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  • Chris Young Performs At Boots On The Beach Benefit Event

    first_imgComing off of National Military Appreciation month in May, Sandals Resorts continued its longstanding history of supporting U.S. service members by teaming with Sony Music Nashville to host the Boots on the Beach Vacation over Memorial Day weekend at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Jamaica.A country music celebration to benefit Boot Campaign, the event raised more than $10,000 toward promoting patriotism for America and the military community while providing assistance for the unique challenges service members and their families face during and post-service.“This weekend was a culmination of our ongoing support for U.S. service members and their families. It was our privilege to be part of an event which raised awareness and funds for such a worthy cause. These people have given so much. It’s an honor to do something special for them,” said Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts International, parent company of Sandals Resorts.“Country music has always had deep ties with the men and women serving our nation,” remarked Paul Barnabee, Sony Music Nashville’s Senior Vice President, Marketing, “and on behalf of our artists and all of us at Sony Music Nashville, we were very proud to partner with Sandals Resorts, Funjet Vacations, Alliance Connection and the Jamaica Tourist Board to present an event whose benefits honor the true spirit of Memorial Day.”Hosted by Katie Cook of Country Music Television’s Hot 20 Countdown, and with appearances by Boot Campaign Ambassador Taya Kyle, widow of American Sniper Chris Kyle and Boot Campaign COO Joey Jones, the weekend kicked off at Sandals Ochi’s Sundowner Bar with an acoustic jam session by up-and-coming artists Logan Mize, Josh Dorr and Cam. Guests were also treated to performances by platinum-selling artists Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann and Tyler Farr. In addition to the star-studded performances, the weekend featured exciting events with the country artists such as the Sandals Beach Olympics, a live performance pool party with American Idol finalist Casey James and a silent auction to benefit Boot Campaign. The holiday weekend also included VIP meet-and-greets and excursions for the military couples, including an Island Routes catamaran cruise, visit to Villa Rio Chico with the Sandals Foundation and a tribute performance at the Jamaican home of country music legend Johnny Cash, where Sony Music honored his musical success at Sony with a plaque commemorating sales of more than 14 million records.As part of the celebration, six deserving military couples were surprised with the vacation of a lifetime to attend Boots on the Beach Vacation courtesy of Funjet Vacations, known for delivering unparalleled travel experiences at an exceptional value. One of the couples, Tatiana & Phillip McGill of San Antonio, Texas, both Marine Corps veterans who met during their tour, were married in 2005 in a justice of the peace ceremony. Never having a traditional wedding or honeymoon, their Sandals Ochi trip was a welcomed addition to their love story and even featured a ‘first dance’ serenaded by Chris Young. In addition to the military couples, 20 sweepstakes winners were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with the Funjet Vacations Do Something You’ll Never Forget Meet and Greet VIP Experience, offering one-on-one time with all the artists.Sandals Resorts has a long tradition of honoring those in service, a commitment begun by Stewart following the Gulf War when Sandals donated vacations worth $1 million to returning troops, and then again with Operation Relax, which doubled the offer to troops returning from Iraq. Today, Sandals Resorts offers a 10% savings to all active duty, reserve or retired members of all branches of the U.S. Military and their spouses.Guests, sponsors and musicians also got a sneak peek at the all new Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, Sandals’ largest and Jamaica’s newest resort to-date. The completely renovated resort was rebuilt to offer a dynamic beach experience complete with stylish beach club vibes, chic exclusivity and innovative culinary concepts. Sandals Ochi Beach Resort features a fresh, modern design aesthetic along with seven uniquely new Gourmet Discovery Dining options, a fresh, trendy Ochi Beach Club, reinvented resort entertainment, upgraded luxurious accommodations and more.Boots on the Beach Vacation was produced in association with Sandals Resorts, Sony Music Nashville, Alliance Connection Productions, All Access Experience, Jamaica Tourist Board, Funjet Vacations and of course, Boot Campaign.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

  • Original Red Power Ranger Rediscovers America To Save Missing Child

    first_imgActor and original Red Power Ranger, Austin St. John, is to be featured and compete in season 11, Fireball Run: Big Country – and will at the same time join the search for a missing child.Austin St. John – Fireball RunSynopsis: Fireball Run is the real story of road warriors in a legendary competition across America in search of obscure historic artifacts, under-discovered places, and extraordinary experiences. And it’s all for bragging rights, a greater cause, and a plastic road sign.Available on Amazon, Fireball Run is a 26-episode adventure series which inspires viewers to explore the United States. Unlike Reality TV, Fireball Run, a Factual series, chronicles authentic experiences and notable places. To win the life-sized trivia game, teams take the road less traveled in an epic quest to re-discover America while also aiding in a massive effort to recover missing children.Paramedic, actor, author, martial artist, and original Red Power Ranger, Austin St. John was the first red suit in Saban Entertainment’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers television series and has since appeared in several Ranger revival shows. Austin recently starred alongside John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard) in A Gift Of The Heart. A Taekwondo and Judo expert, Austin also aided the U.S. armed forces overseas as a medic. Today the Roswell, New Mexico native keeps busy acting and connecting with fans on the convention circuit. Austin currently resides in McKinney, Texas.“When I first heard about Fireball Run I was intrigued by the unique adventure,” said Austin, who first learned about the series through his PR agent, Zach McGinnis. He continued, “But when I learned that by just being on the show I can help a missing child, well, that was it for me. My mighty fans and I are ready to get the word out on on little Alan.”While exploring America like never before, each team is provided 1,000 posters featuring a particular missing child to distribute along the 1,200-mile journey. Austin has been assigned 6-year-old Alan Rodriguez, who was last seen in Cedar Park, Texas on Sep 2, 2016. Fireball Run’s Race to Recover America’s Missing Children awareness campaign for The Child Rescue Network, a Florida based 501c3 charity, has aided in 49 recoveries since 2007.The nine-day, forty-team, point-based competition is filmed live in different cities. Using just clues, contestants find locations where they are to take part in a rare experience or unique challenge. Daily competition ends to a live event attended by spectators and media. Although the trophy is a plastic road sign, the real prize is the journey.Fans are encouraged to vote for their favorite contestant team at FireballRun.com, and to follow and interact with Austin St. John & Fireball Run on Facebook #AustinStJohn #FireballRun and Instagram #austin_st_john #fireballrunFireball Run: Big Country films September 23-30, 2017 in the destinations noted below.Eau Claire, WI (Green Flag City) Sep 23 – 24; Rochester, MN Sep 24 – 25; Dubuque, IA Sep 25-26; Burlington, IA Sep Sep 26/27; Fort Dodge, IA Sep 27/28; Vermillion, SD Sep 28; Yankton, SD Sep 29; Pierre, SD Sep 29/30; Rapid City, SD (Checkered Flag City) Sep 30.last_img read more

  • ExBlackwater contractor found guilty in 2007 Iraq shooting

    first_imgWASHINGTON — A former Blackwater security contractor has been convicted of murder at his third trial in the 2007 shooting of unarmed civilians in Iraq.Nicholas Slatten, of Sparta, Tennessee, was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday in Washington.Prosecutors say Slatten was the first to fire shots in the killings of 14 Iraqi civilians at a crowded traffic circle in Baghdad. The shooting strained relations with Iraq and drew intense scrutiny of the role of American contractors in the Iraq War.The defence had argued that Slatten opened fire because he thought a bomb-laden car was headed toward his convoy.An appeals court had overturned his 2014 conviction, saying he should have been tried separately from three other men. A jury couldn’t reach a verdict in his second trial last summer.Michael Balsamo, The Associated Presslast_img read more

  • NYC pharmacies cant sell cigarettes starting Jan 1

    first_imgNew York City pharmacies won’t be allowed to sell cigarettes or other tobacco products starting Tuesday.The Wall Street Journal reports the ban also includes businesses that contain pharmacies, such as supermarkets and big-box stores.The city’s health department says the change will affect about 500 pharmacies currently selling tobacco products.The new rules follow a ban on electronic cigarette sales at pharmacies that took effect in late August.The owner of the St. George Pharmacy on Staten Island says cigarette sales had drawn customers who ended up making other purchases. Al Gentile says the government shouldn’t ban certain stores from selling tobacco products that can be purchased elsewhere.But a deputy health commissioner, Sonia Angell, says it’s important for pharmacies to promote health.___Information from: The Wall Street Journal, http://www.wsj.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

  • Finnings successful fundraiser for United Way of Northern BC

    first_imgThe money raised will go back into community programming in Fort St. John funded by United Way of Northern B.C.  United Way of Northern B.C. thanks Finning for a very successful event and thanks to the Canadian Brewhouse for hosting the event at their venue. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The fundraising event that was held at the Canadian Brewhouse in FSJ raised a grand total of $10,517.06.Finning hosted this event as part of their annual campaign with United Way of Northern B.C. On Friday, November 30, 2018, from 6 pm until 11 pm, the cost of the tickets to attend the event entered the attendee’s names into door prizes and included an appetizer buffet.Two 50/50 draws occurred during the night – both exceeding $1000.  Silent Auction Items were available to bid on and included big-ticket items such as a Bradly Smoker, CAT Mini Fridge, CAT Generator and many other items.last_img read more

  • Site C to start construction of fivekilometrelong conveyor belt

    first_imgB.C. Hydro says the conveyor belt is expected to come into service during the summer of 2019 and will be used to transport materials to the dam site until 2023.More information on project details can be found on Site C’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro is announcing that starting this week, construction activities will begin on the installation of a five-kilometre-long conveyor belt system that will be used to transport materials from the 85 Avenue Industrial Lands to the Site Cconstruction site.According to Hydro, the conveyor belt system will run adjacent to Shaman Industrial Way, cross under Old Fort Road, and 240 Road through culverts.The work will consist of excavation and pile driving, to install the brackets and supports for the conveyor, and will take approximately three months. In addition, road work associated with the culvert installations will take approximately two months to complete.last_img read more

  • Only I can make India strong superpower Modi

    first_imgSolapur (Maharashtra): Appealing people to vote for a strong government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said only he can provide a strong government at the Centre and make it a superpower. “Last time (2014) you gave me a full majority and I could work with full strength to take firm decisions and work for public welfare. You have witnessed how I ran the country past five years,” Modi said, addressing a rally here in Maharashtra. He said that for making India a superpower, the country needs a sturdy government, not a “majboor” (helpless) one, and that tough one only he (Modi) can provide, not the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party. Modi was addressing a public rally in Akluj for the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Madha Lok Sabha constituency, royal descendent Ranjitsinh Naik-Nimbalkar, who is locking horns with NCP’s Sanjay Shinde.last_img read more

  • March Madness Crib Notes For Sundays Games

    West RegionalIN BRIEFGame to watch: No. 1 Wisconsin vs. No. 8 Oregon (87.3) at 7:45 p.m. EDT on TruTVIN DEPTHWisconsin (87 percent) vs. OregonPlayer to watch: Frank Kaminsky, WisconsinOregon’s offense — far and away the strength of the team — came to the rescue against Oklahoma State in the round of 64 as the Ducks shot 55 percent from the floor to outgun the Cowboys in a 79-73 win. But securing enough stops to beat Wisconsin might be a struggle for the defensively challenged Ducks. According to Ken Pomeroy’s ratings, Wisconsin easily owns the best offense in the country, a unit primed to take advantage of Oregon’s weak shot defense and inability to force turnovers. The Ducks also lack the risky traits that sometimes help heavy underdogs chance their way into upsets. But one path the Ducks might navigate to victory is to force the tempo and make the Badgers play at their pace. Oregon had the 33rd-fastest offense in the country this season (as measured by seconds per possession), while Wisconsin had the third-slowest. While Saturday’s top-billed matchups (specifically, Arizona-Ohio State and Kentucky-Cincinnati) looked sexier on paper than any in store on Sunday, day No. 2 of the round of 32 offers some solid games of its own — as well as fewer sleepers. Keep a particular eye on the trio of 2-versus-7 matchups, each of which should be reasonably competitive by the standards of this round.Here’s what else to look for:South RegionalGame to watch: No. 1 Duke vs. No. 8 San Diego State (a harmonic mean of 88.0) at 2:40 p.m. EDT on CBSUpset alert! No. 7 Iowa (27 percent win probability) vs. No. 2 Gonzaga at 7:10 p.m. EDT on TBSIN DEPTHDuke (85 percent win probability) vs. San Diego StatePlayer to watch: Jahlil Okafor, DukeAfter taking care of Robert Morris with ease in its opener, Duke moves on to face the slow-paced, defensively focused Aztecs. San Diego State has a tall team that ranks among the nation’s best at limiting opponents’ shooting efficiency and keeping them from getting to the line. But watch for Duke’s offensive rebounding (spearheaded by All-Everything center Jahlil Okafor) to offset some of SDSU’s defensive advantage. And when the Aztecs have the ball, scoring might be an ordeal. Neither of San Diego State’s two go-to guys on offense — Winston Shepard and Dwayne Polee — could even match the Division I average for efficiency when they ended an Aztec possession, a trend that figures to continue against a solid Blue Devils defense. East RegionalIN BRIEFGame to watch: No. 2 Virginia vs. No. 7 Michigan State (89.5) at 12:10 p.m. EDT on CBSUpset alert! No. 5 Northern Iowa (55 percent) vs. No. 4 Louisville at 9:40 p.m. EDT on TBSIN DEPTHVirginia (72 percent) vs. Michigan StatePlayer to watch: Anthony Gill, VirginiaVirginia didn’t exactly look dominant against a stubborn Belmont team Friday, and now the Cavaliers must face an even tougher opponent in Michigan State. The Spartans have the talent to stick with Virginia — they’d have a 37 percent chance of the upset here if we based our prediction on preseason ratings alone — and their coach is familiar with deep tournament runs. Plus, Virginia operates its offense at a veritable crawl, slowing down the game and inviting the kind of variance that can prove deadly for a favorite. But other than their snail-like pace, the Cavaliers play a sturdy style as upset-proof as any, relying primarily on two-point shooting, ball security, rebounding, and an old-fashioned big, tough interior defense. It all makes for a team with few clear weaknesses, something Michigan State will likely learn the hard way.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. Midwest RegionalIN BRIEFGame to watch: No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 7 Wichita State (87.6) at 5:15 p.m. EDT on CBSUpset alert! No. 5 West Virginia (55 percent) vs. No. 4 Maryland at 8:40 p.m. EDT on TNTIN DEPTHKansas (57 percent) vs. Wichita StatePlayer to watch: Fred VanVleet, Wichita StateWichita State’s offense clicked in the second half of its victory over Indiana on Friday, but the points may not come as easily against a strong Kansas defense that ranks ninth nationally in Ken Pomeroy’s schedule-adjusted ratings. The game may come down to whether Wichita State can execute its pick-and-roll — according to Synergy Sports, the Shockers’ pick-and-roll ball-handling efficiency ranked in the 93rd percentile of Division I schools; the Jayhawks’ defense was in the 85th percentile at stopping the play. At the other end, it’s worth watching whether the more interior-focused Kansas offense can adapt to take advantage of a Wichita State defense that dares opponents to move the ball around and shoot from the outside. read more

  • Enes Kanter May Be One Of The Last Players To Cash In

    At a glance, Kanter is the kind of young post player whose services teams line up around the block to pay for. The list of big men who snagged at least 15 points and 8 rebounds a game as 22-year-olds, as Kanter did last year, is littered with Hall of Famers, to say nothing of players whose numbers Kanter matched (18.7 PPG, 11.0 RPG) after a midseason trade to the Thunder. Decades ago, Kanter would have been seen as one of the league’s rising stars.Today, though, players are judged on their advanced metrics in addition to per-game averages and the eye test. And few players benefit less from this development than Kanter.Granted, it doesn’t take supercharged data to suspect Kanter of playing poor defense. He has a reputation for ineptitude at that end of the floor, and his block totals are routinely anemic. But defense is also a complex area of the game that statistics have traditionally been ill-equipped to measure accurately. And without reliable data, defensive deficiencies were easy to deny or downplay as more opinion than fact.Modern advanced stats, though, help quantify the defensive inadequacies of players such as Kanter with far greater precision than was previously possible. Without Real Plus-Minus (RPM), for instance, you wouldn’t know that Kanter had the worst on-court defensive influence of any center last season. And without SportVU player tracking data, you wouldn’t know Kanter allowed the highest field goal percentage at the rim of any qualified1Minimum 500 minutes played. big man a year ago. The recent advent of deeper NBA data has made it tougher for poor defenders to hide their shortcomings.Surprisingly (at least to me), Kanter’s offense also suffers on the sabermetric front: He doesn’t appear to help his teams score as efficiently as would be expected from his basic statistics. Only a few players have scored as much, and with as much efficiency,2As respectively measured by usage rate and true shooting percentage. as Kanter has over the past three seasons, but it doesn’t seem to matter. During Kanter’s career, his teams have scored 1.5 fewer points per 100 possessions with him on the floor than without, and — perhaps not coincidentally — he had the second-worst offensive Box Plus/Minus (BPM) of any player in the aforementioned group, and the fifth-worst offensive RPM.The single most important component of a player’s on-court offensive influence3As measured by offensive RPM. is scoring efficiency, and that’s not a trouble spot for Kanter. But even more important (when taken collectively) are a player’s assist rate and his ability to get to the line and to take 3-point shots, and Kanter sets the team back in both areas.That may not seem important because Kanter is still personally scoring points, but basketball is a tricky sport that way. The fascinating thing that happens when you search for links between component categories and overall offensive performance is that unexpected relationships fall out of the data. A player’s passing can amplify (or diminish) the potency of the threat his scoring talent represents; his ability to stretch the floor or collapse defenses into the paint can open up opportunities for teammates. Kanter’s own numbers might not be affected, but his weaknesses show up in his team’s rates of shooting efficiency, turnovers and, ultimately, offensive success.The idea of players being hollow stat-stuffers is hardly new, but the ability to quantify it with enough certainty to resist the lure of the potential “20 and 10” guy4Kanter averaged 19.6 points and 11.3 rebounds per 36 minutes last season. at the negotiating table is a novel development. Too novel, in fact, since OKC did eventually cave and match Portland’s offer to Kanter, putting the Thunder above the luxury-tax line they’d traded James Harden to avoid less than three years earlier. But if the rapid acceptance of advanced metrics is any indication, Kanter might be one of the last of his kind.In other words, don’t be surprised if the days of a player cashing in on hollow numbers are, well, numbered. In the history of NBA free agency, there have been worse moves — particularly when you consider the crazy money that teams have shelled out to big men over the years. And through a certain prism (one that used to be the norm not so long ago), it even seems perfectly reasonable. But the Oklahoma City Thunder’s decision to match Portland’s maximum-level ($70 million) offer sheet to center Enes Kanter received mostly scorn from the Internet after it was announced late Sunday. read more

  • The ServeAndVolley Works But Womens Tennis Players Arent Using It

    Women at this year’s U.S. Open have displayed incredible athleticism and shrewd strategy. We’ve seen blistering serves and masterful groundstrokes in the nearly two weeks of play. But we’ve been missing a powerful, ancient weapon: the serve-and-volley. The tactic is all but extinct from women’s tennis, despite still being incredibly effective.Through the quarterfinals in Flushing Meadows, on points in which women followed their serve by rushing to the net for a volley, they won a remarkable 76 percent of the time, according to U.S. Open data from IBM. But confoundingly, the strategy was deployed only 84 times — less than 1 percent of all points played.Serena Williams, for her part, flashed the potential of the serve-and-volley in her semifinal win Thursday over Anastasija Sevastova. Williams came to the net five times immediately after serving, taking four of those points.After the match, Williams said she usually approaches the net “only to shake hands,” but she wanted to try something different against Sevastova. It was a reminder of just how potent the tactic can be.The serve-and-volley appears to be used more on the men’s side of late. At this year’s U.S. Open, men served and volleyed 488 times through the quarterfinals, for just less than 3 percent of all points played. Though they couldn’t quite equal the gaudy success rate of the women, they still did very well with the tactic, winning 66 percent of the time. No matter who’s doing it, statistically, the serve-and-volley is an effective way to win points.Why this play is underutilized has long been a topic of discussion in tennis. Some have chalked up the change in tactics to advanced racquets and strings that improve passing shots, while others have blamed slower courts at Wimbledon and this year’s U.S. Open.1Theoretically, slower courts allow players more time to tee off on returns, blowing by net rushers. But there’s no doubt that women have been giving serve-and-volley the cold shoulder.During the late 1970s and ’80s, Martina Navratilova dominated the sport using an attacking serve-and-volley style with monsterous success, propelling her to 18 Grand Slam Championships. Even in the 1990s, serve-and-volley was still in a heyday in the women’s game. To illustrate, look at Wimbledon. It’s a place where serve-and-volley has historically been a favorite tactic because of the ability of the server to dominate on grass, where the ball bounces are low. Returners must put loft on their shots to ensure they clear the net. That’s a feast for a volleyer.Wimbledon first released serve-and-volley data in 1997, and it included tournament totals for the first time in 2002. Jana Novotna served and volleyed her way to the final that year, losing to Martina Hingis. For the tournament, Novotna employed the serve-and-volley 339 times, winning 213 of those points. In the final against Hingis, she used it 76 times — almost as often as the entire women’s field through five rounds at this year’s U.S. Open. It’s an astounding drop of a tactic and a big shift in the way women play tennis.Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam that releases historical data, but we can look at its last 17 tournaments to track the decline of serve-and-volley as a strategy in the women’s game: Assuming the point does not end on an ace or double-fault, serving players essentially have two choices: serve and move forward or serve and stay at the baseline. Since the 2000s, players who prefer to remain mainly at the baseline have taken over tennis, despite the unshakably consistent success rates for serve-and-volley over the years. But the difference between the strategies has been stark at this year’s U.S. Open: Through the quarterfinals, women have won just 48 percent of points at the baseline — 28 percentage points less than the share of points won on serve-and-volley.All sports go through trends. As the games change, different approaches fall in and out of vogue. The Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl last year on the strength of the RPO — run/pass option — in which backup quarterback Nick Foles had the option of handing off or passing. But the play wasn’t new. The option has been around in college football since the 1960s. But it’s taken a backseat as more teams have gone to pro-style offenses.This happens all the time in sports: What’s old becomes new again. Tennis is no different. Strategies experience revivals.Women in tennis have been relegating themselves mostly to the baseline. But perhaps Williams’s use of the serve-and-volley Thursday will spark a new trend. read more

  • Five takeaways Ohio State football might have figured it out just in

    OSU redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker (24) returns an interception during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIt’s time to breathe a little easier if you are an Ohio State fan. Questions were swirling for weeks about how bad the Buckeyes looked on offense, and how the defense had suddenly lost the ability to stop teams when they needed to. A 62-3 win over No. 10 Nebraska might just have quenched the thirst of OSU fans begging to see the team dominate once again.“Dominate” is an understatement when a team holds its opponent to just 204 total yards and a measly three points on the board. From the moment the first play from scrimmage commenced, there was a sense of arrogance by the Buckeyes, but not in a bad way.The team looked like it was unstoppable.Connecting on long passes and bulldozing the Nebraska defensive line while also stuffing the run and picking the ball off twice is a recipe to make any head coach smile. Even Urban Meyer, who decided to participate in an “O-H-I-O” chant led by the student section near the end of the game.It was more than just a blowout of a tough conference opponent. It was a statement. A statement by players who were itching to prove they weren’t just riding the coattails of the name emblazoned on their jerseys and in the endzones. There was passion and fire in the eyes of the Buckeyes, and just in time too.Here are five takeaways from the 62-3 beatdown of Nebraska.OSU corrected mistakes on defenseIn back-to-back weeks, the Buckeyes defense known as the “Silver Bullets” looked like its nickname should be demoted to copper or bronze. Although statistically still performing well in consecutive weeks against Northwestern and Penn State, OSU gave up big-time chunk plays when the team was trying to get stops.That all changed on Saturday.Cornhuskers’ senior quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. presented a dynamic threat like Penn State redshirt sophomore quarterback Trace McSorley did two weeks ago, with the only differences being that Armstrong has a cannon-arm and runs like an agile running back. Unfortunately for Nebraska, he was not in for most of the game.After a scary few minutes at Ohio Stadium where he lay motionless, Armstrong returned to the field out of pads. His presence in the game, both playing or cheering, was far from enough to push the Cornhuskers’ offense. And it wasn’t because Nebraska struggles on offense.Simply put, OSU made the corrections from last week it needed to. The secondary played airtight coverage for nearly every deep pass play. The defensive line created a big push up front to register five tackles for loss, even though it failed to register a sack for the first time this season. And, most importantly, there was crisp communication throughout the entire OSU sideline.If this defense has fixed the dilemmas from early this year, the Big Ten should be warned.J.T. Barrett regained some confidenceRedshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett looked scared to throw the ball down the field ever since throwing a pick and struggling to find wide receivers open against Indiana. He was hesitant to chuck the ball more than 10 yards downfield, and seemed to be comfortable with playing pitch-and-catch with his running backs and tight ends. Against Nebraska, the freshman phenom Barrett was on full display.Although he missed a few deep throws that might have lead to a couple more points on the board, Barrett looked on the same page with his wide receivers and the rest of the offense for the first time since OSU defeated Rutgers 58-0.“We’ve not been explosive at receiver this year,” Meyer said. “And when you throw for 300-plus yards, and obviously (junior H-back Curtis Samuel) is very explosive, but I thought our receivers all day they were running very sharp routes, very crisp routes against a good secondary. And J.T.’s delivering the ball, but I thought the receivers were outstanding.”Meyer must have felt the confidence of Barrett growing since he decided to draw up the old Tim Tebow jump pass. A four-touchdown performance on a grand stage might have been all he needed to get back on the right track.Barrett had a little help though.Curtis Samuel utilized to his full potentialSamuel received one less touch on Saturday than he did last week. Last time he had a dip in touches, it seemed like the entire OSU fan base was set to erupt. Meyer was heavily criticized for keeping the ball out of his hands and even had some saying that was the main reason for the loss against Penn State.Less touches this time around was a non-factor, as Samuel ran rampant for 178 total yards, most of which came through the air. He led the team in receiving touchdowns with two, and even got in on a punt return. The punt return went backwards five yards, but at least he didn’t muff the punt.Although a gifted runner, the pass-catching ability of Samuel was utilized to perfection, as the junior cashed in a performance reminiscent of the Bowling Green game to start the season. In the future, the idea might be to continue the trend of more looks for Samuel lined up as a receiver instead of in the backfield.When asked about Samuel, Meyer asked how many touches his H-back got. When media members responded with 13, the Buckeyes’ head coach had a simple response.“So he’s okay,” he said.Either way, the guy can find his way to the endzone.A fast-paced offense is a happy offenseAnyone who loves offensive football had to be giddy watching the way OSU orchestrated its offensive drives. Like an artist carefully crafting a masterpiece, Meyer and the rest of the coaching staff drew up an offensive game plan to put the Buckeyes in multiple scoring opportunities, and the players executed.Execution was a question mark for OSU coming into the game, but there should be few question when analyzing the drive summary from this week. Only one drive took longer than five minutes for the Scarlet and Gray, and the team marched 75 yards or more for a touchdown on five separate occasions.“It is a little relief to know that right now I saw some explosiveness that we kind of have been lacking in some positions,” Meyer said. “And I think relief is probably the correct word, that we’ve all been waiting for that to happen.”The quick-punch and crisp movement by OSU made it seem as though the team was unchallenged on either side of the ball, even if both Meyer and his players insist it was a tough game for them.“I think tonight is an example of that, you know late in the season we get it going,” junior tackle Jamarco Jones said. “Hopefully we can just build off this and keep the momentum rolling and keep winning.”Speaking of getting it going late in the season…OSU is back in the playoff pictureJones hit on a key element to the blowout victory. “Late in the season we get it going” kind of summarizes OSU in games this year as well. The team has been a second-half unit, although Bowling Green and Nebraska are kind of the outliers.After Texas A&M received the fourth spot in the College Football Playoff poll, the Aggies promptly dropped their next game against Mississippi State, pushing OSU up. The Buckeyes are right there, but still need some things to go their way to earn a playoff spot.Winning the Big Ten title is definitely a priority for OSU at this point, but Michigan needs to remain unbeaten until the two rivals square-off, or hope Penn State drops another conference game. OSU still has to win out as well.Simple, right?Meyer and the rest of the team will try to say they are just looking ahead to Maryland. That seems unlikely given how few games are left this year and how close they are to earning their way back into the playoff.Crazy stuff happened in 2014 that eventually led to a Buckeye playoff berth and an OSU national championship, so why can’t it happen again? read more

  • Dario Benedetto relieved to score again after long injury layoff

    first_imgBoca Juniors striker Dario Benedetto admitted his relief after scoring his first goal since November 2017 following a long spell on the sidelines with a knee injuryThe Argentina international struck twice in the final 10 minutes to hand Boca a 2-0 win over Brazilian side Palmeiras in the Copa Libertadores semi-final first leg.After rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee before suffering further problems with his Achilles tendinitis and hamstring, Benedetto was naturally thrilled afterwards.“It was hard for me to score again. It wasn’t going right for me. I am happy to return in a moment as important as a semi-final,” said Benedetto on Fox Sports.“I’ve been working after many setbacks – I still have tendinitis, the strain. Those blows can crush you, but then this can also happen.“I liked the second goal a lot because of the touch, but I prefer the first. It was a relief for me to score again after so long, more so in a semi-final.”Boca coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto, who brought Benedetto on the 77th minute for Ramon Abila from the bench, praised the 28-year-old’s efforts.River Plate v Boca Juniors - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2018Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).“He’s back from injury. He had a muscle injury in his recovery and started from zero,” said Barros Schelotto.“An injury delayed everything, but he made his mark on the pitch. He deserves all the credit. He’s a star.”Boca will now meet Palmeiras for the second leg in Brazil in two weeks time.🎥 ¡El frentazo de @PipaBenedetto para abrir el marcador en la Bombonera! pic.twitter.com/YTExAnAHsj— Boca Jrs. Oficial 🏆🏆 (@BocaJrsOficial) October 25, 2018last_img read more

  • Hristo Stoichkov Carlos Vela would be a great Barcelona addition

    first_imgBarcelona are in search of a new backup striker to sign quickly after the departure of Munir El Haddadi.Hristo Stoichkov believes Carlos Vela would be a great addition if Barcelona decides to purchase him.Even though the Mexican striker is currently with LAFC, he has been linked with a loan move to the Barca.“He is a player who knows the Spanish league,” Stoichkov said of the forward on Univision, according to Marca.“He had spectacular games with Real Sociedad.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“It won’t be hard for him to adapt.“If he goes to Barcelona then he’ll be spectacular from the first match.“I don’t doubt Carlos Vela.“I don’t know if Barcelona will want him for just six months or with a purchase option.”last_img read more

  • Homer Officer Honored At Memorial On Saturday

    first_imgLocal law enforcement agencies gathered to pay their respects in Homer. A dispatcher’s voice echoed through a police two-way speaker: “Officer Edward John Stading…is cleared from his final tour of duty. Thank you for your service.”  Stading started working for the Homer Police Department back in 2005. This fall, Stading was working towards retirement with plans to spend more time with his kids, and wife. Two groups are accepting donations to honor Ed, including the Glacierview Baptist Church Missions Fund and the KCCure fund at the Kidney Cancer Research Alliance. You can also donate to the family’s GoFundMe page. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Ed Stading, a Homer police officer, was honored at a memorial service on Saturday after his recent death from cancer. In February of this year, Stading was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer.  He battled cancer from Valentine’s Day to Labor Day.last_img read more

  • One Publishers Green Checklist

    first_imgOdgen Publications publishes magazines—like Natural Home and Mother Earth News—targeted toward people who are interested—and invested—in sustainability. And, refreshingly, Odgen walks the walk of sustainability, top-to-bottom, at its Topeka, Kansas-based offices. Here are some of the green initiatives Ogden has undertaken over the last three years.• Upgraded lighting ballasts and lights to save energy.• Installed solar tubes to supplement with natural light and eliminated artificial light where possible. • Added insulation to roof.• Provided designated carpool spaces.Supplies• Switched to postconsumer-recycled copy paper, Post-Its, note pads and more. • Reused packing material and cardboard for shipping products and other items. • Replaced all Styrofoam cups with glass mugs. • When buying new equipment, chose the most energy-efficient models.• Changed power settings on computers to reduce energy usage at most efficient settings.• Provided each employee with recycling bin at desk for paper; also have recycling bins throughout office for aluminum cans, cardboard, chipboard, paper, plastic, steel and glass.• Composted coffee grounds and food waste from break room (gardeners can take home the compost for their personal gardens).• Offered recycling drives for employees to bring in used home computers and tennis shoes to recycle. Paper• Mother Earth News and Utne Reader use 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper; all other titles use 10-85 percent post-consumer recycled paper, all chlorine-free. Production• Use 28.7 percent soy-based inks for all titles. • Take advantage of computer-to-plate (CTP) technology to eliminate film and film processing. • Use soft-proofing process online versus traditional hard-copy proofs. • E-mail files and labels versus mailing a CD or DVD. • Use predominantly digital photography versus film and slides. Distribution• Streamline purchasing process for less waste by more accurately forecasting need. • Recycle old copies of all magazines. • Participate in Barnes & Noble green promotion sponsored by Co-op America. Editorial• Use laptop and projector to display layouts on screen for group editing (reduces paper waste significantly). • Use Adobe Acrobat’s PDF commenting feature, saving paper waste and allowing for more accuracy/less confusion during editorial proofing stages.• Hold teleconferences. “With editors working from home off-site, teleconferencing has been a huge help in keeping the edit staff on the same page,” Ogden publisher Bryan Welch says.• For researching and fact-checking purposes, house information with direct links in databases versus keeping paper files. Events• Partner with “green” events, including speaking on sustainability issues; assist with promotion of these events to readers/online audience.• Work to forecast as accurately as possible what is needed at each show so the publisher is not sending too much merchandise or too many back issues. • Make group flight, hotel and rental car (if necessary) arrangements to get the most use out of a single, fuel-efficient rental car. Alternately, try to stay as close to the event as possible so attendees can walk or take public transportation. Marketing• Significantly reduced direct mail; will further reduce in 2009. Used e-mail and online methods to promote subscriptions and merchandise. • Offered auto-renewal subscriptions for auto-paying with credit card online; offer additional cost savings for these subscriptions. • Moving away from as much printed merchandise as possible. Popular new product offerings are e-books and e-plans devoted to specific topics. • For any printed material, e-mail or FTP files versus mailing CDs/DVDs. • When feasible, use recycled paper for printed pieces.SEE ALSO:MAIN PAGEPRODUCTION | The Paper ProblemOPERATIONS | The Importance of Stewardship in SustainabilityEDITORIAL | Does the World Really Need Another ‘Green Issue’?DISTRIBUTION | Efficiency–And Sustainability–At the NewsstandEVENTS | How Eco-Friendly Can a Live Event Be?MARKETING | A Paperless Future?DIGITAL | Using Digital Editions to Go GreenGREEN GLOSSARYlast_img read more

  • Local Music Students to Perform at Carnegie Hall

    first_img When 15-year-old Magen Zeng won an international piano competition about four years ago, she earned a chance to perform at Carnegie Hall.“I was really nervous because I thought Carnegie Hall was only for professionals and really famous people, but when I realized that I also had the opportunity to do it … I just took the opportunity to display my talent,” Zeng said.That experience sparked her to become a more dedicated pianist and to dream bigger.  Zeng decided to audition for Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where she is now a student. She ramped up her practice time from 1 – 2 hours a day to 3 – 6 hours day, and she started attending prestigious music camps that further motivated her.“It really opened my eyes to see where my potential could take me, and it made me realize that I could be something bigger and better.”When her teacher Katarina Loudermilk saw how Carnegie Hall transformed Zeng, she was inspired to create an opportunity for her other music students.Loudermilk and her husband Matthew, both pianists, run the International Music Academy, and she decided to submit recordings and a request for their school to play at Carnegie Hall.“They selected us and invited us, and gave us two dates, which is a big honor.”This weekend, the International Music Academy is bringing eight faculty members and 72 students, ranging from ages 5 to 17, to perform in the legendary hall. “Both concerts are sold out. There are 300 people flying from all over the country to see that concert, all the grandparents and parents … which is pretty cool,” said Loudermilk.The Carnegie Hall trip is a dream come true not only for these musicians but also for the Loudermilks, who want to inspire young Houstonians to become the next generation of top-level classical players.In addition to the music school, the Loudermilks run the non-profit IMA Virtuosi, which has raised funds to cover the Carnegie Hall expenses and is sponsoring four students on the trip.“The goal of our organization is to seek out the talent and help it develop.”They hope that the impact of such a major stage performance will be that young musicians believe in themselves more and receive the public recognition they deserve.In this way, Katarina Loudermilk hopes that such programs and opportunities can help instill a cultural shift in prioritizing music and arts in education, which she believes is needed.“I want the people around us to understand what it takes, what it means, and to give support and proper recognition to these musicians. And I think that’s what is missing in our society.”IMA’s Carnegie Hall faculty recital is on Friday, October 5, and the student recital is on Saturday, October 6.Listen to the complete interview with Katarina Loudermilk, Matthew Loudermilk, and Magen Zeng below: To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /13:02 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: – / 4 X Share Listen Listen 00:00 /01:04 X last_img read more

  • How Two New Projects Aim To Boost Texas Declining Oyster Population And

    first_img Share Listen 00:00 /00:48 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Earl Nottingham/TPWDOysters contribute an estimated $40 million to the Texas economy annually.To help combat the steep decline of Texas’ oyster population, the Nature Conservancy will carry out two oyster reef restoration projects in 2019, using a new approach that aims to benefit both the marine ecosystem and commercial industry.  A 50-acre oyster reef will be built in Galveston Bay, using a $2.5 million grant from the BP oil spill restoration fund. While a 60-acre, roughly $5 million reef, will be built in Copano Bay, near Rockport, using different settlement money.“Right now we’re at a critical point where there is a significant amount of funding that is available — billions of dollars will be spent on Gulf restoration over the next 15 years through the BP oil spill mitigation funds,” said Lily Verdone, the Director of Freshwater and Marine at the Nature Conservancy’s Texas Chapter. “So there’s tremendous opportunity to reverse oysters’ decline in the Gulf of Mexico.”center_img X An estimated 50-85% of the Gulf of Mexico’s original oyster reefs have disappeared, according to a recent report by the Nature Conservancy. In addition to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, other factors like over-fishing and hurricanes have also contributed to the population decline.“Although historically there were reefs and a lot more diversity in the marine life in these areas of the Gulf, right now we’re going out there and pulling up samples and not finding oysters, just mainly a lot of mud,” Verdone said.The two reefs will use a new approach: half of each will be a protected marine area, while the other half will be designated for commercial harvesting.“The idea is that each site pairs both the habitat and the commercial harvestable reefs together to help restore the Gulf ecosystem, while helping revive Texas’ commercial oyster fishery,” Verdone said. “This methodology is not just great for Texas, but it can be used and replicated throughout the Gulf.”                                              ‘Unsung Heroes’: Why Protecting Oysters MattersThough bivalves might not seem like the most exciting sea creature, they have significant impacts on the marine ecosystem and beyond.“We like to think of oysters as the unsung heroes of our ocean,” Verdone said. “They support habitat for diversity of marine life, reduce shoreline erosion, buffer storm waves and sea level rise, and really without oysters our coastal ecosystems break down.”Oysters also improve water quality — one adult oyster can filter around 50 gallons of water a day.And from a commercial perspective, oysters contribute around $40 million to the Texas economy annually.What’s Next?The reefs will be built using limestone boulders to mimic what the historic reefs were like in the area. “The idea is to create some structure in the water where oysters will be able to attach onto and then the reef will develop,” Verdone said.The portions designated for commercial harvesting will use smaller pieces of limestone to make harvesting easier.The oyster reef in Copano Bay is already in the pre-construction phase with full construction slated for the winter. The project will then take about six to eight weeks to complete.Construction for the Galveston reef will begin in mid-2019, and be carried out in conjunction with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the Galveston Bay Foundation.After construction is complete, the reefs will be closed for two years until there are harvestable sized oysters, according to Verdone.“At the same time it’s open, we’ll have the protected reef that will then allow for more oysters to spread out through the Gulf and create more habitat,” she said. last_img read more

  • Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday December 15

    first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3u Baltimore City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young is our guest, as the city awaits a possible verdict in the trial of William Porter, the first of six officers to be tried in the death of Freddie Gray. We’ll also have legal analysis of this final phase of the Porter trial. These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img