Trina Roache APTN National NewsA new study kicks some stereotypes about Indigenous people to the curb.It shows that Mi’kmaq, Maliseet and Innu bands are economic drivers.In fact, the boost is about $1 billion a year to the East Coast economy.
OTTAWA – The secret, golfer Ben Hogan famously declared, is in the dirt. But on Dave Druken’s high-tech practice range, there’s not a speck of the stuff.In truth, Golftec’s indoor teaching facilities are more laboratory than lesson tee: sensors and video cameras capture the swing in minute detail, while screens around the room display what’s happening from every conceivable angle.With a flip of the club, a “button box” on the ground lets students — sensor-equipped cables dangling from their shoulders and hips — review their positions frame by frame, all without even abandoning their posture at address.No faded yardage markers. No beat-up tractors gathering range balls in the distance. No divots — no real grass, even. And perhaps most importantly, no snow, not even in the dead of the national capital’s infamous off-season.“It’s a great option here in Ottawa to commit to making changes over the winter,” says Druken, Golftec’s local manager and director of instruction.“You don’t have to worry as much about taking it to the course right away, and that gives you the ability to slow it down and enjoy the journey to better golf.”Welcome to the world many observers see as the future of golf instruction: warm, dry and open for business 12 months a year, with specially trained experts who know how to turn raw numbers into better ball-striking.Winter may be coming, but long-suffering hackers can take heart: hope springs internal.“One of them most gratifying things that I see is, people that are a little bit older really picking up the game and doing very well with it,” said James Suttie, the chief executive of Vancouver-based Golftec Canada.So-called experts often say the future of golf depends on introducing the game to new players. Suttie, who understands a thing or two about how frustrating golf can be, knows better.“It’s not just getting people introduced to the game,” he says. “It’s keeping them in the game.”Canada is fertile ground for Golftec’s data-based approach.On a per-capita basis, some 21 per cent of Canadians have at least a passing interest in golf — second only to New Zealand, and roughly twice that of the United States. And yet when it comes to successful pro players, Canada pales in comparison to smaller places like Sweden and Australia.“We’re golf crazy. The unfortunate thing is we’re not necessarily very good,” Suttie says. “That is one of the things that I think we really could do a lot better at: getting the country better from a golfing standpoint.”After just seven years in Canada, Golftec represents a whopping 19.5 per cent of all the private lessons taught in Canada, he says. That percentage is just under 26 per cent in the U.S., where Golftec has been in operation since 1995.“So we’re very quickly catching up to the penetration that the U.S. has,” Suttie says.“We have a large percentage of very avid golfers, but we’re frankly not as good as the Americans are in golf, which is not a surprise because of the money that’s been spent there teaching.”Golfers themselves aren’t the only ones reaping the benefits. For teaching professionals, high-tech tools can make traditional outdoor range instruction seem like working with a blindfold on.“It’s huge,” says Druken, who like all Golftec instructors underwent a comprehensive training course at the U.S. parent company’s Denver headquarters.Where traditional instruction has often struggled to help students understand the differences between “feel” and “real,” the scientific, numbers-oriented approach all but eliminates the uncertainty that can undermine progress, he preaches.“It’s one thing to have theory about what you think the student should do, but to be able to measure gives you clear direction, and allows the student to buy into the process with trust,” Druken says.“For a novice coach, the training they receive and the tools at their disposal allow them to have direction, even when they may not know how to act from previous experience.”To prove his point, Druken quickly diagnoses a visitor’s long-standing frustrations with swing plane, spotting a shoulder tilt that’s not where it should be. The Golftec system shows a yellow or red number — not good.He activates an electronic tone that will only sound once the shoulder plane is in the green zone. A couple of false starts, then suddenly — beep! — a picture-perfect position at the top of the swing that looks yanked from the pages of Golf Digest.“We’re a numbers-driven society,” says Suttie. “Once you start to understand the numbers, it makes it a lot easier to be able to communicate effectively, so you’re working on the right things.”The indoor element makes a difference, too. Working on a swing change in the middle of the golf season borders on the impossible for all but the most dedicated players, since it often means a difficult period of adjustment at the most inopportune time.Building a new swing in the dead of winter, on the other hand? What else were you planning to do besides shovel the driveway, scrape the ice off the windshield and maybe brave the mall for a relaxing bit of Christmas shopping?“That is a great way of practicing, as opposed to going to the driving range and pounding balls for an hour, which is what I used to do all the time,” says Suttie.“It never got me better.”
HALIFAX – Celebrity businessman Kevin O’Leary has been ordered to pay legal fees to a philanthropic organization that is suing him over allegations he backed out of a speaking engagement and cost the group more than $25,000.The decision, handed down Wednesday by Nova Scotia Supreme Court Judge Mona Lynch, rejects O’Leary’s attempt to dismiss the suit or move it to another jurisdiction, and awarded $3,500 in costs to the Canadian Lebanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry.The chamber had been seeking $12,000 in costs, while O’Leary suggested legal costs of $1,000 after failing to have the suit dismissed after a half-day hearing last Dec. 7.In her analysis, Lynch said she was made to consider facts around the wealth of O’Leary, the brash star of the ABC show “Shark Tank” and former panellist on CBC’s “Dragon’s Den.”“The plaintiff asks me to consider that the defendant is a wealthy man who touts himself as a leading high-tech entrepreneur and investment guru; who prefers to be called ‘Mr. Wonderful’; who professes his knowledge and love of money; and who derides the death of money,” her decision reads, noting that she had never watched the show “Shark Tank.”“The award of costs that is just and appropriate in the circumstances and would do justice between the parties is $3,500.”The decision is part of a broader suit against O’Leary by the chamber’s Nova Scotia branch, which alleges that O’Leary reneged on a promise to be keynote speaker at the group’s gala event in Halifax on May 18, 2017.The group’s statement of claim, filed last Dec. 8, contends that O’Leary committed in February 2017 to speak at the Cedar and Maple Gala fundraising dinner in Halifax.It says the group set about booking a space and printing promotional materials for the event with O’Leary, who was in the midst of a leadership bid for the federal Conservative Party.But, the 10-page claim states that O’Leary abruptly pulled out of the speech without warning.Gavin Giles, who is representing the chamber in the proceedings, said O’Leary had another change of heart and agreed to speak only if a minimum of 50 members pledged to donate $1,550 to the Conservative party, “with 90 per cent of each donation being funnelled back” to O’Leary’s leadership campaign.That statement says he again withdrew when the chamber refused to agree to the conditions.The group says it had to seek out another speaker — author David Chilton — at a cost of more than $25,000, which it is seeking to recover from O’Leary along with other damages and costs.In his statement of defence, O’Leary’s lawyer Christopher Madill denies all of the allegations against his client and says the suit should be dismissed.It states that O’Leary agreed to give the address on Feb. 4, 2017, on the understanding that it would raise a minimum of $40,000 at $1,550 per person for his political run.“The defendant says that he agreed to give a keynote speech in consideration for the plaintiff organizing a major fundraising event for the defendant’s political campaign,” the defence states.“The plaintiff completely and unequivocally failed to honour its contractual obligations under the agreement.”Madill was not immediately available for comment.
B.C. Premier John Horgan says he will do whatever it takes to keep the pipeline from being built and has threatened to use regulations to stop additional oil from flowing through the line even if it is built.The Vancouver Board of Trade also said today Trudeau has to sit down with Horgan and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley immediately to solve the impasse or exert Canada’s jurisdiction through other means.Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says Canada will consider financial, legal and regulatory options, but insists the government has approved the pipeline in the national interest and, one way or another, he says it will be built. OTTAWA, O.N. — Pressure is mounting on the federal government to use money or the Constitution to back up its claims that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project will be built, no matter what.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet is in Ottawa today for an emergency meeting following news that Kinder Morgan is suspending all non-essential spending on the pipeline until it and its investors feel secure the project won’t fall apart amid strong opposition from the British Columbia government.Jason Kenney, leader of Alberta’s United Conservative party, says since Trudeau had no qualms withholding more than $60 million from Saskatchewan for not joining the Liberal carbon tax plan, he should follow suit by withholding transfers to B.C. for blocking a pipeline it has no jurisdiction over.
Mumbai: The Shiv Sena Saturday said L K Advani would remain the “tallest leader” of the BJP irrespective of his poll presence, two days after the party nominated its chief Amit Shah from Gandhinagar, a seat represented by the BJP patriarch. In an editorial in the party mouthpiece “Saamana”, the Sena said Shah contesting in place of Advani is politically translated as the ‘Bhishmacharya’ of Indian politics being “forced” to retire. “Lal Krishna Advani is known as the ‘Bhishmacharya’ of Indian politics, but his name does not feature in the list of BJP’s candidates for Lok Sabha polls, which is not surprising,” the edit said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The Sena said the development underlined that the BJP’s Advani era has come to an end. “Advani has been elected from Gujarat’s Gandhinagar constituency six times. Now, Amit Shah will be contesting from that seat. This simply means Advani has been forced to retire,” the editorial said. Marking a generational shift in the BJP, the party recently announced candidature of Shah, who will be contesting his debut parliamentary election, from Gandhinagar. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Advani, 91, had served as Union home minister and deputy prime minister. He won the Gandhinagar seat six times. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the BJP to massive victory in 2014 and Shah was made the party president, Advani was made a member of Margdarshak Mandal (group of mentors). The Sena said, “Advani was one of the founding members of the BJP, who along with former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee steered the rath of the party ahead. “But today, Modi and Shah have taken the place of them (Vajpayee and Advani). An environment has already been created in the party to ensure that seniors do not get any responsibility this time,” it stated. The Sena further said Advani has played a “long innings” in politics and would remain the “tallest leader” of the BJP. The Sena is contesting the next month’s Lok Sabha elections in alliance with the BJP. The Sena said it didn’t believe that a leader retains his top position only if he continues to be in active politics. The Uddhav Thackeray-led party also attacked the Congress which has said the Gandhinagar seat has been snatched from Advani. “The party (Congress) should not talk about insult to elders. The then prime minister P V Narasimha Rao, who had steered the Congress governments in difficult times, was insulted by the party even after his death,” it said. The Sena also referred to the 2013 incident when Rahul Gandhi tore an ordinance (on protecting convicted lawmakers) in the presence of the then prime minister Manmohan Singh. “What happened with Sitaram Kesari (former Congress president who was succeeded by Sonia Gandhi)?….Therefore it does not suit the Congress to talk about respecting elders,” the Sena said. Praising Advani, the Sena said he was responsible for expanding the BJP’s footprint across the country. “Every shining sun has to set. The BJP could reach the top because of Advani’s ‘Rath yatra’ in Ayodhya in 1990s. The BJP is reaping (dividends) because of Advani’s toil,” the Sena said.
Jerusalem- Israel has hit out at Sweden’s newly elected prime minister Stefan Loefven over his decision to recognise a Palestinian state.“Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that he regrets that the new prime minister was in a hurry to make statements on Sweden’s position regarding recognition of a Palestinian state, apparently before he had time even to study the issue in depth,” Lieberman’s office quoted him as saying, in a statement issued late Saturday.It added that Sweden’s ambassador to Israel, Carl Magnus Nesser, “will be invited for a talk at the foreign ministry in Jerusalem,” but did not say when. “Prime Minister Loefven needs to understand that no statement or act by an external party can be a substitute for direct negotiations between the sides,” the statement said.Social Democrat leader Loefven — who won last month’s general election — said on Friday his country wanted to bolster a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.“A two-state solution requires mutual recognition and the will to co-exist peacefully,” Loefven said in his inaugural address to parliament.This should take place with respect for the “legitimate demands of the Palestinians and the Israelis as regards their right to self-determination and security”, he added.Sweden voted in favour of Palestinian observer status at the United Nations in 2012, which was granted despite opposition from the United States and other countries.Seven EU members in eastern Europe and the Mediterranean have already recognised a Palestinian state, namely Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Poland and Romania.Non-EU member Iceland is the only other western European nation to have done so.Loefven’s statement was warmly welcomed by the Palestinians but the United States, Israel’s ally, said it was a step too soon.“We believe international recognition of a Palestinian state is premature,” said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
HALIFAX — The federal government says it will spend $47 million to boost capacity at the Port of Halifax.Transportation Minister Marc Garneau made the announcement today in a large hall along the city’s rain-soaked waterfront, not far from the largest container terminal in Eastern Canada.Garneau says the money will cover half the cost of two projects, the first of which will increase storage capacity at the port by using an existing rail line through the downtown to connect the South End Container Terminal to the Fairview Cove Container Terminal north of the city’s core.The minister says the new rail line will help reduce container truck traffic through the downtown by 75 per cent, which is also expected to greatly reduce traffic congestion and pollution.The second project will upgrade the Windsor Street Exchange, the main access road to the port.The money will come from the second round of funding under the federal government’s 11-year, $2-billion National Trade Corridors Fund, which had initially rejected an application from the port.The Canadian Press
“Women, who know the price of threats to human security so well, are also often better equipped than men to prevent or resolve them,” she said in an address to a European Union Commission conference entitled “Women: Stabilizing an Insecure World.”Equality between men and women is the ultimate tool with which to tackle issues worldwide, the Deputy Secretary-General said.“So long as women are not fully empowered, so long as we do not have true gender equality, women will always be more vulnerable to the next new challenge our globalizing world throws at us.”The meeting brought together dozens of women leaders – including heads of State, ministers, heads of international organizations, business leaders and civil society activists – to confer on the twin themes of security and women’s empowerment.Ms. Migiro pointed out that poor women contribute least to but are most affected by climate change, and urged scaled-up investments to curb food shortages and vulnerability to natural disasters.Religious extremism and intolerance also “indisputably takes its most devastating role on women,” she declared, with extremism curbing women’s human rights.Today’s meeting, which took place ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March, was also attended by Karen Koning AbuZayd, Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA); Joanne Sandler, Executive Director of UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM); Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP); and Mari Simonen, Deputy Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). 6 March 2008Women are disproportionately impacted by global challenges yet are uniquely prepared to find solutions to them, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said in Brussels today.
This morning, a representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) met with senior Guinean officials in Conakry to voice growing concern over the country’s failure to meet its international obligations under the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.According to the agency, villagers in the southern border towns of Yomou and Macenta have reported that Liberian asylum-seekers fleeing renewed violence had been turned back by Guinean military when they tried to enter the country. Hundreds have reportedly gathered on the Liberian side of the border waiting to get through.The delicate security situation in the area has prevented UNHCR staff from visiting on a regular basis. Guinean authorities have classified the border region as a military operation zone, requiring authorization to travel there.UNHCR is caring for over 80,000 Liberian refugees in Guinea, most of whom currently live in areas close to the insecure border. The agency, which is working to transfer them to a safer site, said today that it stands ready to assist new arrivals.
Sony’s on-demand release of ‘The Interview’ will serve as a test for movie industry Derek Karpel holds his ticket to a screening of “The Interview” at Cinema Village movie theater, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, in New York. The film’s Christmas Day release was canceled by Sony after threats of violence by hackers linked to North Korea, but the release was reinstated in some independent theaters and through a variety of digital platforms. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Dec 24, 2014 10:58 pm MDT ATLANTA – Sony’s “The Interview” has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Now, with its release online at the same time it debuts in theatres, it has a new role: a test for a new kind of movie release.“The Interview” stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as journalists tasked by the CIA with killing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Its Christmas Day release was cancelled by Sony after threats of violence by hackers linked to North Korea. But after an outcry, the release was reinstated in some independent theatres and now, through a few online video services.Although the circumstances surrounding “The Interview” are unprecedented, experts say the release will be closely watched to see how moviegoers and theatre chains react to a simultaneous debut. It’s a challenge to the longstanding practice of “windowing” — opening a movie first in theatres to maximize box-office revenue before making the movie available in other stages of home video, streaming and television.“I can’t say that this is the future,” said Jeff Bock, senior box office analyst for Exhibitor Relations Co. “For this film, in particular, it works because of the saga that goes along with it. But it’s nice to have a film we can actually use as a guinea pig for a video-on-demand release.”Sony released “The Interview” Wednesday on a variety of digital platforms — Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft’s Xbox Video and a separate Sony website. It costs $5.99 to rent for 48 hours and $14.99 to purchase. It also will open in more than 300 smaller theatres on Thursday, though major chains are still holding out.Carrying “The Interview” marks another step in Google’s efforts to establish YouTube as an entertainment hub that features major movies and trendy musical videos — not just cute clips of kitties. Google, though, primarily is providing outlets for the movie because it considers itself to be a guardian of free speech.Decisions by Google and Microsoft to show the movie could open their sites to hacking. Microsoft reported technical problems with its Xbox sign-in system Wednesday, though it wasn’t known whether it was the result of hacking. Microsoft services appeared back to normal by Wednesday night. Microsoft declined comment.Online availability of “The Interview” comes as more people are choosing to stream video online, largely because of YouTube, Hulu and Netflix, which has been phasing out its original DVD-by-mail business over the past four years. During that time, the number of Netflix subscribers in the U.S. has nearly doubled to about 40 million in a reflection of Internet video’s growing popularity.Nonetheless, releasing a major motion picture in theatres and online simultaneously — known as a “day-and-date” release — has never been done by a major studio with a mainstream movie like “The Interview.” It’s been limited to some smaller indie and foreign movies. The upcoming “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” sequel will be released on Netflix and Imax theatres on the same day, but that isn’t a studio production, despite the involvement of the Weinstein Co.Theater chains have been trying to preserve the traditional theatrical window. Regal Cinemas and Cinemark, for example, declined to screen Warner Bros.’ day-and-date release “Veronica Mars” earlier this year. Warner Bros. instead rented from AMC Theaters most of the 270 screens the movie played in while it was also released on VOD.This time, however, the four major theatre chains can’t really object, analysts said, as they all declined to show “The Interview,” leaving Sony little choice.“This isn’t being done because Sony wants to do it regularly, but rather out of necessity prompted by the exhibitor boycott,” Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said. “The only guys showing it are independent chains.”With a modest budget of about $40 million, “The Interview” had been predicted to gross about $30 million in its opening weekend. Bock estimates Sony could gross just a fraction of that — $3 million to $4 million — at this box office this weekend. As for streaming, Bock said the $5.99 price for rental is much lower than regular theatre tickets, and that could drive demand. But Sony isn’t likely to make up all of its costs, including the tens of millions in marketing costs already incurred.A best-case scenario for a video-on-demand release is the thriller “Snowpiercer,” which debuted on video on demand about two weeks after its theatrical release. It made nearly $11 million on VOD, more than double its theatrical revenue, and is considered one of the most successful VOD releases so far.If “The Interview” agreement is similar to other digital video deals, Google and Microsoft will get a 30 per cent commission on all rentals and purchases of the movies made through their services. Yet even if the movie were to be wildly successful and generate $100 million in video-on-demand revenue, that would leave about $30 million for Google and Microsoft to divide — hardly anything for two of the world’s most profitable companies. For instance, Google is expected to bring in revenue of about $66 billion this year, or about $30 million every four hours.By including “The Interview” in their libraries, both YouTube and Microsoft’s Xbox can also make more people aware they rent and sell a wide range of videos. Although YouTube began renting movies nearly five years ago, many people think of the site as a destination for free clips lasting for a few minutes instead of place to watch full-length films.Gitesh Pandya, editor of Box Office Guru, said all the media attention should lead to “strong averages from the limited theatrical release plus solid video-on-demand sales” over the holidays, but he expects demand to fade in January because of the quality of the movie.“It is great that a freedom of speech debate is happening for Hollywood films,” he said. “I just wish it was centred around a better movie,” he said.___AP Technology Writer Michael Liedtke in San Francisco and Film Writer Lindsey Bahr in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
Lumber giant West Fraser Mills facing environmental charges in Alberta by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 26, 2016 2:09 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 26, 2016 at 7:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HINTON, Alta. – The Alberta government has charged a pulp mill with several offences under the Environmental Protection Act.West Fraser Mills in Hinton, Alta., faces a total of six charges after the release of a substance in September 2014 that allegedly wasn’t immediately reported to Alberta Environment.The company also faces one charge of failing to follow safety rules while unloading a chemical from a truck.James Gorman, vice president of external and government relations at West Fraser, said in a statement that the company did notify authorities of an incident after a material was delivered to the wrong location at the mill site.“As soon as this was discovered, our employees reacted immediately to remedy the situation and notified the appropriate agencies,” said Gorman.He said the company takes safety and environmental responsibilities very seriously, and West Fraser reviewed, corrected and improved its material handling activities following the incident.Both the company and officials with Alberta Environment declined to provide further details about the incident, including which substance was released, because the issue is before the courts.West Fraser’s first court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 19 in Hinton.The company calls itself one of North America’s largest lumber companies with 40 mills across Western Canada and the southern United States.
by The Associated Press Posted Aug 18, 2017 10:42 am MDT Last Updated Aug 18, 2017 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Chairman & CEO William J. Rouhana Jr., center, rings the opening bell at the Nasdaq MarketSite to mark his company’s IPO, in New York’s Times Square, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. With a total of 2,500,000 shares of Class A common stock sold at $12 per share, CSS Entertainment’s offering is the largest exchange-listed IPO completed under Reg A+ and the first to list on the higher tier Nasdaq Global Market. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Hot stock tip: Chicken Soup for the Soul NEW YORK, N.Y. – “These are the times that try men’s souls,” was written more than two centuries ago, but given events this week, they could have popped up in any blog or tweet in recent days.What better time then, for a little Chicken Soup for the Soul?The provider of positive vibes is becoming a publicly traded company Friday, and not a moment too soon.The company, called Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Inc., offered 2.5 million shares for $12 each.Chicken Soup produces television programs and online videos, but is best known for the books sold under the same name, with more than 250 published titles in 40 languages.The company was founded by motivational speakers Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen in 1993. They sold what was still essentially a company focused on books in 2008.Since then, Chicken Soup has turned to video production and distribution. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment CEO William Rouhana described it as a Netflix for Chicken Soup fans.The positive content offered by the company is important right now given the divisions among Americans, Rouhana said.Chicken Soup held what is known as a “mini initial public offering,” which gives smaller investors and individuals the ability to buy shares.Startups, through a mini IPO, can raise up to $50 million. Chicken Soup is raising $30 million. Rouhana said that the company’s offering is hopefully laying the groundwork for other companies to do small cap IPOs.Already an investor in Chicken Soup is actor Ashton Kutcher, who has been active with startup companies for years.Chicken Soup bought Kutcher’s media company A Plus late last year, and Kutcher became an investor in Chicken Soup for the Soul.Other investors weren’t feeling cheered on the first day of trading, however. Shares of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment closed Friday down 23 per cent.
Then-redshirt-sophomore Cory Kunze jumps over a hurdle during the Jesse Owens Track Classic April 14, 2012, at Jesse Owens Memorial Field.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State track and field teams got their seasons off to a fast start in their first meets of the year.The teams opened their indoor seasons at the Buckeye Classic in the French Field House Friday, playing host to Wright State, Marshall, Dayton, Kentucky State, Ohio and Ashland, in addition to unattached runners.The men’s team had an OSU runner place first in four of seven individual running events. There were three first place finishers in field events.Senior sprinter and hurdler Demoye Bogle won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.65 seconds to break his own school record. This winning time was also a French Field House record and was one of the top finishing times in Division I hurdles this season. Redshirt-freshman Donovan Robertson came second behind Bogle with his personal best time of 7.74 seconds but with the second best in school history.Junior sprinter and hurdler Timothy Faust also had a personal best time of 6.77 seconds at the Buckeye Classic in the 60-meter run.The season opener generated about 1,000 fans.In five of seven individual races, the OSU women’s squad had runners finish first and second. Senior sprinter Chesna Sykes finished first in the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash.Along with many first place finishers, there were also three personal bests for women’s track recorded on the day. Sophomore sprinter and hurdler Alexis Franklin came in second in the 60-meter hurdles with a personal best 8.35 seconds.Junior sprinter and jumper Abie Ehimwenman received her personal best mark of 6.01 meters in the long jump, putting her in first place. Senior thrower Emily Taylor grabbed another personal best and third place with an 18.71 meter toss in the weight throw.OSU’s young runners showed off their talents in the 3,000-meter run, with sophomore distance runner Minori Minagwa claiming first with a time of 10 minutes 20 seconds and freshman distance runner Jill Kanney taking second, just two seconds behind Minagwa.Next weekend, the women’s team is set to hit the road to travel to Lexington, Ky., for the Kentucky Invite and the men’s team is set to be in State College, Pa., for the Penn State Invite.
OSU redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) during a game against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Photo Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorComing into the 2015 season, the Ohio State Buckeyes were more highly regarded as the top team in the country than any other in college football history.They were coming off a dominant championship performance in the first-ever College Football Playoff.They had nearly every starter on the team returning, and the ones who did leave had more-than-adequate replacements.They were the only team to ever receive all 61 first-place votes in the preseason AP Poll.So, it’s fair to think that, with a loss tainting their 12-1 record and keeping them from appearing in each of the first two playoffs, their 44-28 win over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl could be considered a disappointment when the big picture is looked at.Just don’t tell the Buckeyes that.OSU coach Urban Meyer was asked that very question during the post-Fiesta Bowl press conference, about if his team looks back with regret at that Nov. 21 loss to Michigan State, knowing that a better offensive output than the 14 points it scored would have put a trip back to the playoff entirely in the Scarlet and Gray’s hands.But disappointment was the furthest thing from Meyer’s mind after the victory.“Thanks for coming,” Meyer responded with a chuckle. “Those who know me, I can’t let go of things. I’ve let go of that. We just won the Fiesta Bowl.”That’s the mindset the Buckeyes took on immediately after the loss to the Spartans, churning out arguably their two best games of the season in their 42-13 win at Michigan and in the Fiesta Bowl. In a season where players who know they could have done more often look disinterested, thinking ahead to the next season or to their upcoming professional careers, OSU turned in a much closer resemblance to the team it was expected to be.But to the Buckeyes, they always were that team, even if they didn’t always perform like it.“I always feel like that, that we’re one of the top teams in the country,” redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett said. “But like I said after we lost to Michigan State, that was something that we could have controlled. Losing kind of put our destiny in somebody else’s hands. We put that on ourselves and used it as a growing opportunity.”Barrett said the team regrouped after the defeat, knowing that the rest of the season could go one of two very different directions depending on how much fire was left.“I definitely feel like we grew for the better of this organization,” he said. “Going up to (Ann Arbor, Michigan), playing a good game, then coming here to the Fiesta Bowl, great atmosphere on New Year’s, putting a good game together as well. With that, we just live and we learn. I feel like we’re better as a team for what happened.”For as much supposed certainty of the greatness of the 2015 squad surrounded OSU before the season, an equal amount of doubt will probably creep into next year’s unit.Eight seniors started for the team this season: Braxton Miller, Nick Vannett, Taylor Decker, Chase Farris, Jacoby Boren, Tommy Schutt, Adolphus Washington and Joshua Perry.And another eight starting underclassmen — Ezekiel Elliott, Michael Thomas, Jalin Marshall, Joey Bosa, Darron Lee, Eli Apple, Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell — followed the seniors out the door.What that all means is that the Buckeyes will step onto the gridiron next season with just six returning starters.But even amid the uncertainty, the doubts that will creep in surrounding the team’s ability to get it done, OSU expects to roll with the punches and take great pride in whatever it is able to accomplish.That’s just the world Meyer has created for his players.“When everyone’s shooting at you, we play for Ohio State, so every week, we get somebody’s best shot,” Elliott said after the Fiesta Bowl. “You’ve got to stay focused, you’ve got to have almost a perfect season just to make it to those playoffs. I hope the younger guys learn from our mistakes from this year, and I hope they grow from it.”One of the players who had to get an early taste of that new era, sophomore defensive end Jalyn Holmes, who had to play an increased role in the Fiesta Bowl thanks to the absences of Washington (suspension) and Schutt (injury), as well as Bosa’s early ejection, said that is not something the players worry about.“It just speaks of the program,” Holmes said. “It’s just a ‘next man up’ program.”Whether or not an OSU team that will likely be short on experience can be a top-four team — or top 10 or top 15 — is irrelevant to the players who suit up in the scarlet and gray. It is ingrained in OSU culture to play with the same sense of pride every time the jersey and pads are put on.“We play for our brothers,” Lee said. “Just play for the guy next to me. Just try to do my job to put the team in the best position to win.”Elliott is stepping out with a guy yet to make his collegiate debut in Mike Weber likely picking up a lot of the carries. Washington and Schutt’s void in the middle is being filled by players like Tracy Sprinkle and Donovan Munger, who had hardly ever gotten regular snaps until needed on an emergency basis in the Fiesta Bowl. And one Bosa is being replaced by another on the defensive line. So, a talent drop-off is to be expected. It has to be.It’s very possible that the Buckeyes won’t have the talent to be a contender for the playoff, or even for the Big Ten title. But that’s not to say that it won’t be the same old OSU team that has shown up since Meyer entered the program.The pride doesn’t come from the 50 wins Meyer has racked up in four years, a program record.It comes from the identities the coach has instilled in all of his players.And with the roster now comprised entirely of Meyer’s recruits for the first time, they are all in too deep for that to change now.
For every team in the College Football Playoff hunt, the path forward remains an arduous one, filled with peril at every turn. But some of those paths are at least relatively straightforward; others involve a bunch of different moving parts. Today, let’s take a look at what each significant playoff contender needs to go its way — keeping things vaguely within the realm of the likely — in order to get to at least 90 percent playoff odds in the eyes of our prediction model. In each case, we’ll try to get it there in as few results as possible,1It’s important to note that this is without regard to chronology. So for instance, winning the conference championship could be the simplest way a team gets to 90 percent playoff odds, but that team would also need to win some easy games beforehand to make the conference title game matter. Our approach would still consider a conference title game win to be the simplest path, because the high probability of getting to that game in a position to make the playoff is “baked in” to the conditional probabilities. (Yes, my head hurts, too.) which is easier said for some teams than others.ClemsonCurrent playoff chances: 87 percentPath to 90+ percent:Clemson wins the ACC championship (Week 14): +9 percentage pointsConditional playoff chances: 96 percentChance of happening: 85 percentAlabamaCurrent playoff chances: 76 percentPath to 90+ percent:Alabama beats Georgia in the SEC championship (Week 14): +23 percentage pointsConditional playoff chances: 99 percentChance of happening: 64 percentGeorgiaCurrent playoff chances: 39 percentPath to 90+ percent:Georgia beats Alabama in the SEC championship (Week 14): +52 percentage pointsConditional playoff chances: 91 percentChance of happening: 36 percentThese three are pretty basic. The undefeated Tigers and Crimson Tide are both practically assured of making the playoff if they just win their respective conference title games — even if they don’t otherwise win out. There are a few scenarios in which the two teams could miss the playoff with losses in between now and championship Saturday, but our model says the Tigers would still have an 80 percent playoff shot even if they lose to, say, Boston College this weekend but win the ACC. Likewise, Bama would be at 92 percent if it loses the Iron Bowl against Auburn but still wins the SEC.Alabama and Clemson’s chances if they win all their remaining games except the conference championship are 45 and 44 percent, respectively. But for the one-loss Bulldogs, that number is 12 percent. So for all intents and purposes, they have no choice but to hand the Tide a huge upset defeat if they want to extend their national championship hopes. The good news, though, is that if we assume UGA plays to the model’s expectations in its other three games (against Auburn, UMass and Georgia Tech), the SEC title game is the big win-and-you’re-in matchup to circle on the Bulldog calendar. In other words, for all three teams, the simplest playoff road leads through the conference championship.Notre DameCurrent playoff chances: 58 percentPath to 90+ percent:Notre Dame beats Florida State in Week 11: +5 percentage pointsNotre Dame beats Syracuse in Week 12: +15 pointsNotre Dame beats USC in Week 13: +14 pointsConditional playoff chances: 92 percentChance of happening: 49 percentOklahomaCurrent playoff chances: 41 percentPath to 90+ percent:Oklahoma beats Oklahoma State in Week 11: +4 percentage pointsOklahoma beats Kansas in Week 12: +1 pointsOklahoma beats West Virginia in Week 13: +21 pointsOklahoma wins the Big 12 championship (Week 14): +24 pointsConditional playoff chances: 91 percentChance of happening: 37 percentOhio StateCurrent playoff chances: 18 percentPath to 90+ percent:Ohio State beats Michigan State in Week 11: +12 percentage pointsOhio State beats Michigan in Week 13: +32 pointsOhio State wins the Big Ten championship (Week 14): +28 pointsConditional playoff chances: 90 percentChance of happening: 18 percentNotre Dame doesn’t have a conference and therefore doesn’t have a chance to pad its resume with another signature win, so it has no room for error. Luckily, the Irish’s remaining schedule is quite reasonable. Florida State is a shell of its former self, Syracuse is having a good season but not on the Irish’s level, and USC isn’t what it used to be either. And our model says an undefeated Notre Dame is essentially a playoff shoo-in. The only cause for concern might be the health of quarterback Ian Book, who will miss Saturday’s game against FSU with a rib injury. But the Irish are still 16½-point favorites over the Seminoles even with backup QB Brandon Wimbush at the helm.Oklahoma and Ohio State can basically control their own destinies as well — the model says both have playoff chances of greater than 91 percent if they just win out. An Irish loss could potentially help the Sooners and Buckeyes, too. Oklahoma has a greater than 90 percent playoff probability conditional on just three outcomes: beating West Virginia and winning the Big 12 while Notre Dame loses at least one game. And any Notre Dame loss would nudge OSU’s chances above the 90 percent threshold as well, provided the Buckeyes beat Michigan and win the Big Ten.MichiganCurrent playoff chances: 40 percentPath to 90+ percent:Syracuse beats Notre Dame in Week 12: +9 percentage pointsMichigan beats Ohio State in Week 13: +28 pointsMichigan wins the Big Ten championship (Week 14): +15 pointsConditional playoff chances: 92 percentChance of happening: 13 percentUnlike Notre Dame, Ohio State and Oklahoma, Michigan can’t get to 90 percent simply by winning its remaining games. (That maxes them out at 82 percent.) The Wolverines need help, then, most likely in the form of an Irish loss against Syracuse at Yankee Stadium on Nov. 17. Michigan has other potential paths — Boston College beating Clemson this weekend, for instance, would push UM’s odds to 88 percent if coupled with Wolverine wins over Ohio State and whomever they’d play for the Big Ten title. But watching some other team vicariously avenge Michigan’s early season loss in South Bend would be a fitting way for the Wolverines to stamp their ticket into the playoff.West VirginiaCurrent playoff chances: 12 percentPath to 90+ percent:West Virginia beats TCU in Week 11: +2 percentage pointsWest Virginia beats Oklahoma State in Week 12: +6 pointsWest Virginia beats Oklahoma in Week 13: +19 pointsWest Virginia wins the Big 12 championship (Week 14): +38 pointsMichigan loses the Big Ten championship (Week 14): +14 pointsConditional playoff chances: 91 percentChance of happening: 2 percentWVU needs even more help than does Michigan. And in fact, it might need help from Michigan. Generally speaking, it needs whoever wins the Michigan-Ohio State game — which will torpedo the chances of one member of the one-loss club — to then proceed to lose in the Big Ten title game. (Our model gives West Virginia slightly higher odds under the configuration where Michigan beats OSU, then loses.) Either way, the one-loss Mountaineers need as many teams with a similar resume as possible to move aside. But West Virginia isn’t necessarily putting all its eggs in the Big Ten basket. It could also see its playoff odds soar into the high-80-percent range if Notre Dame loses one of its remaining games (while WVU wins out).Washington StateCurrent playoff chances: 13 percentPath to 90+ percent:Washington State beats Colorado in Week 11: +5 percentage pointsWashington State beats Arizona in Week 12: +3 pointsUSC beats Notre Dame in Week 13: +5 pointsWashington State wins the Pac-12 championship (Week 14): +48 pointsMichigan loses the Big Ten championship (Week 14): +17 pointsConditional playoff chances: 91 percentChance of happening: 1 percentOne-loss Wazzu is in the same boat as West Virginia in terms of benefiting from a Michigan defeat in the Big Ten title game. (Assuming it wins its own remaining games — including the Pac-12 title, most preferably over Utah.) Washington State could get another boost if USC beats Notre Dame since both teams would then have one loss, against the Trojans in each case. It’s unclear how realistic this actually is (since our model doesn’t have a specific Notre Dame adjustment reflecting its tendency to, um, get the benefit of the doubt), but the Irish make the playoff only 18 percent of the time in the scenario laid out above, compared with the Cougars’ 91 percent mark.Central FloridaCurrent playoff chances: 4 percentPath to 90+ percent:¯\_(ツ)_/¯I’m kidding. But not really. This one is far more difficult to pin down than the others above, just because it’s so rare in our data for UCF to make the playoff (and the specifics of each scenario are rarer still). So I’ll just list some of the common outcomes in what few simulations give UCF a relatively large probability of making the playoff:UCF wins all four remaining games, including the American championship. (Duh.)Both Notre Dame and Washington State lose at least one remaining game, and at least one loses twice.Oklahoma and Michigan both fail to win their respective conference championships.Chance of happening: less than 1 in 2,000These probably aren’t the only scenarios under which UCF makes the playoff, but there just aren’t very many UCF-friendly combinations that come up in the simulations. Their 4 percent overall probability of making the playoff is more about adding up a bunch of fractional chances over the course of many simulations — where they’re not overly likely to make it in any given one, but there’s enough uncertainty that they could potentially get in.And that’s the important thing to remember when discussing UCF’s playoff chances: The selection committee has never taken an undefeated Group-of-Five conference team2Schools from the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference, the Mountain West Conference and the Sun Belt Conference. in four years of picking playoff squads, and similar undefeated candidates (UCF last year, Western Michigan two years ago) have been denied entry by the committee. So all of this is, by definition, theoretical. Our model bases its predictions on the way in which college football’s power structure has traditionally grouped teams into tiers and given priority to different types of resumes, which is why there are at least some universes where a team like UCF can get real consideration if all hell breaks loose elsewhere. But more likely, they’re getting stray points of probability from the fact that we still don’t always know how the committee will react to a team like the Knights.Of course, a cynic would say we do know — and the answer will always be “no.” But that’s part of what’s interesting about the playoff. There’s much we still don’t know when it comes to who will win upcoming games, and that’s one source of uncertainty built into our model. But we also can’t perfectly predict how the committee itself will react. All UCF and the rest of this year’s contenders can do is win the games in front of them and hope for the right combination to fall into place around them.Check out our latest college football predictions.
Short URL Share62 Tweet Email 14,982 Views Nov 24th 2016, 7:13 AM 3 Comments Thursday 24 Nov 2016, 7:13 AM GARDAÍ IN CLARE are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of Maria Hennigar.The 35-year-old has been missing from Doolin since early November 2016.She is described as 5’7″ with brown hair, blue/green eyes and of medium build. She was last seen at Doonmacphelim, Doolin sometime around the first week in November 2016.It is understood that she lived alone and was reported missing by a neighbour.Anyone who may have seen Maria or may know of her whereabouts is asked to contact Ennistymon Garda station on 065 7072180, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station. By Paul Hosford Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3098958 Appeal for help finding Clare woman missing since early November Maria Hennigar was last seen around the first week in November.
13 Comments Share95 Tweet Email2 Friday 25 Nov 2016, 4:00 PM Image: Google Maps 21,665 Views Man’s body found outside in Co Donegal The man, aged in his 30s, was found last night. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Nov 25th 2016, 4:00 PM File photo of Millbrae Image: Google Maps File photo of Millbrae By Órla Ryan http://jrnl.ie/3102768 THE BODY OF a man in his 30s has been found in the Millbrae area of Buncrana, Co Donegal.Gardaí confirmed the body was found outside at around 8.30pm yesterday.The man has been brought to Letterkenny University Hospital for a post-mortem examination.Gardaí are not treating the death as suspicious. It is believed the man may have fallen asleep as temperatures dipped to below freezing.Read: It will be as cold as minus six degrees in some areas tonight
Sida : de multiples critiques s’élèvent contre le plan gouvernementalFrance – Le Conseil national du sida et la Conférence nationale de santé ont donné leur avis sur les orientations stratégiques du plan 2010-2014.Les deux instances s’attendaient à être consultées sur le plan lui-même et non pas seulement sur ses orientation stratégiques. Ainsi, ce qu’elles ont pu voir du plan n’était pas suffisamment étoffé, tant sur la forme que sur le fond. Elles estiment notamment que les autorités de santé manquent de “leadership”, d’ambition. À lire aussiSIDA : 10 symptômes qui doivent alerterAujourd’hui en France, environ 50.000 personnes sont atteintes du sida sans le savoir. Cette statistique pose de nombreux problèmes en termes de traitement, de prévention de la transmission, etc. Pour l’améliorer, il faudrait proposer un dépistage systématique de toute la population. Or, restrictions budgétaires obligent, seuls les groupes à risques (homosexuels, consommateurs de drogues par injection, etc.) seront testés une fois par an. Ces campagnes ne seront même pas étendues aux partenaires.Afin de tempérer les critiques, le gouvernement promet que l’élaboration du plan n’est pas tout à fait finalisée. Un espoir d’amélioration se profile donc, si ces avis négatifs sont finalement pris en considération. Le 29 juin 2010 à 11:19 • Emmanuel Perrin
Le Sri Lanka à nouveau frappé par de meurtrières inondationsDéjà touché par de dévastatrices pluies de mousson en janvier, le Sri Lanka est à nouveau frappé par des inondations meurtrières. Depuis une semaine, les violentes averses ont fait quatorze morts.Pour la seconde fois en moins d’un mois, les provinces de l’est, du nord et du centre du Sri Lanka sont sous les eaux. Une catastrophe qui touche plus d’un million de personnes, et menace les cultures. Cité par Romandie.com, le ministre de l’Agriculture Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene annonce craindre la perte de plus de 90% des récoltes de riz, tandis que des centaines de milliers de personnes ont dû quitter leurs maisons inondées pour se réfugier dans les hauteurs du pays.Le mois dernier déjà, de fortes pluies de moussons avaient tué 43 personnes, et contraint 350.000 habitants de ces régions à fuir la montée des eaux. Les Nations unies avaient, après cette catastrophe, lancé un appel à la communauté internationale afin de réunir 51 millions de dollars pour venir en aide aux victimes.Le 7 février 2011 à 15:51 • Emmanuel Perrin
WESTON, FLA. (WSVN) – – Firefighters in Weston went on a different type of rescue when they came to the aid of a trapped cat.Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue shared photos of Friday evening’s “purr-fect” rescue on Twitter. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. #BSFR E81 rescued a trapped kitten this evening from the engine compartment of a vehicle in @CityofWeston in the 16100 block of Blatt Blvd. Kitten has been adopted. pic.twitter.com/TfCt3Enxxt— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) August 31, 2018The feline was trapped in the engine of a car parked along the 16100 block of Blatt Boulevard for days. A man in his 20s heard the animal’s meow and called firefighters.Crews were able to remove the cat without damaging the vehicle.Crews managed to get the cat out — but this “tail” has an even happier ending. An employee at a restaurant where firefighters stopped after the rescue is expected to adopt the animal.