Video: Duke Basketball Releases Cool Video Celebrating All Of Coach K’s NBA Draft Picks

first_imgGrant Hill of Duke on draft day.Grant Hill DukeKentucky is the college basketball program that gets most of the love these days for producing NBA talent, but Duke has been pretty great at it, too. Since Mike Krzyzewski took over the Blue Devils’ program in 1980, he’s had 51 players get selected in the NBA Draft. Thursday night, he’ll add to that number, as Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones are all projected to get picked in the first round, with Quinn Cook a potential second-round pick. In anticipation of the draft, Duke has released a cool video celebrating all of Coach K’s NBA players.last_img read more

Revenue Growth Accounts for More Capital Expenditure and Social Spending

first_img Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) Co-Chairman, Keith Duncan, says robust tax revenue growth over the last two years is creating the welcome fiscal space that allows for notable increases in Government capital expenditure and social spending. Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) Co-Chairman, Keith Duncan, says robust tax revenue growth over the last two years is creating the welcome fiscal space that allows for notable increases in Government capital expenditure and social spending.These increases, he said, are reflected in the first 2018/19 Supplementary Estimates, tabled in the House of Representatives on September 25 by Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, which show an additional $17.8-billion allocation for critical government operations.A total of $7.3 billion is earmarked for the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP); $7.14 billion for street-lighting arrears; and $2.5 billion for the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC).“These expenditures are to be covered by additional tax revenues of $8.5 billion and additional distributions and non-tax revenue from public bodies amounting to $10.1 billion,” Mr. Duncan indicated.He was addressing journalists during EPOC’s quarterly media briefing at Jamaica Money Market Brokers Limited’s (JMMB) corporate offices in Kingston on Wednesday (October 17).Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) data show that revenue inflows for April to August 2018 totalled $207.9 billion, some 3.6 per cent above the budgeted $200.6 billion.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Mission Team’s fourth Precautionary Standby Arrangement (PSBA) review, conducted in September, showed that inflows for the period up to the end of June 2018 totalled $127.8 billion as against a target of $110 billion.Mr. Duncan said data also show that the inflows increased to $168.4 billion in July, $207.9 billion in August, and were poised to meet September’s $234-billion target.He indicated that capital expenditure for April to August was $24.4 billion, some $2.8 billion or 13.2 per cent above budget.This expenditure, the EPOC Co-Chairman added, is $10.7 billion greater than the $13.7 billion spent for the corresponding period in 2017.“This improved investment in capital expenditure demonstrates the Government of Jamaica’s commitment to the overall stimulation of growth in the economy,” he further noted.Meanwhile, Mr. Duncan said Government’s social programme expenditure totalled $11.5 billion as at June 2018, which was $5.1 billion more than the budgeted floor (minimum) of $6.4 billion.He pointed out that the tax revenue and expenditure out-turns contributed to a Primary Surplus of $42.1 billion at the end of August, which exceeded the Government’s target of $34.3 billion.Mr. Duncan said the robust tax revenue inflows resulted from continued improvement in compliance, with approximately 6,080 new persons brought into the tax net as at July 2018.“EPOC acknowledges the targeted effort of the Government of Jamaica [and] Tax Administration Jamaica in widening the tax base, which has contributed to the positive performance of tax revenues,” he added. Story Highlights A total of $7.3 billion is earmarked for the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP); $7.14 billion for street-lighting arrears; and $2.5 billion for the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC). These increases, he said, are reflected in the first 2018/19 Supplementary Estimates, tabled in the House of Representatives on September 25 by Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, which show an additional $17.8-billion allocation for critical government operations.last_img read more

Winnipeg police charge selfdescribed gangster with violent history in killing of 3

first_imgAPTN National NewsWinnipeg police say they have a suspect in custody they believe is responsible for three murders this month.John Paul Ostamas, 40, originally from Eabametoon First Nation in northern Ontario, was arrested on Monday.The arrest follows two brutal slayings on the weekend, including one behind APTN’s headquarters.APTN’s Dennis Ward has the latestlast_img

City encouraging residents to get out and vote during upcoming municipal election

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City’s Legislative Services Director Janet Prestley says the City wants more Fort St. John residents to get out and vote during this fall’s municipal election.Speaking at the Fort St. John & District Chamber of Commerce luncheon today, Prestley spoke about some of the outreach the City will be doing to help bolster some of the lowest municipal election voter turnout stats in Northern B.C. According to the City, Fort St. John municipal election voter turnout has consistently lagged at least 19 percent behind the provincial average.During the 2008 municipal election, Fort St. John recorded a voter turnout of 23 percent while the average across B.C. was 43 percent. In 2014, the provincial average voter turnout was 41 percent, while Fort St. John’s voter turnout dropped to 15 percent. Some of the factors that have been blamed on the drop in turnout during election include the acclamation of the Mayor and a lack of controversial issues. Prestley said that many residents often forget that they interact with their local municipal government much more often than with their provincial or federal counterparts. She added that many residents also might not know that voting can often take less time than ordering a cup of coffee at a fast food restaurant.According to Prestley, residents will have three ways to vote during the upcoming municipal election: in person, at the curbside, and by mail. She said that the polls will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Fort St. John Legion on the day of the election, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 20th. Residents can also vote from the curbside in the comfort of their vehicles outside the polling station, or can request a mail-in ballot from the City ahead of the election.For more information about the upcoming municipal election, contact Janet Prestley at City Hall at (250) 787-8150.last_img read more

Huskies Early Bird Season Ticket Pricing

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Huskies are currently promoting their Early Bird Season Ticket pricing before September 1st, 2019.With 19 regular-season home games this year versus the 17 last year there is a lot of entertainment to be had.2019-20 Season Passes Rates;  Infant (0-4) – Early Bird FREE / After FREE Child (5-18) – Early Bird $75 / After $85 Adult (19-54) – Early Bird $150 / After $170 Senior (55+) – Early Bird $75 / After $85 Family (4+) – Early Bird $425 / After $480Tickets are available at the upcoming training camp (Aug 30 – Sept 1) or email; fsjhuskieshockey@gmail.comlast_img read more

Husky Energy gets help from Q2 tax relief but profit down from

first_imgCALGARY — Husky Energy Inc. says its second-quarter financial results were dragged by a heavy maintenance schedule, non-routine write offs and expenses, but those negatives were partly offset by a one-time tax benefit.The integrated oil and gas company had $370 million of net earnings in the quarter, including a negative impact from $77 million in after-tax adjustments that were offset by a $233 million benefit from Alberta corporate tax reductions.The profit amounted to 36 cents per share, down from 44 cents per share, or $448 million overall, in last year’s second quarter. However, net income was above the consensus estimate of 32 cents per share from financial markets data firm Refinitiv. It didn’t provide a revenue estimate for Husky’s second quarter.Husky says its revenue net of royalties was $5.30 billion, down from $5.88 billion in last year’s second quarter. Funds from operations dropped to $802 million or 80 cents per share from $1.21 billion or $1.20 per share.The Calgary-based company says it’s on track with a plan outlined at its recent investor day.Companies in this story: (TSX:HSE)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme an extraordinary step Sheila Dikshit

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi president Sheila Dikshit welcomed the historic announcement made by Congress president Rahul Gandhi to uplift the living standards of the poorest people in the country through the Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme, which she termed was an “extraordinary step”.Sheila Dikshit expressed her view that Rahul Gandhi made the announcement that under the Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme (Nyuantam Aay Yojna (NYAY)) for 5 crore poorest families of India, i.e 25 crore people, Rs 72,000 per annum would be deposited directly in the bank account of the woman of the family. She said that this scheme will apply both to the Urban and Rural poor families. She said “this is the biggest scheme for the poor by the Congress party” after the highly successful MANREGA. She said that this is probably the world’s first such scheme to ameliorate the woeful condition of the poorest people.last_img read more

Online bullying leads to poor sleep depression in teenagers

first_imgParents, please take note. Teenagers who experience cyber bullying are more likely to suffer from poor sleep and depression, warns a study. In one of the few studies to explore the connection between cyber victimisation and sleep quality, a research team examined the relationship between online bullying and depression among over 800 adolescents. “Cyber victimisation on the Internet and social media is a unique form of peer victimisation and an emerging mental health concern among teenagers who are digital natives,” said the reearchers. Also Read – The Puja carnivalAt severe levels, depression may lead to disrupted school performance, harmed relationships or even suicide. According to the US Office of Adolescent Health, nearly one third of teenagers have experienced symptoms of depression, which, in addition to changes in sleep pattern, include persistent irritability, anger and social withdrawal. The study was scheduled to be presented at “SLEEP 2019” conference in Texas from June 8-12.last_img read more

The Arizona Cardinals Have Been The Luckiest Team In The NFL

With an 11-3 record, the Arizona Cardinals were the first team in the NFC to clinch a playoff berth and have already tied their franchise record for wins in a season. All this, despite losing their top two quarterbacks, Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton, to injury. With a win Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks, the Cardinals would clinch the NFC West and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.But much like the Florida State Seminoles in their run to the College Football Playoff, the Cardinals have eked out wins in a lot of close games. So the question remains, are the Cardinals lucky or good? They’re lucky — Arizona probably isn’t as strong as its record — but also have been one of the most clutch teams in the NFL this season.Let’s begin with the luck. The most unambiguous measure of luck in football is fumble recoveries. They tend to be random acts, and a team with an unusually high fumble recovery rate one year generally regresses to the mean the next. The Cardinals lead the NFL in fumble recovery percentage; they’ve recovered 17 of 27 (63 percent).More generally, Arizona has not controlled games like a team that has won 11 of its first 14 games. The Cardinals have had, on average, a 52 percent chance to win across all of their plays in all of their games this season, which ranks 15th in the NFL. Every other team with at least 10 wins ranks in the top 10 in average win probability.A team with an average win probability around 50 percent would be expected to win about half of its games. Similarly, a team with a scoring margin of +43 — as the Cardinals have through 14 games — would be expected to win about eight games.Pythagorean expectations, which were first popularized by baseball’s Bill James and then translated to the NFL, can be used to estimate how many games a team “should” win based on its points scored and points allowed. By this measure, the Cardinals have 2.7 more wins than would be expected. That is the biggest difference between expected wins and actual wins in the NFL and the largest by a team since the Colts went 11-5 in the 2012 season with a negative scoring margin.A higher-than-expected win total suggests a team is winning close games, which is exactly what Arizona is doing. The Cardinals are 5-0 in games decided by eight points or fewer, the best winning percentage and tied for the most wins in the NFL. Arizona has an NFL-high four wins in which they trailed entering the fourth quarter.Winning close games, however, is not purely luck. The Cardinals have an uncanny ability to perform their best with the game on the line. They lead the NFL in points allowed (43), points margin (+59) and turnover margin (+12) in the fourth quarter. And a metric called win probability added, which looks at a team’s contributions to winning (accounting for late, close-game situations), has them atop the NFL when adding their offensive, defensive and special teams WPA.A mixture of luck and clutch plays have the Cardinals one win away from home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. With a 7-0 record at home, who knows what will happen once the playoffs begin, as the Cardinals look to complete one of the most improbable runs in NFL history. read more

Report Ohio State wide receiver Jalin Marshall to miss remainder of spring

The Ohio State football team has suffered another casualty.After losing sophomore safety Vonn Bell already this spring to an injured MCL, redshirt-freshman wide receiver Jalin Marshall can be added to the list of players out for the remainder of spring practice.According to a report by, Marshall is set to have surgery Friday morning to repair a torn meniscus and will miss the remainder of spring practice.Senior quarterback Braxton Miller, junior tight end Jeff Heuerman and senior wide receiver Evan Spencer have not practiced since the beginning of spring. Miller is out with after having arthroscopic surgery on his throwing shoulder, Heuerman has a broken nose and Spencer is rehabbing from a lower leg injury suffered in OSU’s 40-35 loss to Clemson in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl.After the first day of spring practice March 4, coach Urban Meyer noted he had seen an improvement in Marshall since he first walked on campus.“Jalin Marshall today, completely different football player than he was a year ago,” Meyer said. “Why? I put that on the coach. Let the kid go play. I saw what you saw, great looking dude, but he didn’t play great. Just go.”Marshall did not play for the Buckeyes in his first season in Columbus, despite coming in as a highly touted recruit out of high school. He was expected to compete for playing time next season, after the graduation of OSU’s leading wide receiver, Corey “Philly” Brown.Former Buckeye linebacker Ryan Shazier said before the Orange Bowl against Clemson he thought that Marshall was a player to watch for in the future.“Even some of those guys on offense like Jalin and (redshirt-freshman tight end) Marcus Baugh and guys like that,” Shazier said Dec. 13. “I feel like they’re going to do a really good job next year helping this team. They’ve been doing a great job on scout and even practices so just watching them in this bowl practice is going to be really key.”An OSU spokesman did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment Wednesday.The Buckeyes are scheduled to open the 2014 season Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. read more

Brazils Ronaldo believes Salah is similar to Messi

first_imgBrazil great Ronaldo has admitted that he is a big fan of Mohamed Salah’s and even compared him to Lionel MessiThe Egyptian has scored 44 goals in all competitions for Liverpool in what has been a stunning maiden campaign for the Premier League side.Salah’s 10 goals in the Champions League has helped fire Liverpool to their first appearance in the final since 2007 and he is expected to be the main threat in their attempt to deny Real Madrid a third successive crown.Ronaldo, who only won the UEFA Cup with Inter Milan in 1998, has become a fan of Salah’s himself and believes that he shares similarities with Messi.“Salah, I love him. He is an incredible player with a tremendous quality,” said the Brazilian, according to beINSPORTS.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“He looks like Messi. I recently read him saying that I had been his inspiration and I was excited.”However, the 41-year-old is expecting his former club Real to overcome Liverpool in the final.“My result is 3-2 for Madrid,” said Ronaldo.“If they win the final it will be an unprecedented event in their history. I am very optimistic.“There were doubts during the year, but Real Madrid came together and have achieved something historic.”last_img read more

Dense Smoke Advisory Remains In Effect For Peninsula Use Caution

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a Dense Smoke Advisory, which is in effect until 2pm Tuesday, but could be extended depending on fire behavior. Sean Baines with the National Weather Service: “Smoke will likely be dense along the highway along Cooper Landing to Sterling along the highway. Not only should be people driving be careful, but those with respiratory problems may have difficulty breathing when outside and are advised to use caution.” Interior Kenai Peninsula, including the Sterling Highway corridor from Sterling to Cooper Landing. Smoke from the Swan Lake fire will reduce visibilities to one quarter mile or less at times. A dense smoke advisory means fires will create widespread smoke, limiting visibilities. If driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you in case a sudden stop is needed. Air quality monitors have been set up near the fire area. Data from monitors in Cooper Landing can be viewed at The monitor in Sterling can be found at read more

Harold Bradley Iconic Country Music Guitarist Dies At 93

first_img Facebook Twitter News Harold Bradley, Iconic Country Music Guitarist, Dies At 93 Iconic Guitarist Harold Bradley Dies At 93 harold-bradley-iconic-country-music-guitarist-dies-93 Email Bradley, along with his brother record producer Owen Bradley, is known to have built the “Nashville Sound.” Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Feb 1, 2019 – 1:52 pm Harold Bradley, the legendary guitarist behind some of Nashville’s most well-known songs including Brenda Lee’s “I’m Sorry” and Elvis Presley’s “(You’re The) Devil In Disguise” and an essential person in creating the “Nashville Sound,” has died. He was 93.The guitarist died early Thursday, his daughters said on Facebook. “Early this morning Harold died peacefully in his sleep,” they said on what looks like Bradley’s personal Facebook page. “Many of you know him as a successful musician and no doubt many stories will be told in the coming week. But to us, his greatest accomplishment was being the best dad in the world. We love you, dad.”Harold, along with his brother record producer Owen Bradley, is known to have built the pop induced “Nashville Sound.” The two opened recording studios in Nashville including, Bradley Film And Recording. Harold worked with numerous artists in the studio, including Ray Stevens, Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee, Elvis Presley, and Bill Monroe. Raised in Nashville, Bradley picked up the banjo first but switched to an interest in guitar after his brother suggested to do so. He served in the Navy for two years starting in 1944, but upon his return to Nashville began to focus on music. Bradley was also the first-ever president of the National Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences, commonly known as the Recording Academy. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of renowned country music guitarist and our first Recording Academy Nashville Chapter President, Harold Bradley,” Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement. “Harold will not only be remembered for his musical accomplishments, but for his unwavering dedication to our field and commitment to advocating for his industry. We have lost an integral member of our music community, and he will be dearly missed by many.”Bradley was inducted in the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2006.”Everything that was happening in the studio, that was my world,” Bradley said in an interview with NPR in 2013. “That was as big as it got. And then one day, my brother came up and he said, ‘Well, we’re doing pretty good. We’ve got 25 out of the top 50 songs.’ All of a sudden I’m thinking, ‘That stuff we did in the studio, people are listening to that all over the world? Maybe I better pay some attention to what’s happening a little bit more because, goodnight! Whatever I’m playing, these people are listening to it. And I better be good.'”Dolly Parton Talks Longevity, Equality, Whitney Houston & MoreRead morelast_img read more

Zee Cine Awards 2019 winners list Ranbir Kapoor Deepika Padukone take top

first_imgRanbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone win Best Actor at Zee Cine Awards 2019.PR Handouts.Bollywood actors Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone took top honours at the Zee Cine Awards 2019 held in Mumbai on Tuesday. Ranbir Kapoor won the Best Actor (Male) trophy for the movie Sanju, a biopic on the life of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt. Deepika Padukone was honoured with the Best Actor (Female) award for her title role in Padmaavat, based on the real story of Rani Padmavati and her johar.Deepika Padukone’s husband Ranveer Singh, who co-starred with her in Padmaavat as Alauddin Khilji, won the Best Actor (Male) Viewers’ Choice award for his menacing act in the film. Alia Bhatt took home the Best Actor (Female) Viewers’ Choice award for her film Raazi. Vicky Kaushal was adjudged the Best Supporting Actor (Male) award for Sanju, while Katrina Kaif won the Best Supporting Actor (Female) award for Shah Rukh Khan-Anushka Sharma film Zero.Sanjay Leela Bhansali was honoured with the Best Director award for Padmaavat, and the Best Film award has been withheld. Veteran actress Hema Malini was honoured with the Zee Cine Awards For Contribution In Indian Cinema. Sonam Kapoor, Tabu and Neena Gupta won special awards. Here’s the Zee Cine Awards 2019 winners’ list:Best Actor Ranbir Kapoor – SanjuBest Actress Deepika Padukone – PadmaavatBest Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali – PadmaavatBest Supporting Actor (Male) Vicky Kaushal – SanjuBest Supporting Actor (Female) Katrina Kaif – ZeroBest Actor In Comic Role Kartik Aaryan – Sonu Ke Titu Ki SweetyBest Negative Role (Female) Tabu – AndhaDhunBest Actor Viewers’ Choice Awards Ranveer Singh – PadmaavatBest Actress Viewers’ Choice Awards Alia Bhatt – RaaziBest Debutant (Male) Ishaan Khatter – DhadakBest Debutante (Female) Janhvi Kapoor – DhadakBest Debut Director Amar Kaushik – StreeBest Playback Singer (Male) Yasser – Naino Ne Baandhi (Gold)Best Playback Singer (Female) Vibha Saraf and Harshdeep Kaur (Raazi)Best Story Arijit Biswas and Sriram Raghavan – AndhaDhunBest Extraordinary Global Icon Awards Sonam Kapoor AhujaBest Extraordinary Performer Of The Year Awards Ayushmann Khurrana – Badhaai Ho – AndhaDhunBest Extraordinary Couple Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao – Badhaai HoZee Cine Awards For The Contribution In Indian Cinema Hema MaliniBest Cinematography Sudeep Chatterjee – PadmaavatBest Action Lakshman Chella, Ram Chella, Kecha Khamphakdee – Baaghi 2Best Production Design Rakesh Yadav – TumbbadBest Editing Pooja Ladha Surti – AndhaDhunBest Dialogue Sumit Aroraa – StreeBest Choreography PadmaavatBest Background Music Daniel B George – AndhaDhunBest Sound Design PadmaavatBest Visual Effects Harry Hingorani – Red Chillies.VFX – ZeroBest Technical Awards Zero and Padmaavat.Congratulations to all the winners at the Zee Cine Awards 2019.last_img read more

Box office collection Gurkha Gorilla off to a decent start perform better

first_imgGurkha and Gorilla.PR HandoutYogi Babu’s much-hyped Gurkha occupied the top spot at the Chennai box office in the last weekend. The film has performed better than a few new releases that include Gorilla and Hrithik Roshan’s Bollywood film Super 30.In the first weekend, Gurkha grossed Rs 48.83 lakh from 183 shows, reports Behindwoods. The movie has met with mixed reviews and the success of the film will be decided on how the audience respond in the days to come.Jiiva’s Gorilla is in second place. It has raked in Rs 44.75 lakh from 141 shows. This flick has also met with mixed reviews. This week, a few films that include Amala Paul’s Aadai and Vikram’s Kadaram Kondan will be released and retaining screens could be tough for the last-weekend releases.Hollywood movie Spider-Man: Far From Home has collected Rs 38.99 lakh from 66 shows. It has earned a ‘hit’ status at the Chennai box office by raking in Rs 2.24 crore in 10 days.Bollywood film Super 30 has got a good start at the Chennai box office. The film has earned Rs 34.62 lakh from 75 shows. New Tamil release Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu 2 has collected Rs 19.31 lakh from 108 shows.The business of Jyothika’s Raatchasi has dropped in the second weekend by earning Rs 12.86 lakh from 60 shows. The total collection of the flick stands at Rs 1.01 crore. It is followed by Bodhai Yeri Budhi Maari, which has earned Rs 7.32 lakh from 51 shows.Samantha’s Oh Baby has collected Rs 3.45 lakh from 21 shows. The total collection of the movie stands at Rs 17.99 lakh from 21 shows. Kalavani 2 and Thozhar Venkatesan are in the last two positions by collecting Rs 2.86 lakh from 30 shows to take its total tally to Rs 26.15 lakh and Rs 2.19 lakh from 39 shows, respectively.last_img read more

Tk 10b project approved to tackle Padma erosion

first_imgMulfatganj Bazar of Shariatpur’s Naria upazila is disappearing due to violent erosion of Padma river in recent weeks. Photo: Sajid HossainThe government on Wednesday approved a proposal to award a contract to Bangladesh Navy-run Khulna Shipyard to protect the Zajira and Naria upazilas of Shariatpur from river erosion at a cost of Tk 10.77 billion, reports UNB.The cabinet committee on economic affairs at a meeting, with finance minister AMA Muhith in the chair, gave go-ahead to the proposal placed by water resources ministry.Briefing newsmen the cabinet division additional secretary Nasima Begum said under the proposal, the Khulna Shipyard will implement project of the Water Development Board to protect 8.90 km of riverbank of Padma at Zajira and Naria upazilas.The contract work includes 9.75 km dredging, 0.089 km end-termination and construction of 8 RCC concrete ferry terminals.The cabinet body’s approval came at a time when thousands have been rendered homeless in scourge of Padma erosion in Shariatpur’s two upazilas over the past three months.last_img read more

No 8 Louisville Hosts James Madison for Weekend Series

first_imgStory Links Saturday, March 2 | 4:00 p.m. ET | Live Stats TV: ACC Network Extra | Radio: 93.9 The Ville LOU: Sr. RHP Bryan Hoeing (1-1, 6.00 ERA) JMU: Rs-Sr. LHP Joe Williams (1-0, 2.89 ERA) 1. Louisville 559 4. North Carolina 556 LOUISVILLE 2018 RECRUITING CLASS AMONG BEST IN COUNTRYThe University of Louisville baseball program received its highest recruiting ranking in program history after D1Baseball tabbed the 2018 class at No. 3 in the nation. Louisville’s 2018 class was also ranked fourth nationally by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.The 2018 class ranking marked the ninth time in the last 11 years Louisville has earned a top 25 national recruiting ranking under the guidance of head coach Dan McDonnell. The Cardinals had the top class in the ACC according to D1Baseball and was among five ACC programs in the top 25 classes – No. 6 Florida State, No. 8 Miami, No. 12 Clemson and No. 17 Virginia.FEELING AT HOME INSIDE JIM PATTERSON STADIUMSince opening the gates at Jim Patterson Stadium in 2005, the Cardinals have won more than 77 percent of their games in the ballpark posting a 372-107 record (.777 winning percentage), including an impressive 33-4 mark during the 2017 season at the corner of Third and Central. Louisville set a school record for home wins with 36 in 2016 and the Cardinals have registered 30 or more wins at home in four of the last six seasons.BENNETT, FITZGERALD, PINKHAM, WYATT NAMED TEAM CAPTAINSLefthanded pitcher Nick Bennett, infielder Tyler Fitzgerald, catcher Zeke Pinkham and first baseman Logan Wyatt have been selected by University of Louisville players and coaches as team captains for the Cardinals baseball team in 2019.Bennett, a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, closed his sophomore season with an 8-2 record, 2.84 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 73.0 innings pitched, including 11 starts. He was an All-ACC Second Team honoree and was an All-ACC Academic Team selection in 2018. During his first collegiate season in 2017, Bennett earned Freshman All-America honors and was an All-ACC Third Team selection while accumulating a 5-1 record, 3.18 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 65.0 innings pitched and 15 total appearances, including 13 starts.A junior from Rochester, Illinois, Fitzgerald had a .264 batting average with three home runs, 17 doubles, 24 RBIs, 57 runs scored and 23 stolen bases in 24 attempts while playing in all 64 games in 2018, including 63 starts. Fitzgerald was named to the 2018 All-ACC Academic Team.Hailing from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Pinkham has made 58 appearances with 26 starts behind the plate during his three seasons with the Cardinals. After missing the 41 games of 2018 recovering from off-season injury, Pinkham closed his junior season with 17 appearances and 11 starts.A Louisville native, Wyatt earned Third Team All-America recognition from Collegiate Baseball newspaper and was an All-ACC First Team honoree as a sophomore after hitting .339 with six home runs, 69 RBIs, 22 doubles, 63 walks, 51 runs scored, .559 slugging percentage and .490 on-base percentage. He closed the 2018 season ranked third in the NCAA in walks, 15th in on-base percentage, 17th in RBIs and 18th in doubles. Wyatt was also named to the 2018 NCAA All-Lubbock Regional Team after finishing 6-for-16 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in four NCAA Regional games.ALL LOUISVILLE BASEBALL GAMES SLATED FOR RADIO COVERAGEEach of Louisville’s 56 regular season games as well as all postseason games can be heard on radio locally in Louisville and online via Moth will once again be on the call of Louisville baseball games this spring, while 93.9 The Ville will serve as the flagship station for the fifth consecutive season. Selected games during the regular season will be broadcast on 1450 WXVW. LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Following its first setback at home in 2019, the eighth-ranked Louisville baseball team will host James Madison for three games at Jim Patterson Stadium starting Friday at 4:00 p.m., ET. The series continues with a Saturday doubleheader starting at noon ET. All three game can be seen on ACC Network Extra and radio coverage will be available on 1450 WXVW Friday and 93.9 The Ville on Saturday. Live scoring is available at THE LOUISVILLE CARDINALSAfter four consecutive victories to open up the home schedule, the Cardinals lost 5-4 in 10 innings to Xavier on Tuesday. Louisville rallied back from three different deficits to get the game in extra innings, but left the tying run on third in the 10th.Tuesday’s contest was the second to reach extra innings in the last three for the Cardinals, and the third this season to be decided by just one run.Louisville is in the midst of a 14-game homestand after three games in Florida to start the season. The Cardinals will not hit the road again until a three-game set at Duke beginning on March 15.The Cardinals began head coach Dan McDonnell’s 13th season ranked as high as fourth in the national polls. UofL is coming off a 45-19 record in 2018, its seventh straight 40-win season and the 11th in 12 seasons under McDonnell. The Cardinals advanced to the championship round of an NCAA Regional for the seventh straight season.ABOUT JAMES MADISONJames Madison enters the weekend with a 7-1 overall mark that includes a weekend sweep of Norfolk State to open the season and a series victory over Lafayette last weekend. The Dukes are coming off a 5-4 victory over VMI on Wednesday.SERIES HISTORYThis weekend will be the first-ever games between Louisville and James Madison. The Cardinals are 5-1 all-time against current members of the Colonial Athletic Association, with a 3-0 record against Elon and 2-1 mark versus Delaware.TEAM NOTES AND TRENDS Louisville has had at least one baserunner in 58 of 71 offensive innings this season. Cardinal starting pitchers allowed just four earned runs over 23 innings in last week’s four victories. During that stretch, the Louisville bullpen allowed just one run in 14 innings of work spread across 10 different pitchers. In five of Louisville’s first eight games, the starting pitcher has pitched five innings or more with one earned run or fewer allowed. Louisville has been racking up the strikeouts on the mound this season, totaling 10 or more in each of the last five games and six of eight overall. The Cardinals had 11 strikeouts in five innings from their bullpen Tuesday against Xavier. Eleven different Cardinals have made their Louisville debuts this season (Binelas, Davis, Leonard, Lohman, Masterman, Metzinger, Perkins, Poland, Schmeltz, Smith and Wright). It was the collegiate debut for 10 of the 11. Louisville has 24 games on its schedule against teams ranked inside the top 25 in at least one of the six major preseason polls (Clemson, Connecticut, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, NC State, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest). The Cardinals were 39-4 in 2018 when entering the ninth inning with a lead. From 2012-17, Louisville accumulated a six-year record of 266-3 when entering the ninth with a lead, including a 50-0 mark in 2017. On the mound, Louisville was 5th in the nation in 2018 in hits allowed per 9 IP (7.40), 19th in strikeouts per 9 IP (9.5) and 27th in ERA (3.53). UofL led the ACC in ERA and hits allowed per 9 IP.  Louisville was ranked 5th in the nation and No. 1 in the ACC in stolen bases in 2018 with 125 in 149 attempts after ranking 17th in 2017 (98-of-123). The Cardinals were 12th in the NCAA in 2016 with 101 stolen bases, fourth nationally with 127 stolen bases in 2015, second in the nation in 2014 with 133 and second in 2013 with 150. Offensively in 2018, the Cardinals were 8th in the NCAA in sacrifice flies (36) 10th in walks (333), 11th in on-base percentage (.400) and 12th in doubles (131). Louisville led the ACC in doubles.  UofL has won 31 of its 40 ACC series since joining the league and is 33-6 in its series finales during that span, including an 11-4 record in rubber games. The Cardinals have won 16 of their 20 ACC series at home since debuting in the conference. While at Louisville, coach Dan McDonnell has guided the Cardinals to four College World Series berths, seven NCAA Super Regional appearances, 11 NCAA Regional bids, eight regular season conference championships and two conference tournament titles with 37 All-Americans. ESPN Louisville, the group behind local stations ESPN 680 and 105.7 FM, launched 93.9 The Ville, powered by ESPN, on Jan. 29, 2015. The station provides coverage of the Cardinals through an official partnership with Louisville Sports Properties, which represents UofL athletics.LOUISVILLE TO PLAY 52 GAMES ON ESPN NETWORKSLouisville’s 2019 television schedule features 52 of 56 regular season games set for ESPN platforms. The 52 regular season games scheduled for television coverage matches the 2018 season for most in program history.The television schedule is headlined by a pair of games slated for ESPNU. The Cardinals will host Vanderbilt on May 7 in the annual Battle of the Barrel and will later appear on ESPNU May 14 at Indiana.Forty-eight of the 52 games will be televised exclusively on ACC Network Extra, available on WatchESPN and the ESPN app. The Cardinals will also appear on SEC Network+ on the road at Kentucky on April 16 and on ESPN+ at Eastern Kentucky March 19. Print Friendly Version     LSU 559center_img Friday, March 1 | 4:00 p.m. ET | Live Stats TV: ACC Network Extra | Radio: 1450 WXVW LOU: So. LHP Reid Detmers (1-0, 0.75 ERA) JMU: Jr. RHP Kevin Kelly (2-0, 0.00 ERA) 5. Vanderbilt 543     Florida State 559 Most Wins Since 2007 Saturday, March 2 | 12:00 p.m. ET | Live Stats TV: ACC Network Extra | Radio: 93.9 The Ville LOU: Jr. LHP Nick Bennett (1-0, 2.70 ERA) JMU: So. RHP Nick Stewart (0-1, 4.00 ERA) DETMERS NAMED ACC PITCHER OF THE WEEKSophomore lefthander Reid Detmers was named the ACC Pitcher of the Week following a dominant showing in the opening game of Friday’s doubleheader against Brown.Detmers tossed seven no-hit innings with a career-best 11 strikeouts. The southpaw retired the first 16 batters he faced before issuing a walk with one out in the sixth inning. Detmers then retired the next five hitters to finish off his outing. The sophomore struck out the side in order in the second and fourth innings during a stretch of eight strikeouts in nine hitters.Through two starts, Detmers has allowed just one run over 12 innings with 14 strikeouts and an opponents’ batting average of .103.LOUISVILLE TABBED AS PRESEASON ACC FAVORITEThe Louisville baseball team was voted as the 2019 ACC preseason favorite by the league’s 14 head coaches. The Cardinals were selected as the favorite in both the Atlantic Division and the conference.Louisville received seven first place votes in the Atlantic Division and tallied 90 points to narrowly edge out Florida State, which picked up six votes for the top spot and 86 points. Clemson was third with 71 points followed by NC State (53), Wake Forest (49), Notre Dame (24) and Boston College (19).North Carolina was a near unanimous selection to win the Coastal Division, as 13 coaches voted the Tar Heels in the top spot. Virginia received the other first place tally and is tied with Duke for the second position with 64 points. Miami (61), Georgia Tech (59), Pitt (24) and Virginia Tech (23) round out the rest of the division.BENNETT AND WYATT RECEIVE 2019 PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA RECOGNITIONA pair of Louisville players were named preseason All-Americans in 2019 by various organizations. Junior first baseman Logan Wyatt garnered preseason All-America honors from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, D1Baseball, NCBWA and Perfect Game. Additionally, junior lefthanded pitcher Nick Bennett was a preseason All-America selection by the NCBWA and Perfect Game.A Louisville native, Wyatt earned Third Team All-America recognition from Collegiate Baseball newspaper and was an All-ACC First Team honoree as a sophomore last season after hitting .339 with six home runs, 69 RBIs, 22 doubles, 63 walks, 51 runs scored, .559 slugging percentage and .490 on-base percentage. He closed 2018 ranked third in the NCAA in walks, 15th in on-base percentage, 17th in RBIs and 18th in doubles. Wyatt was also named to the 2018 NCAA All-Lubbock Regional Team after finishing 6-for-16 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in four NCAA Regional games.Bennett, a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, closed his sophomore season with an 8-2 record, 2.84 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 73.0 innings pitched, including 11 starts. He was an All-ACC Second Team honoree and was an All-ACC Academic Team selection in 2018. During his first collegiate season in 2017, Bennett earned Freshman All-America honors and was an All-ACC Third Team selection while accumulating a 5-1 record, 3.18 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 65.0 innings pitched and 15 total appearances, including 13 starts.WYATT NAMED TO USA BASEBALL GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD WATCH LISTJunior first baseman Logan Wyatt was named to the preseason watch list for the 2019 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. The list features 55 of the nation’s top amateur players across high school and college baseball.Wyatt is the 11th Cardinal to appear on the preseason watch list since 2009, including Brendan McKay who won the Golden Spikes Award in 2017.An All-American in 2018, Wyatt has garnered preseason All-America honors in 2019 from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, D1Baseball, NCBWA and Perfect Game. The Louisville native was an All-ACC First Team honoree as a sophomore last season after hitting .339 with six home runs, 69 RBIs, 22 doubles, 63 walks, 51 runs scored, .559 slugging percentage and .490 on-base percentage. Wyatt was also named to the 2018 NCAA All-Lubbock Regional Team after finishing 6-for-16 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in four NCAA Regional games.LOUISVILLE IN NATIONAL POLLS EVERY WEEK SINCE START OF 2012Louisville, which surpassed its previous high national ranking of No. 2 (in 2016) with the No. 1 ranking on March 13 and March 20 during the 2017 season, has enjoyed a historic run by remaining ranked in at least one major national poll every week since the release of the 2012 preseason rankings — the longest such span in school history.Ranked in the top 25 in all six major preseason polls for 2019, the Cardinals have earned a preseason national ranking in 11 straight seasons (2008-2018) overall. Louisville entered the 2019 season ranked fourth in the D1Baseball rankings, eighth in the Perfect Game and USA Today polls, ninth in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and NCBWA rankings and 11th by Baseball America.LOUISVILLE LEADS COUNTRY IN WINS SINCE 2007Dan McDonnell took the reins of the Louisville baseball program in 2007. Louisville entered 2019 with the most wins of any Division I program from 2007-18 with 554. GAME DAY INFORMATION #8 Louisville vs. James Madison Location: Louisville, Ky. Venue: Jim Patterson Stadium (4,000) Twitter Updates: @LouisvilleBSB Game Notes: Louisville | James Madisonlast_img read more

Netflixs culture is too transparent to be functional reports the WSJ

first_imgYesterday, further details surrounding the firing of Netflix’s Chief Communications Officer Jonathan Friedland emerged. A report by The Wall Street Journal highlighted a number of cultural issues within the company. Mr. Friedland was fired in June for saying the “N-word” in full form in a meeting. The WSJ report highlights that Netflix’s culture focuses on “freedom and responsibility”, allowing every employee to access sensitive information, from how many subscribers sign up to the viewership of shows to contractual terms for Netflix’s production deals. Netflix’s policy of internal transparency and candor Keeping transparency in an organization is important, but Netflix takes this to the next level. Executives at the director level and above are permitted to see the salaries of every employee. This can upset team dynamics, according to a number of current and former executives. But others, including Bob Heldt, a former director of engineering, threw their support behind the initiative after it helped people who were underpaid make a case for raises. Employees are given the freedom to offer harsh feedback to their colleagues. They have introduced something called a “keeper test”, which lets managers take the decision of firing a team member based on just a question. They explain this on their culture page: “We focus on managers’ judgment through the “keeper test” for each of their people: if one of the members of the team was thinking of leaving for another firm, would the manager try hard to keep them from leaving? Those who do not pass the keeper test (i.e. their manager would not fight to keep them) are promptly and respectfully given a generous severance package so we can find someone for that position that makes us an even better dream team.” Netflix, in a written statement, likened working at the organization to being in an Olympic team: “Being part of Netflix is like being part of an Olympic team. Getting cut, when it happens, is very disappointing but there is no shame at all. Our former employees get a generous severance and they generally get snapped up by another company.” Netflix is a rapidly growing company with its subscribers nearly quadrupling since 2013. But with this level of openness and transparency, for many Netflixers, its culture can be ruthless, demoralizing and transparent to the point of dysfunctional. Read the full report at WSJ’s official website. Read Next How everyone at Netflix uses Jupyter notebooks from data scientists, machine learning engineers, to data analysts How Netflix uses AVA, an Image Discovery tool to find the perfect title image for each of its shows Netflix bring in Verna Myers as new VP of Inclusion strategy to boost cultural diversitylast_img read more

S4C has confirmed that it has appointed Ian Jones

first_imgS4C has confirmed that it has appointed Ian Jones its new chief executive.Jones will leave cable channel operator and programme seller A+E Networks to take the position at the Welsh public broadcaster. His appointment was widely rumoured, but a contract wrangle with A+E, which he joined last December as managing director, content distribution and commercial development, is understood to have held up the official announcement. 
Jones was at the recent MIPCOM programming market in Cannes representing A+E and will not start in his new role until April 22, 2012.Arwel Ellis Owen will remain as interim chief executive in the intervening period
Jones was one of the team that originally launched S4C in 1982 and after working at ITV and as an independent producer he rejoined S4C as director of business, S4C International and coproductions between 1992 and 1997. He was president of National Geographic Television International from 2004 to 2007 and group managing director of Target Entertainment before joining A+E.last_img read more

Joe Earley Fox Television Groups longserving COO

first_imgJoe EarleyFox Television Group’s long-serving COO, Joe Earley, is leaving the 21st Century Fox-owned broadcaster after more than two decades.Earley will leave the firm at the end of the year, bringing to an end 21 years of service.He has held his current post since August 2014, working under Fox TV Group co-chairmen and CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden, having previously served as chief operating officer of Fox Broadcasting Company.He joined Fox as a senior publicist in 1994, having begun his career as part of Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd’s production and development team.At Fox, he has overseen scripted programming and development, casting, marketing and communications, audience strategy, digital, and business affairs over the years.Earley said that the merger of Fox’s studio and broadcasting businesses under Newman and Walden had “allowed me to also appreciate the impressive team on the studio side”, but meant he had become removed from creative elements of the business.“All of this new opportunity… as rewarding as it is, has led me further and further from the creative process, which is really where my heart wants to be. So, while I will miss my extended Fox family terribly, it is time for me to pursue the proverbial, ‘next chapter.’ As a former publicist, I thought I would never use that phrase, but it turns out that sometimes it’s true.”“We have been discussing his desire to get closer to the creative process for a while now, and although we would love for him to stay at Fox for another 21 years, we understand and fully support his plans to take on new challenges,” said Newman and Walden in a statement.“We are extremely grateful to Joe for his partnership, strategic insight and all of his contributions to the company, and we know we’ll be working with him again soon.”last_img read more