others, no matter the mood. He believes the new program will give deserved credit to the behind-the-scenes kids and he acknowledges he would not have received this award without the help of his family and the Grimes family of Hillsboro.“I only see it getting better throughout the next few years,” LeBrun said of the first year of the Character Trait program.LeBrun’s father showed cattle when he was a boy and this encouraged LeBrun to start showing as well. They began raising a few calves for him to show each year and have built their herd off of past show heifers.The BEST program requires a lot of time, money, and work. This is LeBrun’s fourth year completing the circuit and sixth year showing cattle.“Showing cattle keeps me going,” he said. “I have had a passion for it since I started.”Showing cattle has helped LeBrun make lifelong friends and learn the value of hard work. Seeing the friends he made through the BEST program and spending quality time with them is what he was most looking forward to heading into the Ohio State Fair this year.In the BEST Program this year, along with being recognized for his character, LeBrun received 6th overall Angus heifer and 7th overall intermediate showman. He also showed his heifer at the Ohio State Fair. Jordan Johnson, Gallia CountyJordan Johnson, 19, of Gallia County received the BEST focus Character Trait award. Johnson has been showing for 10 years. Additionally, he runs a small herd and sells calves to several people. He enjoys giving back to his customers and puts in plenty of effort toward helping them.“I am grateful to have won this award and am excited to see the progress the program makes throughout the years,” Johnson said.Through the hours of hard work and determination to be the best, Johnson has also learned about responsibility. In addition, the BEST program has taught Johnson how to communicate with others, the value of teamwork, and helped build friendships.Everyone has to start somewhere. Johnson’s parents both showed livestock growing up, but took a break until Johnson was in 4-H. They weren’t very competitive at the beginning, but after a taste of victory when winning grand champion feeder calf at the county fair, they never looked back.“My favorite part of the process is selecting the cattle and choosing the genetics, then putting in as much work as possible to get the full potential and quality out of the cattle,” Johnson said.Johnson is dedicated to leaving his mark and helping the next generation of showman. Johnson just finished his last Ohio State Fair as a junior exhibitor and he is hoping all the hard work he’s put in through the years will pay off in the future. Johnson is currently attending the University of Rio Grande majoring in business and minoring in marketing. Johnson hopes to stay in the livestock business on the marketing side and continue to raise cattle.“Showing and raising cattle is my passion, I live and breathe it every day,” Johnson said. Those interested in learning more about participating in the BEST program can visit www.ohiocattle.org and follow OCA on their social media platforms. The BEST program will be celebrating 20 years of recognizing Ohio’s junior beef exhibitors for participation and placings through a series of sanctioned cattle shows that include showmanship competitions. Juniors who participate in these sanctioned shows earn points for their placings. Points are tabulated for cattle, showmanship, registered Bred & Owned animals and first or second year BEST participants in a separate Novice division for market animals, heifers and showmanship. The program concludes with a celebration of all BEST participants along with their families on the first Saturday in May of 2019.last_img read more

Lyceum completes first round sweep with Mapua rout

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Schooling slams critics after SEA Games golden double SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLyceum asserted its dominance in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament with a 97-74 decimation of Mapua to complete the first round sweep Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.CJ Perez anchored the Pirates with 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals in their ninth straight win to remain unbeaten after the first round.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Wilson Baltazar also notched 12 markers built on two triples.Coach Topex Robinson said that as gratifying as the 9-0 run was, the battle is only halfway done as it braces for the tougher duels in the second round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“As much as it’s ok, we still have nine more games to play and we have lots of things that we should work on, especially on our turnovers because it is still a problem for us,” he said.With Perez leading the charge, the Pirates jumped to a commanding 22-8 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, extending the lead to its biggest at 32, 78-46, with 1:49 left in the third period. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Read Next That early pullaway allowed Lyceum to distribute minutes among its third stringers, with Jeffrey Santos and Spencer Pretta pouring nine points each in the victory.“We’ll take this win,” said Robinson after the Pirates finally played the Cardinals in a game which has been postponed twice due to inclement weather.“It’s nice to come off a long break with a win. We made the most of the time that has been given to us. It’s a time for us to work on some things, time for the players to reflect on the first few games that we played. We know we still have a lot of room for improvement if we want to be one of the elite teams in the NCAA.”Christian Buñag topped Mapua (1-7) with 17 points and 14 rebounds, while JB Raflores had 16 markers and eight boards in the defeat.To add to the Cardinals’ woes Kim Magboo hurt his knee late in the first quarter leaving Atoy Co with only eight players at his disposal in the tiff against the top seed.ADVERTISEMENT The Scores:LYCEUM 97 – Perez 18, Baltazar 12, Santos 9, Pretta 9, Tansingco 8, Jv. Marcelino 8, Nzeusseu 6, Jc. Marcelino 6, Ayaay 5, Marata 4, Liwag 4, Ibañez 3, Caduyac 2, Sinco 2, Serrano 1.MAPUA 74 – Buñag 17, Raflores 16, Nieles 13, Gabo 10, Aguirre 8, Victoria 4, Orquina 4, Magboo 2, Jimenez 0.Quarters: 22-8, 52-34, 80-51, 97-74. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Stars Make Global Call To Action For Gender Equality At The HeForShe

first_imgOn the sidelines of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, award-winning actor and UN Women’s Global Goodwill Ambassador, Anne Hathaway, and actor and activist Winston Duke joined world leaders, global CEOs, university presidents and activists to unveil groundbreaking solutions to achieve gender equality around the world.Anne Hathaway SpeaksMost notably, HeForShe released three distinct products at the Summit, based on the work of its HeForShe Champions:The HeForShe Proven Solution on How to Achieve Parity in Global Leadership: Emerging from the work of HeForShe IMPACT Champion PwC Network, which has moved from 18% female representation on its Global Leadership team to 47% in just 15 months, the solution sets out a roadmap for other organizations.The HeForShe Emerging Solutions for Gender Equality Report, containing 34 concrete emerging solutions on how to achieve gender equality. These solutions address a wide range of issues, including closing the gender pay gap, ending gender-based and sexual violence, and achieving parity across society.Last, HeForShe unveiled its first HeForShe Male Allies Guide for Gender Equality – Tips for Understanding and Managing Your Emotions, built on a program pioneered by the Government of Finland, a HeForShe IMPACT Champion, to enlist army conscripts to prevent violence against women.Welcoming the solutions, Anne Hathaway said, “Today, the men on stage with me are here because they are throwing a huge rock through the glass ceiling.”The newest HeForShe Champions, officially announced at the Summit are: Chief Executive Standard Bank Group, Sim Tshabalala; and Secretary-General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, Ahmad Alhendawi.In the lead-up to the event, HeForShe launched #MorePowerfulTogether, inviting landmarks around the world to turn off half their lights to demonstrate the power lost when women are underrepresented. The summit underlined this message by bringing together champions from all corners of society to demonstrate that we are truly more powerful together.In a closing call to action, Winston Duke said, “As an actor I have always been told that there are no small roles; and in the world of gender justice I’ve found no statement to be more true. To every single man and boy tuning in to this conversation today, I ask: I am HeForShe, are you?”last_img read more

NBA Teams Are Resting Players Earlier And Earlier

This NBA season has produced plenty of eye-popping box scores, but some of the most talked about stat lines recently have been the ones filled with zeroes and marked by a controversial note: Did Not Play-rest.On March 11, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr opted to keep his core players — Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala — out of his team’s marquee matchup with the San Antonio Spurs, citing a desire to protect his players’ health after Golden State’s 11,000 miles of travel over the preceding 13 days. One week later, the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tyronn Lue, held out LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love from the team’s own nationally televised game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Those benchings apparently did not sit well with the NBA’s commissioner, Adam Silver, who sent team owners a memo saying that the coaching practice of resting healthy players is an “extremely significant issue” for the league. And Silver’s comments didn’t sit well with James: “I don’t understand why it’s become a problem now, because I sit out a couple games?”James is right: NBA players have been getting extra days off for years. But lately teams are embracing rest more than they ever have before, perhaps because coaches are convinced that giving a player a night off here and there can help a team come playoff time. If you’re looking for someone to credit or blame for the recent popularity of this philosophy, look no further than San Antonio. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is the guru of rest. Mike BudenholzerHawks1919 NBA players who have missed the most games because of rest Gregg PopovichSpurs61113 Paul PierceCeltics, Nets, Wizards, Clippers14 PLAYERTEAMGAMES MISSED FOR REST Rajon RondoCeltics, Kings, Mavericks16 Tim DuncanSpurs38 Tyronn LueCavaliers1515 Brett Brown76ers1515 Mike BrownCavaliers, Lakers—16 Dwane CaseyRaptors1919 Rick CarlisleMavericks3241 Doc RiversCeltics, Clippers2245 Tony ParkerSpurs17 Since 2006,1In our data set, the first instance of a rest notation is from a Phoenix Suns game on April 14, 2006. there have been 609 instances of a player missing a game because he was resting, according to a query of over 50,000 injury reports from Pro Sports Transactions Archive, a database containing NBA transactions dating back to the 1940s.2For all NBA games available in the archive, we queried injury reports for descriptions that included the word “rest.” In an email, the archive’s curator, Frank Marousek, said this would return “most (if not all) of the rest games” in the archive, whose injury data is drawn from internet sources, including media reports, as well as league and team contacts. Popovich has been responsible for 113 of those 609 games missed by healthy players — more than twice as many as any other coach — and even twice as many as any other franchise. (All the data in this piece is current through March 16 of this year.) And his influence has bled into the rest of the league, with many of his former coaching assistants (Mike Budenholzer, Mike Brown, Brett Brown) and former players (Steve Kerr) becoming some of the most enthusiastic adopters of the DNP-rest once they became head coaches for other teams.Popovich was also the first coach to unexpectedly rest four key players in the thick of the regular season for a nationally televised game — a strategy for which the Spurs were fined $250,000 by the league in 2012. His decision to send home Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green and Tony Parker before a November game against the Heat was the prototype for the prime-time no-shows that have echoed through the league in recent weeks.Popovich has defended his approach to player rest. “It’s a trade-off,” he said earlier this month. “You want to see this guy in this one game? Or do you want to see him for three more years in his career? And do you want to see him in the playoffs because he didn’t get hurt because maybe he got rest?”It’s unclear if regular-season rest really can prevent playoff injuries, but that hasn’t stopped Popovich from trying. In the 2013-14 season, Pop strategically managed the workload of his 30-something star trio, choosing to rest Duncan, Ginobili and Parker 10 times combined over the course of the season. Duncan, in particular, was given ample opportunities to relax. The Ageless One skipped a game each month in November, December, March and April and had two games off in February. Later that year, the Spurs beat the Heat to win the championship in part because James suffered through painful cramps during his fourth consecutive playoff run to the finals after a 2,900-minute regular season. Duncan, Ginobili and Parker, meanwhile, poured it on during the series, playing an extra 3.9, 5.9, and 5.8 minutes per game, respectively, than they did during the regular season. It’s impossible to say what role the extra rest played — but it couldn’t have hurt.Like his rivals, James has been taking the occasional day off for years, but until recently, 90 percent of his rest days came in April, during the final two weeks of the season — including three games in the last week of the 2011-12 Heat campaign. But during the past two seasons, the Cavaliers have taken a page out of Popovich’s book and embraced a near Duncan-esque rest program for LeBron. During Cleveland’s championship run last season, James skipped at least one game in each of December, February, March and April. This season, he’s missed games in November, December and March, with more rest likely leading up to the playoffs.As a result, James finds himself rocketing up the all-time “DNP-rest” list for NBA players. Predictably, the Spurs’ Big Three hold prominent positions on the list. But with Duncan (No. 1) and his longtime foe Kevin Garnett (No. 3) resting comfortably in retirement, James is in position to eventually overtake the top spot.3Teams’ injury descriptions are taken at face value. In the case of Joel Embiid, for instance, another team might have chosen a different description for his injury, but the Sixers listed it as “rest.” Dwyane WadeHeat, Bulls12 Joel Embiid76ers11 George KarlNuggets, Kings1826 Kevin GarnettCeltics, Nets, Timberwolves23 Steve KerrWarriors1919 LeBron JamesCavaliers, Heat19 Source: Pro Sports Transactions Archive Manu GinobiliSpurs26 LeBron’s recent increase in games missed for rest is emblematic of broader league-wide trends. Each season, the number of games missed to rest is increasing, and the timing of the missed games is shifting earlier and earlier into the season. Coaches who have rested players the most Source: Pro Sports Transactions Archive Mike WoodsonHawks, Knicks—16 Dirk NowitzkiMavericks12 BENCHINGS ATTRIBUTED TO REST COACHTEAMLAST 3 SEASONSTOTAL From 2005-06 to 2010-11, the overwhelming majority of games missed for rest were in April — at the very end of the season. In 2011-12, as a result of a lockout-condensed schedule, teams started resting players in January, February and March. (I looked into why there was such a dip in 2012-13, and there wasn’t a clear explanation.4The number of total injury entries in the Pro Sports Transactions Archive for 2012-13 is comparable to other nearby years, so there’s no reason to think there were data reporting problems for that season.) More recently, the tendency has been to rest players even earlier — like, in October. From 2005-06 to 2007-08, only teams that were in position to make the playoffs5I.e., teams that ranked among the top eight in their conference’s standings at the time of the DNP-rest — meaning they would make the playoffs if the season ended that day — as opposed to teams that ranked ninth or worse. rested players. Since then, the practice has spread — teams outside the playoff picture have accounted for 36 percent of the games missed for rest so far this season. But it’s the rest decisions of contenders that make headlines and invite controversy. Consider the outcome of the two ambitious rest campaigns discussed above — Duncan’s in 2013-14 and James’s in 2015-16 — both were rewarded with the NBA championship. Compare that to the Warriors’s meltdown in last year’s finals after they spurned rest in the regular season and hard-charged their way to the all-time single-season win record. For teams with serious championship aspirations, the motivation for rest is clear. It’s likely going to take more than a strongly worded memo from the league office to convince them otherwise. read more

Russias Group Is The Easiest In Modern World Cup History

2002CBrazilTurkeyChinaCosta Rica1750-51.8 1994DArgentinaGreeceNigeriaBulgaria1757-43.6 Powerhouse France, coming off a loss in the finals of the 2016 European Championship to Portugal, will be looking to move through and claim its second ever World Cup trophy. Peru owns a 47 percent chance to make its second-ever knockout stage appearance and first since being defeated by Pelé’s Brazil in Mexico in 1970. Group B is projected to be the strongest in the tournament, according to FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index, and will be headlined by an early game between old rivals Portugal and Spain, which will face off for just the second time at a World Cup. The Iberian Peninsula neighbors met for the first time in 2010, when the Spaniards won 1-0 on their way to the country’s first ever World Cup victory. And the duo could meet again on the grandest stage of them all: They have the highest combined chance of making the final of any two teams in the same group. 2018ASaudi ArabiaEgyptRussiaUruguay1720-97.8 2010FParaguayItalySlovakiaNew Zealand1713-66.9 Luck of the draw?The easiest groups in expanded World Cup history based on the difference between average Elo rating of group and the average of the tournament, 1986-2018 YEARGROUPTEAM 1TEAM 2TEAM 3TEAM 4AVG. ELO RATINGDIFF. FROM TOURNAMENT AVG. 2006HSaudi ArabiaTunisiaUkraineSpain1744-44.7 2014HAlgeriaBelgiumSouth KoreaRussia1734-92.0 1998BAustriaCameroonChileItaly1747-52.3 2002BParaguaySouth AfricaSpainSlovenia1749-53.0 Belgium and England will be extremely pleased with how the draw turned out for them, as they’re combined chances of making it out of the group stages are the highest of any two teams in the same group. What’s more, they don’t play each other until the final round of group-stage matches, so depending on how they fare against Tunisia and Panama, the Belgians and English could have already qualified by the time they meet. Before the World Cup draw on Friday, there was reason to suspect that Russia would get off easy. As the host country, it was slotted into Pot 1, which made it impossible for them to be grouped with a powerhouse like Brazil or Germany. But it looks like the Russians also had a little luck on their side. In fact, by one metric, Russia’s Group A is the weakest group in modern World Cup history.Based on Elo ratings — a measure of a team’s quality that takes into account factors such margin of victory, game importance and game location — Russia’s group with Uruguay, Egypt and Saudi Arabia has an average rating of 1720, which is 98 points worse than the average of all World Cup teams. That’s the largest gap between group strength and the World Cup average for any group in the World Cup since the expansion to the modern format in 1986.1With group play and a 16-team knockout tournament; 24 teams from 1986 to 1994 and then 32 from 1998 onward. 1986BBelgiumMexicoIraqParaguay1757-45.0 Using Elo averages, no group in this next World Cup cracks the top 10 most difficult since 1986, but all are obviously tougher than Group A. Here’s a look at which teams should advance from each: The Russians avoided a whammy each time a pingpong ball was selected. After Uruguay joined them as the group’s Pot 2 team — Uruguay is middle of the pack, with an 1849 Elo rating — things really started going Russia’s way. Egypt, which has the second-weakest Elo of any team in Pot 3, was drawn, and the group was rounded out with Saudi Arabia, which has the lowest Elo in the field of 32. Compared with all of the potential ways Russia’s draw could have played out, its group ended up being among the easiest 2.2 percent of all possible combinations, according to the average Elo rating of its members.(Of course, this is even better news for Uruguay, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, because they get to face Russia — the worst Pot 1 team by a wide margin — in addition to one another.)While Group A is the easiest when compared to the 2018 World Cup field, it actually doesn’t hold the claim for lowest raw score among all groups since 1986. That distinction belongs to Group F in 2010, which featured the defending champion Italy, Slovakia, Paraguay and New Zealand. No team from this group would make it past the quarterfinals.That said, Russia should stroll into the knockout stage. Indeed, FiveThirtyEight is giving Russia a 74 percent chance of advancing that far, with Uruguay followed closely behind with a 72 percent chance of reaching the knockouts. After scraping through the qualifying stages, Argentina is the clear favorite in Group D, with a 74 percent chance of advancing. But all eyes will be on Iceland, which famously beat England in the 2016 Euros on their way to the quarterfinals, to see if the country of just 330,000 people can go on another magical run. And they may be ready to shock the world again: Iceland’s chance of advancing to the knockout stage is just 33 percent, which will likely become even smaller after they face the Argentines in its first game. 2006GFranceSwitzerlandSouth KoreaTogo1732-57.2 Group F is in the mix for being this tournament’s “Group of Death” as reigning champions Germany will be joined by Mexico and Sweden. The Mexicans’ and Swedes’ qualifying chances are separated by just 3 percentage points, which is the smallest difference of any teams drawn out of Pots 2 and 3 in the same group. Rounding out the group is South Korea, which famously made it all the way to the semifinals in 2002, when they co-hosted the tournament, and currently have the third-worst SPI rating of any team traveling to Russia. The prize for second place in Group F? A possible date with Brazil in the Round of 16. Good luck. After its heartbreaking 7-1 defeat by Germany in front of its home fans in the 2014 World Cup semifinals, Brazil will be out for revenge in Russia. The way the tournament’s bracket is set up, Brazil and Germany could be on a collision course to meet in the final if they both win their respective groups. As it stands, Brazil and Germany have the highest and third-highest chances of making the final in 2018. The Polish could be the most likely team from Pot 1 to fail to qualify for the knockout stage, as they currently have the second-lowest SPI rating of any team from Pot 1. They’ll be joined by Colombia and Japan, which have a 70 percent and 49 percent chance of advancing to the knockout stage, respectively. This means that Group H is the only group that has three teams with at least a 49 percent chance of making it out of the group stage. With the Colombians ranked the ninth-best team in the tournament and the Japanese being the highest-ranked team of any from Pot 4, Poland faces one of the toughest tests of teams from Pot 1.Additional contributions from Neil Paine and Dean Strachan.CORRECTION (Dec. 4, 10:50 a.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly said that Colombia’s and Japan’s chances of making it to the knockout stage of the 2018 World Cup were 2 percentage points apart. Poland’s and Japan’s are 2 percentage points apart. read more

Ohio State womens rowing team sets sights on fourpeat

The Ohio State women’s rowing team competes on May 30, 2015 at the NCAA qualifying round in Gold River, Calif. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAs the Ohio State rowing team looks ahead to going after an unprecedented fourth straight national championship in 2016, the squad is working hard to prepare itself and stay focused on the season ahead.“It’s kind of an indescribable feeling because at the end, you all realize how much work you all put in for this moment,” junior MaryClare Stannard said.The team captured its third consecutive championship last year, becoming the first in NCAA history to do so.“When we won, I was just so happy for everyone in the boat and on the the team,” junior Casey Schaffer said.There is a lot of buzz surrounding the team and the possibility of repeating yet again, and everyone involved in the program knows it.“We try to stay humble, and we gotta make sure there’s no cutting corners,” Stannard said.Assistant coaches Madeline Davis and Anna Goodale take a similar viewpoint in focusing on the now.“I tell them ‘one stroke at a time,’ because you will not get better if you skip over and not pay attention to what’s right in front of you,” Goodale said.Davis added that the team’s main focus has to be improving, even after reaching the pinnacle three years in a row.“At every opportunity you have to take a step forward, take it,” Davis said.Both Davis and Goodale have professional experience in rowing, having competed on the U.S. women’s national team.Goodale, the newest addition to the coaching staff, was a member of the women’s eight team that won a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.The women’s eight team, which is a team in rowing that has eight members in the boat, with four oars on either side for propulsion and a rudder manned by a coxswain, is the group which took home the individual championship for OSU.The team works hard to keep focused through a culture of camaraderie.“We are honestly a family,” Schaffer said. “I’ve never been a part of such an empowering group of young female athletes.”Stannard agreed that it is a very close-knit group.“We feed off of each other as teammates,” Stannard said. “We can’t do it without each other.”The 2016 schedule has yet to be released, but the season is set to begin in late March. read more

Ohio State players upset over loss of Sprinkle confident in defense without

Tracy Sprinkle (93) lays on the field with a leg injury. He left the game following his injury during the first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 in Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorWith one shove from a Bowling Green offensive lineman, the season of Ohio State redshirt junior defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle took an abrupt turn on Saturday afternoon. The shove sent Sprinkle backwards, causing his right knee to buckle awkwardly inward.OSU coach Urban Meyer shared the news that many Buckeye fans feared while watching the starting defensive tackle off the field. The training staff that helped Sprinkle off the field told the coach that the injury was with his patella tendon.“It’s a surgery and a season-ending is what I’ve been told. We’ll update further as we know more,” Meyer said. “And that’s the worst part of this darned game is when a guy gets hurt, especially a guy like that who has committed so much to this team and program. Our prayers are with Tracy.”Few comeback stories are as unique as that of Sprinkle. After being dismissed from the team for off-the-field issues, Sprinkle earned his way back to the Scarlet and Gray and earned the trust of Meyer.Many held high expectations for the Elyria, Ohio, native. The OSU coaching staff spoke volumes about Sprinkle during spring drills, and ultimately rewarded his hard work with a starting role.The comradery the Buckeyes have keeps the team close, and results in a universal feeling of sorrow throughout the entire program when a player is injured. Fellow OSU defensive linemen were pleased by how the team performed on Saturday, but felt a certain level of remorse for what their teammate had went through.“He’s everything. When we think of Rushmen, ‘How She ‘Gon Eat,’ everything. That’s Tracy,” junior defensive end Jalyn Holmes said. “I hate to see him go down, but I know he will still be there in spirit and he’s going to bounce back. He will definitely bounce back.”The replacement for Sprinkle, redshirt freshman Dre’Mont Jones, did not record any tackles against Bowling Green. Jones is a former three-star prospect according to 247Sports, and will most likely be moved into the second defensive tackle position, with junior Michael Hill moving over to take over up to fill the hole left by Sprinkle.The depth of the team that Meyer has talked about for the past few months will likely be put to the test following the injury to Sprinkle. Currently on the depth chart, the Buckeyes have three defensive tackles other than Sprinkle. According to the roster, there are eight total players at the position.Replacing a starter is never an easy task for any team, but redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard knows the team is up to the challenge.“We can’t really replace a guy like Tracy, but young guys and other guys like ends gotta step up and improve their game and pick up what he left behind. But, he’s still going to be there for us,” Hubbard said. “We’ll see if we move guys around, but I’m confident in Dre’Mont Jones and Davon (Hamilton) all them to help us.”Hamilton, a redshirt freshman defensive tackle from Pickerington, Ohio, took advantage of his playing time, picking up a share of a sack with Holmes.Any changes Meyer and the rest of the OSU coaching staff make are expected to be announced later in the week.The Buckeyes will be put to the test, minus Sprinkle, on Sept. 10 at 3:30 p.m. against Tulsa in Ohio Stadium. read more

Schopf Schalke can beat Dortmund

first_imgSchalke 04 midfielder Alessandro Schopf believes victory over a world-class team like Borussia Dortmund is possible in Saturday’s derbyFollowing last season’s second-place finish, Schalke have struggled this time around and currently find themselves only 12th in the Bundesliga table.The Royal Blues have only won four times in 13 league games this term and will now face the runaway and unbeaten leaders Dortmund this weekend.But, while he has a lot of respect for Dortmund, Schopf sees no reasons why they cannot inflict a first defeat on their rivals ahead of the Revierderby.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Dortmund are currently a world-class team and are rightly the league leaders,” Schopf told WAZ.“It’s important for us to be defensively compact and look for our chances going forward. We want find our feet with fight and the right mentality and then play football as well.”“If we perform, we can beat Dortmund in front of our home crowd.”The Schalke and Dortmund derby will take place at the Veltins-Arena with kick-off set for 15:30 (CET).last_img read more

Monday Iditarod Update – Shaktoolik

first_imgSixty-seven mushers began the race for Nome last Sunday, and the winner is expected early this week. Top five mushers as of 6 a.m., Monday.Nicolas PetitMitch SeaveyJoar Leifseth UlsomRay Redington JrPeter Kaiser Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Sixty-seven teams are signed up for the 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) trek over mountain ranges, frozen rivers and other dangerous terrain.  Defending champion Mitch Seavey is currently in second place and out of the Shaktoolik checkpoint at 3:43 a.m.center_img Nicolas Petit of Girdwood was leading the Iditarod on Monday morning, and he was the first musher out of the checkpoint in Shaktoolik.last_img read more

Murkowski CoSponsors Resolution To Terminate Presidents National Emergency Declaration

first_imgPresident Donald Trump issued the emergency declaration to divert $3.6 billion towards funding for a border wall. The funds would be diverted  from military construction projects. Murkowski: “This is not about whether or not I support President Trump on border security. I absolutely agree we must address security along our southern border, which is why Congress just appropriated $22 billion for border security– from investments in physical barriers to technology, custody enhancements, and law enforcement personnel.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享U.S. Lisa Murkowski was among a group of Senators that introduced a bipartisan joint resolution to terminate the president’s national emergency declaration. U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan as of Friday, has not said how he’ll vote.center_img Murkowski: “This resolution is about making sure that we respect the lanes of authorities that are laid out in the U.S. Constitution. This national emergency declaration creates greater precedent for expansion of executive authority by legislative acquiescence. The power to appropriate rests with the legislative branch and we are right to defend that. We have a solid system of checks and balances in this country, as long as we respect the powers and authorities of each branch of government.” The resolution is a companion resolution to H.J.Res 46, which passed the House with a vote of 245-182 earlier this week. Congressman Don Young voted against the resolution.last_img read more

Week In Review 08120816

first_imgWednesday 8/14Audio PlayerWednesday-0814.mp3VmWednesday-0814.mp300:00RPdNo Resolution At Recent Bargaining Session With District, Reseeding Begins On Swan Lake Fire Dozer Lines, With Moderate Fire Activity, DF&G Close Set Gillnetting In the Upper Subdistrict For The 2019 Season Monday 8/12Audio PlayerJennifer-0812.mp3VmJennifer-0812.mp300:00RPdKenai River Brewery Wins People’s Choice at Beer Festival, Parents Arrested After Missing Children Found, Legislators Call For Statutory PFD To Be Paid In Full Tuesday 8/13Audio PlayerTuesday-0813.mp3VmTuesday-0813.mp300:00RPdCity Of Soldotna Moving Forward With Petition To Annex, Borough Denies Country Singer Right To Privacy At Homer Residence, Rumors Swirl That BP Might Be Selling Off Its Alaska Assets Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week.center_img Thursday 8/15Audio PlayerFriday-0816.mp3VmFriday-0816.mp300:00RPdFire Activity Moderated On Swan Lake Fire, Some Areas In Refuge Closed, $2.54M In Capital Budget For Hiland Mountain Women’s Mental Health Unit, Homelessness: The Forgotten Problem On The Kenai Friday 8/16Audio PlayerFriday-0816.mp3VmFriday-0816.mp300:00RPdNWS Issues Fire Weather Watch For Kenai Peninsula, Recall Dunleavy Surpasses Necessary 28,000 Signatures, Candidate List Finalized For Local Municipal Electionlast_img read more

RBI Parent CEO to Step Down Next Year

first_imgAs Reed Elsevier continues to search for a buyer for its b-to-b publishing arm Reed Business Information, the London-based publisher has begun a second search—for a new CEO.Sir Crispin Davis, who has held the post as Reed CEO for nearly a decade, is planning to step down next year, according to a report in the Times of London. The company has hired a recruiter to help consider internal and external replacement candidates.The change in command comes a little more than four months after Reed announced its plans to divest RBI, as part of the company’s preliminary financial results statement for 2007 which it released in February. Since then, groups like Apax Partners, Permira, Providence Equity Partners and Cinven have been floated as possible suitors. Early estimates put a sale at about $2 billion. To help assure that RBI sells in one piece, Reed put together a group of banks to lend nearly $1.5 billion to the eventual buyer. The sale, however, faces steep hurdles due mostly to the soft economy.RBI publishes a number of trade magazines including Variety and Publishers Weekly. Early last month, RBI eliminated 41 jobs as part of a company-wide restructuring effort.last_img read more

Biggest steal of this IPL season 3 unknown players who can be

first_imgWith the IPL, nothing is low-key. There is hype, there is money, and then there are expectations. However, each year we do have players who slip under the radar during the auctions owing to their low base price, but then emerge as tactical signings right through the season for their respective sides.The teams which have been successful have always found a great mix of marquee players and utility players in their mix and this season promises to be no different for the sides. Here in this article, we take a look at three such players who were low key at the auctions but have the potential to strike big in the tournament.Heinrich Klaasen South African batsman Heinrich Klaasen (R)GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty ImagesThe South African was acquired by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for his base price of 50 lakh but he could become a steal at that price. This could be a tactical purchase after they let go Quinton de Kock. Klaasen can be the wicket-keeper as well as the opener in the side. With Shimrin Hetmyer and Marcus Stoinis as key components of the middle order, RCB should look to give Klaasen an extended rope at the top of the order. Ashton Turner Ashton Turner’s innings helped Australia win the fourth ODI in Mohali.Robert Cianflone/Getty ImagesNot many people in India would have known Ashton Turner before he decided to announce his arrival with a smashing innings in the Mohali ODI against India in the recently-concluded series. Well, this is nothing new for the Australian, who is one of the brighter stars in Australia and also one of the key players for the hugely successful BBL side, Perth Scorchers.He has so far played a total of 69 T20s and has scored 1061 runs. Also, he has picked 17 wickets at an excellent average of 16.41 and an economy rate of 6.97 from 24 innings. Rajasthan Royals could well have plucked out a brilliant player from the auctions and this season could be a defining one for Turner.Sherfane RutherfordThe West Indian-all-rounder has been identified as Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Ponting to be the X-factor for Delhi Capitals this season. He is a genuine all-rounder who bowls at a fair clip and also uses the long handle to great effect. He erupted on the scene when he struck a hundred in the inaugural edition of the Global T20 Canada. He scored an unbeaten 134 from 66 balls with 11 fours and 10 sixes in the innings.”Rutherford actually arrived for the camp without his kit and he has been borrowing stuff from other people. He, like most West Indian talents, is a strong and clean hitter of the ball and he can also bowl some overs for us when needed. He is a top talent in my book and a perfect addition to the batting line-up after our Indian talent. He just needs a bit of time to settle down and to get used to the wickets and conditions,” Ponting said on Tuesday.last_img read more

Photos of the Week

first_img Kit Doyle,Load Comments,Taylor University president resigns after hosting VP Pence as commencement speaker Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! By: Kit Doyle News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email History of slaves sold for Georgetown detailed in new genealogical website Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s gallery includes annual festivals in India and Bolivia, the solstice, and more.Dancers perform the “Morenada” during the annual “El Senor del Gran Poder” parade in La Paz, Bolivia, on June 15, 2019. Thousands of dancers, musicians and faithful gather every year for the festival to show their devotion and give thanks to Jesus Christ. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)A reveler prays at sunrise as thousands gather at Stonehenge, the ancient stone circle near Salisbury, England, to celebrate the summer solstice, the longest day of the year,  on June 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)Hindu women perform rituals around a Banyan tree on the occasion of Vat Savitri festival in Ahmadabad, India, on June 16, 2019. Vat Savitri is celebrated on a full moon day where women pray for the longevity of their husbands. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)Indian Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, perform yoga on International Yoga Day at Kamakhya temple in Gauhati, India, on June 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)Nepalese Newar community members rally in Kathmandu, Nepal, on June 19, 2019. Thousands of people protested in the Nepalese capital against a bill that would give government control over community and religious trusts. Protesters demanded the government scrap the proposed bill to protect these trusts that hold religious ceremonies and festivals. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)Mourners pass by the coffin during the funeral service of Cardinal Leon Kalenga Badikebele, who until his death on June 12 was the Apostolic nuncio in Argentina, at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, on June 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)Aymara spiritual leaders prepare an offering to receive the first rays of sunlight in an Andean New Year’s ritual at the ruins of Lukurmata, Bolivia, early June 21, 2019. Aymara indigenous communities are celebrating the Andean new year 5,527 or “Willka Kuti” (return of the sun in Aymara). The Andean new year coincides with the winter solstice in South America. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)Devotees carry pots on their heads to fill with water from the Sabarmati River during the Jal Yatra procession ahead of the annual Rath Yatra, or chariot procession of Hindu deity Lord Jagannath, in Ahmadabad, India, on June 17, 2019. The water from the Sabarmati river, considered holy by devotees is used for rites for idols, which are then carried in a procession in specially made chariots during the Rath Yatra, celebrated on July 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)A dancer performs the “Waca Waca” during an annual parade in honor of “El Senor del Gran Poder,” or The Lord of Great Power, in La Paz, Bolivia, on June 15, 2019. Thousands of dancers, musicians and faithful gather every year for the festival to show their devotion and give thanks to Jesus Christ. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)Indian devotees stand in a queue to offer prayers at the Kamakhya Hindu temple ahead of the Ambubachi festival in Gauhati, India, on June 21, 2019. The festival is held in celebration of the annual menstrual cycle of the Goddess Shakti at the Kamakhya Temple. The four-day festival begins June 22. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath) Tagshomepage featured photos photos of the week,You may also like By: Kit Doyle As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! By: Kit Doyle Kit Doyle Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Catholicismlast_img read more

AP PHOTOS Washington Then and Now 50 Years After MLK riots

first_imgRiots erupted in America’s capital in the hours after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Grieving and angry, rioters smashed windows, looted and burned buildings for several days, and at least 10 people lost their lives as a result of the violence.A photo from April 6, 1968, showing pedestrians being waved away from a barred area by a gas-masked National Guard member guarding the area is placed on a easel near the present day corner of 7th and K Streets, in northwest Washington, on March 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)With the Washington, D.C. police force overwhelmed by the rioting, the federal government deployed the National Guard to protect government buildings and maintain some semblance of order in the city. Soldiers carrying rifles in the streets of the capital became commonplace as officials struggled to calm angry residents.It took decades for some predominantly Black neighborhoods in the District of Columbia to recover from the destruction.Today, 50 years later, the landscape of the city has changed with newer, more modern buildings replacing the damaged and burned facilities with little trace remaining from the days of rage following Martin Luther King’s death.last_img read more

You may say Im a streamer but Im not the only o

first_imgYou may say I’m a streamer, but I’m not the only one, as John Lennon might have sung had he been chief executive of a Hollywood studio. Media companies’ plans to jump into the streaming world have again been in the news this week, with both Viacom and Disney revealing some of their thinking as they posted their latest quarterly numbers.Viacom’s CEO Bob Bakish hailed the acquisition of free-to-view advertising-supported OTT TV network Pluto TV as a “game changer” for the company, giving it instant access to an established scale OTT play.Pluto TV will provide Viacom with a significant ready-made OTT user base and a technical platform on which to build future services.Speaking to analysts after Viacom posted its fiscal Q1 results, Bakish said that Pluto “fits squarely” into the company’s strategy of creating a differentiated direct-to-consumer streaming service that could exploit its content library and maximise the value of its advertising capabilities and relationships.Disney meanwhile broke out its D2C revenues – combined with international – in a new line for the first time in its Q1 results. Disney chief Bob Iger said that his company would demonstrate Disney+ at its Investor Day in April and provide “detailed insight” into its overall direct-to-consumer business.Iger also said that Disney was looking “more aggressively at international rollouts of Hulu” once it increased its stake in the streaming outfit as a result of its acquisition of Fox’s entertainment business. He said more detail would be provided once the acquisition, which will up Disney’s stake in Hulu from 30% to 60%, is complete.The strategies of Viacom and Disney stand at opposite ends of the spectrum of studio efforts to jump on the streaming bandwagon.Viacom – which of course lacks anything like the scale of entertainment giant Disney – believes that free is the key.Bakish believes that Pluto TV’s free, ad-supported service can serve as a marketing tool for both old-fashioned pay TV channels and the studio’s new range of niche SVOD offerings such as Noggin and Comedy Central Now, but that it can also deliver value in its own right by enabling the company to make money through targeted advertising from content that is largely lying idle.The gamble is that Viacom can make more from this library content through creating additional advertising inventory than it could through licensing rights to SVOD players. Bakish says that current programming will continue to sit on pay TV affiliates’ platforms rather than on Viacom’s own D2C services.Bakish is not alone right now in believing that AVOD is a concept whose time has come. NBCUnviversal is also focusing on ‘free’ as the key to achieving scale, though in its case with a pay TV-authenticated model – a kind of streaming variant on the traditional dual-revenue model of distributing pay TV channels with advertising.Viacom also sees Pluto TV as a vehicle to extend its reach both domestically in the US, where Bakish foresees an opportunity for affiliates to use the service to attract and secure the loyalty of the growing army of cord-cutting and cord-never broadband-only subscribers, and internationally, where Pluto is already expanding in Europe.Disney, by contrast, is betting that it can sit alongside SVOD leaders such as Netflix and Amazon with a subscription service anchored around high-profile shows, notably Jon Favreau’s forthcoming Star Wars series.On the Disney earnings call, Iger expressed his confidence that “presented with an overabundance of choice, consumers will look to brands they know to sort through the options and find what they actually want”. He said that the strength of Disney’s brands would allow it to “break through the competitive clutter and connect with consumers”.Whether Disney+ can “break through” in an increasingly saturated market where Netflix is struggling to win new subscribers, at least in the US, remains to be seen. But Iger and Disney are betting not so much on beating Netflix at its own game as on a belief that the SVOD market is actually ripe for further segmentation. Disney+ is one leg of the studio’s three-pronged SVOD strategy alongside ESPN+ – which Viacom says now has two million paid subscribers, double the number just five months ago – and Hulu, the combined free and pay streaming platform that Disney will take majority control of when its acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets is complete.Iger said that Disney can “serve the consumer better by segregating all three” services, a statement that reflects his belief that established brands will be key to winning consumers in the streaming world, with Disney+ aiming primarily for a ‘family’ audience – albeit in the form of an offering will itself be home to other brands such as Marvel, with their own distinct following.This strategy hinges on some consumers looking for offerings that reflect particular tastes, while other sign up for multiple services. It also relies on the strength of certain brands to ‘cut through the clutter’ and capture subscribers’ attention. But whether large numbers of consumers will bite is uncertain. The multiplicity of SVOD offerings – from Netflix through Disney+ down to Viacom’s ‘targeted’ offerings – could equally lead to consumer confusion and resistance.I hope someday you will join us, and the world will be as one, as the Lennon song has it. Perhaps then the next big story in video services will be the return of the aggregator – a ‘super-provider’ that can provide the single-provider billing and universal content discovery that would really ‘cut through the clutter’. A bit like a pay TV operator, or perhaps Amazon or Apple. Of course, this still leaves unknown how much consumers will actually be willing to spend on the streaming video services that Disney and others have spent so much effort to build.last_img read more

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first_img“Substantial damage was caused to the inside of the vacant property. No one was injured as a result of the incident.“We are appealing to anyone who may have any information regarding this incident to contact detectives at Strand Road Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 711 on 24/10/16.Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”Read more at: http://www.derryjournal.com/news/crime/arsonists-substantially-damage-derry-building-1-7650791 DC MARSHALLDerryELMWOOD ROADPOLICE APPEAL OVER ARSON ATTACK ON VACANT DERRY PROPERTYSTRAND ROAD POLICE STATION DETECTIVES are appealing for witnesses with information about an arson attack on residential premises in Derry.The incident happened on Elmwood Road in the city.Detective Constable Marshall said: “It was reported sometime between Wednesday October 19 and Monday October 24 2016, an arson had taken place in a residential premises in the Elmwood Road area of the city on Monday afternoon. POLICE APPEAL OVER ARSON ATTACK ON VACANT DERRY PROPERTY was last modified: November 3rd, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweetlast_img read more

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Usdin describes how the British government had a well-oiled, a tribute to its popularity with customers.Such temperance will be required if U The New York Times, Read the rest of the story from our partners at NBC News Contact us at editors@timecomThe Federal Government will soon unveil National Strategy for Strategic Communications (NSSC) aimed at tackling the ideology and narrative of the Boko Haram terrorists and other insurgent groups in the country The strategy which is similar to the Soft-Approach programme of the previous administration will coordinate government communication across the Ministries Department and Agencies (MDAs) and reinforce their core-values towards de-radicalisation of terrorists Speaking at a two-day ‘Counter Violent Extremism (CVE)-Media Round Table’ in Abuja a Deputy Director in the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) Ahmad Gusau said the NSSC is a policy document put together by ONSA with the technical support of the EU Mr Gusau who represented the National Security Adviser (NSA) Maj-Gen Babagana Mongonu (rtd) at the occasion said: “A validation workshop on the draft NSCC was held in June 2015 and contributions of the various departments of government and other stakeholders are being integrated before the document would be approved and unveiled “It will interest you to know that the draft NSSC has as one of its six focus areas the relationship between government and the media” He added that the media round table was aimed at “drawing the attention of the media to current understanding of terrorists use of media and violent extremism in Nigeria including the ISIS which has since incorporated Boko Haram and ways in which both groups radicalise propagandise and recruit by exploiting the media” He however noted that “the media had since recognised that insurgents were enemies of the Nigerian state whose violent activities have a negative impact on our collective life” “This continues to reflect in the way the Nigerian press report on Boko Haram” he added In the same vein the Head of Section: Political Press and Information (EU Delegation) Ms Pauline Torehall stressed that terrorism can occur in the absence of the media – but national and international media are often vital to violent ideological movements that want to disseminate a message – with the purpose to influence governments and populations alike Torehall noted that “since the popularisation of the internet and social media websites such as Twitter YouTube and Facebook have all also been engaged by extremist groups to recruit and propagandise” According to her governments worldwide were now increasingly aware that countering violent extremism involved consideration of the multiple platforms on which extremist messages can be spread She said that media round table was a vital keystone in the work of Strategic Communications given the diverse and powerful Nigerian press and its influence with over 50 journalists and professionals of the media sector from at least 40 institutions across Nigeria participating “Some international media organisations have used research to create guidelines on the responsible reporting of violent extremism; 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