Loggers lay claim to Eureka, crush Crusaders

first_imgLamarie Dunn had 3 touchdowns, two on the ground and one through the air, and the Eureka Loggers let it be known who runs Eureka, at least for this season, beating its cross-town rival and newly antiquated Big 4 Conference foe St. Bernard’s 54-21 Saturday night at Albee Stadium.Friday night’s game was the first between the two schools since 1962. 46 years ago the game ended in a 12-12 tie. On Friday night, there was no question who the better team was after 60 minutes. With Friday’s win Eureka …last_img

Homer Bailey delivers solid start in Oakland Athletics win over New York Yankees

first_imgOAKLAND — The A’s won game one of this series, 6-2, against the New York Yankees on Tuesday night. With Tampa Bay and Cleveland losing its games tonight, the A’s move to a tie with the Rays for the second wild card.Homer Bailey’s splitter helped silence a tough Yankees lineup; seven of his eight strikeouts came on his splitter.Bailey held control of his outing by going up 0-2 in 18 at bats, able to fend off a flurry of spoiled pitches to keep New York to just Gary Sanchez’s solo home run over …last_img

South Africa hosting WEF on Africa

first_imgGlobal leaders in government, civil society, academia and the media are headed to Durban in early May as South Africa hosts the annual World Economic Forum on Africa.Global leaders will converge on Durban to attend the World Economic Forum on Africa from 3 to 5 May 2017. (South African Tourism, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)Brand South Africa reporterThe World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa will be hosted in Durban from 3 to 5 May under the theme “Driving economic transformation in Africa through inclusive growth models”.The forum will convene regional and global leaders from business, government and civil society to explore solutions to create economic opportunities for all. Over a thousand participants are expected.Discussions at the conference will focus on a sustainable and inclusive future, exploring new ways for growth and innovation.Growth on the continent“Africa has a historic opportunity to shift the trajectory of its development by avoiding the excesses and mistakes made by countries in advanced parts of the world,” said Elsie Kanza, head of Africa at the World Economic Forum.“But its success will depend on creating new models of growth that provide equality of opportunity to everyone and allow innovation to flourish.”WEF says on its website that there is a mixed outlook for growth in Africa, largely due to decreasing commodity prices and an economic slowdown in China.“Events in Africa and across the world have demonstrated a need for leaders to be responsive to the demands of the people who have entrusted them to lead, and to also provide a vision and a way forward,” WEF says.Team South AfricaHeaded by President Jacob Zuma, the following government officials will attend WEF on Africa:Minister of Finance Malusi GigabaMinister of Trade and Industry Rob DaviesMinister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff RadebeMinister of Health Aaron MotsoalediMinister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula MokonyaneMinister of Science and Technology Naledi PandorMinister of Tourism Tokozile XasaMinister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Siyabonga CweleMinister of Environmental Affairs Edna MolewaMinister of Economic Development Ebrahim PatelMinister of Energy Mmamoloko KubayiMinister of Arts and Culture Nkosinathi MthethwaMinister of Small Business Development Lindiwe ZuluMinister of Public Enterprises Lynne BrownMinister of Higher Education and Training Blade NzimandeKwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Sihle ZikalalaBackground on WEFWEF’s global gathering is held in Davos, Switzerland, at the start of every year. It is followed by regional meetings across the world, one of which is WEF on Africa. #wefafrica2017 Tweets Source: WEFWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

“Sputnik 2010: A Geocache Odyssey” GC2JPJJ GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK December 20, 2010

first_imgImage from “Sputnik 2010: A Geocache Odyssey”“Sputnik 2010: A Geocache Odyssey” (GC2JPJJ) offers adventurers one of the joys of geocaching: an amazing story. This geocache literally traveled through space before being hidden in North Carolina.On December 18th, team GAIAcaching hosted an event to launch a geocache into orbit. Team member Woyi organized the event. It’s only the third time a geocache container has traveled out of the earth’s atmosphere. The first geocache in space (GC1G3H2) was launched from the West Coast of the United States and has since been disabled. The second geocache in space resides aboard the International Space Station (GC1BE91).More than 30 geocachers attended “Event Horizon!” to watch the geocache, containing Travel Bugs®, a H.D. camera, two Android phones along with a geocoin and other items lift into space carried by a giant inflatable balloon.The geocache that traveled into spacePreparing for flightThe launch zone marks the first stage for this difficulty two, terrain three Multi-Cache.  After it lifted off, the geocache traveled approximately 124 miles. According to GAIAcaching team member, Waya, the balloon climbed to an altitude of 101,001 feet. During the decent Waya tells Latitude 47 the balloon reached a velocity of 130 miles an hour.The landing zone is the final stage. The balloon touched down on private property. The team lead from GAIAcaching, e6c, worked with the land owner to allow geocachers access to find the cache.The cache page instructs geocachers to let the homeowner know you’re geocaching for artifacts from space in his backyard. The balloon which carried the geocache also remains at the site for posterity.Continue your exploration with some of the most engaging geocaches from around the world. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on our blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching in Space FAQOctober 9, 2013In “Community”The First Geocaching First-to-Find in SpaceNovember 18, 2013In “Community”January Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsJanuary 9, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

Punjab to set up teams to curb illegal mining

first_imgTo crack down on illegal mining and tax evasion by miners, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday ordered the setting up of special multi-department teams, headed by the respective Deputy Commissioners, in all the districts of the State. “The teams would comprise officials from taxation, mining, revenue and police departments,” said an official statement, adding that the teams would be mandated to set up “nakas” to check illegal mining and evasion of taxes.Pointing out that illegal mining and tax evasion had led to heavy losses for the State exchequer and needed to be checked on priority, Capt. Singh said no political interference would be tolerated in the matter and instructed officials to initiate the crackdown on priority.The Chief Minister also ordered increased vigil on stone crushers, which are located in Rupnagar, SAS Nagar and Pathankot districts, after a review of the Mining Department during a meeting of the Sub-Committee on Finance.“To streamline the functioning of the Mining Department, the meeting also held discussions on a proposal to set up a new mining department, with manpower to be drawn in from various related departments.”last_img read more

Dalit women ‘denied’ entry in U.P. temple

first_imgDalit women of a village in Bulandshahr say they are not being allowed to enter a temple by people of “higher caste”, in an alleged case of caste discrimination. Police have promised to look into the case after members of the community protested and a video lending credence to the charge went viral on social media. Women in Rakehra village of Khurja belonging to the Valmiki community were stopped at the gates of Chamad Mandir and allegedly assaulted by “local hooligans” when they protested. In the video, the women are seen confronting a young man stopping them outside the temple. When he tells them the temple is a private property, the women remind him that they have been praying there every year. The man is heard saying they could very well go to the police or the local politicians and the women retort that they are not afraid of anybody and threaten to sit on a dharna.last_img read more

Hollywood wrap: Scarlett Johansson rocks a new pixie cut

first_imgScarlett Johansson rocks a new pixie cutScarlett Johansson is looking very different these days. She’s got a growing baby bump, and a new, very short hairstyle. We spotted Scarlett out in New York City with her fiance Romain Dauriac sporting a fresh new do and some comfortable overalls.Scarlett Johansson is looking very different these days.Beyonce responds to divorce rumoursBeyonce responds to all those divorce rumors by posting the perfect picture to her Instagram account.Kim Kardashian stands up for brother RobKim Kardashian takes her role as a big sister seriously. Despite rumors the brunette beauty had fallen out with brother Rob she still has his back. Blasting Adrienne Bailon who spoke out about her regrets of appearing on Keeping Up With The Kardashians.Selena Gomez gets close to Nat WolffSelena Gomez wasn’t afraid to get close to her co-star Nat Wolff for the Hollywood premiere of her latest film Behaving Badly. After the star studded event the beauty posted a snap on her Instagram account to declare her admiration for her fellow actor.last_img read more

a month agoCoady furious after Wolves loss: We must be better!

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Coady furious after Wolves loss: We must be better!by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveConor Coady says Wolves must improve to get out of their current form slump.The Premier League club lost to Braga in the first Europa League clash of the campaign on Thursday, making it zero wins from their last three matches.Speaking after the game, Coady said: “It’s disappointing the run we’re on. We need to get out of it as quick as possible. It doesn’t matter what competition we play in we need to get out of it.”It’s everyone playing on the pitch. We all need to rectify it. We all need to come together. We should have scored to be honest.”We should have kept the clean sheet. We need to be better.” last_img read more

The NFC East Could Produce A 610 Playoff Team

AFC West12.90000 PROBABILITY OF WINNER HAVING THIS RECORD OR WORSE NFC North1520875346 AFC South9.1692010 NFC South14971336253 AFC West15321455352 NFC East7.99877292 AFC East153611663%61% ELO RATINGNON-DIVISION RECORD AFC East13.10000 NFC West12.70000 AFC South14141113537 What’s striking about the NFC East, though, is just how bunched together the teams are. Through 13 weeks of the season, the standard deviation of its teams’ Elo ratings is the fifth-lowest of any division since the NFL expanded to eight divisions in 2002. Translation: This year’s NFC East is unique in that every team is almost exactly the same amount of meh as the others. That parity in available talent is a major reason why every NFC East team is within a game of each other in terms of their records within the division.If the NFC East champion does end up assuming a place alongside the worst division winners of all time, it will be an undeniably great thing for the NFL’s schadenfreudist fan base. But it’s also worth noting the unusual confluence of intra-divisional parity and plain bad luck outside the division that will have helped the NFC East make history.Check out our NFL predictions for each team’s chances of advancing to the playoffs and winning Super Bowl 50. NFC South15.20%0%0%0% AFC North12.50000 AFC North15151434755 If there’s one thing that can unite a diverse group of NFL fans, it’s ridiculing awful divisions. I think it’s a kind of defense mechanism: We know divisions are at root arbitrary and buck at the notion of a sub-.500 squad making the playoffs (and hosting a game!) while the superior runners-up of other divisions sit at home (which is stupid).That brings us to this year’s Division of Shame, the NFC East. No team in the division is over .500. None has an Elo rating1A measure of team strength that updates with the outcome of every game. better than the league average, and the division’s best team by Elo (Philadelphia) has only a 37 percent chance of winning the division, meaning that an even weaker team could very well represent it in the playoffs. Dallas would have to win Monday night’s game against Washington by 20 or more to reach a league-average Elo rating; Washington has no chance of hitting average, no matter their scoring margin tonight. The division is thoroughly devoid of excellence, and there’s a good chance that will hold true through the end of the regular season.In our NFL predictions module, we use Elo ratings to simulate the remainder of the 2015 schedule 20,000 times, and we can track how often those simulations call for the winner of each division to end up with any given record. According to Elo, the eventual NFC East winner has a 77 percent probability of finishing 8-8 or worse, with a 29 percent chance of at best matching the 2010 Seattle Seahawks for the worst record by a playoff team in NFL history at 7-9: And it could get worse. Before the season, USA Today’s Chris Chase speculated about the worst record a playoff team could ever realistically have, short of technically possible but practically impossible scenarios, such as no team in a division beating a non-divisional opponent and all intra-division games ending in ties. He settled on 6-10 as the most remote practical possibility. Fast forward nearly four months, and our Elo simulations say there’s roughly a 2 percent chance that the NFC East winner will end up with exactly that record, thereby setting a new — and perhaps unbreakable — achievement in the field of “getting in by default.”Should that happen, the 2015 NFC East would be the subject of undying scorn. Yet there’s also evidence that it hasn’t been nearly as bad as some of the NFL’s other “worst division of all-time” candidates. The NFC East’s collective winning percentage in non-division games is 33 percent, which currently ranks 17th-worst in history, but its members have also gotten a bit unlucky in close games outside the division. The division’s Pythagorean winning percentage — i.e., the win rate we’d expect based on points scored and allowed, which is traditionally a better predictor of future outcomes than raw winning percentage — in those games is 42 percent, a mark that doesn’t even rank in the bottom fifth of all divisions since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.In fact, that number isn’t the worst of 2015 — the AFC South’s Pythagorean percentage outside the division is 37 percent. And the average NFC East team’s Elo rating isn’t the lowest of any division in football right now, either: NFC West15541455354 DIVISIONAVERAGESTANDARD DEVIATIONWIN%PYTHAG% NFC North10.92000 NFC East1471323342 DIVISIONAVERAGE WINS9-78-87-96-10 read more

Ohio States Urban Meyer Tom Herman experienced coaching backup quarterbacks

OSU coach Urban Meyer stands during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Lantern file photoWith senior quarterback Braxton Miller’s health status in doubt after he re-injured his shoulder on Monday, Ohio State football fans won’t have to look far to see how the current coaching regime does when a signal-caller goes down.Coach Urban Meyer and co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman were both around just last season when Miller missed two full games, and the majority of another, after injuring his knee.Miller was first injured on OSU’s opening drive against San Diego State Sept. 7, 2013. Then-backup quarterback Kenny Guiton, who has since graduated, entered the game and passed for 152 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-7 victory.Guiton’s success continued in historic form as he set OSU records for the longest pass play and the most passing touchdowns in a game over the following two weeks.In all, Guiton played in 13 of 14 games in 2013, including the two aforementioned starts. He passed for a total of 749 yards and 14 touchdowns while only throwing two interceptions. The Buckeyes were 2-0 when Guiton started, on top of the win against SDSU.While Guiton slotted smoothly into Meyer and Herman’s system, both coaches have had experience with replacing quarterbacks even before coming to OSU.Meyer’s previous coaching stop was at Florida, where his No. 1 quarterback played in every game all six seasons while he was in charge. Before that, Meyer spent two years at Utah.In 2003, Meyer’s first year with the Utes, Brett Elliott, then a senior, started the season on top of the depth chart at quarterback. Elliott broke his wrist two games into the season, paving the way for then-sophomore Alex Smith.Smith went on to lead Utah to a 9-1 record in 10 starts that season while throwing 15 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He then led the Utes to an undefeated record his senior year before being named a Heisman Trophy finalist. Smith eventually became the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.Between Smith and Guiton, the last two quarterbacks to come in for an injured starter under Meyer, their teams have totaled an 11-1 record in games they started in those seasons.Since 2007, Herman has been an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Rice, Iowa State and OSU.At Rice, where Herman coached in 2007 and 2008, his No. 1 quarterback, Chase Clement, played in all 25 games. But while at Iowa State, Herman had at least two quarterbacks start at least one game in each of his three seasons.In 2009 Austen Arnaud played in 12 games and threw for 2,015 yards, 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions for the Cyclones under Herman. Backup Jerome Tiller played in seven games, including a start, and tossed one touch down compared to four interceptions. The two quarterbacks led Iowa State to a 7-6 overall record.The following year, Arnaud started nine games and threw 13 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. Tiller started another game, and threw one touchdown in eight total appearances. The Cyclones finished the season 5-7.In Herman’s final season before leaving Iowa State for OSU, 2011, Steele Jantz started seven games at quarterback while Jared Barnett stated six under center. Both threw for more than 1,000 yards, but combined for 17 interceptions compared to 16 touchdowns. Iowa State went 6-7 after starting that season 3-0.While Herman and Meyer both helped the Buckeyes to success when Miller was out injured last season, it is yet to be seen if they can find that same success in 2014.The extent of Miller’s injury was not yet known as of Tuesday morning, pending the results of an MRI on Miller’s shoulder.With out without the senior in the lineup, OSU is scheduled to begin its season Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon. read more