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Sourav Ganguly on Ravi Shastri’s application: Everybody has got the right to apply

first_imgSourav Ganguly remained a man at peace with the world even after news spread today that Ravi Shastri, not the best of friends, was applying for the Indian cricket team coaching job.Former captain Ganguly is a member of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) that will select Anil Kumble’s replacement.That the two are not the best of friends is well-documented, but Ganguly seemed to be unperturbed with the latest development.WATCH VIDEO”Everybody has got the right to apply. We will find out.”I can also apply provided I’m not an administrator,” Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Ganguly said.The appointment of India’s coach took a new twist as Shastri appeared to be a front-runner a year after Kumble was favoured over him.The two former skippers, then, had exchanged verbal volleys after Shastri, having served as team director for a year, was not considered for the coach’s job as he did not appear for the interview in person.Shastri had openly blamed Ganguly for his ouster, claiming that the former captain, as a member of the CAC, lobbied for Kumble to replace him and convinced the other panel members, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman.Meanwhile, Ganguly thought Kumble and captain Virat Kohli’s dressing room rift after India’s Champions Trophy final loss to Pakistan ought to have been handled in a much better way.”The matter between Kumble and Kohli should have been handled a lot better, by whoever was in charge. It was not handled properly.”Ganguly has been named in a seven-member committee headed by IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla to identify a “few critical points” in the implementation of the Supreme Court order.advertisement”We will have to listen to Committee of Administrators.I’m not exactly sure what will happen but I will find out,” Ganguly, who is the only cricketer in the panel, said.Meanwhile, the CAB will have an emergent meeting on July 1 to discuss the way forward regarding the Lodha reforms.”We did not have SGM last year. Till the reforms are done it won’t happen. We have informed the members of the meeting to discuss what’s the way forward,” Ganguly added.last_img read more

Wives of Scheduled Citifield Starters in Labor, Mets’ Niese Pitches and Loses

first_imgNEW YORK  — Michael Conforto’s major league debut for the New York Mets was just about everything he imagined.Well, except for the final result.“It was like a dream for me,” Conforto said after the Mets’ 7-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night. “This whole day was like a dream for me.”The Mets’ first-round draft pick last year was promoted from Double-A Binghamton earlier in the day. Conforto drove in the Mets’ first run with an RBI groundout in the fifth inning, and finished 0-for-3.“I was so excited,” he said. “I had a lot of fun out there. Didn’t go quite the way I had dreamed it, but I think I did a lot of good things out there tonight. Got that first RBI and, you know, felt comfortable out there, so that’s the most important thing.“Just makes me want to come back tomorrow.”He certainly made a good first impression on manager Terry Collins.“He’s got a nice approach, some patience at the plate,” Collins said, “so I was very pleased with what I saw.”In a series already upended by a birth, the anticipation of another brought even more uncertainty to Friday night’s matchup. With Los Angeles starter Zack Grienke already scratched to be with his wife as she had the couple’s first child in Los Angeles, the Mets’ Jonathan Niese was close to missing his start as well for the same reason.The left-hander’s availability was in question, with his wife expected to go into labor at any time. Approximately 90 minutes before game time, Niese decided he was going to take the ball.Things didn’t go so well for him on the mound, however. Justin Turner homered and drove in three runs against his former club, and emergency starter Ian Thomas hurled five effective innings.“Just one of those things where they got to him a little early and some other things happened in his personal life,” catcher Kevin Plawecki said. “I thought it showed his character, just to want to even be here and compete, and I think he gave us 110 percent, and that’s all we can ask.”Thomas (1-1) allowed one run and three hits over five innings in his first major league start. The rookie left-hander, recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma on Wednesday, pitched in place of Greinke— who left the team Thursday morning.The Dodgers scored early and often off Niese (5-9), who allowed six runs and eight hits — including home runs by Turner and Yasiel Puig — in three innings.Jimmy Rollins also homered off Hansel Robles in the eighth for the Dodgers, giving the veteran shortstop 32 career home runs against the Mets.Niese had quietly strung together eight consecutive quality starts before Friday’s outing. Howie Kendrick started things off with a one-out single in the first inning, followed by a hard-hit RBI double by Turner to right-center.Niese didn’t fare any better in the second, loading the bases with no outs after consecutive singles by Kike Hernandez and Jimmy Rollins, and a hit batter. Thomas then grounded into a run-scoring double play, followed by an RBI double to left by Joc Pederson to give Los Angeles a 3-0 lead.Turner struck again in the third, crushing a 3-2 fastball into the seats in left-center field— a few rows behind the Party City Deck. Scott Van Slyke singled, followed by Puig’s homer on a 1-0 count, landing in almost the same spot as Turner’s and increasing the Dodgers’ lead to 6-0.MAKING MOVESThe Mets made a move to bolster their struggling offense, acquiring infielders Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson and cash considerations from the Atlanta Braves after the game for minor league pitchers John Gant and Rob Whalen.In corresponding moves, the Mets designated outfielder John Mayberry Jr. for assignment and optioned infielder Danny Muno to Triple-A Las Vegas. Third baseman David Wright was also transferred to the 60-day disabled list.TRAINER’S ROOMDodgers: LF Alex Guerrero, originally slated to bat fifth Friday night, was a late scratch due to back stiffness. … 1B Adrian Gonzalez, who leads the team with 21 home runs, was given the night off. “He’s played both of the day games after the night games and I wanted to get him a day,” Mattingly said. … LHP Brett Anderson (irritated Achilles’ tendon) threw a bullpen and took part in agility drills before Friday’s game. He is a possibility to start on either Sunday against the Mets or Tuesday in Los Angeles against Oakland.Mets: LF Michael Cuddyer was placed on the 15-day disabled list before Friday night’s game with inflammation in his left knee. The move was made retroactive to Wednesday.UP NEXTDodgers: Los Angeles had yet to announce a starter for Saturday’s matchup, awaiting Greinke’s status.Mets: RHP Matt Harvey (8-7, 3.19) takes the hill for the Mets on Saturday night, coming off a 7-2 loss in Washington on Monday in which he allowed five runs (four earned) over seven innings. Still working his way back from 2013 Tommy John surgery, the 26-year-old flamethrower has been uncharacteristically wild of late— walking 13 over his past three outings.___AP freelance writer Charles O’Brien contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

WEST NILE CASES INCREASE IN IOWA & NEBRASKA

first_imgIowa is experiencing its worst West Nile virus outbreak in 15 years, and cases in Nebraska are also on the rise.Iowa Deputy Epidemiologist Ann Garvey says 73 cases of the mosquito-borne virus have either been confirmed or are under investigation.West Nile activity in Iowa peaked in 2003, when six people died and nearly 150 were sickened.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/WN.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..central Iowa. :12The three deaths in Iowa this year are the most from West Nile since 2003 and Garvey is calling on Iowans not to let their guard down.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/WN2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..using that mosquito repellent :14The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says 79 West Nile cases have been reported in the state and 42 of those were the more serious version of the virus.Last year, there were 68 cases of West Nile in the Cornhusker state.Garvey says confirmed cases of West Nile are likely to increase in the coming weeks and the pests won’t stop biting until the first hard frost.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/WN3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..cool temperatures. :13Most people who test positive will either have no symptoms but some cases can be severe.Radio Iowa contributed to this storylast_img read more

Website links OU video, posts photo of OSU campus

first_imgScreen Shot 2015-03-09 at 10.41.16 AMGood job, MSN, thanks for dragging us into this mess.The reprehensible racist video OU’s SAE students made recently is making the rounds on the Internet today.Unfortunately for MSN, somebody there doesn’t know the difference between OSU’s campus library and OU’s, the latter of which looks like this:Screen Shot 2015-03-09 at 1.47.16 PMDavid Boren, by the way, came out swinging.Updated statement attached – DBo pic.twitter.com/xxfiJwCh0P— David Boren (@DavidBorenOK) March 9, 2015Hat tip to Clint Davison on the findIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

AITA confident Indian team will be cleared to visit Pakistan for Davis Cup tie

first_img Next Indo-Asian News Service KolkataFebruary 7, 2019UPDATED: February 7, 2019 19:05 IST India were beaten 3-1 by Italy in last week’s World Group Qualifier (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia’s Davis Cup match against Pakistan which will be held in September this yearNo Indian Davis Cup squad has travelled to Pakistan since March 1964Indian government has put a blanket ban on sports teams travelling to PakistanA day after the Indian Davis Cup team were drawn to play Pakistan in an away tie, the All India Tennis Association (AITA) expressed confidence that it will be able to send the contingent to the neighbouring country despite the Indian government’s policy of not allowing sports teams to travel there. The tie is scheduled for September.”I am confident we will be cleared to go to Pakistan. We have been drawn to play them in their den. If we can’t go, we will be banned for two years,” AITA secretary general Hironmoy Chatterjee told IANS over phone.The winner will move to the World Group Qualifiers.Chatterjee’s confidence stems from the fact that Pakistan were allowed to take part in the Hockey World Cup here recently. “Pakistan were in Bhubaneswar (Hockey World Cup) and likewise we will travel to their country,” he said.When pointed out that the government has not allowed the Indian cricket team to travel to Pakistan for any bilateral series, Chatterjee said: “Cricket is not an Olympic sport. Tennis is an Olympic sport and this is the World Cup of tennis. The ITF (International Tennis Federation) decides the venue and we have been drawn to play in Pakistan, and we will go.”No Indian Davis Cup squad has travelled to Pakistan since March 1964. In that tie in Lahore, India had prevailed over their rivals 4-0.”It will be difficult for us then (if India is banned) to get back to the World Group. We share a good relation with the Pakistan Tennis Federation and have no problems in travelling,” he said, rubbishing reports that the tie might be held on a neutral venue.advertisementThe draw for the tie took place in London.In the last week’s World Group Qualifier, India were beaten 3-1 by Italy at the Calcutta South Club here.Chatterjee further said Pakistan will decide the venue and the surface by June 25 and send the nomination to India, after which the AITA will arrange for visas for players and coaching staff.This is an away tie for India since the last time the two nations had met in Mumbai. India had then won the tie 3-2. Before that, India and Pakistan played at a neutral venue in Malaysia in 1973.Current non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi was part of the team, which also had Leander Paes, Prakash Amritraj and Rohan Bopanna who is still part of India’s plans. Bopana with doubles partner Divij Sharan won the only rubber against Italy.”It’s a good draw for us. We would like to believe we are the stronger side. Prajnesh is doing well in the ATP challengers and Yuki (Bhambri) is recovering from injury. Ramkumar Ramanathan is expected to continue his surge. We will have three players inside top 150, which has not happened in the Indian tennis for a long time,” India coach Zeeshan Ali told IANS.Ali did not comment on the team’s Pakistan travel plan, saying they have no problem in playing anywhere and on any surface as long as they get the green signal.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Indian tennis teamFollow Davis CupFollow India vs PakistanFollow Indian Davis Cup team AITA confident Indian team will be cleared to visit Pakistan for Davis Cup tieNo Indian Davis Cup squad has travelled to Pakistan since March 1964. In that tie in Lahore, India had prevailed over their rivals 4-0.advertisementlast_img read more

Time for Canada to join US ballistic missile defence says Romeo Dallaire

first_imgOTTAWA – Retired general and senator Romeo Dallaire says Canadians can’t just assume the U.S. will shoot down a missile heading towards Canada, and that it is time for this country to finally embrace continental missile defence.“Canada should join the ballistic missile defence program,” Dallaire said in an interview Thursday.“We currently cannot put a hand on our heart and say that it will be used to help us should something happen.”His comments come amid growing concerns that Canada could be caught in the middle of a conflict between the U.S. and North Korea, which has been showing off its growing nuclear and missile arsenal.The U.S. invited Canada to join its continental missile-shield system more than a decade ago, but then-prime minister Paul Martin opted against it in 2005 following an extremely divisive national debate.Since then, Canada has sat on the sidelines as the U.S. has spent more than $100 billion building a series of land- and sea-based interceptors that could stop the type of limited attack North Korea might launch.Ballistic missile defence has also been adopted by NATO allies in Europe and those in the Asia-Pacific region such as Australia and South Korea, leaving Canada as an outlier.That doesn’t mean Canada wouldn’t see a ballistic missile attack coming.Canadian and American militaries work side-by-side monitoring potential airborne threats through the North American Aerospace Command, or Norad.But any decision on whether to shoot down such a threat would rest solely with U.S. officials, who Dallaire noted have no legal obligation to react if the missile is heading toward Canada.Joining ballistic missile defence would not only create that obligation, Dallaire said, but also act as a deterrent should North Korea or any other country use Canada as a “proxy target” for the U.S.“Feeling that (the U.S.) would respond is quite different than having it somewhere on paper and being able to hold them accountable to respond should Canada be targeted,” Dallaire said.Dallaire acknowledged having his own doubts about missile defence when the issue was first raised, but he said the technology has improved significantly.And while critics have pointed to the cost of the system, Dallaire said such arguments overlook the potential technological and other industrial benefits participation in such a project would entail.“Budgets cannot be ignored and the Americans realize the budgetary limitations that we have and the scale of our financial investment in national defence,” he said.“But we’re talking security, we’re talking new capabilities, we’re talking about potential technological spinoffs and advances.”There had been questions over whether the current Liberal government planned to reverse that decision, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared to close the door on the matter this week.The previous Conservative government was likewise unwilling to re-open the debate, despite having supported Canada’s participation in ballistic missile defence while in opposition.But Dallaire predicted the issue will resurface again in earnest when the U.S. and Canada begin discussions around upgrading Norad in the coming months and years to better defend North America.“It’s in that sort of exercise that I believe ballistic missile will come back,” he said.“So Norad, to upgrade and to modernize, looks at the threat, and ergo seeks operational capabilities to counter the threat. And so that falls into line.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

Montreal doing headcount of homeless people

first_imgAPTN National NewsHow many homeless people are on the streets of Montreal?That is what Montreal wants to find out.The city’s campaign is called “I Count Montreal.”Hundreds of volunteers took to the streets, shelters, parks and alleys to find out how many are homeless.APTN’s Danielle Rochette has the story.last_img

Record 9247 students clear Goa Board Class 10 exam

first_imgPanaji: Class 10 students recorded 92.47 passing percentage in the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board exam this year, the highest in the last five years, Board Chairman Ramkrishna Samant said on Tuesday. “From 83.51 per cent in 2014, the passing percentages have shown a gradual increase over the past five years, with the highest 91.57 pass percentage recorded in 2017,” he added. Girls scored 92.64 passing percentage against 92.31 per cent by the boys. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Of the 18,684 students who appeared for the exam, 17,287 students passed, with 98 schools achieving 100 per cent results. Congratulating the students who cleared the exam, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said: “It is heartening to note that the overall passing percentage of 92.47 per cent is the highest ever in our state and 98 schools achieved 100 per cent passing results.” The SSC examinations were held in 21 centres across Goa in April.last_img read more

Ohio State wrestlings Jordan brothers following in footsteps of family Stiebers

Redshirt-freshman Bo Jordan is awarded a victory during a dual meet against Minnesota on Feb. 6 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 22-13.Credit: OSU athleticsGrowing up in a family with a wrestling background could prove to be difficult, especially when your father and uncle were successful.Bo and Micah Jordan grew up in Ohio and have known they would be wrestlers for the majority of their lives. It was in their blood, as their father Jeff is the head coach of their alma mater St. Paris Graham High School, which has won 14 straight team state titles, and was an All-American at Wisconsin. Their uncle, congressman Jim Jordan, like his brother, was a four-time state champion in high school and also became a two-time NCAA Champion for the Badgers.Like the pair of Jordan brothers before them, Bo and Micah also each won four state titles, but chose a different path for college.“I think my whole family wanted me to go to Wisconsin, especially my dad at the start, but he told me to do what felt right and Ohio State was the place I grew to love,” Bo said.The Jordans — Bo is a redshirt-freshman while Micah is a freshman — have now arrived at OSU, and have another set of brothers to look up to, the well-known Stiebers.Redshirt-senior Logan Stieber, who has totaled seven championships in as many years dating back to high school, believes the Jordans can continue their success at a high level.“They’re very similar, both really tough, both have four high school state titles and I think they can bring the same amount of hype and results as Hunter and I have,” Stieber said. “They’re great people and they work really hard.”Hunter Stieber, a redshirt-junior for the Buckeyes, was a four-time Ohio state champion as well.OSU coach Tom Ryan said the two sets of brothers resemble each other.“They’re (the Jordans) similar to the Stieber brothers in a lot of ways. Both are really close and obviously the success has been there,” Ryan said. When comparing the brothers, Ryan said the elders — Logan and Bo — are as alike as the younger brothers.“I would say in both cases the older brother is the more physical wrestler and the younger brother is a little prettier,” Ryan said. “The younger brothers use a little more speed and the older brothers use a little more braun.”These aren’t traits that have developed overnight either, as even at a very young age, the Jordans were wrestling.“We’ve been wrestling for as long as I can remember,” Bo said. “One of the earliest childhood memories I have is me wearing a diaper, knee pads and my dad’s shoes on the wrong feet trying to do penetration steps in the house.”Along with being successful wrestlers, Ryan said the Jordans had a great upbringing.“They are guys that will always get along with people and are very humble,” Ryan said. “Humility will always be a constant, despite the success they’ve had.”Their cousin, Isaac Jordan, is currently wrestling for Wisconsin and is ranked No. 2 at 165 pounds. The cousins are the top two 165 pounders in the Big Ten, and could match up in the Big Ten Championship Finals.“I just have to go out there and wrestle my best like every match,” Bo said. “I’m not going out there wrestling Isaac Jordan or any other name, I’m wrestling against myself and being the best I can be.” Micah Jordan is redshirting this year and has posted a 29-1 record in various open tournaments throughout the season. The 149 pounder is the same weight as Hunter and, in the case of Stieber not being able to return from injury, Micah has stayed ready with the postseason looming.“It’s been a good year, redshirting is allowing me to get ready for next year,” Micah said. “I definitely want to be wrestling with the varsity guys and my brother, but for now my main goal is just to get better for next year.”Having his brother help him out with the transition to college and redshirting has helped, Micah said.“It’s great having my brother here. We are drill partners and he pushes me and helps me out a lot,” he said. “He’s a big role model for me and is a big reason for me coming to Ohio State.”Bo is currently ranked No. 5 in the country at 165 pounds and is a perfect 15-0 on the year, as well as 38-0 in his career. Watching the Stieber brothers has motivated him to be even better, Bo said.“It’s really cool to have seen the Stieber brothers winning state titles together and that’s what I want me and my brother to do,” he said. “There is no replacing the Stiebers. These guys are animals, but that’s the goal, trying to be as successful as they are.”The Buckeyes are 13-3 and finished second in the Big Ten at 8-1 and are currently ranked third nationally. As Logan finishes up his final push for greatness at OSU, he will leave behind a legacy that might never be matched. Hunter and Bo will look to get their first taste at greatness this March at the NCAA championships and Micah will be ready and waiting for his turn next season.“The Stiebers are tough. It’s awesome to see what they’ve accomplished and Bo and I are trying to follow in their footsteps,” Micah said.And following in the Jordans’ footsteps could even be yet another Jordan.The youngest of the three, Rocky, a freshman in high school, hasn’t officially committed to OSU, but wants nothing more than to follow in his brothers footsteps and become a Buckeye, Bo said.Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that Bo Jordan is a redshirt-sophomore. Bo Jordan is in fact a redshirt-freshman. read more

Everything You Need To Know About The Final Four

How unpredictable has this year’s NCAA men’s tournament been? The most lopsided win of the Elite Eight belonged to an 11 seed that advanced to its first Final Four appearance in 55 years. At the same time, the three national semifinalists other than Loyola of Chicago — Kansas, Villanova and Michigan — are among the most successful programs in college basketball history. Together, they fill out a Final Four that nicely mixes the traditional with the unexpected.Loyola is the most compelling story of the tourney, thanks to a run that slowly turned them from a fun Cinderella into something much more special. But they’re not merely a George Mason or Virginia Commonwealth that’ll be easy to knock off, despite the identical seed numbers. According to our Elo ratings — a measure of a team’s strength that is based on game-by-game results — the Ramblers were the 25th-best team in the field going into the tournament, compared with No. 44 for George Mason in 2006 and No. 52 for VCU. (Loyola is a little more like LSU in 1986, which ranked 32nd in the field before the tournament and became the first double-digit seed ever to make a Final Four.) Going back to the start of the 64-team era in 1985, Loyola’s pre-tourney Elo ranks sixth-best among the 14 Final Four teams who were seeded seventh or worse: Either way, Michigan’s defense has been dominant — it’s holding opponents to 38 percent shooting from the field in the NCAAs thus far — and in some ways the Wolverines will be facing a smaller and less-heralded version of themselves in the defensive-minded, slow-paced Ramblers. Plus, for all the talk of Loyola’s last championship coming in 1963, it’s also been nearly three decades since Michigan, behind Glen Rice and coach Steve Fisher, last cut down the nets — a somewhat surprising title drought for a marquee program like UM. Our prediction model gives Michigan a 69 percent chance of advancing to its second title game in six years under John Beilein.2In 2013, the Wolverines lost in the final to Louisville, which later vacated its title.Meanwhile, for all the chaos of this tournament, chalk prevailed in the other regional finals, producing a pair of No. 1 seeds in Kansas and Villanova. It’ll be the tournament’s 15th battle of top-seeded teams in the national semifinals, and the first since Wisconsin-Kentucky in 2015.Kansas had its hands full with Duke in the Midwest region’s titanic 1-vs-2 clash. According to our excitement index, which measures how thrilling a game was by computing the average change in win probability on each play, the Jayhawks and Blue Devils tied for the second-most heart-pounding game of the entire tournament so far, trailing only Michigan vs. Houston from the Round of 32. It was the kind of game Kansas hasn’t tended to come out on top of in recent years — it’d lost a regional final in each of the past two seasons, and was 1-3 in chances to go to the Final Four since last winning the championship in 2008.When we looked at March Madness’s best coaches — in terms of exceeding the record we would expect a team to earn in their tournament games based on Elo — the statistical contrast between Kansas’s Bill Self and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski pretty much summed up the narrative for the two coaches. While each had guided tournament teams with roughly the same seed on average (Self’s teams had an average seed of 2.7, while Coach K’s were at 2.2), Self had played almost exactly to his expected record over the years (+0.1 wins, 188th-best among all coaches), while Krzyzewski had outpaced his expectations by 5.8 wins (seventh-best) since 1985.But Self and the Jayhawks found redemption behind the outstanding play of Malik Newman, who scored 32 against the Blue Devils, including all 13 Kansas points in overtime. We weren’t fully sold on the Jayhawks before the tournament began — we thought there was a glimmer of hope for Penn to upset them in the first round — but KU has now worked itself up to the fourth-highest power rating of any team in the nation, giving itself a 23 percent title probability according to our model. Villanova’s path was easier than Michigan’sPregame Elo ratings for Villanova’s and Michigan’s 2018 NCAA tournament opponents, by round Source: Sports-Reference.com/cbb, ESPN 1827Average1867 32014KentuckyMidwest81876 SeasonTeamRegionSeedPre-Tournament Elo 102013Wichita StateWest91791 62018Loyola (IL)South111838 Alabama1795Rd. of 321934Houston 122017South CarolinaEast71747 The best low-seeded Final Four teamsBest pre-tournament Elo rating for Final Four teams seeded seventh or lower, 1985-2018 142011VCUSouthwest111725 112016SyracuseMidwest101772 132006George MasonWashington111747 Radford1552Rd. of 641693Montana So you can build a case that the Ramblers are much better than the typical low-seeded Final Four squad. Still, history has not been kind to Cinderellas in the tournament’s third weekend. In fact, the Final Four is right around when the clock strikes midnight: Teams seeded ninth or worse are 0-6 all-time in the national semifinal.Michigan is an especially interesting opponent for the Ramblers, given that both teams are riding double-digit winning streaks (Loyola has won 14 straight, and Michigan has won 13) and that the chief knock on Michigan’s otherwise stellar tournament play has been a lack of difficult opponents. If they do beat Loyola, the Wolverines will become the first team in history to make it to the national title game without facing a single team seeded better than sixth. But that probably overstates how easy Michigan’s path was: The average Elo of the Wolverines’ opponents is not notably low by Final Four standards,1It ranks 82nd-lowest out of 136 Final Four teams since 1985. and what’s more, it’s not even the lowest of 2018. (Villanova has faced a much easier path to the Final Four, in terms of its opponents’ average Elo ratings.) 12015Michigan StateEast71914 Villanova Opp.Elo RatingRoundElo RatingMichigan Opp. 42011ButlerSoutheast81875 91985VillanovaSoutheast81802 81986Louisiana StateSoutheast111804 22014ConnecticutEast71909 West Virginia1972Sweet 161892Texas A&M 72000North CarolinaSouth81822 52000WisconsinWest81871 Texas Tech1988Elite Eight1948Florida State Source: Sports-Reference.com/cbb Villanova remains our favorite to win the tournament, however, with nearly a 50 percent chance against the field. Unlike Kansas versus Duke, the Wildcats were comfortably in control of their Elite Eight matchup with Texas Tech for practically the entire game, helping it produce the lowest excitement index of any regional final (even lower than Loyola’s rout of K-State). Aside from some midgame jockeying with West Virginia in the Sweet 16, Nova’s victories have seldom been in doubt on the road to the Final Four.Even when the Wildcats’ offense has sputtered — and against the Red Raiders, they were not impressive by any means, generating their fifth-fewest points per possession in any game this season — their defense has come through. During the tournament, only West Virginia has managed to crack 95 points per 100 possessions against Villanova, and even the Mountaineers were held to their sixth-worst offensive game of the season. Against the Red Raiders, the Wildcats’ two most dynamic players –Mikal Bridges and Jalen Brunson — combined to shoot 7-for-24 from the floor (including 0-for-9 from deep), and yet the defense was strong enough to help Nova not just overcome problems on offense, but cruise to victory.A Villanova win would put an uncharacteristically routine capper on what has been a wild season in college basketball. According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, the Wildcats won their 134th game in the last four seasons when they beat Texas Tech, breaking the Division I record for the most wins by a program in a four-year span. If they win a couple more, they’d become the fourth program to win at least two championships in a three-year span since 1985.But it feels premature to speculate about that. This year has already offered some of the most unexpected moments in tournament history. So who knows, maybe the tourney still has a few surprises left in its final weekend. read more

Im the first face you see when youre sent to Mountjoy Prisoners

first_imgBut we bring something different from male officers bring I think. We have a tendency to de-escalate situations but maybe we can be responsible for escalating them because sometimes they don’t like dealing with female prison officers.But Foley warned that the job isn’t for everyone. She explained that you’ll struggle if you’re not able to leave the job behind you when you clock off. Having a sense of humour, a thick skin and good interpersonal skills are also imperative, according to Foley. “It’s a great job; it’s challenging and it’s not for everybody. If you want something different everyday then you’ll like it. If you come in that gate with a sense of humour and leave the job behind you then you’ll enjoy it. Related Read 48,524 Views 13.02.18 Life as a prison officer in Mountjoy: ‘When something is about to happen, you just feel it in the air’ Friday 16 Feb 2018, 12:05 AM No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share127 Tweet Email1 I don’t know – maybe there is something in the strict mammy approach. Sometimes you just shoot them a look and they know, ‘Right, I’m on thin ice here,’ and then they’ll do as ordered.“But sometimes it can go the opposite way. For me, I just have to figure out a prisoner by talking to them. Communication is so important. You want to be able to have a conversation with them as you’ll be seeing them every day.” Foley’s job centres around committals and discharges, meaning she sees first time prisoners at their most vulnerable but also at their most volatile. Cells in Mountjoy prison. Source: Nicky Ryan/TheJournal.ieShe said: “Anyone coming into custody meets me first. I process them before they come in. So, I inform them why they’re here and go through the warrant. They are then brought into prison. Equally, when someone goes, I process them. “Every different type of person you imagine comes through.“They could be regulars or it could be their first time. They could be violent or vulnerable or scared. Every sort of emotion comes through. “When it comes to our jobs, being a female prison officer in a male prison, we do the same duties as the men.“Throughout my career, I’ve done all the physical stuff. There are certain things I can’t do like be present while a search is taking place.” She added: Feb 16th 2018, 12:05 AM ‘I’m the first face you see when you’re sent to Mountjoy. Prisoners can be scared and vulnerable’ TheJournal.ie was given exclusive access to Mountjoy Prison. By Garreth MacNamee https://jrnl.ie/3850027 Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeFEMALE PRISON OFFICERS can “bring something different” to the job and can de-escalate certain situations better than their male counterparts, according to one senior officer. This can be particularly true for a new inmate who has not previously spent time behind bars.As part of our focus on the work that goes on in Mountjoy Prison, TheJournal.ie spoke with a number of different prison officers about their roles. Susan Foley is an Assistant Chief Officer (ACO) at Mountjoy.She looks after the committals and discharges – essentially she is the first and last face you’ll see when you step inside the north Dublin campus as an inmate. For her, being a woman in a male prison can be a double-edged sword but Foley said that the women “bring something different” to Mountjoy.There can be times where the “strict” approach can be beneficial when dealing with some of the more unruly prisoners, according to Foley. She told TheJournal.ie: Short URL “We all live here basically. We spend a lot of time with the lads that are here. It’s about mutual respect. “There is an aspect of stigma being a prison officer. We’re behind this big grey wall and nobody knows what goes on because once someone comes in – that’s it, they’re in prison.“So there’s this old image of an officer being a thug but it’s not like that. We’re exactly the same as everyone else and this is a community the same as it is on the outside.”The Irish Prison Service expects to appoint up to 250 recruit prison officers this year. ‘Recruit prison officer’ is the entry-level position at the service. It takes three years of service and the Higher Certificate in Custodial Care (HCCC) before the new Recruit Prison Officer is appointed as an established prison officer.Trainees start on €28,000 per year but can upwards of €50,000 per year by securing promotion.The jobs announcement and application form can be found on www.publicjobs.ie.Video by Nicky Ryanlast_img read more

Grave doubts that Irish hospitals could cope with a massive disaster

first_img 2,990 Views ‘Grave doubts’ that Irish hospitals could cope with a massive disaster “We would struggle to deliver care” warns consultant in emergency medicine as waiting lists and overcrowding dominate health sector. By Christina Finn http://jrnl.ie/3232555 Short URL If there were a critical incident, how would we be fixed given that we have 612 people waiting on trolleys. We have now reached that stage. It rarely drops below 500.“I honestly think that an incident like that or a major disaster would push our hospitals over the edge,” she said.Read: We used to screen for scoliosis in schools, so why was it stopped?>Read: Simon Harris wants to remove HSE managers ‘who don’t measure up’ from their roles> If Ireland faced a catastrophe, how could overstretched health sector deliver care? Image: Shutterstock/wideweb If Ireland faced a catastrophe, how could overstretched health sector deliver care? Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieWhen a major incident does occur a hospital is forced to suspend all normal services.“It’s essentially all hands on deck,” said O’Reilly, who added that consultants, doctors and nurses would simply have to “make do.”However, Damien McCallion of the HSE, who deals with emergency management explained that there are “escalation protocols” in place to deal day-to-day emergencies and major events.Emergency protocols “We are constantly running tests in that regard. We just had a discussion at our own leadership team yesterday in terms of running people through it. There is constantly simulation. We were taken through one yesterday in relation to a major road traffic accident in the north-west that was simulated live on the road.“All of the emergency services were involved that would have an impact on the hospital. The process and framework are constantly tested. Being trained for these events is one thing but to test it and simulate it is another,” he said.He told the committee there is strong evidence that unless regular testing is carried out, the health services will not be prepared.“On major emergencies, there is a well-established framework. We have strengthened the resources in that area to work with the hospitals and our community partners as well in terms of community health organisations to do that,” he explained.While O’Reilly acknowledged there is a critical incident protocol, she does not believe it will manage a scenario of a major incident – be it a natural disaster or terror attack.We are not set up at all to cope with a disaster involving a massive influx. We already rely very heavily on the goodwill of the people who work in our emergency departments from the man or woman delivering food to nurses and consultants. Sometimes, goodwill is all that gets us through a serious critical incident.center_img 5 Comments Sunday 12 Feb 2017, 7:10 AM Share214 Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/wideweb Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article WITH TROLLEY NUMBERS and hospital waiting lists spiralling out of control, questions have been asked as to whether Ireland’s emergency departments could cope with a massive disaster.This month started off with 601 patients on trolleys, in wards and waiting on beds. This is just short of the high of 612 patients on trolleys at the beginning of January.Meanwhile, this week it emerged that there are an extra 80,000 people on hospital waiting lists outside the government’s official figures.A consultant in emergency medicine at Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown has said she has serious concerns about how emergency departments would deal with such a huge catastrophe.“I have grave doubts about how we would cope with a disaster,” Dr Emily O’Conor told the Oireachtas Joint Health Committee on Health. Dr. Emily O’Conor The consultant, who is also president of the Irish Association of Emergency Medicine, added:In terms of emergency departments in University Hospital Galway, Cork University Hospital, CUH, University Hospital Limerick, the hospital in Drogheda or my own department, which copes very well, and if there was a massive disaster that generated a sudden influx of hundreds of patients into the system then we would struggle to deliver care.Natural disaster or terror attack Sinn Féin’s health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly asked Dr O’Conor if Ireland’s health services were prepared and adequately staffed to deal with such an event.“Staff will probably say they cope with disasters every day of the week, but I am talking about an actual disaster,” said O’Reilly.“I have huge concerns about that… We are already completely over 100% capacity but we would do our best to cope with a massive disaster. We have highly trained people so we would all step up. We would do our best to make the system work,” answered O’Conor.O’Reilly told TheJournal.ie that Irish hospitals are already in an emergency situation.“If there is a massive incident, whether it be a chemical leak somewhere or an airplane landing on the N1 – I fail to see how we would deal with it.”Nursing union chief Liam Doran agrees, stating:We could not cope with a massive disaster. However, I never underestimate the ability of health service staff, whom I admire and represent, to move mountains in an exceptional situation. The chances are that mountains would be moved. However, they are moving mountains every day, not on exceptional days, and that is the problem. Feb 12th 2017, 7:10 AM last_img read more

Less than 72 hours left for raffle winner to claim €1 million

first_img 13 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Kzenon THE WINNER OF the €1 million National Lottery Christmas Millionaire Raffle has just three days left to claim their prize.The deadline of Friday 31 March is fast approaching.The lucky ticket was purchased at the Topaz Service Station on Lower Tivoli Road in Cork on 21 December 2016.The Christmas Millionaire top prize winning ticket of €1 million, was ticket number 179740.National Lottery Chief Executive Dermot Griffin said: By Cliodhna Russell With only three days to go until the deadline we would urge all National Lottery players to check in their homes and cars for any misplaced Millionaire Raffle tickets purchased just before Christmas last year, and ask all players to remind anyone that they might have bought a raffle ticket for as a Christmas present to also check their tickets.Ticketholders have 90 days from the date of the draw to claim their prize in person at National Lottery Headquarters on Abbey Street in Dublin. The claim deadline for this prize is this Friday.Players have often left it late to claim prizes with some coming forward on the very last day. In August 2016, a lucky Cork family syndicate claimed a €381,863 EuroMillions Prize just one hour before the prize claim deadline.The ticket holder is advised to sign the back of the ticket and contact the National Lottery Prize Claims Team on 01 836 4444.Read: Lottery team head to Cork to find owner of €1 million winning ticket as deadline looms> https://jrnl.ie/3312026 Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 9:38 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Image: Shutterstock/Kzenon Less than 72 hours left for raffle winner to claim €1 million prize Ticketholders have 90 days from the date of the draw to claim their prize in person at National Lottery Headquarters on Abbey Street in Dublin. Share121 Tweet Email5 Mar 28th 2017, 9:38 PM Short URL 24,030 Views last_img read more

Algues vertes Bruno Le Maire plaide en faveur dune vraie révolution agricole

first_imgAlgues vertes : Bruno Le Maire plaide en faveur d’une “vraie révolution agricole”Bretagne, France – La secrétaire d’État à l’Écologie Chantal Jouanno et le ministre de l’Agriculture Bruno Le Maire sont en visite en Bretagne, où la menace des algues vertes réapparaît avec l’été. Un an après la mort d’un cheval, intoxiqué par les algues vertes en décomposition, le gouvernement fait le point sur la mise en œuvre du plan qu’il a lancé en février dernier. Si ce dernier porte principalement sur la collecte et le traitement des algues, le ministre de l’Agriculture comme la secrétaire d’État à l’Écologie reconnaissent que le phénomène des algues vertes est lié à l’élevage et aux nitrates qu’il engendre, polluant les cours d’eaux et les nappes phréatiques.Dans l’émission Les 4 vérités diffusée sur France 2, Chantal Jouanno a estimé que la France devait au moins “réduire encore de plus de la moitié” la quantité de nitrates dans l’eau, en allant “beaucoup plus loin” que les normes européennes. Et de souligner qu’il “faudra des années” pour résoudre le problème. De son côté, Bruno Le Maire tient d’abord à saluer les “efforts considérables” que les agriculteurs ont déployé au cours des dix dernières années pour réduire les taux de nitrates dans l’eau. “Il faut poursuivre dans ce sens là et c’est compliqué” a expliqué le ministre sur RMC. Et d’insister : “La vraie solution passe par le changement des pratiques agricoles. (…) C’est une vraie révolution agricole à laquelle on assiste”.Chantal Jouanno est ainsi revenue sur un amendement à la Loi de modernisation agricole présenté par le député UMP breton Marc Le Fur en juillet. Il avait provoqué la colère des écologistes en proposant de relever de 450 à 2.000 places le seuil à partir duquel une porcherie serait soumise à une autorisation ICPE (Installation classée pour la protection de l’environnement). “On peut comprendre qu’il y ait une volonté d’avoir des règles moins compliquées, en tout cas plus claires, mais un assouplissement, c’est hors de question”, a assuré la secrétaire d’État.Au début du mois, la plage du Ris située dans la baie de Douarnenez a dû être fermée en raison de l’amoncellement d’algues vertes. Ces algues produisent un gaz toxique lorsqu’elles entrent en état de putréfaction et, pour l’Anses, doivent être ramassées dans les 24 heures suivant leur échouage, dans un souci de protection de ceux qui travaillent à leur contact (voir article).Le 19 juillet 2010 à 18:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Horizon Zero Dawn is the PS4 Exclusive Youve Been Waiting For

first_img ‘Days Gone’ Is the Next Big PlayStation Franchise‘Spider-Man: The Heist’ DLC is a Fancy Feast Stay on target The PlayStation 4 has had an impressive 2017 so far. With exclusive titles like Gravity Rush 2, Yakuza 0, and Nioh, PS4 owners haven’t lacked games to play. Now, Sony is getting ready to unleash yet another highly anticipated exclusive: Guerrilla Games’ Horizon Zero Dawn.Over the weekend, I was able to clock in a little over 20 hours with Horizon. Like many, I became interested in the game after seeing it debut at E3 2015. Robot dinosaurs? Sold. I avoided many of the trailers that followed, but I remained excited to play Horizon. After spending many hours with it, I can safely say that Sony has another brilliant new IP on its hands.For the uninitiated, Horizon Zero Dawn takes place a thousand years in the future after the collapse of human civilization. For the most part, it is a stone age world where people have to live off the land to survive. Advanced technology only exists in the form of robots that resemble animals. For years, humans and machines lived in (relative) peace, but for unknown reasons, all robots have become hostile. Survival in this harsh land isn’t easy, and having to contend with killer robots makes it even harder.The player sees the world through the eyes of the game’s protagonist, Aloy. She is an outcast from society who seeks to uncover the secrets of her mysterious origin. But since she is Horizon’s hero, Aloy also wants to make the land better for everyone. The world is massive in scope. It is filled with different types of terrain, animal life, human tribes, and of course, murderous robots. There are a great deal of challenges to overcome, but the game provides everything you’ll need to succeed.During my time, I completed a number of main missions, side quests, and errands. Most open world games have a clear distinction between main and side missions. In Horizon, every quest feels substantial. In fact, the only way I was able to differentiate main and side missions was by checking the menu. I didn’t need to worry about what was or wasn’t a main quest. I just took things as they came since I knew I wouldn’t be wasting my time.With so many killer robots around, Horizon contains a great deal of combat. A bow and arrow will see players through most encounters, but it’s a bit more complicated than you would expect. Most machines have specific weak spots that can be shot in order to deal greater damage. Sure, you can shoot arrows at robots until they go down, but that’s woefully inefficient. Carefully aiming for critical spots on machines is key.My favorite projectiles were the fire arrows. They aren’t effective against every foe, but you can deal a ton of damage to those weak to fire. Humans and animals are especially vulnerable to this element. I felt badly about shooting fire arrows into animals, but I had no reservations about doing the same to raiders and other nasty folk. Fire arrows are just a lot of fun to use.The game also has various types of elemental bombs (fire, ice, and electricity) which are fired with a sling-shot weapon. Another device is a grapple hook that you can use to pin robots to the ground. I found this weapon particularly effective against fast mid-sized machines. Overall, I thought the weapon variety was decent, if a bit sparse. Though Horizon doesn’t have a million weapons for players to use, each is vital in its own way.Machines are the main things you’ll hunt in Horizon, but you’ll also have to hunt animals. Taking out animals doesn’t involve nearly as much skill as it does to fell a machine. I was able to kill even the biggest critters (in this case, wild boars) with just fire arrows. You don’t need animals for sustenance, but you do need their materials to sell to vendors or to make modifications to your equipment.If you fancy modifying and crafting items and equipment, Horizon has you covered. Aloy can modify equipment with “artifacts” and craft ammunition and healing items with found resources. Both modifying and crafting are very simple, and don’t require much thinking. I’m not the biggest fan of modifying/crafting so I was grateful for this. Horizon is an RPG but its RPG mechanics are (thankfully) not overbearing.Now, I can’t talk about Horizon without getting into its graphics. Ever since Sony unveiled the 4K-capable PlayStation 4 Pro, the company billed Horizon as the game to play on the system. Horizon Zero Dawn was made from the ground up to take full advantage of the PS4 Pro’s power.That is, if you have a 4K TV with High Definition Range. Myself? I have a crusty old 1080p TV that came out well before HDR was even a thing. On top of that, the version of Horizon I’ve been playing doesn’t have the “Day Zero” patch. This means that my game isn’t as graphically impressive as it will be on launch day.With that said, this is still one of the best looking games I’ve ever seen. Horizon won’t beat the PC version of The Witcher 3 in terms of graphical prowess, but for a console game, Horizon Zero Dawn is a visual powerhouse, even at 1080p resolution. No other PS4 game is as visually stunning as Horizon.Since this is a Guerrilla Games project, Horizon runs on the Decima engine. This is the same one the studio employed for Killzone Shadow Fall. Thanks to Hideo Kojima announcing he is using a modified version of Decima for Death Stranding, the engine has been put on the proverbial map. This is all well and good since Decima is one of the most visually impressive graphics engines out there.I wasn’t a fan of Killzone Shadow Fall. Despite that, I thought it was a stunning looking game. I was particularly impressed with its natural environments. Horizon basically takes the captivating natural locales of Shadow Fall and expands them into a full open-world setting. Snow capped mountains, winding rivers, grass covered plains, millennium-old ruins, and mechanized dungeons are rendered with exceptional detail. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to know that I frequently stopped just to take in the sights. I can’t wait to see what Horizon looks like when the day zero patch is live.Despite playing for so many hours, I feel as though I’ve only scratched the surface of Horizon Zero Dawn. From my time with the game, however, it really does feel as though Sony has delivered another classic. I don’t foresee much dissension among gaming critics, and I fully expect PS4 fans will absolutely love the game. This is the real deal, folks. Horizon Zero Dawn is the PlayStation 4’s new system seller.You can pre-order Horizon Zero Dawn from Amazon.last_img read more

Behavioral health care expanding in county

first_imgDr. Lisa Bisgard screens all of her teenage patients for depression and substance abuse at their annual checkups. But until recently, the Orchards Kaiser Permanente pediatrician didn’t have a consistent way of handling those patients who had positive screenings.Sometimes Bisgard would refer the teen to Kaiser’s mental health services. The problem with referrals, though, is it’s up to the patient to follow through and actually make the appointment. Other times, Bisgard would handle the diagnoses herself, prescribing medication and monitoring the patients.“The problem is, we have no training in it,” Bisgard said. “When I completed training 15 years ago, I treated medical issues, not mental health issues. … The practice of medicine has changed so much.”But now, Bisgard has another option: an in-office behavioral health consultant. Kaiser Permanente has hired 16 behavioral health consultants and embedded them in primary care clinics across the metro area. Kaiser’s Cascade Park, Salmon Creek and Orchards medical offices now all have consultants.The consultants provide a warm handoff for primary care providers. Bisgard can walk her patient down the hall to meet with the behavioral health consultant in her office, Diana Nulliner, so the patient makes that connection before leaving. Or, if Nulliner isn’t available, Bisgard can get the patient on her calendar, ensuring the patient leaves the office with an appointment.last_img read more

Google Doodle honors legendary surfer Eddie Aikau savior of hundreds of lives

first_img Share your voice Online Sports Tags Google honors legendary big-wave surfer and lifeguard Eddie Aikau. Google Eddie Aikau was an iconic Hawaiian surfer as famous for his prowess on big waves as he was as a lifeguard who saved hundreds of lives from the dangerous surf of Oahu’s north shore.But it’s for his final rescue attempt that he’s beloved in the Hawaiian community. To honor the legendary surfer and lifeguard, Google dedicated an animated Doodle to Aikau on what would have been his 73rd birthday. For almost as long as Google has been around, it’s livened up its barebones search page with artwork that draws attention to notable people, events, holidays and anniversaries. Google Doodles have celebrated, among many other things, Pac-Man’s anniversary, Copernicus’ birthday, Mother’s Day and the World Cup, as well as reminding us of lesser-known real-world heroes. Aikau was one of those real-world heroes.Born in Maui on May 4, 1946, Aikau was a descendant of the high priest to King Kamehameha I. After his family moved to Oahu, he dropped out of school at the age of 16 to take a job at the Dole pineapple cannery; his paycheck allowed him to buy his first surfboard.In 1967, Aikau was hired as the first lifeguard at Waimea Bay on Oahu’s north shore, where waves frequently reach 30 feet or higher. He’s credited with saving more than 500 people during his brief career, never losing a soul on his watch.Aikau also made his mark as a big-wave surfer, riding every major swell to hit the north shore between 1967 and 1978. “Eddie was a pretty quiet guy, but when there was a challenge, or some risk to be taken, or a game to be played that everybody wanted to win, Eddie seemed to rise to the top,” his younger brother Clyde said in a profile published by surfboard maker Quiksilver. “He was high risk at an early age.” In pro surfing, Aikau reached a rank of 12th best in the world and won several surfing awards, including the 1977 Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championship.In 1978, he was chosen to join the crew of a cultural expedition between Hawaii and Tahiti on the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokulea. During the 30-day, 2,500-mile voyage, the double-hulled canoe developed a leak and capsized about 12 miles south of the island of Molokai.In an effort to get help for the crew, Aikua paddled off on his surfboard toward the island of Lanai. The crew was eventually rescued by the US Coast Guard, but Aikau was never seen again.In 1985, a big-wave surfing tournament called Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational in Memory of Eddie Aikau, aka The Eddie, was established at Waimea Bay to honor Aikau’s legacy. Before the competition can be held, the tournament’s rules require open-ocean swells must be at least 20 feet high, which generally generates wave faces in the bay of about 30 feet. As a result, the tournament has been held only nine times, most recently in 2016. Comments 2 Google Doodlelast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Thursday April 13 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowFairbanks International Airport evacuated after bomb threatTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksThe FBI and Fairbanks International Airport police are investigating two bomb threats called-in to the airport Wednesday night. The terminal was evacuated for a little more than an hour, but no bomb was found and no one was injured. Two Alaska Airlines flights were delayed.Legislature on track to pass lowest number of bills in state history this sessionAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauAlaska’s Legislature is on track to pass fewer bills than in any other session in the state’s history. And it’s not clear whether lawmakers will be able to agree on a plan to fix the state’s budget for the future.Legislation would require deeds to feature disclosure of property contaminationRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauFrom leaking pipelines and polluted aquifers, to broken septic tanks and abandoned military equipment, there are more than 2,200 open cases of contaminated sites in Alaska. A new bill that is making its way through the state House, would require full disclosure of contamination on the deed of a property before it can be sold.One man dead in fatal Pilot Station shootingAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelA fatal shooting in Pilot Station was reported to State Troopers Thursday morning. 27-year-old Dennis Alick was killed and a suspect has been identified.Anchorage air traffic controller wins award for Bering Sea saveCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAn air traffic controller in Anchorage has been honored for helping a pilot land his disabled jet on a remote Bering Sea island.Alaska Airlines expanding statewide infrastructureDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksAlaska Airlines is expanding and updating infrastructure in the state. Alaska Airlines regional vice president Marilyn Romano outlined plans for the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.Ambler Road access project scoping period extendedDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThere’s more time to provide input on what should be considered in an environmental impact statement for the proposed Ambler Road project. The Bureau of Land Management has extended the EIS scoping period for the over 200-mile state proposed mining access route in the southern Brooks Range.New recommendations made for protecting Alexander Archipelago Wolf populationElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauThe Alexander Archipelago Wolf didn’t go on the endangered species list in 2016, after it was petitioned by six conservation groups. But the feds and the state are looking at ways to stabilize the wolf population on Prince of Wales Island. In a joint-effort, new recommendations were released this month.Ask a Climatologist: River breakup is all about spring tempsAnnie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe National Weather Service issued its annual river breakup forecast this week. The forecast calls for a relatively mild breakup arriving about on schedule across Alaska. But what factors determine the timing and severity how it plays out? We put that question to climatologist Brian Brettschneider.YKHC dedicates hospital expansion project to late Toksook Bay ElderAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelThe late Paul John of Toksook Bay is remembered as one of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s most respected leaders. Last week, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation honored his legacy and his decades of service as a board member by dedicating its new hospital expansion to the late elder. More than 100 people wrote on a piece of drywall.last_img read more

Hyundai Introduces New Verna GL Variant in India Price Feature Details

first_imgHyundai introduced a new GL variant for its Fluidic Verna sedan in India with a price tag starting at  7.17 lakh.The new GL variant comes in both petrol and diesel engine options. While the GL petrol is priced at 7.17 lakh, the diesel variant comes at a price tag of  8.35 lakh.The petrol GL variant is powered by a 1.4-litre VTVT engine, which can churn out a power of 105bhp and peak torque of 138Nm and the diesel model comes with 1.4-litre CRDI motor.The diesel engine of the car is expected to generate 89bhp of power and 224Nm of torque. The new Verna GL variant come with features like keyless entry, 2-Din Audio system, electrically adjustable outside rear view mirror, electric power-steering with tilt function and manual air conditioner among others. However, the GL variant missed out the safety features like ABS.Beside the introduction of the new GL variant in the sedan line up, the South Korean auto major Hyundai discontinued six variants of the Verna – 3 petrol and 3 diesels. The automatic variants of the Verna SX (O) and EX which are powered by the 1.6-litre VTVT engine have been discontinued in the domestic market along with the 1.6 CRDI Automatic and the 1.4-litre CRDI EX variant. The Verna’s base petrol and diesel variant have been replaced with the new GL variant.Hyundai Verna, a sedan which has been earning good sales record in the domestic market since its launch, witnessed a fall recently after the grand debut of Honda City. Now with the introduction of the new Verna variant, Hyundai hopes to regain its top position in the Indian auto market.In February, Hyundai Motor India Ltd witnessed a plunge in sales. The company had reported a 14.9 percent decline in total sales in February at 46,505 units compared with 54,665 in the same month last year.last_img read more

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