first_imgChelsea Pedro: Facing Barcelona and ‘best in the world’ Messi is special for me Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 09:16 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pedro Getty Images Chelsea Barcelona FA Cup UEFA Champions League The Blues forward is looking forward to a reunion with his old team-mates at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday in Europe’s elite club competition Pedro is looking forward to Chelsea’s Tuesday night Champions League match against Barcelona, where he will face “the best player in the world” in his former team-mate Lionel Messi. Chelsea prepared for the last-16 match by coasting to a 4-0 victory against Hull City in the FA Cup on Friday night, with Pedro getting the second goal. He was subsequently substituted at half-time with a number of key players like Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante not even in the matchday squad. Pedro says that facing Barcelona on the back of two wins will help Chelsea’s confidence.   Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We are back in a good form, with confidence before this huge game as you say against Barcelona,” Pedro said at Stamford Bridge. “For us it is good to be back in that sort of form. We’ve had two very good games now. We have to continue like this and prepare for the game against Barcelona in the same way.”It will be strange for sure at the start but it will be good to see my old team-mates again who I played with for so many years. It will be a special game for me for sure. They are the same every year. They are playing great football in La Liga, they are in the cup final as well.”Pedro spent seven years at Barcelona winning 20 major honours including three Champions League titles while scoring 99 goals for the club where he began his professional career. Lionel Messi lined up alongside Pedro in Barcelona’s forward line and the 30-year-old admits that his side will struggle to stop the Argentine star, although he has still never scored against Chelsea. “He’s always the same,” he added. “What can I say of him that I haven’t before? He is the best in the world, he always makes the difference and it will be very difficult to stop him.”Chelsea used the Hull game as an opportunity to rest players with the struggling Championship side having around 10 players unavailable for the Friday-night fixture. The Spaniard says the game was great preparation ahead of what will be a tough week, with Manchester United and then Manchester City away following the Champions League game. “It was a good moment to give rest to a lot of players,” Pedro continued. “We’ve played a lot of games, here you don’t rest at Christmas and it was a good moment to refresh a lot of players, not just Hazard, also Azpilicueta, Marcos [Alonso] and the perfect way to prepare.Pedro BarcelonaPedro added that Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata appears to be fully recovered from a back injury that kept him out for a month. “He is completely recovered,” Pedro said. “He is desperate to get back in the team and I think he’s back at 100 per cent.”last_img read more


first_img​Real Madrid move forward with women’s teamby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid have stepped up plans to launch their women’s team after members voted by a margin of 90.6 per cent to absorb CD Tacón into the club’s sporting infrastructure in time for the 2020/21 season.Tacón’s licence will now be transferred to Real, with the rebranded team to take up their place in the Liga Iberdrola, the domestic women’s top-flight. TagsSpanish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img


Three weeks ago, the Denver Broncos looked like an easy choice for the NFL’s best team after back-to-back impressive wins: a 42-17 thumping of the San Francisco 49ers (then the third-ranked team in our Elo ratings), followed by a 35-21 victory over the then-seventh-ranked San Diego Chargers. Since then, however, Denver has arguably been the coldest team in the league. Or at least, nobody has shed more points off of their Elo rating since the end of Week 8 than the Broncos (although the Carolina Panthers certainly seem to be trying their best to match Denver’s skid).Denver’s record over that span — one win, two losses — hasn’t necessarily been its entire undoing. Unlike some of the other more frigid teams across the league, the Broncos have at least won a game in November. (Not to pick on Carolina again, but the Panthers haven’t won since the first week of October.) But the Broncos were also expected to win more — the pregame Elo ratings generated an expectation of 2.1 wins over their past three games. Our Elo point spreads figured Denver would take care of its November opponents by a collective 19.5 points; instead, the team has posted a -13 point differential.The most damaging game of the Broncos’ season thus far was their most recent one, when they were upset by the St. Louis Rams. Losing 22-7 despite being favored by 6.5 points, the defeat cost Denver 43 points of Elo rating, the fifth-most Elo points any team has relinquished in a single game so far this season. (If you’re curious, the Cleveland Browns’ win over the Cincinnati Bengals ranks first in that department.) It also dropped the Broncos to fourth place in the current rankings, the lowest they’ve sat since right after they were shellacked by the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl in February.But all is not lost for the Broncos — in fact, from a making-the-playoffs perspective, hardly anything was lost. Although the losses to the New England Patriots and St. Louis were costly to the team’s chances of locking up one of the AFC’s top two seeds (and therefore a first-round playoff bye) and even of winning the AFC West (the Kansas City Chiefs are in hot pursuit), they were not particularly damaging to its postseason probability. The Broncos’ chances of making the playoffs have only declined from a practical certainty (96 percent) to a matter of high likelihood (85 percent) during the skid. And Denver still has the league’s third-best chance of winning the Super Bowl. So, despite the team’s recent lapses, fans can probably R-E-L-A-X.The bigger playoff concerns belong to Denver’s Super Bowl opponents a season ago: the Seahawks.Before Week 8, we said the league’s defending champions were suddenly underdogs to return to the postseason … upon which the Seahawks promptly rattled off three consecutive victories, increasing their playoff odds to 61 percent. But on the heels of a loss in Kansas City, here we are again; our Elo simulations say the Seahawks have only a 47 percent probability of returning to the playoffs.The 49ers, who bested the New York Giants last week, were clear beneficiaries of Seattle’s loss, tacking 14 percentage points onto their playoff probability as the Seahawks lost precisely the same amount from theirs. It was a fitting zero-sum transaction for last year’s NFC Championship Game contestants. At the start of the season, the NFC West was supposed to go to the Seahawks or the 49ers, with the runner-up at least being favorites to grab a wild card berth. But nobody counted on the Arizona Cardinals building on their surprising 2013 success and emerging as the division front-runners, the reality of which could leave either Seattle or San Francisco (or both?) out of the playoffs.As Arizona increasingly runs away with the West (Elo gives the Cardinals an 80 percent chance of winning the division, granting that it doesn’t take Carson Palmer’s injury into account), it has become apparent that the Seahawks’ and 49ers’ only path to the playoffs might lead through one of the NFC’s two wild card slots. While our simulations say there’s a 72 percent probability that at least one NFC West team earns a wild card berth, there’s only a 32 percent chance that both wild cards emerge from the division. Most likely, one of the West runners-up will be left out — a fate that befalls Seattle in a slightly higher proportion of simulations than it does San Francisco.Elo point spreadsRecord against point spread: 76-72-3 (6-5 in Week 11)Straight-up record: 111-49-1 (8-6 in Week 11)The Elo ratings again had a winning record against the gambling lines last week, but as we caution in every edition of this column, don’t take these numbers to Vegas and use them to place bets. Even in a lucky year, Elo hasn’t done well enough to turn a profit after the bookies take their vigorish.At any rate, Elo seems to have a difference of opinion than Vegas when it comes to the aforementioned NFC West race. The consensus spread on this weekend’s big Arizona-Seattle tilt has Seattle favored by 6.5 points, while Elo only considers the Seahawks two-point favorites. Much of this probably stems from Seattle’s formidable home-field advantage, which is several points per game greater than the generic 2.6-point edge Elo gives home teams. But Vegas also rates Arizona much lower than Elo does — and that was true even before Palmer’s injury. The bookmakers are probably accounting for the Cardinals’ relatively unimpressive peripheral indicators, figuring their performance will come back down to earth.Vegas also seems to devalue San Francisco relative to its Elo rating. Elo ranks the 49ers fifth, but their implied rating from the betting lines places them 11th in the league. This explains why, against a dreadful Washington team, San Francisco is favored by nine points instead of the two-touchdown edge Elo would predict.Meanwhile, Vegas holds the Green Bay Packers in much higher regard than Elo does. While Elo ranks the Packers sixth in the NFL and has boosted their standing more over the past three weeks than all but three teams, the oddsmakers list them as 9.5-point road favorites against the Minnesota Vikings this week. Elo gives them a four-point advantage. That 5.5-point discrepancy is the biggest for any spread in Week 12, so it will be interesting to see whether the relatively high “K-factor” Vegas seems to be assigning to Green Bay’s recent dominance (to put it in Elo-equation terms) is appropriate. read more


All newsletters See more NFL predictions We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe See more MLB predictions Things That Caught My EyeKareem Hunt is incredibleRookie running back Kareem Hunt has opened his NFL career with a staggeringly good trifecta of games. He’s accumulated 538 rushing and receiving yards in three starts for the Kansas City Chiefs, with a fourth game tonight against Washington on Monday Night Football. Of the 812 rookies who have racked up more than 100 yards in their first three games, Hunt sits behind only Billy Simms, who put up 562 yards for Detroit in 1980. [FiveThirtyEight]Niners (D-CA) vs. Bucs (R-FL)The NFL has been a nexus recently for protests, particularly last weekend after some goading from the president on Twitter. This sent league executives into a crisis, and it’s clear why: The NFL appeals to people across party lines in a way few other sports do, with fans in San Francisco (who have a +22 point Democratic lean) to Tampa Bay (a +9.5 Republican lean). [FiveThirtyEight]MLB teams waffle on jumping lowest possible bar for safetyA devastating line drive foul that severely injured a child has spurred league-wide introspection about how much netting should protect spectators from baseballs. People in luxury boxes hate mildly obstructed views, but also baseballs can be dangerous projectiles as seen in New York last month. Only 10 of 30 teams have netting that goes to the end of the dugouts. At least four teams have announced they will extend the netting in the wake of the injured 2-year-old in Yankee Stadium. [The New York Times]WatsonThe Texans set a franchise record for points scored in their 57-14 win over Tennessee, with rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson tying a 1961 Fran Tarkenton record for five touchdowns — four thrown, one rushed — for a rookie quarterback in a game. [ESPN]New Jersey man fails to pay protection racketThe New York Giants tried their third offensive line in four games. It didn’t work either, and the team lost to the Tampa Bay Bucs on the road. If you ever wanted to tackle Eli Manning, your next available opportunity is by working for the Chargers next week. [ESPN]2016 repeat?Two of the best teams in college football right now are Clemson and Alabama, the two teams who incidently played in the college football championship game last year. Despite the loss of Deshaun Watson — you remember the phenom on the Texans you read about mere moments ago – Clemson pivoted terrifically to a rushing offense and we could see a rematch later this year. [ESPN]Big Number5 under 5There are five teams in the NFL who — based on FiveThirtyEight’s projections — currently have less than a five percent chance of making the playoffs. Those teams are Cleveland (0-4) and San Francisco (0-4), each with less than 1 percent chance of making the postseason; the L.A. Chargers (0-4), with a 1 percent chance; Chicago (1-3) with a 3 percent chance, and the New York Giants (0-4) with a 4 percent chance. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack[in which three reporters monitor the AFC East]neil:Pats haven’t lost more than 3 home games in a season since Brady became starting QBThey have 2 home losses already this yearwalt:dangis tom brady an elite quarterback? tbd.heynawl-enten:Who is watching this Jets game?Heading towards a tie and fastneil:I gave up on it lolTurned to NFL Network gameday liveheynawl-enten:[4:35 PM] Here we go[4:35] Jets kick for the win[4:35] let’s see[4:36] IT’S GOOD![4:36] Oh wait[4:36] flag down[4:36] NOPE[4:36] IT’S GOOD[4:36] JETS WIN[4:36] LOLPredictions MLB NFL Oh, and don’t forgetThe tick tock of the Adidas scandal read more


Coach Thad Matta’s starting five, laden with incumbent veterans and arguably the best freshman in the nation, doesn’t have room for Aaron Craft — a point guard who arguably could start for any other team in the country. That doesn’t mean the smallest player in the seven-man rotation doesn’t get his playtime. Averaging 28 minutes per game, Craft is fifth on the team, ahead of starting forward Dallas Lauderdale. Only the other four usual starters, junior guard William Buford, freshman forward Jared Sullinger, senior forward David Lighty and senior guard Jon Diebler play more than the freshman. He is the rotation’s only true point guard — so, what’s keeping him from starting? Barring injury, it doesn’t look like he will be slotted into the starting lineup anytime soon. Combined, the team’s four veteran starters have played 485 games, starting in 390 of them. It’s that experience which contributes largely to Matta’s thinking when deciding whom to start each game. “With who we’re starting, I love the experience that we have,” Matta said. “You’ve got four guys out there that have started a lot of games in the scarlet and gray. You’ve got a pretty good freshman in Jared, and I’ve been pretty pleased with how we’ve started a majority of our games this season.” Though he averages a pedestrian 6.8 points per game, Craft leads the team in assists, averaging 4.8, and is the team’s second most efficient offensive perimeter player. Only Diebler’s 49.5 percent from the field is better than Craft’s 49 percent. Craft also leads the team in turnovers. His 50 on the season are 10 more than Buford’s 40 while averaging 2.3 per game. Despite those giveaways, the team’s veterans consider Craft an asset. “He’s a perfect fit for us,” Lighty said. “He comes in and runs the offense and runs the team, and plays defense at the highest level I’ve seen for a freshman in college basketball.” But Craft deflects the individual praise to his team’s defense as a whole. “We’ll have times when some people play great individual defense, but at the same time it’s five guys out there. We, all five, need to be connected, and when one person doesn’t do the thing they’re supposed to, then the whole defense breaks down,” Craft said. “It doesn’t matter how great of defense you play as an individual.” Craft is a victim of circumstance when it comes to starting for this version of the Buckeyes. If he were to replace Lauderdale in the starting lineup, that would leave Sullinger as the only capable big man on the floor. It’s unlikely he would replace Diebler or Lighty either, simply because Diebler is the team’s best shooter and Matta regards Lighty as the nation’s top defender. That would leave Buford as the lone candidate to take a seat to Craft, but the junior is the team’s second-leading scorer, averaging 13.5 points per game. One thing is certain: Starting or not, Craft is gaining valuable experience in his first year as a Buckeye. “Aaron’s so unique that he would learn if he was starting (or) if he was coming off the bench, and it’s just sort of who he is,” Matta said. “I haven’t coached a lot of guys like him that think at the level that he thinks, especially at his age, and (he) really wants to understand and know everything that’s going to happen or could happen.” read more


Ohio State’s women’s volleyball starting lineup stands together prior to the game against No. 5 Minnesota on Oct. 18. Credit: Rebecca Farage | Lantern ReporterAfter being on the road for the last two weeks, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team (14-13, 7-9 Big Ten) will return to St. John Arena to host No. 5 Nebraska (22-4, 15-1 Big Ten) at 6 p.m. Friday and Iowa (17-12, 6-10) at 8 p.m. Saturday.With Nebraska currently riding nine-match winning streak, the Buckeyes have a tough match on their hands. Nebraska has only lost one Big Ten match to No. 12 Wisconsin.Ohio State head coach Geoff Carlston recognizes that Nebraska is one of the best serving teams in the conference and admits the Buckeyes have struggled in that area with this season.“We’ve done well against them, but they’re playing really well right now,” Carlston said. “We have to battle in the serve-and-pass game, so if we can do what I know we can do serving-wise then it gives us a little bit more advantage.”This will be the first meeting between Ohio State and Nebraska this season. The Buckeyes have beat the Huskers in three of their last four matches. However, Ohio State has only beat Nebraska once at home since both teams started playing in 1978. The Cornhuskers hold a 11-7 record against the Buckeyes in the all-time series.Though the Buckeyes have won 62 of 73 games against Iowa, they couldn’t pull out a win last week when they lost 3-1 to the Hawkeyes. The game ended Ohio State’s 15-match win streak against Iowa. The Hawkeyes have one of the top defensive specialists in the conference, senior Annika Olsen, who leads the Big Ten with 4.89 digs per set.The Buckeyes have struggled to maintain their momentum this season. Mauer admitted that while they did not always have a consistent flow, they have been able to adapt to the changes on their own team as well as on the other side of the net.“We don’t give up,” Mauer said. “I think we’re one of those teams that don’t let a ball drop and I think we’re just very scrappy and we make the other team work for it.” Carlston said he believes his team can be a little more disciplined in its plays and how it handles the ball.“[We need to] make [Nebraska and Iowa] earn every single point, like get in there and roll up our sleeves, blue collar defense and relentless pursuit of the ball,” Carlston said. “When we get a block we need to take advantage of that and run our offense behind it.”Mauer has recently had to step up as the starting setter of the team with junior setter Taylor Hughes sidelined with a season-ending injury Hughes.Carlston did not provide specifics regarding the injury, but said Hughes has been trying to work through it while mentoring Mauer and being another set of eyes for the team.“She’s our emotional leader. She’s our quarterback. But she’s also mentored Becca very well,” Carlston said. “Becca, as has happened a lot with us this year, she steps up and she’s doing a great job.”Though the multitude of injuries to the team has depleted Carlston of several starters, the absences have provided the freshmen on the team with an opportunity to start at an early age.“It’s kind of fun because we’re getting better every single day,” Carlston said. “It’s almost like a whole new season with our group because it’s just so different than maybe we were in August, September, even October.”Although the team has had to work through injuries and adjustments, Carlston is confident the team can fight through these next two games and make it to the final tournament.“We’re trying to keep that in mind, that we control our own destiny,” Carlston said. “But we know we have to play and we have to … fall in love with the process again which is hard to do here late in the season.” read more


first_imgThe Alaska House of Representatives and Alaska Senate both canceled scheduled meetings for Tuesday making it the end of the second special session. Its 30-day limit is at midnight Wednesday morning. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The last day of the second special session of the 31st Legislative session wrapped up on Tuesday. Governor Mike Dunleavy stated in a press release that he has no plans to call a third special session, at least not for awhile. Leaders of the state Legislature sent a letter to the governor last week urging him to call a third special session to study the Permanent Fund and the dividend.  Dunleavy said that he is “weighing all options available” to continue dialogue about the Permanent Fund. In the release he also stated that he “largely considers a vast majority of the FY20 budget settled.” The governor is required to give thirty days notice before calling another special session. In the press release he did not state whether or not he might call a third special session in the future.last_img read more


first_imgCrain Communications has seen three of its veteran executives leave in recent months, including David Blake (a 24-year-vet who most recently served as publisher of Crain’s Chicago Business and who retired in September), Bob Simmons (a 30-year vet who oversaw the Akron-based group including Plastics News, Rubber & Plastics News, Tire Business and Waste & Recycling News–which he founded–who retired earlier this month) and Marty Ross (who had been with Business Insurance since 1985, most recently as vp/publisher), who moved to the new position of vp/managing director of events and business development before leaving. However, some sources are saying Crain is asking some long-time executives to retire or transition to new roles and has changed the compensation plan to make transitions easier internally. “Bob Simmons ran Akron as an empire for 30 years and was forced to retire a couple weeks ago,” says one source. “Word is that if you were over 50, you had trouble. Where you used to get a week’s pay for every year, now they get three weeks, period.” (“That couldn’t be more wrong,” says a company spokesperson.) “They don’t handle executive transitions well,” says another source. “It’s either too soft a touch or right out the door.”Chairman Keith Crain denies any of the three executives were asked to leave. “All three were totally different circumstances, all three were in different cities,” he told FOLIO:. “Those things happen when you have 1,000 people working for you. It was a coincidence that they all retired around the same time. All had enough tenure, all had enough relationships, all left on good terms. Sadly, it happens. In full disclosure–Marty got his new role and didn’t like it and left.” Ross declined to comment. Crain says that his sons, including K.C. Crain–who was named vice president/group publisher of the Akron group last fall and Chris Crain–vice president and group publisher of Pension’s & Investments, Business Insurance, Workforce Management and Staffing Industry Analysts–are overseeing more of the company as well as planning for future transitions. “As a guy who is a senior executive, I see a lot of people who reach retirement age and say, ‘What do you mean? I’m not going to retire!’” says Crain. “I look around at people who’ve been around for 20, 25 years and think, are they going to stay forever? My sons, who are very much involved in the company, are looking at the transition issue. That’s one I’m not going to have to worry about.”Earlier this month Crain announced that it will move its Chicago office from what’s been its location for the past decade–360 N. Michigan Avenue–to three floors at 150 N. Michigan Avenue in 2012.last_img read more


first_imgA bulldozer destroys condemned smuggled luxury cars worth approximately US$ 1.2 million, which include used Lexus, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Jaguar and Corvette Stingray, during the 116th Bureau of Customs founding anniversary in Metro Manila, Philippines 6 February 2018. Photo: ReutersBulldozers and backhoes pounded more than two dozen seized luxury cars in the Philippines on Tuesday, including Porsches, Mercedes, Jaguars and Corvettes, in a dramatic demolition showcasing the no-nonsense leader’s crackdown on crime and corruption.President Rodrigo Duterte watched as the second-hand vehicles, some valued as high as $115,000, were reduced to piles of scrap in a little over three minutes.”Give it to the buyer of steel,” Duterte said, recalling his instruction to officials.”They cannot have cars like that. But they can get something, make toys out of it.”The Bureau of Customs seized $2.93 million worth of smuggled vehicles last year, part of the $866 million in seized goods, government data showed.”It does not pay to evade taxes in the Philippines so might as well stop trying, because you will never succeed,” Duterte’s finance minister, Carlos Dominguez, told reporters before letting diggers loose on 20 slick-looking vehicles at a Manila port. A further 10 were simultaneously destroyed in ports in the southern cities of Davao and Cebu.The government last year destroyed more than $2.5 million worth of cigarettes bearing fake tax stamps.Duterte, known for his bloody war on drugs and disdain for criminals, has promised to usher in a “golden age of infrastructure” over six years, worth $180 billion. He has launched a comprehensive tax reform programme to help fund it.last_img read more


first_imgThe dead bodies of people killed by drinking toxic bootleg liquor are gathered together at Kushal Konwar Civil Hospital in Golaghat district in the northeastern Indian state of Assam on 23 February 2019. Sixty-nine workers have died and at least 200 others have been hospitalised in northeastern India after drinking toxic liquor, officials said 23 February, in the latest case of alcohol poisoning in the country. Photo: AFPAt least 35 more workers have died in northeastern India after drinking toxic liquor, police said Sunday, taking the death toll from the latest mass alcohol poisoning beyond 130.The deaths in Assam state came less than two weeks after tainted liquor killed about 100 people in the northern states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.In addition to the latest toll, at least 200 more people were still hospitalised across Assam.”The death toll has reached 133 in Golaghat and Jorhat districts from the hooch tragedy,” Mukesh Agarwala, additional director general of state police, told AFP on Sunday.”A total of ten people have been arrested. We have sent the samples of the liquor… to a forensic laboratory. The report is awaited,” he added.Police said people started falling sick after consuming a batch of illegally produced liquor late Thursday.The victims, who include many women, worked at local tea estates in the region.Doctors said those rushed to hospital in a critical condition were suffering from severe vomiting, extreme chest pain and breathlessness.Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has ordered an inquiry into the deaths.Apart from the arrests, two excise department officials were suspended for failing to take adequate precautions over the sale of the alcohol.Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma vowed those responsible for the tainted booze would be brought to justice.Cheap, locally made liquor is common in parts of rural India and bootleggers often add methanol — a highly toxic form of alcohol sometimes used as an antifreeze — to their product to increase its strength.If ingested in large quantities, methanol can cause blindness, liver damage and death.Hundreds of mainly poor people die each year in the South Asian country from tainted liquor, which normally costs just a few US cents a bottle.Of the estimated five billion litres of alcohol drunk every year in India, around 40 per cent is illegally produced, according to the International Spirits and Wine Association of India.Many Indian states have implemented or pushed for prohibition, which, according to critics, further increases the unsupervised manufacture and sale of alcohol.last_img read more


first_imgStory Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville men’s golf team opened the spring season where it left off by sitting in second place after two rounds of the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate on Monday in Mobile, Ala.The Cardinals, who picked up a win and two second-place finishes in the fall, fired an 18-under-par 558 to end the round five shots behind Florida State, which shot a 23-under-par during its two rounds of action. Western Kentucky is third at 13-under-par and South Alabama is in fourth at 10-under par.The Cardinals held a four shot lead after the first round, but the Seminoles battled back to pick up nine shots during the second round of action.Devin Morley put together his best two rounds of play to finish in a tie for second place after two rounds — four shots behind Jon Pak of Florida State, who carded an 11-under-par 133.A native of Galway, Ireland, Morley fired an opening round of 67 by tallying birdies on four-straight holes on the front nine, including an eagle on the par 5 No. 4. He followed up his round with a 70 to shot a one-day total of 137.Sophomore Jiri Zuska also ended the day in the top 10 by carding a 69-71=140 to finish in a tie for ninth place.Senior Simon Zach is tied for 13th after his two-round score of 71-70=141, while John Murphy placed 17th after his 2-under 73-69=142. Matthias Schmid is tied for 24th after his 1-under-par 71=72=143.Playing as an individual, Trevor Johnson is tied for 44th after his 72-75=147.The final 18 holes will begin on Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. ET. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


first_imgThe 6th Golden Kela Award held on 29 March, awarded all the worst bollywood performance of 2013 based upon votes. Abhishek Sharma, director of Tere Bin Laden Part 2 who was present there to recieve his last year’s Golden Kela presented the most prestigous award of the evening, the Baawra Ho Gaya Ke award to the perfectionist Aamir Khan for Dhoom 3 for portraying larger than life stunts in the movie.Sajid Khan’s Himmatwala won the Golden Kela for the worst movie award. Ajay Devgan and Sonakshi Sinha managed to take home the Kelas for second time in a row for being the worst actor(male and female) for their acting skills shown in Himmatwala and R..Rajkumar respectively. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Sanjay Leela Bhansali was titled with worst director award for his superhit movie, Goliyon ki Rasleela…Ram Leela. The honour for the worst actor in supporting role (male) went to Aditya Roy Kapoor for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and in the female category it was Deepika, Jacqueline and Amisha (Race 2) bagging the honours for their histrionics. Contributing to the most atrocious lyrics, Sameer for Raghupati Raghav from Krrish 3 earned the Golden Kela where the most irritating song title was given to Party All Night from Boss. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixA number of special awards were also presented like the Dara Singh Award for the Worst Accent  which was won by Deepika Padukone for Chennai Express, Aakhir Kyun Award to  Priyanka Chopra for trying to look cool in her music video Exotic, Rajshri Award for Most Regressive Film of the Year  went to Ranjhanaa, Why Are You Still Trying Award to Shahid Kapoor for R…Rajkumar, and Aap Yahaan Aaye Kisliye Award to Uday Chopra with a special tribute to his career that never started.Apart from this, some of the last years’ movie also managed to bag home the Anti Kela Awards like Saheb Biwi aur Gangster 2, Go Goa Gone, The Lunchbox and Shahid for actually making sense and giving the movies audience some respite.last_img read more


first_img Editor’s Note: In this series, we take you inside the mind of Nicolas Cary, CEO of the popular Bitcoin wallet service Blockchain.info, for his expert insights on the latest Bitcoin news and trends.It’s been a rocky road for Bitcoin over the last few months. Mt. Gox fell. Hackers hemorrhaged Silk Road 2. The feds taxed it. Dark Wallet cast a pall.    Now what? Leave the bad Bitcoin news in the dust and charge ahead on the good foot.  This seems to be the optimistic, fighter attitude of Nicolas Cary, the ebullient CEO of Blockchain.info, a U.K.-based Bitcoin wallet and block information service.Related: Why Bitcoin is Better Than Other CurrenciesThe Denver, Colo., native sees a bright, “bullish” future for the world’s first digital currency, even if it’s still widely misunderstood and regularly garners negative headlines.Bitcoin’s future is so bright, Cary says, that many of us will save money because of the controversial cybercurrency in the near future — even if you don’t own a single BTC.We talked to Cary about the pioneering, widely misunderstood digital cash and why he has such high hopes for it, particularly as a frictionless payment network. Here’s what he had to say.  Entrepreneur: What are your predictions for what’s next for Bitcoin, over the next year or so? Cary: Over the next year, a lot of people may start using Bitcoin without necessarily even knowing it. The way that will work is, you might be someone working really hard in the United States and you want to send some money to your family down in South America, so you might go to a local store and hand over some of the hard-earned cash you’ve made and they will actually use the Bitcoin network to transfer the value across the border, but basically for no fee, which will save you in the cost of doing that. If you were to use Western Union or MoneyGram today, sometimes they take 15 to 20 to 30 percent.Related: Outer Space: Bitcoin’s Final Frontier? Even though you might not be in possession or custody of bitcoins, the currency, there are going to be services that most consumers end up using in the future that are relying on the Bitcoin payment network itself.For people who are interested in Bitcoin, they can certainly go and buy some, but I think the technology itself, the network, is part of the value proposition. It will allow people and businesses to use it without, and kind of obfuscate, the complexity of some of the things that are intimidating to folks.But the reality is the software has to get better. Bitcoin was successful very early on because it catered to a very technically forward audience, but the utility and need is very big, and I don’t think that anyone would debate that they’d rather be saving money if they could, and Bitcoin presents an option to live in a world of greater financial empowerment.Related: Why Bitcoin Is ‘Like Email For Money’We have to build better software as an industry. We’re getting there. User interfaces are getting better. I want to get to a place where, if I wanted to send you a payment because we went out to dinner and we split the check, I just press on a picture of your face on my phone and it instantly sends you money. That’s where we have to get to and we will get there this year.Entrepreneur: How soon will everyday commerce be powered by Bitcoin? When will we see Bitcoin as a payment system reach critical mass? Cary: It’s still tough to say. You have to look at the momentum. A year ago today there were maybe 4,000 or 5,000 merchants on the entire planet that accepted Bitcoin. Now there are probably 40,000 to 50,000.The story of ecommerce and Bitcoin is going to be a big one in 2014. You’ve already seen OKCupid, the world’s largest dating site, accept Bitcoin, WordPress, the world’s largest blogging platform accept Bitcoin, TigerDirect, and and now DISH, one of the larger cable companies in the world, have announced that they will accept Bitcoin.Related: 3 Celebs Jumping on the Bitcoin Bandwagon (and One Who Says She’s an ‘Idiot’ For Missing It)They’re going to do this because it allows them to receive a payment, basically just like cash, where they don’t pay any fees. All of these online retailers are constantly fighting to win that margin battle.Because Bitcoin payments are like cash, merchants don’t have to surrender 2 to 3 percent fees to Visa, American Express, etc. It can mean the difference between huge profits and a loss when you consider their volume.I think throughout 2014 one online retailer after another is going to start to accept Bitcoin and there are some really fantastic projects that are going to come online this summer, too. Lots of really smart entrepreneurs are coming into this space, really qualified teams, and I’m excited to see what happens.Related: SecondMarket CEO: Wall Street Will Put ‘Hundreds of Millions’ Into Bitcoin Register Now » 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img June 3, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more


first_imgJumeirah Group has announced that two more properties have been selected to join the American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts (FHR) programme in 2016.Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi and Jumeirah Dhevanafushi in the Maldives have joined FHR, which brings the total number of Jumeirah Hotels in the prestigious programme to eight.The existing hotel members include Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living in London, Jumeirah Grand Hotel Via Veneto in Rome, Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah in Istanbul, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dar al Masyaf Jumeirah in Dubai and Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel and Spa in Mallorca, Spain.The programme enables American Express Platinum Card Members, to book through Fine Hotels and Resorts and enjoy access to complimentary benefits and competitive rates at over 815 properties worldwide.Stefan Fuchs, General Manager, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, said: “We are delighted to be part of the exclusive American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts programme which is an honour and recognition for the team.”David Stepetic, General Manager, Jumeirah Dhevanafushi, said: “We are proud to have been selected to join the programme which offers American Express card members exclusive benefits. Located 400km from the capital Malé, our island hideaway is surrounded by the exotic beauty of the Indian Ocean and offers some of the most remote luxury to be found on earth.”Rena A Pandya, Director, Strategic Lodging Partnerships, American Express Travel & Lifestyle Services, said: “Fine Hotels and Resorts is thrilled to continue to grow our successful partnership with Jumeirah. Jumeirah Dhevanafushi and Jumeirah at Etihad Towers will provide our premium Card Members with the unique, 5-star luxury experiences they seek and will be a wonderful addition to our portfolio.”last_img read more


first_img The Michigan House of Representatives this week overwhelmingly passed plans sponsored by state Rep. Daire Rendon removing outdated sections of law relating to vocational schools for boys.House Bill 5769 removes a reference authorizing the Department of Social Welfare – which no longer exists – to acquire land for a boys’ vocational school.Michigan operated youth conservation and rehabilitation camps in the 1950s and ‘60s that were designed to rehabilitate youth offenders by requiring them to participate in a boot camp setting, or conduct conservation projects.  At this time, the state does not have any of these facilities in operation. House Bill 5893 would remove references to these camps that are now nonexistent.“As lawmakers, we’re always focused on what more we can do to help make the lives of every Michigander better,” Rendon said. “However, sometimes less is better than more. Removing these obsolete laws cleans up our government so it can become more efficient.”HBs 5769 and 5893 now advance to the Senate for further consideration. 16May House approves Rendon bills eliminating outdated laws Categories: Daire Rendon Newslast_img read more


first_imgKorean international channel ArirangTV has launched a video-on-demand application on Samsung’s Smart TV platform – the first such service to be launched by the broadcaster.The Arirang app will offer a range of entertainment, culture and current affairs programming on-demand, with subtitling provided in up to six languages for K-Pop programmes.The app is available for the first three weeks via Samsung’s newly launched Smart Hub, meaning that users will find it listed automatically when they update their TV. After the initial promotional period it will be available to download from the Samsung Smart TV app store free of charge.Arirang Radio is also available via the app.last_img


first_imgEndemol has taken a majority stake in Kuperman, the production company create by ex-Endemol and Fox Kids boss Ynon Kreiz. Following the deal, the production and distribution company has formed a new Israeli unit, Endemol Israel.Israel has proved a hotbed of creativity in recent times with a slew of entertainment and drama formats coming out of the country. Endemol said that taking over Kuperman and creating Endemol Israel will allow it to invest in format development across all genres in Israel for both the local and international markets.Endemol Israel will also produce Endemol’s international formats for the Israeli market.Elad Kuperman, co-owner of Kuperman, will lead Endemol Israel as CEO.Media investor and entrepreneur Ynon Kreiz, has sold his 50% stake in Kuperman, which he acquired in 2009 and will exit the company as part of the deal.Just Spee, CEO of Endemol Group comments: “The high volume of innovative formats coming out of the region continues to grow and our ability to deliver this content to our clients around the world makes this an exciting opportunity. Kuperman is already Israel’s number one TV producer and our partnership underlines Endemol’s commitment to investing in the very best creativity and talent around the world.”last_img read more


first_imgHispasat’s control centreSatellite operator Hispasat has posted strong full-year results, driven by growth in Latin America.The Spain-based operator posted revenues of €219.6 million for the year, up 8.7%, and EBITDA of €178.9 million, up 10.6%, with an operating margin of 81.5%.Hispasat invested €245 million in 2015, up 56.5%, with money going towards its AG1, Amazonas 5 and Hispasat 1F satellites.Revenue from space capacity reached €216.4 million, up 9.70%, boosted by exchange rate fluctuations, and in particular by the strong dollar and a depreciation in the Brazilian real.Two thirds of Hispasat’s capacity leasing revenue came from North and South America, with the remaining third coming from Europe and North Africa. The year saw Hispasat gain a foothold in the Moroccan market for the first time.“The strategy developed by the company in 2015 has yielded positive results and allowed it to grow. In this business year we have worked intensely and put our efforts towards the entry into new markets, such as Morocco. We have gained new orbital positions, formed alliances with other operators and renewed and expanded contracts with major clients, particularly in Latin America, in countries such as Brazil, Peru, Mexico and Colombia,” said Hispasat president Elena Pisonero.last_img read more


first_imgWelcome to Invisibilia Season 4! The NPR program and podcast explores the invisible forces that shape human behavior, and we here at Goats and Soda are joining in for the podcast’s look at how a reality show in Somalia tried to do far more than crown a winning singer. The ultimate goal: to change human behavior.Once upon a time there was music in Somalia, but then the music started fading out. First one music radio station, then another, then another, until there was almost no music to hear and people started MacGyvering workarounds.One of the people who came up with a workaround was Xawa Abdi Hassan, a young woman who lived in a village outside Mogadishu.”We used to use a memory card, fill the memory card with music and listen to it from our phones,” Xawa says. In her house, as she cooked and cleaned, Hassan would sing along with the great Somali singers. But even in this private space she says she was careful. “I used to turn the volume down low, so no one could hear it.”The problem was al-Shabab, the Islamic extremist group that dominated large parts of the country. Al-Shabab didn’t like music. In 2009 it banned music at weddings, banished musical ringtones and starting punishing people who listened to music on their mobile phones by making them swallow their memory cards.Eventually the musicians themselves were targeted. The famous soloist Aden Hasan Salad was shot and killed in a tea shop, and others were murdered in the street.Through all of that, Xawa Abdi Hassan kept listening and practicing. Because she had a dream: “I just wanted to sing and become an entertainer.”For most of her life though — because of al-Shabab — this was a pretty far-fetched dream. Then in 2013 an unexpected and interesting opportunity emerged: There was going to be a new reality television show in Somalia, an American Idol-style show with singers competing.”As soon as I heard about it I knew I wanted to join,” Hassan says.What she didn’t know — what she couldn’t possibly know — was that this reality show was part of a much larger political plan.Using reality TV to change the worldThe plan was to create a musical reality show that could undermine the power of al-Shabab, or, in the language of the memo distributed to the people involved in the show’s creation, “undercut the messaging and brand appeal of armed extremist groups.”The United Nations, which was providing the money and support for the show, had concluded that a vivid display of Somali musical culture could serve “as a kind of inoculation against the austerity of Shabab,” Ben Parker told me. Parker was the head of communications for the U.N. in Mogadishu. He says that at this point — 2013 — al-Shabab had finally been pushed out of the capital, Mogadishu. But the situation in Somalia was far from stable. There were still regular attacks, so the new government (which had U.N. backing) needed to prove to Somalis that the power of the extremist group really was fading. This is why, Parker says, a musical reality show that challenged the power of the music-hating group was so appealing.”The beauty of a reality show is that the form itself achieves some of your goals,” he explains.After all, not only is there music in a musical reality show, there’s democratic voting and individual expression. So even in its form it communicates to its audience a very different way of being.This kind of indirect political messaging, Parker told me, is increasingly popular in strategic communications: “Those working in conflict … are less and less convinced of the value of weapons and more and more convinced that other approaches can deliver the dividends.”You get further with songs than with bombs.So is he right?Can a reality show actually change reality?It turns out this question has been systematically studied.The tricky science of changing what’s normalHow do people come to see the world around them as normal, an unremarkable fact, the way things are and should be? This is the question that interests Betsy Levy Paluck, a psychologist at Princeton University who studies media and how societies change.Paluck told me that for a long time people assumed the path to political or cultural change depended on crafting the right argument.”It was all rhetoric and no poetics,” she says.But starting in the 1990s, according to Paluck, poetics started gaining ground because psychologists realized that people consumed stories in this qualitatively different way.”Their defensiveness is disabled. Their counterarguing is at rest.”What Paluck wanted to understand was whether this difference in how we consumed stories translated into any changes in what we thought and how we behaved. So around 2004 she hooked up with an organization in Rwanda that was creating a new radio soap opera that was trying encourage tolerance between different ethnicities.And what Paluck found after a year of studying communities in Rwanda randomly assigned to listen to the soap opera was that their exposure had a surprising impact.”What it boiled down to was that despite the fact that people loved this program, it didn’t change their beliefs,” she says. “But it did change their perceptions of norms, and at the same time it changed their behaviors. Which is why I thought this is something significant.”Let me repeat that: It didn’t change their beliefs; it changed their behaviors by changing what they considered to be the social norm.That’s a sobering idea.”It’s a very uncomfortable thought,” Paluck says. “We like to think that all of our behaviors flow from our convictions, and what we do is a reflection of who we are and what we think. But we’re constantly tuning ourselves to fit in with the social world around us.”So what this work suggests is that if you change someone’s perception of what constitutes the social norm — as you convince people that the world is safe enough to sing in public even though in actual fact singing in public is incredibly dangerous — then you just might be able to move the needle on the ground.She took on extremists with her songWhich brings us back to Xawa Abdi Hassan, the young woman who quietly listened to music off a memory card and dreamed of being a singer.It took her some time to convince her family that it would be OK to compete in the show, called Inspire Somalia. Her mother was afraid that participating would turn her into a target, but ultimately she got permission.Hassan says when she first took the stage to compete, her hands were shaking, and not just because this could be a big break. There was another reason: Because of al-Shabab, she had never sung in public before.It was too dangerous.”That was my first time,” she says. “Before that, I did not sing in public places.”After Hassan two other contestants had their turns, both men. One had a famous musician father; the second, a man named Mustafa, had composed his own song.Once they finished came the part of the show supposed to serve as a democracy demonstration: the voting. Ballots were distributed to the audience and judges, and for a minute the room was quiet. In this small conference room in the middle of Mogadishu people bent over their ballots and considered the options before them.The son of the famous musician.The girl who practiced at home with the volume turned low.The boy who wrote his own song.In that room they consulted their hearts, weighed strengths and weaknesses, then marked the paper in their laps.It was Mustafa who ended up winning, but Hassan says she was honestly not upset. For her just the act of singing in public for the first time was enough. “I was happy as … like I was born that day.” she told me.In fact, Hassan is now a bit famous. People occasionally recognize her on the street, and even more important, she’s part of a professional singing group. As al-Shabab remains a force in Somalia, this means she is still at risk. She says she tries not to worry too much but is often spooked when she sees a car slow down when she’s walking. Still, she is committed to keep making music.”Yes, it is dangerous,” Hassan says. “But if the young person doesn’t stand up for his country and do what’s right, how is he helping his country?”Which brings us to this question: Did this reality show actually change reality in any way?It would be impossible to make the case that Somalia is a completely different country now. It isn’t.But there is at least one undeniable change since 2013. Music is back in the streets. Brought back, slowly and painfully, through a complicated combination of political strategy and personal courage. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more


first_img 2 min read Tell Us: What’s the Strangest Thing You’ve Found an Employee Doing on the Job? June 11, 2015 Add to Queue The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. –shares Nina Zipkin Entrepreneur Staffcenter_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Managing Employees Next Article Apply Now » We all have the crazy work story we trot out at dinner parties – the outrageous anecdote that sounds like it could have been a storyline on The Office, perhaps drawn from a holiday party gone awry or a company retreat that had a dearth of Internet access.Job site CareerBuilder recently asked more than 2,000 hiring managers to share the oddest thing employees have been caught doing while on the clock. The results range from the more benign – searching for cat photos (we’ve all done it, don’t lie) and taking naps (granted, in this case it was on the boss’s couch) – to the straight-up crazy, like taking a drone out for a test drive around the office and testing out hypnosis skills on smoker colleagues to get them to quit.Related: Mike Rowe: This One Thing Can Make Any Job Feel Like a Soul-Sucking Waste of TimeOther examples include:An employee who decided to take a sponge bath in the bathroom sink.An employee who was supposed to be out making deliveries and hit up a tanning salon instead.An employee who thought it would be a good idea to search for a mail order bride on their work computer.An employee who actually sabotaged a coworker’s tires.An employee who had a nip of vodka at their desk while catching up on their Netflix queue.We want to hear from you. What’s the strangest thing you’ve found an employee or co-worker doing at work? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter.   Related: Use Design to Promote an Epic Office Culture Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture.last_img read more