Black athletes have long history of not sticking to sports

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Carlos said Mexico City was the only place he could’ve made such a statement.“At that time, for me, there was no other vehicle than the Olympic Games,” he recalled. “I felt like the humanitarian issues at that time, as well as the humanitarian issues of today, are more compelling to me than an Olympic medal. I love the Olympics and I love sports, but I love a just cause for humanity even greater.”It is a sentiment shared by NFL players.The killing of mostly unarmed black men by mostly white police officers sparked the Black Lives Matter movement, which has again drawn black athletes into the national conversation on race . The sideline protests in the NFL — started in August 2016 by Kaepernick — have been the most prominent display of players’ engagement, though black athletes in baseball and basketball have also had smaller displays of activism.Because sports are such a prominent aspect of American life, they remain an effective way to bring attention to issues of racial injustice.“This is our inheritance,” said Howard Bryant, senior writer at ESPN and author of the forthcoming book “The Heritage: Black Athletes, A Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism.”“You’re not allowed to check out,” Bryant said. “This is going to continue until the United States respects the black brain more than the black body. Then sports can go back to what it was supposed to be — just a game.”Media — and social media in particular — has helped in recruiting athletes to the cause, explained Color of Change Executive Director Rashad Robinson, whose online civil rights organization has joined with athletes in addressing systemic racism and mobilized its membership to boycott the NFL and its corporate sponsors.Such stands have often come at a cost, even for today’s players, who are far more prominent and wealthy than their predecessors. Like players who spoke out before them, they have been met with violence and vitriol, described as unpatriotic, ungrateful and disrespectful.“The public is used to black guys selling sneakers and making jump shots,” said Bryant. “Do white people want to hear what black people have to say? No, they don’t. Does it need to be said? Yes.” AFP official booed out of forum “The whole purpose of the demonstrations is to get (fans’) attention,” Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said in an interview with The Associated Press. “These are the people that ignore the fact that people are being shot dead in the street. They’ve found ways to ignore it.”For weeks, some NFL players, most of them African-American, knelt silently on the sidelines as the national anthem played before kickoff. Their goal: to raise awareness about disparities in policing in communities of color, and about persistent, systemic racism in America.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt was a new approach to an age-old problem.“It’s because of what happens to him that others know they have to toe the line,” said New York University historian Jeffrey Sammons. “They can’t be seen as defiant or opponents of the system . They know they can’t succeed without living up to expectations and being humble, unassuming and supportive of the established order.” Then came along Muhammad Ali, who was not one to toe the line.Ali was the most visible and influential athlete of his generation when he protested the Vietnam War as racially unjust by refusing to be drafted in 1967, a move that cost him his livelihood, derailing his fighting career for years.Ali’s actions influenced others. Basketball player Abdul-Jabbar boycotted the 1968 Summer Olympics. At the same games, held in Mexico City, American track athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos held raised fists covered in black leather gloves as the national anthem played after winning gold and bronze medals in the 200-meter race.Abdul-Jabbar, who at 70 represents a bridge between Ali and Kaepernick, went on to a storied NBA career, but Smith and Carlos returned home to the threat of having their medals taken, and faced difficulty finding coaching jobs.“It was an international stage that was being used to promote how unified and wonderful the world is, but black Americans at that point were still in a very tough struggle to obtain their rights, both human and political,” Abdul-Jabbar said of the 1968 games. “The fact that (Smith and Carlos) used an international platform to speak for people who usually don’t have any power to be heard made it all the more significant.”ADVERTISEMENT Mayweather drops another hint at MMA fight Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Abdul-Jabbar agreed, tying Ali’s fate to Kaepernick’s as two athletes who sacrificed their livelihoods at the height of their careers for a greater cause.“Anybody that knows anything about football will tell you that he is a talented athlete and should be on somebody’s team,” Abdul-Jabbar, author of “Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court,” said of Kaepernick. “I think he’s being blackballed.”But with the cost are also benefits. Using the universal language of sports as a platform to discuss race reveals racism and galvanizes support to end it, Robinson said.“Part of why people are paying attention is because of exactly who they are,” he said. “Throughout time, it has been the people with reputations and something to lose whose risk-taking has helped result in change.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding FILE – In this Feb. 25, 1966 file photo, While Illinois Athletic Commission listened, heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali speaks, in Chicago. Ali had criticized his imminent army draft. (AP Photo/File)This year’s NFL season featured two of America’s pastimes: football and race, with pre-game protests dividing fans along color lines and making Sunday afternoons among the most segregated hours in the country.While some fans would prefer players stick to sports, many black athletes have chosen a different path by protesting, making people uncomfortable.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more

Naoya Inoue scores unanimous decision over Nonito Donaire for bantamweight crown

first_imgNaoya Inoue raises his Ali trophy after outpointing Nonito Donaire. WBSS PHOTOYoung, powerful Naoya Inoue cut down Nonito Donaire like a masterful craftsman, scoring a thrilling unanimous decision late Thursday to capture the bantamweight championship of the World Boxing Super Series.It was an impressive victory for Inoue who scored the biggest victory of his career beating a top caliber fighter as Donaire before a sellout crowd of 20,000 at Saitama Super Arena in Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Inoue tried to finish off the older Donaire by throwing powerful punches early on but paid for it as the Filipino opened a gaping wound on his right eyebrow with a stinging left in the second round.But the 26-year-old, dubbed as the monster, was quick enough to shift tactic, slowing down to the pace Donaire preferred, and battling on head to head.Luigi Boscarelli saw it 116-111, Robert Hoyle 114-113, and Octovio Rodriguez 117-109. All in favor of Inoue who improved to 19 wins, 16 by knockouts.👑 @naoyainoue_410 🙌🙌🙌#InoueDonaire 🏆 #AliTrophy pic.twitter.com/N8j2AE88t8— World Boxing Super Series (@WBSuperSeries) November 7, 2019But the scores could hardly tell the drama inside the ring as both fighters took turns in displaying moments of power and weakness.Donaire got the fight up until the third round when Inoue raised his right hand to protect his wound cut, allowing the Filipino to dictate the terms of the fight.Right there and then, the 36-year-old Donaire, out to put an extension to his sterling career, managed to plant seeds of doubt on the mind of Inoue who has won 16 of his 18 previous fight via knockout.However, Inoue drew strength from his younger knees, throwing heavy blows and jarring Donaire late in the fifth, making him buckle with crisp right to the face. “I’m proud of myself, I won the Ali Trophy, but I’m not yet the all-time best. I will work hard on it,” said Inoue through an interpreter after the fight. “I see a true bright future for myself.”Inoue dropped Donaire with this body shot in Round 1️⃣1️⃣, but Donaire picked himself up.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe heart of a WARRIOR for the Filipino Flash ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/U9lolqvAO6— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) November 7, 2019 Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Inoue came out blasting with his dynamite fists but only managed to floor Donaire in the 11th when he rocked a left to the body that resonated only after a few moments.Absorbing the punch belatedly, Donaire turned away and kneel. He has only been knocked out just once in his career.But the four-division champ, fuelled by pride, summoned the strength to stand up and beat the count.“I admire Donaire, he is a true champion, very strong,” Inoue would later say.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Yet by the 10th Inoue kept getting stronger and bolder, catching Donaire on the switch several times before shifting to the right side. He rocked Donaire with a combination before the bell rang.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rice industry paralysis MOST READ LATEST STORIES What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? #KicksStalker: Grateful UAAP Final 4 stars rock Kyrie 6 ‘Manila’ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View commentslast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Mighty Aussies to face stern Windies

first_img Indo-Asian News Service NottinghamJune 5, 2019UPDATED: June 5, 2019 18:03 IST Australia would need to adjust to take on the West Indies. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBoth the teams have beat their opponents in their World Cup encountersAustralia is wary of the fact that Windies have some of the biggest hitters in world cricketAustralia would need to adjust their mindset to take on the West Indies, coach Langer saidRiding on confidence after their emphatic win over Afghanistan, Australia will face an uphill task against the buoyant West Indies when the two teams meet in their World Cup fixture at Trent Bridge on Thursday.Both the teams were at their menacing best in their opening World Cup encounters and literally thrashed their opponents.Aaron Finch-led Australia had registered a convincing seven-wicket win over Afghanistan. The bowlers, especially the pacers, were on song as they restricted Afghan Tigers to 207.While chasing, Finch and David Warner showed signs of being in great form as both scored half-centuries and rang alarming bells for the opposition teams.On the other hand, Windies had demolished the Pakistani batting line-up with a barrage of short-pitch deliveries and ultimately bowled them out for mere 105 in their opening encounter in the ongoing World Cup. Oshane Thomas had finished with 4-27, while captain Jason Holder and Andre Russell shared five wickets between them before Windies clinched a seven-wicket win over Pakistan.Australia is wary of the fact that Windies line-up boasts of having some of the biggest hitters in world cricket at the moment and it would really require some effort from the Aussie pacers to control the likes of Chris Gayle, Russell, and Carlos Brathwaite.Head coach Justin Langer has already said that Australia would need to adjust their mindset to take on the West Indies quicks and other fast bowlers at the tournament in England and Wales.”We have to adapt to the West Indies no doubt, who have got a number of good, fast bowlers. South Africa will be the same. England will be the same. Have to adapt our game plan and adapt pretty quickly,” Langer said on Tuesday.advertisement”Obviously a very dangerous team the way they bat and aggressive bowling, but they’ve got weaknesses as well and we’re playing pretty good cricket.”He also said that Australia, in all likelihood, will go in with the same XI that featured against Afghanistan.SquadsAustralia: Aaron Finch (captain), Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wicketkeeper), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam ZampaWest Indies: Jason Holder (captain), Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, Nicholas Pooran (wicketkeeper), Oshane Thomas, Shai Hope, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron HetmyerAlso Read | World Cup 2019: 5 things to look for in India’s World Cup runAlso Read | World Cup 2019: History favours India over South Africa in recent ICC eventsAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Australia vs South AfricaFollow World Cup 2019Follow Aaron FinchFollow Jason HolderFollow Justin LangerFollow David WarnerFollow Oshane ThomasFollow Andre RussellFollow Chris GayleFollow Carlos Brathwaite World Cup 2019: Mighty Aussies to face stern WindiesAustralia will face West Indies in the World Cup on Thursday. Australia won over Afghanistan by seven wickets, whereas, Windies bowled Pakistan out for mere 105 in their opening encounter in the ongoing World Cup.advertisementlast_img read more

Let Filson and Stetson Fit Your Head this Fall

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now If you’re not on top of your hat game come autumn, you’ve fallen behind my friend. Luckily, Filson and Stetson, the outdoor outfitter and hat-maker, respectively, have come together on two limited edition hats that are sure to accentuate your cold weather style. This is not the first time these two iconic American companies have worked together. In fact, Filson’s catalog featured Stetson in 1926:“The man who spends much time in the open, exposed to every extreme of weather, needs a hat that will take all kinds of punishment and rough handling, yet will keep its shape and its style. That’s where the Stetson shines!”Stetson was founded in 1865 by John B. Stetson, the creator of the iconic American western hat. Today, Stetson is a lifestyle brand that offers timeless styling in apparel, footwear, belts, eye-wear, fragrances, and even bourbon whiskey. Formed shortly after, Filson was established in 1897 with the goal of providing prospectors headed for the Yukon with durable gold-rush gear. Their reluctance to use cheap materials is the reason anyone who loves the outdoors, goes with Filson.It’s been 90 years since Filson featured their 19th-century fellow outfitter in their catalog, but both have persisted in making high-quality products with heavyweight materials. The new two-hat collaboration, dubbed the Gun Club and Explorer, follows suit–the hats were handmade in Stetson’s Texas factory through the century-old procedure of steaming and shaping. Complemented by a simple design with a touch of flair, these hats have complete and utter “go anywhere” ability.Gun Club ($300)Known for it’s unquestionable American style, the Gun Club model is made with a rabbit blend material and Filson’s signature Bridle Leather hat band from Stetson’s factory. This custom style comes in a dark brown color, which will pair well with other neutral winter colors. If you’re feeling really adventurous and want to live life like the old west, you can also buy a chinstrap to go along with it.Explorer ($200)The Explorer cap is made of 100 percent wool and also features the Filson Bridle Leather hat band on a charcoal colored base. This hat boasts a 4-inch crown, as well as a 2 5/8 inch underwent brim. The wool substance makes this a great hat for the winter time, since wool combats rain and cold weather with an almost water-resistant, fast drying texture.Filson and Stetson also called upon American singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim to help celebrate the launch of the collaboration. The partnership includes a series of lifestyle images, a Filson Life blog post, as well as a Spotify playlist curated by Slim himself. The playlist features some awesome bands that showcase the old school vibe of the two hats, such as Hurray For The Riff Raff and Diamond Rugs. Take a listen below. The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know last_img read more

Saudi Foreign Minister to visit Pakistan amid tensions with India

first_imgIslamabad/ Jeddah: Saudi Arabia’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir will visit Pakistan on Wednesday to discuss the situation in the region with the top Pakistani leadership, amidst fresh Indo-Pak tensions over Kashmir. The Saudi minister will stay in Islamabad for a day and hold meetings with Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Geo News reported on Tuesday. The Saudi minister’s visit comes in the midst of spiralling tensions between India and Pakistan after New Delhi withdrew Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two union territories. A statement issued by the Saudi embassy in Islamabad on Tuesday said that matters relating to bilateral relations between the two countries will also be discussed in the meetings.last_img read more

New initiative looks create jobs for Aboriginal people in Saskatchewan

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere’s a new initiative in Saskatchewan aimed at bridging the gap between the Aboriginal workforce and the contractors who have opportunities in the province.It’s an online skills database and those involved think it will create more jobs.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf has the story.last_img

Saskatchewan fiscal update More revenue more spending smaller deficit

first_imgREGINA – The Saskatchewan government says higher oil and potash prices will mean more money for the province this year.But Finance Minister Donna Harpauer says she’s not sure that situation will last and that’s why the government must balance its budget next year.“I don’t have confidence,” she said Monday. “I have been … involved with govenrment for a number of years now and I’ve seen really strong prices and I’ve seen them plummet overnight.”The provincial Finance Ministry released its first-quarter update showing a deficit of $306 million, nearly $60 million smaller than forecast in the April budget.Revenue is predicted to be almost $170 million more than expected thanks largely in a boost to the forecasted price of oil.But more spending on health care, social services and public-sector pensions will eat up a good portion of that windfall.“We are borrowing, or projecting to borrow, within this budget. We still have a deficit,” Harpauer said. “That shows us how critical it is to come back to balance so that our income coming in and our expenses going out are equitable.”The government is planning to spend $20 million extra on health care, because more people are using the system, and $20 million more on social services because of an increased caseload.Changes to interest rates also mean more than $50 million in extra pension expenses.(The Canadian Press, CJWW)last_img read more

Suncor wont approve more oil production expansions until pipeline progress CEO

first_imgWilliams says he’ll wait to see “physical progress on the ground” before he commits to them.The Federal Court of Appeal last week reversed a cabinet decision to allow Trans Mountain construction to go ahead.A U.S. federal judge earlier ordered the U.S. State Department to conduct a more thorough review of the Keystone XL oil pipeline’s proposed pathway after Nebraska state regulators changed the route.Williams says that as a Canadian he found the delays “troubling” but not relevant to the company in the next three to five years.Suncor is officially opening its Fort Hills oilsands mine on Monday as it works to add 10 percent to its production output this year and again in 2019.It has been ramping up production and beat its guidance by delivering Suncor’s share at 71,000 barrels per day, at lower than forecast cash operating costs. Suncor owns a 43.11 percent interest in the open-pit and shovel mine, Total has 24.58 percent and Teck 21.31 percent. NEW YORK, N.Y. – The head of Suncor Energy Inc. says Canada’s largest oil and gas producer won’t move ahead with additional crude production expansions until there’s physical progress on getting pipelines approved.Chief executive Steve Williams told a Barclays investor conference in New York that recent judicial rulings affecting Keystone XL and Trans Mountain pipeline don’t have any short-term impacts on Suncor’s ability to get its product to market.But he says further production expansions won’t be approved next year and into 2020 until there is more clarity on the fate of pipelines.last_img read more

Sri Lankan accused of lighting fire in Dubai jail

Policeman H A, 29, a Yemeni, said: “When I heard the alarm, I checked the cameras and saw smoke and headed to its location. “I started looking in each cell trying to locate where the smoke was coming from.”He said he found the smoke emanating from D L’s cell but he was not able to find any incendiary devices. A Sri Lankan prisoner has appeared in court a Dubai accused of lighting a fire in his cell, The National newspaper in Dubai reported.On Sunday, D L, 28, did not enter a plea at Dubai Criminal Court as a translator was not available. The court heard that at 9.15pm on November 19 last year, a fire alarm sounded in Dubai Central Prison. “When I asked D L about the fire, he said he started it because he wanted to be referred to the prison’s clinic, but he did not say anything further,” H A said.The next hearing will be on August 25. read more

Germany indicts suspected rebel over Sri Lanka war crimes

The rebel group, which fought for a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils, was defeated in 2009. German authorities have indicted a Sri Lankan man suspected of involvement in killing 15 captured government soldiers while fighting for the Tamil Tigers rebel group, the Associated Press reported.Federal prosecutors said Friday that 37-year-old Sivatheeban B. is accused of membership in a foreign terrorist organization, war crimes, two cases of manslaughter and 11 cases of attempted manslaughter. Prosecutors allege that in 2008 the suspect guarded 15 captured soldiers as they were driven to a site where they were executed, and later helped burn their bodies. In a separate incident a year later, he fired on 13 soldiers, two of whom died. The man, whose surname wasn’t released due to German privacy rules, was arrested in August. read more

After talks in Washington UN war crimes prosecutor foresees speedy progress

“US officials assured me that they will do all possible to achieve what we are asking for, and so I’m sure — I’m confident — that next week or next month, we will have positive results,” said Carla Del Ponte, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.Ms. Del Ponte told a news conference at UN Headquarters she was “very satisfied” with her meetings in Washington, which included talks with US Secretary of State Colin Powell. “All my interlocutors understood perfectly why cooperation with the Tribunal is crucial,” she said, noting that such cooperation would involve arresting indictees, including former President Milosevic, and transferring them to the Tribunal’s seat at The Hague.Stressing the need for Belgrade’s help in this effort, the Prosecutor noted that currently, some 20 indictees were at large in Serbia. “I’m asking [the Federal Republic of] Yugoslavia for the last six months to start cooperating,” she observed.Ms. Del Ponte also underscored the Tribunal’s broader mission in fostering stability. “Let’s not forget that victims are waiting for justice to be done,” she emphasized. “And let’s not forget that peace and stability in the Balkans will never be achieved if justice is not served.” read more

Security Council backs national reconciliation conference for Somalia

In a statement read out in an open meeting by its President, Ambassador Ole Peter Kolby of Norway, the Council reiterated its support for the Arta peace process, “which continues to be the most viable basis for peace and national reconciliation in Somalia.”The wide-ranging statement also supported the call last month on the so-called frontline States of Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Summit to coordinate their efforts for national reconciliation in Somalia.The Council also encouraged UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, through his Special Advisor and the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), to support actively the IGAD initiative “in this important period ahead.”As for recent fighting in the capital, Mogadishu, and in the Gedo region, the Council called for an immediate end to all acts of violence in the country and condemned the leaders of those armed factions who continue to be obstacles to peace and stability.The 15-member body also noted with serious concern the continued flow of weapons and ammunition supplies to Somalia from other countries and the reported training of militia and plans for major offensives in southern and northeastern parts of the country. It called on all countries to honour the arms embargo and to report any violations to its oversight committee, while expressing the determination to set up by the end of April a mechanism to monitor and enforce the weapons ban.On the humanitarian front, the Council drew attention to the urgent need for international assistance in covering food and water shortfalls. It further underlined that longer-term interventions were required to stimulate economic recovery, rebuild household asset bases and promote sustained productivity.In the meantime, the Council asked the Secretary-General to urgently coordinate peace-building activities and provide for their incremental expansion, taking into account the security situation in the country. It also requested Mr. Annan to immediately set up a trust fund to support those programmes and supplement the UN’s Consolidated Inter-Agency Appeal for humanitarian aid. read more

Just Win Baby And Youll Probably Make The College Football Playoff

Clemson 9-013667%67%17% Ohio State 9-032544%57%15% Oklahoma St. 9-01441337%23%5% Memphis 8-11331453%<1%<1% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings as of Nov. 3. But back to football substance. I mentioned before how lots of teams, even if they don’t technically control their own destiny,7No team controls its own destiny, technically, since there are no guaranteed bids in the playoff. are favored to make the playoff if they win the rest of their games. Now that the model is (hopefully) doing a better job of mimicking the emphasis that human voters place on wins and losses, we can be more precise about that. Specifically, the model estimates that 14 teams have a 50 percent or greater likelihood of making the playoff conditional on winning out.The model figures that Michigan State, for instance, has an 86 percent chance of making the playoff if it wins out. Even the lowliest one-loss major conference team, North Carolina, which wasn’t ranked by the committee last week, is about even-money to make the playoff if it wins out. And undefeated Iowa (91 percent) and Oklahoma State (97 percent) are all but assured of making the playoff if they finish the year without a loss, even if the committee doesn’t have them in the top four tonight. Baylor 8-067234%32%12% Notre Dame 8-1569—30%7% Iowa 9-09132927%18%2% Texas A&M 6-3194923<1%<1%<1% And here’s a new summary table showing the playoff picture heading into tonight, when the playoff committee will release its new rankings at 7 p.m. Undefeated Baylor has moved slightly ahead of one-loss Notre Dame in our forecast, but otherwise the top six are unchanged. LSU 7-129814%15%4% Oklahoma 8-11514119%17%7% Last season’s first-ever College Football Playoff might have miscalibrated everyone’s sense of what it takes to make it to the final four. Six power conference champions or co-champions1Thanks to a dubious decision by the Big 12. — Alabama, Baylor, Florida State, Ohio State, Oregon and TCU — were undefeated or had one loss against reasonably good schedules. There’s plenty of room to critique how the committee went about leaving Baylor and TCU out, but there was no one inherently correct way to slot six fairly equally matched teams into four playoff positions.But a field as crowded and qualified as last year’s was atypical. Most of the time there are a couple of teams that are weak links: a three-loss conference champion here, a one-loss team that played an incredibly weak schedule there. A mess like last year’s isn’t impossible, obviously. But usually the knot will untangle itself through conference championships, rivalry games and upsets that knock teams out late in the season.So don’t despair, Michigan State fans. (Of which I’m one.) Yeah, you probably lost on a bad call last weekend. But you’re still highly likely to make the playoff if your team wins all of its remaining games, in which case you’ll have defeated Ohio State and (probably) Iowa in the Big Ten championship. Pretty much every one-loss team from a power conference is more likely than not to make the playoff if it wins out.And an undefeated power conference team like Oklahoma State shouldn’t fret, even if it is currently outside the committee’s top four. Some of the teams ranked in front of it are almost certain to lose — and even if they don’t, there’s a good chance Oklahoma State will leapfrog some one-loss teams if it keeps winning.Our subjective perceptions of the playoff picture aren’t the only thing that may be miscalibrated, though. The same could be said about the FiveThirtyEight College Football Playoff model. At least, that’s the conclusion we came to when we were conducting research for this article. Although the model seems to give basically reasonable answers, a couple of things left us scratching our heads when we examined it more deeply.For instance, it posited a conspicuously large gap between Iowa’s chance of winning the Big Ten championship (27 percent) and making the playoff (8 percent). Iowa is undefeated, and while it’s possible they could win the Big Ten with one loss or more, the internal calculations in the model also implied that they’d have only about a 55 percent chance of making the playoff even if they ran their record to 13-0. One can see why a computer might come to that conclusion — Iowa has played a pretty bad schedule, and its margin of victory hasn’t been impressive — but human beings are going to vote an undefeated Big Ten champion into the playoff unless almost everything else2For instance, incredibly strong contenders from the other power conferences. is working against them.Readers had some questions for us too. Why was USC, which already has three losses, given any realistic chance by the model (granted, it was just 4 percent) of making the playoff? And why was one-loss Alabama’s chance of making the playoff so much higher than its SEC championship chances? There are some good reasons for that one,3In particular, if both Alabama and Mississippi had won out, Alabama would have lost the tiebreaker in the SEC West and missed the SEC championship game. The model inferred, correctly I think, that a one-loss Alabama team probably would still have made the playoff (perhaps along with a second SEC team) under those circumstances. This became a moot point when Mississippi was spectacularly upset by Arkansas. but even accounting for those, the gap seemed to be too wide and the model seemed to be too optimistic about Alabama still making the playoff if it endured a second loss.The theme here is that human beings pay a lot of attention to wins and losses — more than our computer seemed to be doing. An undefeated power conference team is going to get in except under rare circumstances. Two-loss power conference teams have historically finished in the AP top four more often than you might think, but it’s still a hard road. And a three-loss team making the playoff? Almost impossible unless there’s total carnage everywhere else.Since the whole point of our model is to mimic human intuition, reader feedback made us think it had some blind spots. So we re-examined the historical data4Since the playoff selection committee is only one year old, this also includes the behavior of the coaches’ poll since 2002. and concluded that our model should be placing more weight on plain-vanilla wins and losses. Or at least, it should be doing so for power conference teams (and for Notre Dame); minor conference teams historically haven’t been treated that kindly by either poll voters or the committee. Even if the committee currently ranks a one-loss team ahead of an undefeated team, or a two-loss team ahead of a one-loss team, it may re-examine the case in future weeks, and the team with fewer losses will often get the benefit of the doubt. (For a more technical explanation of how this is implemented in the model, see the footnotes.5One change we introduced earlier to the model is that it reverts the projected committee standings each week toward a team’s Elo rating. Elo ratings are a fairly simple method that often correspond pretty well with human judgment in ranking sports teams. But there’s an even simpler method: a rating based solely on a team’s win-loss record and whether it plays in a power conference. The new version of the model reverts a team’s ranking based on a combination of its Elo rating and its win-loss record, instead of its Elo rating alone.)This relatively simple change has little impact for most teams, but it does affect a couple of the cases that had bothered us (and some of our loyal readers). Iowa’s chances of making the playoff are now 18 percent instead of 8 percent. Alabama’s are 42 percent instead of 54 percent. USC’s are 1 percent6USC has a decent chance of winning the Pac-12 championship, but it would take a perfect storm of circumstances to get them into the playoff even if they did. instead of 4 percent. Here’s how everyone’s odds were affected by the change: USC 6-3—19719%1%<1% UCLA 7-22321186%3%<1% RankingProbability of … Utah 8-112112122%12%2% Temple 8-122283943%<1%<1% Mississippi St. 7-22016153%3%<1% Florida State 7-21624170%<1%<1% Navy 7-1—155419%<1%<1% Stanford 8-11151152%26%5% Wisconsin 8-2—17243%<1%<1% TCU 8-1812310%11%4% Florida 8-110101438%19%3% Michigan 7-217201613%6%1% Houston 9-025223633%2%<1% Northwestern 7-2212961<1%<1%<1% Alabama 8-141435%42%12% Toledo 7-12440539%<1%<1% North Carolina 8-1—182030%5%<1% Michigan St. 8-1782212%10%1% Mississippi 7-31826109%<1%<1% So the tough part for teams like Michigan State isn’t sweating the committee’s decision if it wins the Big Ten; it’s getting to that point in the first place. With Ohio State and Iowa still in the way; the Spartans have only an 11 percent chance of running the table. read more

Ohio State mens basketball set to face Nebraska in Big Ten tournament

CHICAGO–In what was perhaps the most surprising outcome of the first day of the Big Ten tournament, No. 10 seed Nebraska upset the No. 7 seed, Purdue. After beating the Boilermakers, 57-55, Thursday evening, the Huskers will take on No. 2 seed Ohio State Friday at 6:30 p.m. Let’s take a closer look at OSU’s opponent in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten tournament at the United Center in Chicago. Record: 15-17, 5-13 Big Ten Against OSU in the regular season: 0-2 The Buckeyes swept Nebraska in the regular season. OSU, led by junior forward Deshaun Thomas’ 22 points, handled the Cornhuskers, 70-44, on Jan. 2 in Columbus in the first conference game of the year. Junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. poured in 17 points while sophomore center Amir Williams took care of the paint on the defensive end with four blocks. The Buckeyes’ 26-point margin of victory is tied for the largest of their conference season with a Feb. 20 blowout of Minnesota. The Buckeyes came out of the gates in their second outing against Nebraska of the season on Feb. 2 similarly to the way they had in their first meeting. OSU jumped out to a 11-point lead in Lincoln, Neb.-sparked by the outside shooting of Thomas and sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross-but Nebraska rallied. The Huskers cut the deficit to nine points by halftime and to five with 2:40 remaining in the second half due to a 15-5 run. OSU tightened up its perimeter defense, and escaped the Devaney Center with a 63-56 victory. Matchup to watch: OSU junior guard Aaron Craft vs. Nebraska junior guard Ray Gallegos. In two games against OSU in the regular season, the sharp-shooting Gallegos was bottled up by the Buckeyes’ floor leader. Craft held Gallegos to a combined 8-for-32 from the field, well below his near-37 percent shooting percentage. If Nebraska is going to upset the Buckeyes Friday night, Gallegos will have to be much better than his regular season showing against OSU’s premier defender. Gallegos, who averages 12.8 points on the season, had a cold shooting night in the Huskers win against Purdue, scoring nine points on 11 shots. Nebraska coach Tim Miles on the upcoming game: “Our guys will be ready to go. I think they will be locked in and their hearts are fresher than their legs, but I think that’s going to be all right,” Miles said after the game Thursday. “We’ll just play a low possession game and see what happens.” read more

Teenager stole screwdrivers from Poundland before stabbing lawyer to death outside Greggs

The lawyer was described by his family as a “kind and caring man who was always first to help others”.They added: “He was a devoted father, husband, son, brother, uncle and friend and loved by all who knew him. His death will leave such a huge hole in our lives and he’ll be deeply missed by us all.”Words can’t quite describe what life will be like without him.”Mr Duncan was an in-house lawyer for a multi-national maritime firm.According to his LinkedIn profile, he was an electrical engineer before training as a solicitor at Northumbria University in 2003.He worked in Newcastle for Royal IHC Limited, which has a city centre office close to where he was attacked. A teenage boy stole ‘a quantity of screwdrivers’ from Poundland before fatally stabbing a lawyer outside Greggs, a court has heard.Peter Duncan died after being attacked close to a branch of Greggs bakery in the Old Eldon Square shopping centre in Newcastle at around 6.20pm last Wednesday.On Monday, a 17-year-old boy appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court accused of murdering the 52-year-old.The teenager also faces a charge of possessing an offensive weapon and theft of the screwdrivers.Wearing a grey tracksuit, he spoke only to confirm his name and address, and will appear at Newcastle Crown Court on Wednesday.His mother was sitting in the court as the five-minute hearing took place.Chair of the bench John Nergaard told the boy: “You have to appear before crown court as we do not have the jurisdiction to deal with bail at this court.”You will appear at the crown court on August 21.”The boy will then appear at Newcastle Crown Court for a plea hearing on September 16, the court heard.Following Mr Duncan’s death, police swiftly arrested eight youths aged between 14 and 17, with three remaining under investigation in addition to the teenager who appeared in court on Monday. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Governments mortgage plan wont solve housing crisis Davy

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT’S PLAN to incentivise banks to offer up to 95 per cent mortgages will not solve the growing housing crisis in the country, a leading economist has said.Conall MacCoille, chief economist with Davy Stockbrokers, told TheJournal.ie that “allowing people to borrow more isn’t going to solve the housing crisis”.The plan, which was leaked last week in advance of being included in the Government’s Construction 2020 housing plan, has attracted fire from political and economic quarters, with critics saying that it will increase demand for a limited supply of housing.The plan has also reportedly come under fire from Department of Finance as well as minority coalition partner Labour.MacCoille said: “The 95 per cent loan to value (LTV) subsidy is intended to stimulate the supply of credit, which is unnecessary, and will do little to help housing supply”Structural problemsHe said that the policy is poorly thought out, given the nature of the structural problems facing the Irish housing market.“The stock of Irish mortgage lending is contracting – as it naturally should do in the aftermath of a credit bubble. However, given banks are adequately capitalized they are now under pressure to engage in new mortgage lending.”In other words, the banks are already inclined to get capital out in the market, and don’t need to be pushed more by the Government to do so.MacCoille points to a growing gap between mortgage approvals and actual lending as evidence of the fact that those with approved mortgages are struggling to find properties to purchase.Another possible intention behind the policy would be to strengthen mortgage-backed buyers when compared to cash buyers, but again MacCoille argues that the policy will struggle to achieve this aim.“While perhaps desirable, again this policy would probably be fruitless, merely leading to more house price inflation and little supply response. It also poses financial stability issues, (further) indebting first time buyers…when interest rates are exceptionally low.”What does this chart tell us about the Irish mortgage market?>Too much debt and not enough houses: Ireland’s creditless recovery is here to stay>last_img read more

Battle of the Garth Brooks documentaries as TV3 move film forward to

first_img Source: Mark HumphreyIn press materials, RTE say their documentary isa journey to the heart of Ireland today – from our country’s cultural and music hinterland to politics done Irish-style.While TV3 offer a show thatdocuments the fallout with a country music giant which resulted in a €50million revenue loss to the country and irreparable damage to Ireland’s global reputation.Here are the trailers for the two documentaries.RTÉ Source: RTÉ TV Promotions/YouTubeTV3′s Source: TV3 Ireland/YouTubeMore: Prison changes uniform because Orange Is The New Black made jumpsuits ‘cool’> We’ve just got news yesterday that RTE were doing their own documentary, so we brought ours forward.She said it will also be aired again at the original time of 10pm tomorrow.“Ours is 60 minutes long, I think theirs is only half an hour,” McHugh said. “We pride ourselves on being nimble and quick footed so we really wanted to give our viewers the chance to see this.” TV3 HAVE MOVED their documentary about the Garth Brooks controversy forward at the last minute, after RTÉ announced that they were producing their own version.The independent broadcaster’s hour-long special, called Garth Brooks: What Went Wrong, was originally scheduled to air at 10pm tomorrow night.But yesterday RTÉ announced they would air their own documentary – called Garth Brooks: Tomorrow Never Came – at 9.35pm this evening.TV3 swiftly rescheduled their film for 9pm tonight, 35 minutes before RTÉ’s rival offering begins. Spokesperson Sharon McHugh told DailyEdge.ie:last_img read more

Gribilas radiothon raises 47000

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Kostas and Poppy Gribilas have continued to honour their daughter’s memory, calling on the community to donate to the Sydney Children’s Hospital. The couple held a radiothon last week that saw more than $47,000 being pledged to the newly formed Konstantina Angelique Gribilas Foundation.The family lost their daughter suddenly in 2013, after she suffered heart complications. The care Konstantina Angelique received at the Sydney Children’s Hospital is something that stayed with the couple and it was what pushed them to form a fundraising foundation to give back and say thanks. The radiothon saw hundreds of people call up and pledge, with a few big names in Greece also chiming in. Greek TV personalities Nana Palaitsaki and Alexandra Tsolka joined the radiothon live to give the drive some celebrity power, helping the couple reach the huge sum.“I didn’t expect it to be this successful, but it’s for a great cause and everyone wants to help make a difference,” Poppy Gribilas tells Neos Kosmos. The couple was amazed at the generosity of so many, personally thanking the huge number of pensioners going out of their way to pledge donations. The foundation will also be hosting a fundraising dinner on March 20, and all the money raised from both the radiothon and the dinner will be given to the hospital in a lump sum. The funds will go to the hospital’s intensive care unit in the hopes it will be able to buy new equipment. Those wanting to donate can deposit at: St George Bank Konstantina Angelique Gribilas Fund BSB: 112879 Account number: 493957854 For more information visit www.facebook.com/KonstantinaAngeliquelast_img read more

Doctor Who Underrated Villain of the Week Headless Monks

first_img You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. In honor of the Twelfth Doctor’s new monastic foe, let’s take a look back at the Order of the Headless.via BBCHEADLESS MONKSFirst appearance: [Prequel to] “A Good Man Goes to War” (2011)—season 6, episode 7Home planet: N/ADoctor: EleventhCompanions: Amy Pond, Rory WilliamsAmy has been abducted and replaced with a semi-sentient Flesh duplicate, while the real Amy is held captive by Madame Kovarian on secret asteroid base Demon’s Run, where she is about to give birth to Melody Pond.All caught up now?In this mid-season finale, writer Steven Moffat takes audiences on a timey-wimey journey across time and space as the Doctor and Rory go on the hunt for Amy and her baby.First, though, they’ll have to get past the Order of the Headless, a religious sect which listens to their hearts, not their heads—hence the name (and the decapitations).The deadly warriors, always hidden beneath velvety cowls, are incapable of being fooled or intimidated. That is, until the Doctor and his bevy of allies launch a surprise attack on the base, freeing Amy and recovering Melody.Mentioned in passing during the fifth season (“The Time of Angels”), Headless Monks make their debut during an exchange with Dorium Maldovar in the prequel to “A Good Man Goes to War”: The black marketeer gives two friars the brain of a Judoon, warning them against messing with the Doctor and his friends.The mysterious Monks, however, take no heed and later assist Madame Kovarian in her crusade against the Time Lord—a tragic battle that left Strax dead (I’m not crying, you’re crying).These enigmatic soldiers are really not to be messed with: Some fear that merely glancing beneath their cowl results in execution; it remains a Level One Heresy, punishable by death, to lower the hood of a Headless Monk.That doesn’t stop Colonel Manton, the human leader of operations at the Church on Demon’s Run, who, “by the divine grant of the Papal Mainframe herself, on this one and only occasion,” removes the veil to “show you the truth.”The uncomfortable truth that there really is no head—just the skin of the neck tied off like a balloon.A sort of ersatz monster-of-the-week, the Headless Monks don’t get their due; the character is mostly a distraction, never to be seen again in the Whoniverse. (Unless you consider these new cult-ish Monks a separate, fully intact (if not rotting) faction of the Order of the Headless that, instead of shooting balls of energy from their hands, trap people in a highly advanced virtual reality.)http://dai.ly/xj489zStream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership. Stay on target ‘Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Mire’Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Zygon last_img read more

Todays forecast brings welcome rain

first_imgAfter weeks of being plagued by snow and ice, the Pacific Northwest woke up today to a welcome familiarity: rain.Rain is the only precipitation in the forecast today, with showers likely before 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are expected to stay above freezing, with a high of 45 and a low of 36 expected.The wet weather is should stick around for the next few days, though sun is expected to start making an appearance by mid-week.last_img