first_imgIt was a thrilling end to National Touch League 2019, with a drop-off in the Men’s Open grand final between the Hunter Western Hornets and Central Queensland Bulls. The Hornets started strong but couldn’t get more than a couple up on the Bulls throughout the whole game. The Bulls were on six tries against seven with seconds to go before scoring and sending the game into a tense drop-off that ended with the Hornets taking the chocolates.The Women’s and Mixed Open finals weren’t as tight. The Sharks dominated both games. In the Women’s, the Sharks beat the Sydney Scorpions 7-2. Post-match, Sharks captain Sammy-Jo Curtis said it was the team’s perfect combination of youth and experience that got them through. “We’ve got a really young side, they can just run all day. The girls are so fit,” she said.“They’re young but they’ve got experience – they’ve got Elite 8s under their belt, they’ve got Premiership, they’re Aussie youth players, we’ve got a lot of experience on our side.”In the Mixed Open, the Sharks won 10-6 against the Sydney Mets, but the win didn’t come easily. “It was a grind,” said co-captain Michelle Evans. “[The Mets] put on a tough performance, nothing but respect for them.”Her co-captain Steven Loutitt, agreed: “It was super tough, end-to-end, so great stuff from our guys to hold in there. Really proud of them.”Here’s a list of Grand Final results for all divisions. (Stay tuned for Players of the Finals.)Men’s Open: Hornets 8 def. Bulls 7Women’s Open: Sharks 7 def. Scorpions 2Mixed Open: Sharks 10 def. Mets 6Men’s 30s: Scorpions 8 def. Sharks 6Women’s 30s: Cobras 8 def. Rebels 1Senior Mixed: Scorpions 6 def. Raiders 2Men’s 40s: Sharks 6 def. Scorpions 4Women’s 40s: Scorpions 3 def. Sharks 2Men’s 45s: Scorpions 6 def. Sharks 3Women’s 45s: Broncos 3 def. Scorpions 0Men’s 50s: Scorpions 5 def. Cyclones 4Men’s 55s: Scorpions 5 v Pineapples 4Men’s 60s: Cyclones 3 def. Cobras 2Congratulations to the Sydney Scorpions for taking home the Golden Boot!For more info on NTL 2019, go to the National Touch League website.last_img read more


first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona midfielder Busquets relieved with Slavia Prague winby Carlos Volcano2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets admitted relief after their Champions League win over Slavia Prague.Busquets admitted they were made to suffer in the Czech capital. “It’s an important victory,” Busquets said after the win. “We knew we had back-to-back games coming up against them (in Europe) and winning away is always important. It’s really complicated and even group. These three points give us an advantage at the top and we hope to be able to take advantage of that at home in the next game. “(The final minutes) were difficult. We knew they would take risks, put lots of players forward and if we didn’t press it was going to be tough. We had chances but we also suffered quite a bit. They had the game lost and were throwing bodies forward. We had the numbers on the break but we suffered until the end.” On the missed chances, he said: “Sometimes the ball doesn’t want to go in. Our second goal wasn’t the best but it still counts. We have to keep on going.” And on Lionel Messi, who scored the opener, Busquets added: “He’s had a tough start to the season because of injuries. He’s fundamental to the way we play and a lot goes through him. He’s getting his rhythm back but it won’t take him long because he’s the best in the world.” last_img read more


first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,090.27, down 10.67 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down seven cents, or 0.85 per cent, to $8.12 on 17.4 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Healthcare. Down 98 cents, or 4.59 per cent, to $20.37 on 17.1 million shares.HEXO Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Healthcare. Down seven cents, or 0.99 per cent, to $7.03 on 15 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Down one cent, or 0.28 per cent, to $3.53 on 9.5 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up 26 cents, or 6.06 per cent, to $4.55 on 8.5 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Energy. Up 10 cents, or 0.86 per cent, to $11.71 on 7.1 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Tahoe Resources Inc. (TSX:THO). Base metals. Up 34 cents, or 9.9 per cent to $3.76 on 3.9 million shares traded. The miner restarted its La Arena gold mine in Peru following an agreement to end a protest and begin a formal dialogue to resolve complaints raised by members of the community of La Ramada. Work at the mine had been suspended for eight days starting on Aug. 30 due to protests by an estimated 80 to 100 people from La Ramada.Hydro One Ltd. (TSX:H). Utilities. Up 32 cents or 1.68 per cent to $19.39 on 671,000 shares traded. The Ontario electricity distributor named former CIBC executive Tom Woods as its permanent chairman after serving in the role on an interim basis since Aug. 14. He was among 10 new directors named as replacements for the company’s previous board, which resigned along with the CEO amid pressure from Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government.last_img read more


first_imgFORT NELSON, BC – Northern Rockies Regional Municipality (NRRM) recognizes emergency preparedness procedures are an important part of their communities safety and has introduced an alert system to keep residents and visitors informed in the case of a critical incident.The multi-purpose communication service Voyent Alert will be a way to send alerts to residents, businesses and visitors during critical events like fires or floods. In the NRRM, the system will be used to alert to hazards such as wildfires, although the platform has the ability to be used for other public messaging as well.The NRRM shares that residents receiving an emergency alert, it’s important to take action safely. Stop what you are doing when it is safe to do so and read the emergency alert. Information could include but is not limited to;limit unnecessary travelevacuate the areaseek shelter etc.The NRRM reminds residents to seek credible information from official sources in your community and to not contact emergency services for information related to an alert unless a life is at risk.“The Northern Rockies has a great new tool to inform people in the case of an emergency – in this connected age, the municipality is able to convey information at a critical point in time, using the most popular communication methods available,” said Mayor Gary Foster of the new alert notification system. For more information; CLICK HERElast_img read more


first_imgNEW DELHI: The crime branch of Delhi Police has arrested a person identified as Bhupender alias Rohit a resident of Narela in Delhi who along with his two associates had brutally murdered his neighbour by smashing his face with stone Kundli after abducting him from Narela, Delhi.The incident happened on April 28 when a woman along with her son was walking near Vijay Chowk in Narela to purchase some milk. Her son was walking ahead of her at a distance of 15-20 feet, suddenly, one car stopped and 2 persons came down from it and they forcibly abducted her son in their car, one of which she could identify as Mohit, a resident of Narela. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesA case of kidnapping was registered by the police. Later, a dead body was recovered on the slip road leading to Kundli- Ghaziabad peripheral expressway in the night of April 28-29 under Rai Sonipat Police station and the dead body was badly damaged beyond recognition with stones and had been killed by smothering. A case was registered at Rai Police station and the systematic efforts of Rai Sohipat Police and Narela Police resulted into the identification of dead body as Ajay, a resident of Narela, the same man who was Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekarkidnapped. The Crime branch team after identification of the accused laid a trap at Mansa Devi Temple at Narela and arrested Bhupender. “During sustained interrogation, it was revealed that the accused Bhupender alias Rohit and his friends Mohit and Golu had a past enmity with the deceased Ajay who lived in the same locality. On March 8, both had a fight on a trivial issue. Bhupender was beaten up by Ajay and his friends. Infuriated, Mohit and Bhupender decided to eliminate Ajay,” said DCP Crime Ram Gopal Naik. As soon as Ajay was spotted roaming around on April 28, they abducted him in their car and took him to KMP flyover Kundli. On the way, they badly thrashed Ajay making him unconscious. After that, they pulled Ajay out of the car and crushed his head and face with stones lying at the roadside, and they fled from the scene.last_img read more


first_imgParis – Morocco supports the US initiative for the resumption of the Middle East peace process, said minister-delegate for foreign affairs and cooperation Mbarka Bouaida.Bouaida stressed the US “firm commitment” for the success of the negotiations process, noting that Morocco considers that “the US part in these negotiations might be very useful”.The official who participated on Monday evening in Paris in the ministerial meeting of the Arab peace initiative follow-up committee, held in the presence of US secretary of state, John Kerry, said the meeting was an opportunity to assess progress made in the peace process and exchange viewpoints between Kerry and Arab ministers. The official added that the Morocco also backs efforts by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to resume negotiations, despite Israeli breaches and provocative acts.Knowing that King Mohammed VI chairs Al Quds committee, an offshoot of the Organization of Islamic cooperation (OIC/based in Jeddah), Morocco, denounces all abuses meant to hamper negotiations.Participants in the Paris meeting have agreed on the need to reach a two-state solution, based on the 1967 borders and the creation of a Palestinian state with Al Quds as a capital, in order to establish peace and security in the region, she added.last_img read more


Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. The shading shows you the general range of strengths for each seed.Although not a huge effect, the gap between the No. 5 and 6 seeds and their competition has been narrowing over time. The average difference between No. 5 and 12 seeds from 2000 to 2002 was about 7.6 points, but it has been about 5.8 from 2012 to 2014.More importantly, the 5 vs. 12 matchup looks a lot more like the 6 vs. 11 one than it does the 4 vs. 13. The No. 5 seeds have been considerably weaker than No. 4 seeds, and No. 12 seeds have been considerably stronger than No. 13 seeds. The average No. 5 seed had a 6.6 point expected advantage going into a game against its No. 12 seed opponent. That’s only 2.2 points higher than the average advantage that No. 6 seeds held against No. 11 seeds (4.4 points), but it’s 5.1 points lower than the average advantage that No. 4 seeds held against No. 13 seeds (11.7 points).It seems like the 5 vs. 12 seed matchup is the threshold where the games should start being much more competitive. Combine that with the psychological effect of thinking five is a number that has more in common with four than six (blame our five fingers), and you have a recipe for “shocking” upsets.That is, there are a number of upsets, but we shouldn’t really be shocked. Even just looking at recent history, No. 5 seeds have only been a greater than 10 point SRS favorite in eight round-of-64 games since 2005, and they won 7 of them.3The loser was Illinois against Western Kentucky in 2009. The No. 5 seed has been an SRS underdog three times (and lost twice). Still, the No. 5 seed has performed below what one would expect based on the difference between them and their opponents. But so have most seeds. Here’s a chart comparing the average expected outcomes based on SRS difference and average actual outcomes for each seed over the past 12 years:From this angle, the No. 5 seed “outlier” doesn’t look as impressive. Seeds No. 1 through 6 all underperformed expectations by a smallish — but somewhat consistent — amount. The main difference with the No. 5 seed is that it didn’t have a big enough advantage to underperform this much without losing a lot more games.In other words, if there’s something that has systematically led tournament favorites to underperform their expectations by a few points or so across the board,4As a strictly mathy thing, having a somewhat constant deviation isn’t as weird as it may seem because the standard deviation for a team’s actual SRS is similarly stable. So in this case, it’s a bit like the stronger teams are all running one standard deviation below the expected mean. No. 5 seeds would be disproportionately hard-hit. Thus the 5-seed jinx may be more like the proverbial “canary in a coal mine,” indicating that something bigger is going on.We know the Big Dance is exciting, but could there really be something about the tournament that makes favorites underperform and gives underdogs better-than-normal chances?It’s tricky. For example, the selection committee may systematically overvalue particular types/classes of teams, but that doesn’t necessarily explain why teams would underperform relative to SRS. Some of it could be that SRS is poorly calibrated for the types of matchups we see in the tournament (e.g., between larger and smaller conferences that rarely play each other). It could be that favorites are more likely to regress to the mean.5This is always a good candidate, but, interestingly, there is no such effect in the women’s tournament.Or it could just be that this is March Madness, and anything can happen. If there’s one piece of folk wisdom that has emerged over the past decade or so of March Madness, it’s that No. 5 seeds are jinxed. SportsCenter did a whole story on the subject featuring Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2012, VCU was a No. 12 seed that pulled off a “shocking” upset against Wichita State. In 2013, VCU was itself a No. 5 but defied the trend, crushing No. 12 Akron by 46 points to become the only No. 5 seed to win its opening-round (round of 64) game that year. In 2014, VCU’s story came full circle. It again entered the tournament as a No. 5 seed but was upset by unheralded No. 12 seed Stephen F. Austin University. The tournament quirk that was once VCU’s magic was now its curse.Including those VCU games, No. 12 seeds over the past three years have pulled off upsets in eight of 12 round-of-64 matchups, including six of their last eight. It would be extremely easy to dismiss this as a freak occurrence. (I certainly did at first.) But it’s a real phenomenon. And after looking into it, I think it may be indicative of something larger. The 5-seed jinx may be a sign that March Madness — at least on the men’s side — is even madder than we think.But I’ll get there. First, let’s look at the phenomenon. If it seems like No. 12 seeds beat No. 5 seeds more than they should, it’s because they have. Going back to 1995, No. 5 seeds have been upset 33 times in 80 games. Their 59 percent win rate compares unfavorably to the 66 percent win rate of No. 6 seeds. Based on the trend, it would appear that No. 5 seeds should be winning more like 72 percent. Take a look at how far No. 5 seeds deviate in the chart below. The gray region is the standard error on the fit between seed and win percentage when not including the No. 5 seed:So they’re an outlier, but is it significant? Particularly, how unlikely is this to have happened by chance? Let us consult the oracle of binom.dist() — Excel’s handy function that tells you the probability of things happening a certain number of times, given the probability of them happening once. In a fun bit of symmetry, given an expected win rate of 72 percent, the odds of No. 5 seeds losing six of eight, eight of 12, or 33 of 80 are all about the same: Each is a little under 1 percent.10.8 percent, 0.6 percent and 0.7 percent, respectively.Note that it would be unremarkable for this to have happened by chance: One in a hundred-type things happen every day. But, as a committed Bayesian, I have to consult my priors and determine whether the phenomenon of No. 5 seeds’ underperforming is more likely to be a result of chance or other plausible factors.First, let’s look at how strong each seed’s teams have been since 1995. As you go from the 1 vs. 16 matchups down to the 8 vs. 9 ones, the better-seeded teams get worse and the worse-seeded teams get better, making the contests much closer. To see how much so, we can plot each team’s SRS (Simple Rating System, a metric that measures margin of victory adjusted for strength of schedule) prior to the game.2I backed these out myself, so there may be very small differences from what was actually recorded at the time. They’re as prior to each team’s round-of-64 match for each year (since 1995). read more


first_imgJorginho’s shock move to Chelsea instead of Manchester City appears set to happen with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis confirming the newsThe Italy international had been expected to join Pep Guardiola’s this summer after the Catalan had made Jorginho his top transfer target.But, while Jorginho and his agent were keen on the move, City were unable to agree on a suitable transfer fee with Napoli and Chelsea are understood to have now made a move of their own for the 26-year-old.The rumours began this week in a double scoop that will see both Jorginho and his former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri arrive at Stamford Bridge this summer.During Carlo Ancelotti’s official presentation as the new Napoli manager, De Laurentiis confirmed that Jorginho’s move to Chelsea is set to go ahead – although he was not quite as certain when it came to Sarri.“We said to ourselves if Jorginho has any requests, we’ll take them into account,” said De Laurentiis, according to SportsKeeda.“I accepted Manchester City’s offer 15 days ago but I have to apologise to them.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I can understand if the player prefers to live in London than in Manchester, and if Chelsea pay him more I can understand that too.“Jorginho to Chelsea is not tied to Sarri.”Sarri is no longer the Napoli manager, but is still tied to the club with his contract.With Chelsea reluctant to pay for his release clause, on top of paying current head coach Antonio Conte a big severance package for releasing him, Sarri’s prospects do not look to good right now.But De Laurentiis did have some positive news on the matter: “His case is at the finish line, it depends on him. We’ll see what happens in the next hours.“My lawyers have submitted the text to his lawyers.”last_img read more


first_imgShannon Davis, Executive Director for the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce says this will allow the chamber to bring a broader range of music for Music in the Park in 2019: “In the grant process, while applying for it, we had to not only prove that we were capable of putting these events on but also that we capable of matching the dollars that were being granted to us.”  For the full lineup visit https://soldotna.org/Home/Components/News/News/1458/17 The grant award is a dollar-for-dollar match from the foundation, with a minimum local contribution from the Soldotna Chamber of $25,000. Soldotna is one of 18 cities to win a $25,000 Levitt AMP Grant Award from the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation to host the series, which is intended to celebrate the city’s diversity and changing demographics, bring people together through music and inject new life into a well known public space. The Levitt AMP Soldotna Music Series begins at 6pm, each Wednesday from June 5th-August 21. The public is invited to bring their own blankets and chairs for the open lawn setting. Food and beverages will be sold on site just like in previous years. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享If you haven’t heard of any or many of the acts playing the Levitt AMP Soldotna Music Series, that’s precisely the point. The new series aims to offer something fresh this summer by bringing an eclectic lineup of up-and-coming national acts to Soldotna Creek Park for 10 free concerts on Wednesday nights.last_img read more