Preston answered critics – Grayson

first_imgPreston manager Simon Grayson declared that his side had silenced their doubters by beating QPR 2-0 at Loftus Road.The Lilywhites had lost their opening three Sky Bet Championship matches this season, scoring just one goal in the process.But Jermaine Beckford put them ahead midway through the first half and Nedum Onuoha’s own goal seven minutes after the interval sealed their first win of the season.Grayson said: “We’ve answered one or two critics from during the last few weeks. That will keep a few people quiet for a while.“People do tend to get a jittery when you lose the first three games. The critics have been answered.“If you lose a couple of games midway through the season no-one cares, but lose at the start of the season and people think the world’s going to end.“I said before that I didn’t think we were a million miles away. We were off the pace in the last three games but that was more like us.“The players have been disappointed with the results, performances and the criticism and they felt they had a point to prove.”Rangers rallied in the second half but Preston were worthy winners and always looked a threat on the break.“From start to finish we were good in all departments. It was a good performance,” said Grayson, whose team were beaten at home by Derby on Tuesday.“To limit a team like QPR to just a couple of chances – and we could have scored more goals – showed how good we were.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Humboldt State football rolls to 56-13 win over Chadron State to remain perfect on the season

first_imgArcata >> It was an opening seven minutes that left just about anybody wearing any semblance of green at the Redwood Bowl with not much time to catch their breath between scoring plays.It certainly had offensive linemen sprinting off the field as fast as ever, that’s for sure.Rob Smith couldn’t have drawn up any better start than what 19th-ranked Humboldt State had in its impressive 56-13 win over Chadron State College on Saturday night. The Jacks not only struck for touchdowns on their first …last_img

Aim for England: Michael Chopra advices to Dheeraj Singh and Anwar Ali

first_imgThe future of first team to represent the country in a FIFA tournament has been a subject of debate ever since the end of India’s campaign in the U-17 World Cup.While some suggest the All India Football Federation (AIFF) should stick to the core team for couple of years, many in the football fraternity think otherwise.Former England and Sunderland striker Michael Chopra has suggested the AIFF should encourage the youngsters to aim for clubs in England to develop their potential.”What India achieved against Colombia (in the Junior World Cup) was great for them. If you look at the game against USA, the boys were nervous. This was a big competition, first in India. But, result didn’t reflect the performance. Now they need to reach the next stage,” Chopra told Mail Today.Citing examples from the time he used to play for the England U-15 and U-17 teams, Chopra added, “When I was playing England, after the games I would go on and train with Alan Shearer, Kieron Dyer and Michael Owen at times. I think it’s time for them (Indian players) to think what they need to do. They have to fulfill their potential by playing with the best in Europe. It’s their opportunity.”Chopra, who enjoyed his yesteryears of football with Kerala Blasters, particularly heaped praise on goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh and defender Anwar Ali.Photo Credit: Indian Football Team Twitter The 33-year-old feels the AIFF should figure out a way to help the boys train and pursue their career with the foreign clubs, stating a tie up with the European federations could prove helpful.advertisement”I am quite impressed with some of the players. You look at Dheeraj, Ali, even Boris, there are lot of players who have potential. The AIFF can’t let this go waste. What they have done for the players so far is fantastic and now these players can be a force for the senior team. In one or two years, these players will try and push for the senior team. AIFF needs to find the best way for them to progress at the best rate. These Indian boys should go to England, AIFF should try to get a connection with some of the clubs abroad.”If you look at the way England have progressed, the academy system was helpful to build players for the future in 10-15 years time. Look at the England players in the U-17 World Cup, Angel Gomes plays for Manchester United while Jadon Sancho plays for (Borussia) Dortmund, an ex-Manchester City player. These players play with the Pogbas and Agueros every week. I think that’s what these Indian boys need,” he added.last_img read more

Drug Court Changing Lives

first_imgIn January 2010 Monica Jones (not her real name) was arrested by the police for possession of marijuana. She had just purchased $400 worth of the drug, intent on furthering a seven-year habit. She knew that her drug use was destructive and had long wanted to stop but lacked the will and means to do it on her own. “Plenty time mi want stop before the police even hold me…mi always a try fi stop but mi couldn’t stop on mi own, mi did need help so mi tell the judge that mi is a smoker and mi need help and she say ok, I’m going to help you,” Monica reflects. The judge, instead of sending her to jail, ordered her to attend the Drug Treatment Court, where she finally got the treatment and rehabilitation to overcome her drug habit. She admits that it was not smooth sailing as she even slipped up once when her urine test came back positive. “The second time mi positive when mi shouldn’t positive cause mi did go back go smoke and the judge put mi back in custody for two nights and say when mi come to court mi mus tell the court what me decide to do. Mi tell her say mi a go try and help myself because mi see that you trying to help me, so mi try mi best no meck it happen again,” Monica tells JIS News. She kept her promise, completing the programme in little over six months. Monica credits the programme for her changed lifestyle. She has established a support network with about four others from the treatment programme, and they have been encouraging each other, in the quest to remain drug free. Established by the Drug Court Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders Act in 2001, this special Court offers a treatment programme to individuals, who are believed to have committed offences whilst under the influence of drugs including alcohol, ganja, cocaine, morphine, opium and heroin. Described by many as an avenue for change and a second shot at life, the court, through its rehabilitation and treatment services, helps individuals to become drug-free, productive citizens. Resident Magistrate at the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court in Half-Way Tree, Stephanie Jackson-Haisley explains to JIS News that the Court is not a trial court but a “treatment court which employs the use of judicial supervision whereby participants undergo a treatment programme while being supervised by the court.” Individuals are required to attend one of the two treatment centres at Maxfield Park Health Centre in St. Andrew or Cornwall Regional Hospital, Montego Bay, St. James, where they interface weekly with counsellors and psychiatrists to obtain treatment in relation to their drug addiction. The programme may run from six months to two years depending on the level of progress by the participants. During the treatment period, participants are also engaged in vocational studies, literacy programmes, and sessions dealing with anger management, the effects of substance abuse on the body, dispute resolution and relapse prevention.  To be admitted participants must meet certain legal and medical criteria. The Resident Magistrate outlines that under the legal criteria, “the individual must be 17 years and over and must be charged with a relevant offence, that is, any offence that can be tried by a Resident Magistrate…so it would exclude the murderer, the person who has committed the offence of rape and more serious offences. It is geared towards the individual, who has committed a minor offence.” Having satisfied the legal criteria, the offender is referred to the treatment team for an assessment to see if he or she meets the medical condition for admittance, in that, the individual must not be suffering from any mental incapacity that will restrict their active participation in the programme. “Persons having psychosis or hallucinations and delusions cannot follow our counselling sessions and are not admitted to the programme,” notesConsultant Psychiatrist and Senior Medical Officer of Health at Bellevue Hospital, Dr. Myo Kyaw Oo. Dr. Oo says that the individual must also have a genuine desire to be rehabilitated and not other motives just to get away from their sentence. He explains that participants are expected to report to the treatment centre for individual and group counselling. The treatment period is divided into three phases with clients required to attend the centre five days per week during phase one; three days per week during phase two; and two days per week, during the third phase. The Drug Treatment Court utilises a rewards system where clients are subjected to weekly urine tests and are rewarded if these are consistently negative for the illegal substance. Conversely, positive urine tests will result in the court applying sanctions, which Mrs. Jackson-Haisley informs, includes imposing reporting and curfew conditions or spending a night in jail. “We find that the process of sanctioning and providing incentives has really worked, and that is really one of the hallmarks of the…judicial supervision process,” she says. If an offender wishes to discontinue treatment, his matter will be referred back to the regular court, where he will be tried and convicted, or acquitted. “I have seen many individuals who have been in the treatment programme,” the Resident Magistrates says, “individuals who have done well, those who have not been able to deal with the programme, individuals who have been expelled and had to be sent back to the regular court…there are those who have done remarkably well and who come back to the drug court to say how well they have been doing… they bring their certificates from HEART or whichever organisation they have been enrolled in since the treatment programme. I have seen individuals who have come back with their family members to show how well they have progressed,” she recalls. She notes that the ultimate goal of the drug treatment court is for persons to be rehabilitated, regain their rightful place in society and become productive citizens. “The drug court basically changes the way that people see the courts. It is totally non-adversarial in nature. It applies the concept of therapeutic jurisprudence, which is  really a concept where lawyers and judges try to look at the law in a richer, fuller way to see what therapeutic agents we can use to bring about change because when an offender enters into the drug court, it is an alternative to incarceration for him, and at the end of the day, he is assured that if he successfully completes the programme, he is not going to jail, he’s not even going to have a conviction recorded against him. In many instances, the offence is totally dispensed with,”Mrs. Jackson-Haisley states.  “It really is the vision of all of us that a time will come when drug court will be available to all eligible citizens of this country. It will therefore mean that we would have to have a drug court in all of the parishes, for that to happen,” she expresses. The legislation allows for the drug treatment court to be set up in all parishes across Jamaica but fiscal constraints have restricted the services to Kingston and St. Andrew, and St. James. The drug treatment court initiative is a collaborative effort of the Court Management Services (CMS) which was created in 2008 to provide administrative support to the island’s courts; and the Ministries of Health and National Security. For more information on the programme, persons may visit the CMS’s website at cms.gov.jm.last_img read more

Globally acclaimed Kanyashree emerges as saviour for girls from cash-strapped families

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s pet project Kanyashree, which has garnered worldwide recognition, has come as a boon to girls coming from economically challenged families, with aspirations of higher education.Case in point, the project has helped the students of Muralidhar Girls’ College to carry on with higher education. Around 125 students of the college got benefits of the project in 2016-17, while around 155 were benefitted in 2017-18 and around 240 in 2018-19. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”I come from a very modest background and there was a time when I did not know whether I could pursue my true passion, which is dance. After receiving Kanyashree, I gathered the courage to start a dance class and am happy to see my life getting transformed,” said Bishakha Das, daughter of a domestic help. She is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication at Muralidhar Girls’ College. “Receiving Kanyashree in 2017 has greatly helped me in meeting my education cost as I come from a poor family,” said Nasifa Ali, a former student of Muralidhar who is now pursuing a Master’s degree in Applied Psychology. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”I could buy instruments after receiving the money from Kanyashree scholarship in 2019, which has been of great help to a folk music aspirant like me,” said Sonali Haldar, an inter-collegiate music winner, and a student of Arts stream in Muralidhar Girls’ College. “In 2019 I received a Kanyashree scholarship and the amount has been helpful towards my education expenses,” maintained Tuktuki Ruidas, a student in general stream at Muralidhar College, who is also a running enthusiast. “Today when I see my students I feel immense pride and happiness that many unsure and underconfident young women have been transformed through this institute’s continued efforts and Kanyashree into confident and bright women of the future. The college, as many would know, did not earlier have the Science stream but coming from a background in Chemistry, I thought the knowledge of science was very integral to women’s education,” said Kinjalkini Biswas, principal of the college, while paying her homage to Muralidhar Bandyopadhyay, educationist and visionary whose birthday was on Tuesday. To mark the occasion, Kavita Singh, associate professor, West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, gave a lecture on women empowerment. Muralidhar Girls’ College was initially the Ballygunge Uchho Balika Vidyalaya, which was set up in 1919. It was later converted to Muralidhar Girls’ College in 1940, affiliated to The University of Calcutta.last_img read more

Iran suspends nuclear deal curbs in push for relief from US sanctions

first_imgTehran: Iran said Wednesday it had stopped respecting limits on its nuclear activities agreed under a 2015 deal with major powers until they find a way to bypass renewed US sanctions. The well trailed announcement came as Washington stepped up its rhetoric against Tehran, accusing it of planning “imminent” attacks and deploying an aircraft carrier strike group with several nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to the region. Iran said it was responding to the sweeping unilateral sanctions that Washington has reimposed since it quit the agreement one year ago, which have dealt a severe blow to the Iranian economy. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportIt said it would stop implementing some of the restrictions it had agreed with immediate effect. Tehran said it would abandon more if the remaining parties to the agreement — Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia — failed to start delivering on their commitments to sanctions relief within 60 days. President Hassan Rouhani underlined that the ultimatum was intended to rescue the nuclear deal from his US counterpart Donald Trump who has repeatedly called for it to be scrapped since he pulled out on May 8, 2018. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”We felt the (deal) needed surgery and that the year-long sedatives have not delivered any result. This surgery is meant to save the (deal) not destroy it,” Rouhani said at a cabinet meeting broadcast live on state television. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is on an official visit to Moscow, stressed Iran’s actions were not in breach of the nuclear deal, which UN inspectors have repeatedly certified its compliance with. “We are not operating outside of the JCPOA (nuclear deal) but are in fact working in its framework,” Zarif told state television. Under the landmark deal agreed by Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama, the parties to the agreement were supposed to lift nuclear-related sanctions on Iran in return for it reining in its activities to ease fears it was seeking the capability to produce an atomic bomb. But the promised sanctions relief has failed to materialise as European and Asian banks and oil companies have moved swiftly to abide by the renewed US sanctions for fear of financial or commercial repercussions. Rouhani slammed European countries for seeing the US as the world’s “sheriff” and said this keeps them from making “firm decisions for their own national interests.” “You have responsibilities, too … for keeping your youth away from drugs, the flood of immigrants and other cooperation Iran has had with you so far. If this trend continues, the cooperation will cease.” The three European parties to the deal — Britain, France and Germany — tried to save the accord with a trade mechanism meant to bypass reimposed US sanctions, but their attempt was dismissed by Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as a “bitter joke”. China underlined that it “resolutely opposes” the unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran but called on all parties to uphold the nuclear deal. “We call on all relevant parties to exercise restraint, strengthen dialogue and avoid escalating tensions,” foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said. Russia said it remained committed to the nuclear deal and denounced what it called “unreasonable pressure” on Iran. Iran’s Supreme National Security Council said the measures were necessary to “secure its rights and bring back balance” after the unilateral moves by the Trump administration. “The Islamic Republic of Iran does not at the current stage consider itself committed to observing restrictions regarding storing enriched uranium stocks and heavy water stocks,” the Supreme National Security Council said. “The remaining parties to the (deal) are given 60 days to implement their commitments, in particular in the fields of banking and oil,” the council added. “In the next stage Iran will also stop observing restrictions on the level of uranium enrichment and measures regarding modernising Arak heavy water reactor.” Uranium enriched to much higher levels than Iran’s current stocks can be used as the fissile core of a nuclear weapon, while heavy water is a source of plutonium which can be used as an alternative way to produce a warhead. The council called for swift action by the remaining parties to the deal, warning time was running out. “The window which is now open for diplomacy will not remain so for long, and the responsibility of the (deal) failing and any possibile consequences are completely on the US and the remaining parties,” it said. On the eve of the Iranian announcement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unannounced visit to Baghdad in an effort to consolidate relations as Washington pushes ahead with its “maximum pressure” against Tehran — a US arch-rival, but an ally of Iraq. Pompeo said he made the trip because Iranian forces are “escalating their activity” and said the threat of attacks was “very specific”. He declined to go into further detail on the alleged plot, which has been met with scepticism in many quarters, with leading Democratic lawmakers fearing that Trump’s administration is seeking to spark a war with Iran. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been a consistent opponent of the nuclear deal, seized on the Iranian announcement as evidence that it was pressing ahead with its nuclear programme. “We shall not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon,” he said.last_img read more

Whats At Stake For Every College Football Playoff Contender

The college football playoff committee didn’t make much news when it released its new rankings Tuesday: The top seven teams remained the same. The biggest shift was for Mississippi, which lost badly last week and fell from No. 8 to No. 19.This was in line with what our college football forecast model expected. Because the model is based mostly on a historic analysis of the Coaches Poll, this means the committee behaved in the same boring way the coaches usually do — keeping the teams in the same order except when one drops a game and loses its place in line. So, our national championship and playoff odds look very much like they did Sunday.Here’s the more comprehensive version of that chart, which includes the entire Top 25 as they might appear when the committee releases its final standings Dec. 7.The lack of movement may also have been because last weekend was a sleepy one on the college football calendar. This upcoming weekend features much higher stakes, with the top teams facing more formidable opponents and entries into the conference title games on the line.I’m going to run through the top 11 teams in the committee’s rankings as the model sees their chances. In each case, we’ll look at how much a win or loss this weekend would affect the team’s playoff odds along with some more complex scenarios: for instance, if the team loses this week but wins its conference championship next week. Some of the more involved scenarios will expose potential blind spots in the model; we hope it’s still a helpful tool for thinking through the various possibilities.No. 1. Alabama Crimson TideOpponent: No. 15 Auburn on Saturday night. Alabama is a 70 percent favorite according to the model; win probabilities are derived from a simplified version of ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI).Overall chance of making playoff: 75 percentChance of making playoff with a win: 87 percentChance with a win but a loss in SEC Championship: 60 percentChance with a loss against Auburn: 48 percentChance with a loss but a win in SEC Championship: 75 percentChance with a loss and Mississippi State win (Alabama misses SEC Championship): 40 percentYou might expect the No. 1 team’s path to be straightforward. But Alabama’s is one of the more complex cases. That’s because there are really five scenarios to analyze. Two are straightforward: If Alabama defeats Auburn and wins the SEC Championship game, it’s in the playoff, very likely as the No. 1 seed. And if it loses twice, it’s probably out — unless there’s a ton of chaos behind it.The other three are trickier. Alabama could win this week then lose in the SEC Championship. It could lose this week and win the championship. Or it could lose this week and fail to make the championship, which will happen if Mississippi State wins.Failing to make the championship at all is the most dangerous for Alabama; their chances of reaching the playoff would be just 40 percent in that scenario. But the ranking of the other two is debatable.It’s hard to imagine Alabama would be left out if it lost to Auburn but made the SEC title game and won it. The model puts their chances at 75 percent in this case. And that seems too conservative — the alternative would probably entail no SEC team making the playoff at all. Sure, it’s technically possible. If Oregon, Florida State, Ohio State and either Baylor or TCU all win out, the committee would have to bump a zero- or one-loss conference champion for two-loss Alabama. That would be a predicament. But anything short of that exact scenario, and SEC fans from Gainesville to College Station would put aside their differences and come at the committee with pitchforks.A more acute danger might be a win against Auburn followed by a loss to Georgia in the SEC Championship. That way, the committee might get an SEC team into the playoff by choosing Georgia. Georgia needs some help to get into this position. The Bulldogs need Missouri to lose this weekend (Missouri probably doesn’t have the resume to make the playoff even if it wins out) and probably to defeat nonconference foe Georgia Tech on Saturday (otherwise, Georgia’s case will be too weak also).A lot of these questions boil down to how much the committee will emphasize conference championships as opposed to everything else. We don’t have much data on that yet, and neither do the folks in Tuscaloosa. Until we learn more, the only totally safe course for Alabama is simply to win twice.No. 2. Oregon DucksOpponent: At Oregon State on Saturday night (Oregon is a 90 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 76 percentChance with a win: 81 percentChance with a win but a loss in Pac-12 Championship: 42 percentChance with a loss: 32 percentChance with a loss but a win in Pac-12 Championship: 49 percentWe might ask the same question for Oregon: If it must lose again, is a loss this week or in the Pac-12 Championship better? This case is simpler because Oregon is already assured of making its championship game.The model’s answer is that it’s slightly better for Oregon to lose this week — even against unranked Oregon State — and come back to win the Pac-12 title. The danger of losing the Pac-12 Championship is that Oregon’s Pac-12 opponent could possibly get in ahead of them, especially if it’s UCLA.No. 3. Florida State SeminolesOpponent: vs Florida on Saturday afternoon (Florida State is a 74 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 59 percentChance with a win: 75 percentChance with a win but a loss in ACC Championship: 18 percentChance with a loss: 15 percentChance with a loss but a win in ACC Championship: 22 percentFlorida State isn’t at risk of being overtaken by anyone in its conference. (It’s clinched a spot in the ACC Championship and its opponent in that game, No. 16 Georgia Tech, almost certainly won’t make the playoff even if it wins out.) But the committee seems to be down enough on FSU that it probably can’t afford a loss at all. Some of FSU’s problem is strength of schedule, as it has been all year. Neither Florida nor Georgia Tech is likely to impress the committee as an acceptable loss for the Seminoles, even if it wins the other game.No. 4. Mississippi State BulldogsOpponent: at No. 19 Mississippi on Saturday afternoon (Mississippi State is the underdog; it has a 41 percent chance to win)Overall chance of making playoff: 33 percentChance with a win: 74 percentChance with a win and an Alabama win (Mississippi State misses SEC Championship): 77 percentChance with a win and an Alabama loss (Mississippi State advances to SEC Championship): 65 percentChance with a loss: 4 percentMississippi State has to win this week against Mississippi. FPI has them as underdogs to do so. But the Bulldogs’ chances of making the playoff will more than double to 74 percent if they do.But now we’re going to get a little crazy. Surely, things would be even better for Mississippi State if it won while Alabama lost, which would get them into the SEC Championship game?The model says no: Instead, the Bulldogs should be rooting for Alabama!Here’s why: If Mississippi State wins this week and completes its regular season, that’s probably good enough. It’s already No. 4 and will have notched another big win, on the road, against a ranked rival. Sure, it could eventually be surpassed by a team like TCU, but it could also see a team like Florida State ahead of it lose. It’s a reasonably sound position.But now imagine that Mississippi State wins this week and makes the SEC Championship but loses that game. Instead of a one-loss non-champion, it’s a two-loss non-champion — not so attractive. Furthermore, Alabama would also be a two-loss non-champion in this scenario and one that beat Mississippi State head-to-head late in the regular season. The risk-reward ratio would be poor for the Bulldogs.No. 5. TCU Horned FrogsOpponent: at Texas on Thursday night (TCU is a 65 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 53 percentChance with a win: 79 percentChance with a win if current top four also win this weekend: 50 percentChance with a loss: 5 percentTCU was helped by the committee this week, which left it at No. 5 even though it was idle. Indeed, the committee’s affection for TCU is a bit bizarre. TCU lost to No. 7 Baylor in October and the more sophisticated computer systems like FPI also have Baylor ranked higher. There’s some thought that Baylor will suddenly jump ahead of TCU if both teams win out. But if the committee has been placing TCU ahead of Baylor for weeks now despite its head-to-head loss, why would it suddenly shift gears?In any event, the model now has TCU’s chances of making the playoff at slightly better than even — and their chances will jump to 79 percent with a win against Texas. However, some of that possibility is contingent on one of the teams ahead of them losing. If the top five teams all win out, TCU’s playoff chances will be stuck at about 50 percent.No. 6. Ohio State BuckeyesOpponent: vs. Michigan on Saturday afternoon (Ohio State is an 89 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 42 percentChance with a win: 47 percentChance with a win and a win in Big Ten Championship: 73 percentChance with a win and a loss in Big Ten Championship: 6 percentChance with a loss: 2 percentThis is one of the simpler cases. Ohio State isn’t assured much of anything, but the team has about a 3-in-4 chance of making the playoff if it wins out, mostly because there’s likely to be some attrition ahead of it.One question is whether the Buckeyes will be ranked ahead of teams like Alabama, Oregon and Florida State if any of the three do lose this week. Those could be close calls for the committee. Not that it needs extra motivation against the Wolverines, but Ohio State might be helped by turning up with a dominant performance against Michigan instead of just getting by.No. 7. Baylor BearsOpponent: at Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon (Baylor is a 94 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 29 percentChance with a win: 31 percentChance with a win and a win against Kansas State next week: 40 percentChance with a loss: 1 percentThis is a low-stakes weekend for Baylor as compared with the rest of the top teams. The Bears are huge favorites against Texas Tech, and that probable win is already priced into their playoff odds. They have a bigger game against Kansas State next week.Unlike the six teams ahead of it, however, Baylor would be under 50 percent to make the playoff even if it wins out, according to the model.No. 8. UCLA BruinsOpponent: at Stanford on Friday afternoon (UCLA is a 69 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 13 percentChance with a win: 18 percentChance with a win and a win in Pac-12 Championship: 47 percentUCLA is about even-money to make the playoff if it wins out and has almost no chance otherwise.No. 9. Georgia BulldogsOpponent: vs. No. 16 Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon (Georgia is an 81 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 13 percentChance with a win: 16 percentChance with a loss: 1 percentChance with a win and a Missouri loss (Georgia advances to SEC Championship): 22 percentChance with a win and win in SEC Championship: 44 percentOur model thought Georgia might be at some risk of ranking worse than No. 9 in this week’s committee standings; it played a Division I-AA opponent last week, Charleston Southern, while several of the teams ranked just behind them won against (slightly) better competition.The reaffirmation from the committee helps keep Georgia dangerous. The Bulldogs have one more hurdle than UCLA — they need Missouri to lose to make their conference title game while UCLA is in with a win. But if they make the SEC championship and win it, their odds of making the playoff will be close to even.No. 10. Michigan State SpartansOpponent: at Penn State on Saturday afternoon (Michigan State is a 78 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 1 percentChance with a win: Still about 1 percentChance with a win, if at least 3 teams ranked ahead of it lose this weekend: 3 percentChance with a win, if at least 6 teams ranked ahead of it lose this weekend: 16 percentI list this case to demonstrate that when you’re on the outside looking in, you’d rather take a high-stakes path (like the one Georgia has). As I mentioned last week, Michigan State — locked out of its conference title game and with a middling opponent this week — just can’t do enough to impress the committee to jump into the top four. Even if there’s total and utter chaos ahead of Michigan State, its best-case scenario is probably finishing at No. 5 or No. 6.No. 11. Arizona WildcatsOpponent: vs. No. 13 Arizona State on Friday afternoon (Arizona is a 64 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 2 percentChance with a win: 3 percentChance with a win and a UCLA loss (Arizona advances to Pac-12 Championship): 7 percentChance with a win and a win in Pac-12 Championship: 24 percentArizona, like Georgia, at least has a specific path to follow: It’ll need to beat Arizona State, hope UCLA loses so it can make the Pac-12 title game, then beat Oregon there, then hope that one or two teams lose ahead of it. It’s not likely. But the committee might want to find a spot for the Pac-12 champion; it seems to like the conference; the committee ranks Oregon, UCLA and Arizona higher than the AP poll has them.There are a few other teams with a snowball’s-chance-in-hell. Arizona State’s case isn’t fundamentally that different than Arizona’s. Kansas State has an outside chance to finish as the Big 12 champion — again, without the benefit or risk of playing in a championship game — and could be more attractive than the likes of Michigan State if the committee is desperate. Wisconsin could also be a two-loss conference champion if it beats both Minnesota and Ohio State. The model says there’s almost no chance Missouri will get in even with an SEC title, but if the SEC goes haywire and the committee is struggling to represent it, who knows.In any event, here is the model’s probabilistic take on how the standings might look a week from now, accounting for both the uncertainty in this weekend’s games and in how the committee will react to them.CORRECTION (Nov. 30, 11:31 a.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly claimed that the Big 12 uses head-to-head records as a tiebreaker to determine its conference champion. It does not. read more

International recruiting an asset for Ohio State womens tennis

The OSU women’s tennis team currently has 4 international players occupying its roster in sophomore Ferny Angeles Paz (left), sophomore Miho Kowase, junior Grainne O’Neill and sophomore Gabriella De Santis.Credit: Whitney Wilson / Lantern reporterTraveling to America from a foreign country can be a big change, offering an unfamiliar culture with new languages and learning experiences for some international students.The Ohio State women’s tennis team (12-4, 5-0) has eight players on its roster. Only half of those players are from the United States. The other four have traveled thousands of miles from Peru, Japan, Ireland and Venezuela to become Buckeyes.Coach Melissa Schaub said she considers international players to be great assets for the team.“Tennis is a very international sport, so you see a lot of international players in college tennis,” Schaub said. “It is much more popular in other countries than it is here in the U.S. These girls have been traveling around the world since a young age playing tennis, which is something not every American gets to do.”She said it can be difficult selecting eight scholarship players who can easily adapt to the program.“Recruiting in general is probably one of the biggest aspects of our job,” Schaub said. “There are some really good international tournaments called the Orange Bowl and Eddie Herr where you get to see the international players but get to stay here in the U.S. Once you see what you’re looking for, then you will take a trip over there to meet their coach and their family before bringing them to the U.S. for a visit.”Schaub said the girls brought a lot of experience as far as tournaments and playing internationally. She said the four international players have been a great addition to the program as teammates who show support for one another.“We have a good mix of different players on our team, and the American kids get to have a little bit of culture,” Schaub said. “College athletics for any athlete is an amazing experience, but for the international players, it’s even more amazing in some ways because in most other countries it’s either you continue with school or you continue with tennis, and here they get to do both.”Sophomore Gabby De Santis from Venezuela said she would have been faced with that difficult decision in her home country. Santis added that one advantage of moving to America is learning about a new culture while continuing her tennis and academic careers.“It’s interesting to know different people that think in different ways,” Santis said. “It is much more competitive here than in Venezuela where I would not have had the opportunity to study and play at a collegiate level at the same time.”Sophomore Ferny Angeles Paz said her native country of Peru and the U.S. are different in many ways.“I’ve never played indoors in Peru. It is very different because we don’t have indoor courts,” Paz said. “It’s pretty tough here. Everyone is good, everyone practices hard, and every team is competitive, so it’s tough.”Japanese sophomore Miho Kowase said the opportunity to move to the U.S. has offered several difficulties and benefits beyond playing tennis.“It’s hard for me because my family is 13 hours time difference compared to America,” Kowase said. “My sister lives in Georgia, so that has really helped me adjust to living in America. Also, for me to learn English and being able to speak English is such a huge advantage in Japan.”Junior Grainne O’Neill from Ireland said Buckeye tradition is what has helped make her experience at OSU so gratifying.“It’s great, I feel like the whole Buckeye community really helped me out big time when I first moved here because I really did not know anything at all,” O’Neill said. “It’s just great to have people behind you. We have a whole team and our coaches and staff are great so they really have helped out big time. When we travel to different places you hear ‘O-H’ and ‘Go Bucks’ and that’s really nice.”With no seniors on the roster, all eight players are set to return next year for the 2015-16 season. In the meantime, the Buckeyes (12-4, 5-0) are set to take on Purdue on Friday in Columbus at 3 p.m. read more

Would be robbers subdued by store owner and employee

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #robberssubduedinstore Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 2, 2017 – Nassau – Often it is not advised, but this time it turned out alright for a store owner who managed to subdue not one, but two would be robbers.   The men entered the store on East Street wielding a knife and demanding cash.  The convenience store owner and an employee jumped the men, held them and Police were called in.  An arrest of the pair was made.#magneticmedianews#robberssubduedinstore Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

Latest on gas tax repeal effort and its impact on other primary

first_imgLatest on gas tax repeal effort and its impact on other primary elections KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsWith last night’s primary behind us, we are now seeing the large impact the recent car and gas tax is having on voters and how the issue is influencing other races as well.KUSI’s Logan Byrnes has more on what we can expect leading up to the November election. June 6, 2018 Posted: June 6, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitterlast_img read more