TOUCH A HIT ON FOX SPORTS

first_imgIn recent weeks a package of the 2006 NTL Mens, Womens and Mixed Open was shown on Fox TV. This was a great step forward for Touch as we have been off the main-stream television screens for quite a number of years.TFA would like to thank all of the state offices, who contributed financially to assist TFA in producing the package and having it shown. To date, the feedback has been extremely positive, with Touch fans Australia-wide complimenting the footage that was shown, as well as the clips introducing the sport and basic elements of the game. The success of the package was a credit to all of the staff, team management and players, who worked hard to ensure the sport was shown in a professional light. There was certainly no shortage of highlights for the package, with the Sydney Mets Mixed side putting on a touchdown show, the Womens Open final between the Mets and Sharks proving a very tight affair and the Mens Open final giving us one of the best NTL finals to date.(The Garry Sonda through-the-legs special was definitely one for the highlights reel!)With FOX Sports being available in around 1.75 million homes and over 6,000 commercial venues, the potential of the showing to increase awareness and knowledge of the sport is huge.Following on from the success of the showing in Australia, the package was also picked up by ABC Asia Pacific, who will be showing the package in up to 50-60 Asia Pacific nations in coming weeks. The package has already been shown in Hong Kong and here is a list of countries that may view the NTL Touch Football package in the future:Cook IslandsFijiFrench PolynesiaGuamSamoaKiribatiSolomon IslandsNauruNew CaledoniaNiueMarianasPalauPapua New GuineaTahitiTokelauTongaTuvaluVanuatuWallis and FutunaAfghanistanArmeniaAzerbaijanBangladeshBhutanBruneiCambodiaPeoples Republic of ChinaEast TimorFederated States of MicronesiaHong KongIndia IndonesiaKazakhstanLaosNepalSri-LankaTibetTurkmenistanUzbekistanJapanMacauMalaysiaMongoliaMyanmar (Burma) North KoreaPakistanPhilippinesSingaporeSouth KoreaRepublic of China (Taiwan)ThailandVietnam.TFA will be selling copies of the 2006 NTL package on DVD in the coming weeks, so if you missed out on seeing the package or want to see it again, keep an eye on the TFA website for when they’re available and for how to place your order.last_img read more

Salvation Army has been receiving generous help from the community

first_imgHuskies – Fill a bus, was more successful than the year previousSafeway – Donated four tons of foodFSJ Senior Flyers – Teddy Bear Toss, received a couple hundred bearsCentury 21 – Toy Drive, saw the most toys this year and sponsored 21 hampers (Independently purchased the food, gift cards and toys. $165 value per hamper)ATCO Two Rivers Camp – Donated $2500 purchased food from the Wholesale ClubDoig First Nations – Donated $2500Giant Power Tong – Donated 100 TurkeysButcher Block – Donated 150 HamsC&V Trailer Rentals – Donated the use of a Trailer to pick up the donations“With every added donation we are able to help more people,” said Cameron Eggie, Executive Director for the Salvation Army. “Big efforts have been put forth by a lot of people to make this all happen.”The Red Kettle Campaign continues and spaces are still available to volunteer.If you are interested in Volunteering for the Red Kettle Campaign call the Volunteer Coordinator Tatiana (250) 261-1933Salvation Army FB Page CLICK HEREFor more information on the Red Kettle Campaign CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Salvation Army has been building their 165 Christmas Hampers that they could not have done without the generous help of this Community.In the past month, several organizations and businesses have come together to help provide food and gifts to create a successful Christmas Hamper Campaign.Some of the community support has been received through;last_img read more

Lanka Catholic churches stop public mass for now

first_imgColombo: Sri Lanka’s Catholic churches on Thursday suspended all public services until the security situation improves as the head of the church urged politicians to leave aside differences to rebuild the country struck by the Easter Sunday bombings that killed nearly 360 people. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the head of the local Catholic church, said that Easter Sunday’s attacks were coordinated by an organised group with powerful nations behind them and also noted that these attackers had no religion. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAll Catholic churches were asked to stop public mass until the security situation improves, Cardinal Ranjith’s office quoted him as saying. “There will be no public mass said until further notice,” an official said. He urged the government to leave aside all political differences and work together at this time to rebuild the country again. Sri Lankan media and some ministers have criticised the rift between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe after it emerged that authorities had prior intelligence from India and the US about the possible attacks by the National Tawheed Jamath (NTJ) jihadist group.last_img read more

How We Calculate NBA Elo Ratings

Anderson Packers–19491562 ELOEQUIVALENT RECORDTEAM DESCRIPTION Baltimore Bullets–19471419 Fort Wayne PistonsDetroit Pistons19481495 120015-67Historically awful 150041-41Average Sheboygan Red Skins–19491405 There are just a few NBA-specific parameters to set, which we’ll describe below.The K-factorElo’s K-factor determines how quickly the rating reacts to new game results. It should be set so as to efficiently account for new data but not overreact to it. (In a more technical sense, the goal is to minimize autocorrelation.) If K is set too high, the ratings will jump around too much; if it’s set too low, Elo will take too long to recognize important changes in team quality.We found the optimal K for the NBA to be 20. This is higher than we expected; it’s in the same range as the K used for NFL and international soccer Elo ratings even though the NBA plays far more games than those sports. It’s much higher than the optimal K for baseball. It implies that you ought to give relatively high weight to an NBA team’s recent performance.One way to interpret this is that NBA data is subject to relatively little randomness. This makes it different from sports like baseball and hockey, whose game-by-game results are pretty noisy; in those sports, your default assumption should be that a winning or losing streak is mostly luck. That isn’t so true for basketball. Streaks may reflect true, if perhaps temporary, changes in team quality. When the Atlanta Hawks went on a 19-game winning streak this season, for instance, they were undoubtedly getting a little lucky, but they were probably tougher to beat than at other points in the season.There are still some cases in which Elo seems too slow to catch up to reality, like when Michael Jordan left the Bulls or LeBron James left the Cavs. But remember: Elo is only looking at game scores and not the composition of the roster. If that’s all the information you have, setting Elo to react more quickly to these cases would make it overreact to others. The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Elo rating never dipped below 1508 this year despite its 3-12 start, for instance, and that proved to be prudent since the team went 42-25 the rest of the way and ended the year with an Elo rating of 1583.Home-Court AdvantageHome-court advantage is set as equivalent to 100 Elo rating points. One hundred Elo points is equivalent to about 3.5 NBA points,1As for our NFL Elo ratings, it’s possible to translate NBA Elo ratings into point spreads. Here’s the formula: Take the difference of the two teams’ Elo ratings, add 100 points for the home team and then divide by 28. That gives you a projected margin of victory for the game. For instance, in Game 1 of the 2013-14 NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs had a 92-point Elo advantage over the Miami Heat, as well as home court, for an overall advantage of 192 Elo points. Dividing that by 28 would make San Antonio roughly 7-point favorites in the game. so that’s like saying the home team would be favored by 3 or 4 points if the teams were otherwise evenly matched.In practice, the magnitude of home-court advantage has waxed and waned over the NBA’s history. Home teams won by an average of 5.8 points in the 1987-88 regular season, for instance, but by just 2.4 points in the past season. And some teams (especially those like Denver and Utah that play at high altitudes) have historically had slightly larger home-court advantages.Still, the spirit of the Elo system is to keep things simple. We experimented with a dynamic home-court advantage rating that changes over time, but we found that it made almost no difference to the overall ratings, partly because each NBA team plays about half its games at home and half on the road. So we’re using the constant 100-point home-court advantage instead.Margin of VictoryElo strikes a nice balance between ratings systems that account for margin of victory and those that don’t. While teams always gain Elo points after wins and lose Elo points after losses, they gain or lose more with larger margins of victory.This works by assigning a multiplier to each game based on the final score and dividing it by a team’s projected margin of victory conditional upon having won the game. For instance, the Warriors’ 4-point margin over the Rockets in Game 1 of this year’s Western Conference finals was lower than Elo would expect for a Warriors win. So the Warriors gain Elo points, but not as many as if they’d won by a larger margin. The formula accounts for diminishing returns; going from a 5-point win to a 10-point win matters more than going from a 25-point win to a 30-point win. For the exact formula, see the footnotes.2The margin of victory multiplier is calculated as follows.Take a team’s margin of victory, add 3 points and then take the result to the power of 0.8.Divide the result by the following formula: 7.5+.006*(elo_diff), where elo_diff represents the Elo rating difference between the teams, accounting for home-court advantage. Elo_diff should be negative in games won by the underdog.For instance, in Game 1 of the Warriors-Rockets series, the Warriors entered the game with a an Elo rating 118 points higher than the Rockets’ and had home-court advantage, for an elo_diff of +218. They wound up winning the game by 4 points. Thus, their margin of victory multiplier is calculated as follows:What if the Rockets had won by 4 points instead? Since they were underdogs, they’d get a larger multiplier:While this formula may seem clunky, it accounts for the fact that favorites tend to win games by larger margins than they lose them. Failing to correct for this will introduce autocorrelation into the system and make the ratings less stable. See here for further discussion.Year-to-Year Carry-OverInstead of resetting each team’s rating when a new season begins, Elo carries over a portion of a team’s rating from one season to the next. In our NFL Elo ratings, teams retain two-thirds of their rating from the end of the previous season. In our NBA ratings, by contrast, they keep three-quarters of it. The higher fraction reflects the fact that NBA teams are more consistent from year to year than NFL squads.For example, the Miami Heat ended the 2012-13 NBA season with an Elo rating of 1754. The team’s Elo rating for the start of the 2013-14 season is calculated as follows:(.75 * 1754) + (.25 * 1505) = 1692Detail-oriented readers may see something that seems amiss here. Each team’s Elo rating is reverted to the mean, and — as we’ve said — the long-term mean Elo rating is 1500. So why does a slightly different number, 1505, appear in the formula?Expansion, Contraction and MergersThe reason has to do with the way we handle expansion teams. In principle, the implementation of this is pretty simple. Each franchise begins with an Elo rating of 1300 in its inaugural professional season. The reason we revert to a mean of 1505 rather than 1500 is that there are liable to be a couple of relatively recent expansion teams in the league at any given time. Giving established teams a rating very slightly higher than 1500 counteracts the expansion teams and keeps the league average Elo close to 1500 over the long run.But the league average Elo rating will be slightly different from 1500 in any given season, depending on how recently the league has expanded. It was 1504.5 during the 2014-15 NBA season, for instance, slightly higher than the long-term average because the NBA hasn’t expanded much recently.The league average tended to fluctuate more in the early years of the NBA because of constant expansion, contraction and mergers with other leagues. (We’ve learned way more than we wanted to know about the early history of American professional basketball, like that you could have once watched a game between teams named the Indianapolis Kautskys and the Akron Firestone Non-Skids.) The league average reached a peak of 1534.5 in 1954-55 after a number of losing teams had disbanded. By contrast, it was just 1440.5 in the 1970-71 season after the NBA expanded rapidly.There’s one other tricky part. We said a team begins with a rating of 1300 in its first professional season. That doesn’t mean its first NBA season. Instead, teams get credit for their performance in predecessor leagues that merged with the NBA:The Basketball Association of America (BAA), which began play in 1946-47, is usually considered the official predecessor of the NBA. So we track all BAA teams’ Elo ratings explicitly, starting them at 1300 in 1946-47.We also track American Basketball Association (ABA) Elo ratings explicitly — yes, that includes The Floridians! — starting them at a rating of 1300 in the ABA’s inaugural season of 1967-68. The year-end adjustment takes care of the rest, allowing the ABA’s performance to gradually improve over time. The four ABA teams that joined the NBA in 1976-77 simply carry over their ratings from ABA. Because these teams — the Indiana Pacers, San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and New York Nets — had been among the more successful ABA franchises, Elo ratings imply that the merger with the ABA did not weaken the NBA much. The four ABA imports averaged a respectable 40-42 record in their first three NBA seasons, in fact.The National Basketball League (NBL) was a competing professional basketball league that began play in 1937-38 and included colorfully named franchises like the Non-Skids. It merged into the BAA in advance of the 1949-50 season, at which point the combined league was renamed the NBA. In fact, most of the better franchises in the early days of the NBA originated in the NBL rather than the BAA, including the Minneapolis Lakers, Rochester Royals and Fort Wayne Pistons. While we could not track down game-by-game results for the NBL, we inferred Elo ratings for NBL teams based on the season standings and playoff results, and these ratings carry over when teams enter the NBA. For instance, the Syracuse Nationals (now the Philadelphia 76ers) begin with a rating of 1458 in their first NBA season in 1949-50.Finally, one early NBA team, the Baltimore Bullets, originated in a third early league, the American Basketball League (ABL). Confusingly, that original version of the Baltimore Bullets bears no relationship with the team that would later play as the Baltimore Bullets from 1963 to 1973 (and which is now known as the Washington Wizards). However, Elo gives the original Baltimore Bullets credit for the seasons they played in the ABL.3Since data on the ABL is very hard to come by, the Bullets’ initial rating is simply calculated by starting them with a rating of 1300 and then reverting them toward the mean of 1505 for each season they played in that league. You can find the starting Elo ratings for the Bullets and NBL teams below: 180067-15All-time great 130022-60LOL 140031-51In the lottery Rochester RoyalsSacramento Kings19481535 Minneapolis LakersLos Angeles Lakers19481527 Waterloo Hawks–19491382 Tri-Cities BlackhawksAtlanta Hawks19491430 Teams retain their prior Elo ratings when they change cities or nicknames. This includes the teams now known as the New Orleans Pelicans and Charlotte Hornets. The NBA, in a bit of revisionist history, considers the current Charlotte Hornets (who were known as the Charlotte Bobcats until this season) to “own” the statistics of the team that played as the Charlotte Hornets from 1988-89 through 2001-02, before they moved to New Orleans. We instead link those Hornets seasons with the New Orleans Hornets, who are now the New Orleans Pelicans. Denver Nuggets–19491295 Syracuse NationalsPhiladelphia 76ers19491458 160051-31Playoff bound Hopefully if you’re reading this, you’ve had a chance to explore our new interactive graphic, “The Complete History Of The NBA,” which tracks each NBA and ABA franchise’s performance through every game of its history.So now for the exciting part: 2,000 words about autocorrelation and the Akron Firestone Non-Skids.Actually, this won’t be too bad because Elo is a pretty simple formula. The guts of the system are the same as we used for the NFL and which other researchers have applied to competitions ranging from chess to soccer. For those new to Elo, here are its essential features:The ratings depend only on the final score of each game and where it was played (home-court advantage). They include both regular-season and playoff games. The principal source for game-by-game scores is Basketball-Reference.com.Teams always gain Elo points after winning games and lose ground after losing them. They gain more points for upset wins and for winning by wider margins.The system is zero-sum. When the Denver Nuggets gained 30 Elo points by upsetting the No. 1 seed Seattle SuperSonics in the first round of the 1994 NBA playoffs, the Sonics lost 30 points.Ratings are established on a game-by-game rather than a season-by-season basis. So you can see changes in a team’s “form” over the course of the year: The Toronto Raptors had a much higher rating early in the 2014-15 season than at the end of it, while the reverse has been true for the Cleveland Cavaliers.The long-term average Elo rating is 1500, although it can vary slightly in any particular year based on how recently the league has expanded (more about that below). More than 90 percent of team ratings are between 1300 (pretty awful) and 1700 (really good), but historically great or truly execrable teams can fall outside that range: Indianapolis Jets–19481366 170060-22Title contender NBL/ABL TEAMCURRENT FRANCHISEFIRST YEAR IN NBA/BAASTARTING ELO read more

Commentary Bengals looking to bounce back against the New England Patriots

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, right, is stopped after catching a pass for a short gain by Cleveland Browns defensive back Joe Haden at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday, Sept. 29. The Browns won, 17-6.Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe Cincinnati Bengals return home to face the undefeated New England Patriots this Sunday in a game that has great implications.If the Bengals pull out the win, last week’s loss to the Cleveland Browns will be viewed as an anomaly. But with a loss and perhaps another weak outing by quarterback Andy Dalton, the Bengals may find themselves searching for ways to salvage their season.At home, the Bengals (2-2) are undefeated and performed much better against the pass than they have on the road. They have held Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks in check, forcing Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers into a two interception performance and limiting Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers to 278 yards of total offense.Meanwhile on the road, Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears and Brian Hoyer of the Browns were able to find the holes in Cincinnati’s secondary to help their respective teams win. Bengals fans can only hope that this pattern continues in week five when they face three-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady.However, the Patriots, though undefeated, have question marks of their own. Brady began the season with a significantly inexperienced group of receivers who have struggled to stay on the same page as their quarterback. But the wide receivers have shown recent signs of improvement as both Kenbrell Thompkins (127 yards receiving) and Julian Edelman (118 yards receiving) had strong games last week against the Atlanta Falcons.On defense, New England must deal with the loss of defensive tackle Vince Wilfork who sustained a season-ending injury (achilles) against Atlanta. Wilfork is key to the Patriots’ ability to stop the run. Over the last five seasons, New England is ranked ninth against the rush with Wilfork on the field and dead last without him.But the Bengals cannot concern themselves with their opponents’ strengths and weaknesses at this point. They have the talent to beat almost any team in the league, as evidenced by their comeback victory over the Packers. But when they fail to execute on offense, they are capable of losing to any opponent, including a team depleted of its starting quarterback, just like the Browns.While Hoyer gave an inspired performance, Cincinnati’s lack of offense was the biggest factor in the loss. The Bengals converted only four of 14 third down attempts against Cleveland and gained only 16 first downs. Meanwhile, the Falcons lost to the Patriots in week four despite picking up 26 first downs. If offensive coordinator Jay Gruden cannot make the proper adjustments and Dalton continues to miss open receivers, the promise that surrounded the Bengals before the season will quickly vanish. read more

Lloris on Frances quality We can be explosive

first_imgFrance captain Hugo Lloris believes that the quality within the national team is “explosive” ahead of the World CupLes Bleus head to Russia aiming to win their first World Cup title in two decades, where head coach Didier Deschamps himself captained the side to glory at home soil.France boasts the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Ousmane Dembele in their ranks this summer and Lloris is confident that they can prove themselves to be a serious threat for favourites Spain and Germany.“I don’t think the French players have the same DNA as the Spanish, the quality of France is that we can be explosive,” he told Marca.“The Spanish and German teams like to have more possession and take their time to create, we can counter-attack at a frightening speed.“We must be ready to suffer in difficult moments, because that’s where we have to be strong as a team and then take our chances to score.”Expectations are high within the French camp, but Lloris would prefer to take things one step at a time and focus on progressing through the group stages first.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“Before looking to the final, you have to focus on the group,” confirmed Lloris.“The danger is to believe that things are going to be easy, we know that at this level every match will be complicated.”You can only be focused on the present, but we do have potential and quality.”The 31-year-old believes that the role of a captain has changed over the years and feels that the most important thing is to be firm in your convictions.“There are different ways of being a captain, it depends on your character,” he said.“Maybe 20 years ago the captain would have made more noise in the dressing room, today there are other ways.“The most important thing is to be firm in your convictions and be respected by the coach and your teammates, I’m aware of my responsibility.”last_img read more

Serie A president defends Supercoppa in Arabia

first_imgJuventus and AC Milan will face off on January 16 in the Saudi city of Jeddah, but Amnesty International has condemned the decision.For the 10th time in history, the Italian Supercoppa will be played outside Italy.On January 16th, Juventus and AC Milan will face off in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah.But the decision by the Italian Lega Serie A has been met with opposition, especially from Amnesty International, after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and the treatment of women.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“Until last year, women were not allowed to attend any sporting event whatsoever,” Serie A president Gaetano Micciche told ESPN.“A few months on they have access to many sections within a stadium.”“We are working to ensure that the next time we host a tournament there, women will be able to sit wherever they like,” he added.“Women will be allowed to enter the stadium alone and without a chaperone, as had been erroneously reported by those who want to exploit the topic.”last_img read more

Sign up your pup for Helen Woodward Animal Centers 2018 Surf Dog

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Helen Woodward Animal Center, hwac Mike McKinnon III, Francella Perez, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsDEL MAR (KUSI) – It’s almost here! For months, top surf dog contenders and newbies have been training hard and attending Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Surf Dog and SUP Lessons in paw-paration for the longest running surf dog competition in the country. Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 13th annual Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon, presented by Blue Buffalo, dives into action at Dog Beach Del Mar on Sunday, September 9th, 2018, from 8am to 2pm PST.Throughout July and August, water-loving dogs and their favorite people partners have been learning the ropes and perfecting their skills on the waves with help from the experts at SoCal Surf Dogs. This summer, more than 120 GromMUTTS signed up for the special lessons with 100% of the proceeds supporting Helen Woodward Animal Center’s orphan pets and programs.Now surf dogs can hardly wait to show off the skills they’ve fetched at the ultimate summer-closer. Helen Woodward’s Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon was the first-of-its-kind, turning ‘dogs on surfboards’ into a platform to raise life-saving funds and reminding the world that “man’s best friend” can do phenomenal things.The live-streamed event features more than 70 dogs competing in different weight classes for the coveted title of “Top Surf Dog 2018.” The canine competitors will ride into 10 minute heats with help from their human parents and “hang 20” before a panel of judges consisting of celebrities, surf pros and aficionados.Each dog is judged on their ability to ride the waves, stay on the board and show off their surf spirit. First, second, and third place winners will be awarded for each weight class and the first place winners will move on to the finals – Best-In-Surf. But the fun on the water doesn’t end there. A unique freestyle surf contest will award points for creativity! Tandem rides for dogs who can ride with their best friends and even their favorite human, eye-catching tricks and costumes are encouraged to wow the judges.Del Mar Dog Beach is the place to be to witness the cutest surf competition of the year. Spectators can lounge back and take part in dog and family-friendly activities. They will include live beach tunes, 50 interactive vendor booths with great gifts, snacks and dog items available for purchase, food, the crowd favorite Canine Costume Contest, drawings and a FREE special Kid’s Activity area – with crafts, games and more! Plus, the Surf Dog Hall-of-Fame Induction Ceremony will take place.For the 13th year, surf dogs and their human parents have been fundraising and catching waves with tail-wagging enthusiasm for a good cause. There’s still time to register your favorite sur-FUR! 100 percent of the proceeds from the annual Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon support the life-saving work at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Top fundraising pooches not only get to help orphan pets, additionally the top fundraiser will receive a surf-photoshoot with their picture featured on the 2019 Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon billboard, seen by thousands throughout San Diego.For more information on the Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon, visit www.animalcenter.org or call 858-756-4117.If you can’t be there in person, you can watch the livestream at animalcenter.org at 8:30am PT/11:30am ET.About Helen Woodward Animal CenterHelen Woodward Animal Center is a private, non-profit organization where “people help animals and animals help people.” Founded in 1972 in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., the Center provides services for more than 90,000 people and more than 10,000 animals annually through adoptions, educational and therapeutic programs both onsite and throughout the community. Helen Woodward Animal Center is also the creator of the International Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive, the International Remember Me Thursday® campaign and The Business of Saving Lives Workshops, teaching the business of saving lives to animal welfare leaders from around the world. For more information, go to: www.animalcenter.org. FacebookTwitter Posted: September 6, 2018 September 6, 2018 Mike McKinnon III, Francella Perez Sign up your pup for Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 2018 Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon ?Enjoy happy, beachy tunes from Hale Ukulele at the #SurfDogSurfAThon. Guaranteed to add some chill into your & your pup’s Sunday!? Join us at the beach: https://t.co/590U0B7ga1 pic.twitter.com/XSbIC8M4Gz— Helen Woodward (@HWAC) September 5, 2018last_img read more

Booking Begins For Summer Ferries

first_imgFresh towels, pillows and blankets are available upon request for a small fee. The system currently extends across 3,500 miles of scenic coastline with ten ferries providing service to over 35 coastal communities. The AMHS summer schedule covers ferry travel from May through September 2018 on the only marine route recognized as a National Scenic Byway and All-American Road. Story as aired:http://www.radiokenai.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Dorene-on-Booking-begins-for-summer-ferries.mp3 Courtesy of Alaska Marine Highway SystemThe Kennicott is 382 feet long and 85 feet wide, with a service speed of almost 17 knots. Reservations are available for booking at FerryAlaska.com, by calling 1-800-642-0066, or visiting ferry terminal staff throughout the system. The ship has 48 four-berth and 58 two-berth cabins which offer offer sink areas and linens. Onboard amenities include observation lounges with comfortable chairs, a covered heated solarium, a cafeteria-style restaurant, a movie lounge, showers, coin-operated lockers, writing and quiet lounges, and a child’s play area. She is designed to carry around 500 passengers and can carry 70 some vehicles. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享For those who are wanting to secure a seat aboard the poor man’s cruise ship, the Alaska Marine Highway System Summer 2018 Schedule is now open for booking. The M/V Kennicott runs from Homer to Bellingham, Washington with stops in Seldovia, Kodiak, Chenega Bay, Whittier, Yakutat, Juneau, and Ketchikan. For around a thousand dollars you can take the whole trip.last_img read more

Three Kenai Peninsula Teachers Named BP Teachers of Excellence

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享This year the BP Teachers of Excellence program recognized 21 Alaska teachers, among those are three Kenai Peninsula Borough School District teachers. Pegge Erkeneff, Communications Liaison for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District: “The BP Teacher of Excellence program has been going on for many years in our state, and on the Kenai Peninsula we have so many amazing educators. BP likes to highlight the teachers and show what’s happening in our classrooms.”  BP Alaska President Janet Weiss: “These teachers represent the best of Alaska education, and it’s an honor to recognize them with this award. At BP, we’re proud to play a part in supporting their continued success and showing our ongoing commitment to the state and to creating the leaders of tomorrow.”  Winning teachers receive a $500 gift card and a $500 matching grant to their school. Teachers also receive a trip to Prudhoe Bay to learn about BP’s operations and paid admission for the Alaska Resource Education’s teacher course.center_img Julie Doepken, William H. Seward Elementary SchoolJennifer Hornung, Nikiski Middle/High SchoolWendy Todd, Paul Banks Elementary School All teachers and educational allies will be honored at an award ceremony in late April, where the statewide BP Teacher of the Year will be announced.last_img read more

Here Are Some Of The Major Road Construction Projects On The Kenai

first_imgBEAVER LOOP ROAD IMPROVEMENTS and PEDESTRIAN PATHWAYROAD CONSTRUCTION through the seasonThrough Monday, June 17, crews will be surveying and performing clearing operations. STERLING HIGHWAY REHABILITATION, SKILAK LAKE to STERLING ROAD CONSTRUCTION through the seasonCrews are working between MP 69 and 73 (Watson Lake Area), and between MP 65 and 67. Please be aware of PILOT CAR and flagging operations from 8:00pm to 8:00am, Monday thru Thursday, and 10:00pm to 8:00am on Friday and Sunday nights.Crews are also working during the day between MP 59 and 63, as well as between MP 69 and 71. Please be aware of flagging operations and crews working on the shoulder.Expected to begin on Sunday, June 9, crews will begin paving operations between MP 65 and 67. Please be aware of PILOT CAR and flagging operations, with up to 20 minute DELAYS.Drivers should be aware of equipment in the roadway. HSIP: STERLING HIGHWAY and MAIN STREET INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTSROAD CONSTRUCTION through NovemberCrews are working intermittently at the intersection of the Sterling Highway and Main Street in Homer. Please expect flagging operations as work progresses. KALIFORNSKY BEACH ROAD MP 16 to 22.2, RESURFACING and SIGNALIZATIONROAD CONSTRUCTION through the seasonNo traffic impacts are expected for the duration of this project. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation has released it’s weekly road construction update for the projects currently taking place on the Kenai Peninsula. HSIP: STERLING HIGHWAY SHOULDER WIDENING MP 97 to 118ROAD CONSTRUCTION through OctoberDETOUR: Drivers should be aware that the DETOUR on Johnson Lake Loop Road is in place while crews work on installing a fish passage culvert at Crooked Creek. Crews have installed a temporary bridge and new alignments at both ends of Johnson Lake Loop Road for the DETOUR.Construction crews are working between MP 101 and 118.Crews are working day and night shifts. Drivers should be aware of possible TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS and DELAYS.Crews will be installing culverts at Slikok Tributary, Clam Gulch, Coal Creek and Crooked Creek. KENAI SPUR HIGHWAY REHABILITATION, SPORTS LAKE to SWIRES ROAD, PHASE I ROAD CONSTRUCTION through the seasonCrews are working off the roadway during the day from 8:00am to 7:00pm. Please be aware of equipment and vehicles entering and exiting the roadway.Crews are also working at night from 7:00pm to 6:00am. Please expect DELAYS with PILOT CAR and flagging operations.The pedestrian pathway will be impacted daily, with flaggers posted to assist pedestrians as needed. Please be aware that sections of the pathway are gravel.Drivers should be aware of a NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN from MP 6.5 to 8. Please be aware of traffic control. Use caution and reduce speed if necessary.last_img read more

MSLO Reports 73M Loss

first_imgDigital ad revenue increased 35 percent year-over-year, the company said.Adjusted third quarter publishing division EBITDA was $3 million, compared to $7.7 million in the prior year’s quarter, the company said. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia reported its third quarter financials today, announcing a $3.7 million net loss, down slightly from a $4.4 million loss for the same period in 2007. The company generated $66.5 million in revenue, down from $69.2 million during the same period last year.Year-to-date, MSLO reported a $7.3 million net loss, down from the $23 million loss it reported through the first nine months in 2007. Revenue, however, was $211.4 million, up slightly from $209.4 million during the same period last year.Meanwhile, MSLO’s publishing division posted $121.6 million in revenue year-to-date, down roughly 9 percent from $134.3 million during the same period last year. Those losses were offset, in part, by the company’s gains in its merchandising ($43.9 million, up 26 percent) and broadcasting ($36.2 million, up 28 percent) businesses.MSLO attributed third quarter publishing declines to “lower advertising pages, a shift in timing of special issues and the absence of Blueprint [which shuttered late last year].” Those losses, the company said, were partially offset by rate gains.last_img read more

Meredith Earnings Down 44 Percent

first_imgAccording to Meredith president and CEO Stephen M. Lacy, ad revenues company-wide continue to be “significantly impacted by the recession. However, certain revenue streams not tied to advertising are growing, particularly our integrated marketing, brand licensing and video production activities.”Despite the special charge and higher paper prices, Meredith’s total operating expenses declined 2.8 through the first six months of fiscal 2009, the company said.Looking ahead to fiscal third quarter 2009, Meredith says declining ad revenue will continue to affect its businesses. Publishing ad revenue for the third quarter is down 15 percent, compared to a decline of 20 percent through the first six months. Ad revenue in its broadcasting group is down nearly 40 percent, driven mostly by a 70 percent decline in advertising from the automotive segment.“We possess a strong balance sheet, modest levels of debt at a low cost of funds and adequate liquidity supported by strong operating cash flow,” Lacy said. Meredith Corp. incurred a $16 million special charge in the fiscal second quarter of 2009 associated with reducing its overall workforce by approximately 250 people, the closing of Country Home magazine and relocating its Parents.com and ReadyMade operations to its headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, the company said today. After factoring the special charge, Meredith reported net earnings of $31.1 million through the first six months of fiscal 2009, down 44 percent from $69.4 million from the same period last year. Revenue for the period was $736.6 million, compared to $800.3 million during the same period in fiscal 2008Operating profit in the publishing division declined nearly 50 percent to $48 million through the first six months, compared to $100 million during the same period last year (excluding the special charge, operating profit would have been $61 million, the company said). Advertising revenues were down to $271 million compared to $333 million from the same period the prior year.last_img read more

TCS shares fall after it settles Orange County litigation for 26 million

first_imgTata Consultancy Services (TCS) shares fell marginally following news that the company has paid $26 million to Orange County, California to settle a lawsuit. The settlement ended a three-year litigation over the failure of TCS’ US affiliate to deliver a new property tax management system to the county in 2010, the deadline decided between the parties to deliver the software.The county’s litigation alleged that TCS “presented false claims in the form of invoices and reports, provided false and unachievable milestone completion dates, and intentionally understaffed the project to maximize profit.” The county said the company tried to extend what was originally a two-year, $6.4 million contract into a six-year, $17 million project.The settlement amount, according to Orange County, is four times the actual amount of the contract and five times the cost it actually paid to TCS America.As per the initial contract, TCS America was to have delivered the property tax system by July 2010 for $6.4 million. In June 2010, the delivery date was extended for a year and sanctioned $1.2 million. When TCS failed to deliver the software in 2011, the supervisors of the project approved another $2.7 million while deferring the deadline to July 2012. This brought the total cost of the contract to $10.3 million until 2012.In 2013, TCS sought a third extension for two more years while claiming that the company needed an additional $7 million, taking the total cost to $17 million, following which the county sued the company in the same year. When the county terminated its contract, it had paid the IT vendor $4.9 million in total grand for the project.The county claimed that the Indian IT services exporter violated the California False Claim Act and filed a litigation on account of “fraudulent concealment, intentional misrepresentation and breach of contract” among other charges. TCS had filed a cross-complaint asking the US District Court to dismiss claims of fraudulence. In an order dated April 1, 2016, the court turned down Tata’s plea.The county’s statement said if the litigation was not settled, it would have led to a trial on Aug. 2, 2016. It also stated that the county had spent approximately $10 million on legal and expert fees in preparation for the trial.last_img read more

Is Virat Kohli Indias Lionel Messi Champion haunted by lack of success

first_imgKohli is yet to get that big knock in a World Cup semi or finalRobert Cianflone/Getty ImagesHe is undoubtedly the best batsman in the world. He is also, undoubtedly, the best ODI batsman of all time, according to the numbers. Virat Kohli has gone from strength to strength and has achieved unimaginable heights of success in all forms of the game. But, great players, across sports, aren’t judged purely on numbers. What matters even more is their ability to perform on the big stage and under pressure.While Lionel Messi has reached the highest peaks of success in football, he would never be considered at the same level as Diego Maradona until he rises to the occasion in a World Cup final, or, at least, a Copa America final. His inability to have done so till now has left him so frustrated, he even once announced his retirement from the game.In cricket, Kohli seems to be having a similar problem. The dashing batsman has raised the bar of performance higher than ever before. His prolificacy and consistency has been unreal. But like Messi, how he performs in the finals and semi-finals of events like the World Cup will be remembered more vividly than all his great innings in lesser events. Boult after getting the wicket of KohliTwitter/Cricket World CupUnfortunately for the 31-year old batsman, he is yet to play that great innings in a final or semi-final that would make his legend complete. In fact, when one looks at Kohli’s performances in semis and finals of major ICC events, the picture isn’t bad but not rosy either.In the three World Cup semi-finals he has played, Kohli has got scores in single digits only: 9 vs Pakistan at Mohali in 2011, 1 vs Australia at Sydney in 2015 and now, 1 vs New Zealand at Manchester. What is most incredible is the fact that he has been dismissed in all these matches by a left-arm pacer: Wahab Riaz (2011), Mitchell Johnson (2015) and Trent Boult (2019). In between, he was also dismissed by Mohammad Amir, another left-arm seamer, for just 5 in the 2017 Champions Trophy final.In the 2013 Champions Trophy, he did play good innings in both the semi-final against Sri Lanka where he scored 58 not out in a chase of 182 and the rain-curtailed 20-over a side final where he managed 43 off 34 balls which proved to be crucial. In 2017 Champions Trophy final also, it was a left-arm seamer, Mohd Amir who dismissed KohliReutersBut in the 2011 World Cup final, he got out on 35 to Tillakrante Dilshan after getting set. His highest score in the matches that we are looking at came in the 2017 Champions Trophy semi-final against Bangladesh where he scored an unbeaten 96 as part of India’s dominant 9-wicket victory. But that innings got overshadowed by Rohit Sharma’s hundred.To be fair, even Sachin Tendulkar doesn’t have even a fifty in a World Cup or Champions Trophy final. So, not getting a big hundred in the big final or even a tough semi-final isn’t necessary for a person to be regarded as the greatest. But certainly, considering how ambitious and desperate for success Kohli is, he would definitely want that hundred in a final before he retires. The problem is that in a big match, even more than in other contests, he has the bull’s eye firmly on him and teams make their best plans for him. Let’s see whether Kohli can overcome this challenge.last_img read more

Ershad to join dialogue without any demand

first_imgHM ErshadJatiya Party chairman HM Ershad on Saturday said his party will take part in the scheduled dialogue with the ruling party on 5 November without any specific condition and demand on the agenda.”We’ll just ask them how many seats they’ll give us in the next parliamentary elections and will come out if they fail to satisfy us,” the former president said while addressing a public rally at Guthail High School and College playground in Islampur upazila.They (Jatiya Oikya Front) joined the talks with the ruling party with so many conditions, but the government did not accept those, he said.So, he said, Jatiya Party will not place any condition before them.”Hopefully, we’ll be able to come to power again if they (Awami League) give us the number seats as we expect,” he further said.last_img read more

Veteran Activist Paul Rieckhoff Launches Angry Americans Weekly Show With Cadence13

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Podcast company Cadence13 has launched a partnership with Paul Rieckhoff, the veterans advocate, author of “Chasing Ghosts,” founder of Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), and president and founder of Righteous Media.Rieckhoff, an Iraq War veteran and a political independent, is hosting the weekly podcast “Angry Americans” in partnership with Cadence13. The show, debuting this month, will explore topical issues with a wide range of guests. Willie Geist (“Sunday Today” and “Morning Joe”) is the inaugural guest. “If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention,” said Rieckhoff. “’Angry Americans’ will be a place where listeners from all political and social backgrounds can come together to be informed and inspired. They will also find community — and ways to channel anger, frustration and patriotism into positive change. I’m thrilled to partner with Cadence13 on this project to elevate some of the most important issues, people and causes in America. Popular on Variety center_img “Angry Americans” will be a place for real talk, with top leaders. It will be a wake-up call that engages and empowers listeners. Cadence13 is a leader, and the Righteous Media team and I look forward to making an impact with them.”Chris Corcoran, chief content officer, Cadence13, added, “Paul Rieckhoff is a force of nature who brings passion, patriotism and purpose to everything he does. We are excited to add Paul and his passionate, independent, important voice to the podcast audience.”Rieckhoff  is a frequent contributor to “The Rachel Maddow Show,” “Morning Joe,” “CNN New Day,” CNN.com, and Defense One.last_img read more

Private tutor held for beating up child with hot spatula

first_imgKolkata: Police have arrested a private tutor for allegedly torturing a 5-year-old boy. The incident occurred at Howrah’s Belur.Police said the victim boy, a student of a private English medium school in Belur, used to take private tuition with a local teacher for sometime. On Thursday, the victim, who is an upper KG student, went to the tuition after returning from school. The victim told the police that the teacher asked him certain questions which he had failed to answer. This made the woman teacher angry and she brought a hot cooking spatula from the kitchen and started beating up the boy with the same. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe child has burn marks on his upper arms, knees, fingers, thigh and both palms after the home tutor tried to harm the child the with hot spatula.There are some injuries on his body as well.Locals staged a demonstration in front of the house of the accused teacher after the matter came to light.The victim was wreathing in pain after being beaten up.The victim fell seriously ill following the incident. The family members later lodged a complaint at the local police station on Thursday night following which the police raided the accused’s house and arrested her in this connection.last_img read more

Major South Cheshire road shut following collision

first_imgThe affected stretch of the A529 (Image: Inrix) We have no further information on the collision itself at this stage. We will provide an update when one becomes available. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA major South Cheshire road is closed following a traffic accident this evening. The A529 Audlem Road is shut following the collision between Second Dig Lane and Park Lane near Stapeley, south east of Nantwich. Inrix, the traffic data company, reports the road has been closed in both directions since around 5.05pm today (Friday August 2). Traffic is reported to be coping well in the area at present – although Inrix is reporting Cheshire Police believe the road will remain shut well into the evening. Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing woman Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Driver named following fatal collision Punter found hiding in bushes last_img read more

Googles home security system Nest Secures had a hidden microphone Google says

first_imgEarlier this month, Google upgraded its home security and alarm system, Nest Secure to work with its Google Assistant. This meant that Nest Secure customers would be able to perform tasks like asking Google about the weather. The device came with a microphone for this purpose, without it being mentioned on the device’s published specifications. On Tuesday, a Google spokesperson got in touch with Business Insider and told them that the miss was an “error” on their part. “The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been listed in the tech specs. Further, the Nest team added that the microphone has “never been on” and is activated only when users specifically enable the option. As an explanation as to why the microphone was installed in the devices, the team said that it was in order to support future features “such as the ability to detect broken glass.” Before sending over an official statement to Business Insider, the Nest team replied to a similar concern from a user on Twitter, in early February. Scott Galloway, professor of marketing at the New York University Stern School of Business, has expressed strong sentiments regarding this news on Twitter Users have even accused Google of “pretending the mistake happened” and slammed Google over such an error. Apart from Google, there have also been multiple cases in the past of Amazon Alexa and Google home listening to people’s conversations, thus invading privacy. Earlier this year, a family in Portland, discovered that its Alexa-powered Echo device had recorded their private conversation and sent it to a random person in their contacts list. Google’s so-called “error” can lead to a drop in the number of customers buying its home security system as well as a drop in the trust users place  in Google’s products. It is high time Google starts thinking along the line of security standards and integrity maintained in its products. Read Next Amazon’s Ring gave access to its employees to watch live footage of the customers, The Intercept reports Email and names of Amazon customers exposed due to ‘technical error’; number of affected users unknown Google Home and Amazon Alexa can no longer invade your privacy; thanks to Project Alias!last_img read more