Steph Curry’s tunnel shot is gone, but here are 3 pregame rituals that could replace it

first_imgThey warned us.Last April: “I think geometrically speaking it’s not likely,” Stephen Curry told ESPN, talking about his quirky, fun, unique tunnel shot with which he delighted fans at Oracle Arena. “Because of where the entrance to the new (Chase Center) arena is. But I’ll probably get creative with something.” CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile device August:RIP Steph’s tunnel shots once they move to SF pic.twitter.com/fwHNJm5OSJ— …last_img read more

GMO labeling bill halted in the Senate

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The GMO labeling debate has been effectively halted in the Senate after a failed vote for cloture. The looming challenge created by the mandatory GMO labeling law to be implemented in Vermont this summer remains a major concern as there were 48 votes for cloture yesterday on a bill introduced by U.S. Senator Pat Roberts addressing the issue, well short of the 60 votes necessary to move the bill forward.The House has already passed a bill and supporters of the bill we closely watching the progress in the Senate this week.“It is inexcusable that [the] Senate vote on a voluntary federal GMO labeling bill that preempts a damaging patchwork of state measures fell short. While we appreciate Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduling this floor vote…, we will continue our fight for this vital piece of legislation, along with Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and others, to secure a law that supports consumers, America’s farmers and ranchers and our nation’s system of affordable, productive agriculture,” said Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation. “To say we are angry with those senators who abandoned farmers and ranchers and turned their backs on rural America on this vote is an understatement. Their votes opposing this measure ignored science, threw our nation’s food system into disarray and undermined the public’s understanding of the many benefits of biotechnology in feeding a growing and hungry population. We remain hopeful they will have a chance at redemption by correcting this situation that will otherwise lead to increased food costs for consumers and stifle agricultural innovation, which remains a strength of our nation. We must not let anyone forget that rural America and our farmers and ranchers do matter.”GMO labeling and the Senate vote for cloture on the Roberts bill was a key issue in the discussion on a trip of Ohio Farm Bureau county presidents to Washington, D.C. this week. They met with congressional leaders on the topic and voiced their concerns.“We got to talk to Senator Sherrod Brown about his views on it. It seems like he is generally for the bill but he had some questions about the details of it and hopefully he can support it,” said Mike Videkovich, the Pickaway County Farm Bureau president.Now, there are more questions from food processors, consumers and farmers moving forward as no one is quite sure how the Vermont law will impact domestic and global food production.“Vermont’s law is very burdensome to the food industry. It requires a fine on the food company if it is not labeled correctly which makes them very nervous,” said Andrew Walmsley, with the American Farm Bureau. “The activists want those food companies to reformulate and that is a lost market for agriculture. Because of the supply chain, these companies will probably just go to the mandatory labeling of Vermont and there are multiple studies that show this will raise food costs almost $1,000 per year per family. This is a real interstate commerce issue that Congress is eventually going to have to address.”If not, the law from Vermont could dictate food labels around the nation.“This summer, Vermont’s new regulations will come into play. Vermont’s population is smaller than that of Columbus, Ohio and there will be a mandated label for that population impacting food production in the entire country — that is kind of scary,” said Adam Ward, executive director of the Ohio Soybean Association.last_img read more

19 days agoKurt Zouma: Chelsea kids play with no fear

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kurt Zouma: Chelsea kids play with no fearby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveKurt Zouma says Chelsea’s young team are still adjusting to eachother’s games.Zouma is relatively new to this particular Chelsea side, which he acknowledges is a work in progress.”We are improving a lot,” the central defender told chelseafc.com. “Last year there were some players out on loan who have come back, like me, so you need time to settle everything. We are getting better and better.”The young guys are here to bring something new, and the older guys are here to calm things down, stop the young guys getting too excited too quickly, and give advice on dealing with the pressure. We have a very strong team because we have that mix. It can be good for everyone.”We have a very young squad but they are talented at the same time. You can see all the guys, Fikayo, Tammy, Mason, Reece who started his first game, have no fear. They just play their football.”All the guys are ready to give advice and help. We are a team. For me they are ready to compete in every game. They will be very important to help the team keep going forward. They have the quality and you can see from the way they’re playing they’re doing very well.”We have a good mix of young and old, everybody speaks to everybody.” last_img read more

Parents Urged Not to Give up on Troubled Teens

first_img Centre Manager at the Teen Hub located at the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre in St. Andrew, Nicola Walker, speaks to JIS News, recently. Story Highlights Parents are being encouraged to not give up on teens, who display behavioural problems, but instead, spend quality time with them and seek professional help if necessary.Centre Manager at the Teen Hub based at the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre in St. Andrew, Nicola Walker, in making the appeal, said that many of the issues, which cause difficulties between parents and their teenage children can be resolved through counselling.“Counselling does help, counselling does work. Sometimes it is a mental issue that the child is dealing with, or some other issue that is happening out there,” she said during an interview with JIS News, noting that entities such as the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) can assist.She said that some children, who are labelled “bad”, may have learning difficulties and will need professional help.“Sometimes the parents don’t know how to get the help, and that’s why we (teen hub) are here. Come and talk to us; we will see how best we can get help for your child,” she noted.Mrs. Walker, who interacts with scores of youngsters daily at the hub, told JIS News that they need the support of their parents to navigate the difficult teen years.As such, she is advising parents to sit and talk to their children, noting that such interaction helps to build harmonious relationships.“Explain to them why ‘I don’t want you to go to that party, why I don’t want you out late at nights.’ Just explain your fears so that they can understand that you are not being rigid, or don’t want them to have fun; but that some of their actions may have consequences that they are not ready to deal with. Just spend some quality time with our teen,” she stressed.Mrs. Walker noted too that some parents may be overwhelmed with the pressures of work and making ends meet, which may cause them to neglect their parenting role.“Just get your emotional and mental state straightened out and then help the child. They can be better children, they can do right, they will make mistakes, but it is not the end of the world, and the child is not bad. Don’t throw them on the streets. Your efforts will one day pay off when that child will be able to turn around and be of assistance to you,” she said.The Teen Hub was established in 2017 to offer services such as conselling, career guidance and support to youngsters, and their parents where necessary.It is a partnership involving the Ministry of Health and Wellness, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AFH).last_img read more

Amber Valletta Joins IFAW At BLUE Ocean Film Festival

first_imgActress and activist Amber Valletta joins the International Fund For Animal Welfare at the BLUE Ocean Film Festival in Monterey, California, September 26 – 28 to raise awareness of entangled whales in California.“It is upsetting to imagine such a magnificent creature with ropes and other marine debris wrapped around its body,” said Ms. Valletta, an IFAW Honorary Board member. “It can cause life-threatening injuries to whales and can often be dangerous for their rescuers as well.”Boaters and other ocean users are urged to call the toll free entangled whale hotline, 1- 877-SOS-WHALe, to report the exact location of an entangled whale. The information is immediately routed to the California Whale Entanglement Team (W.E.T.) – an organized crew of local and regional marine mammal professionals and volunteers that have received special training to respond to large whale entanglements along the state’s coastline.“Whale entanglement is considered one of the leading threats for all large whale species,” said Patrick Ramage, IFAW Whale Program Director. “And it places the animal at risk of drowning, starvation or infection. Quickly summoning expert help provides the best opportunity for the entrapped whale’s survival.”Under the jurisdiction of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), W.E.T.’s highly-skilled teams of marine biologists, veterinarians, mariners, and other volunteers use specialized equipment, including satellite radio buoys when appropriate, in their attempts to free the entangled mammals.To reinforce W.E.T.‘s response to whale entanglements, IFAW has equipped the group with a full supply of disentanglement tools, along with a portable trailer – W.E.T. on Wheels – to transport the gear needed to rescue entangled whales in crises. NOAA, Monterey-based Marine Life Studies and the Fluke Foundation have also contributed to W.E.T.’s efforts.Most of the large whale species that inhabit the waters off the California coast are listed as endangered under the Federal Endangered Species Act. The loss of only a few animals can have an impact on certain whale populations making it difficult for the species to recover.“California’s whales – and all of the world’s whales­ – should be protected,” added Ms. Valletta. “IFAW works globally to address the increasing entanglements and other urgent threats whales face. I’m proud to join them in this important work.”In the three years that the whale hotline has been active, 38 entangled whales were reported. Twenty whales were reported as entangled off the central California counties of Mendocino, Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco and Monterey.Complimentary stickers and other items promoting the whale entanglement hotline will be available at the IFAW booth at the BLUE Ocean Film Festival at the Portola Hotel in Monterey, and in retail shops throughout the Monterey Bay Peninsula.PR Newswire (http://s.tt/1nT3t)Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Baseball Ohio State makes NCAA Tournament to play South Carolina in regional

Ohio State baseball players mob Noah McGowan following his walk-off double Sunday to give Ohio State the 6-5 win against Indiana. Credit: Mac Connor | Ohio State AthleticsGreg Beals was not worried about Ohio State’s chances of making the NCAA baseball tournament.Ending the season with a No. 37 RPI ranking, navigating through the loser’s bracket to get to a semifinal game against No. 1 Minnesota in the Big Ten tournament, the Buckeyes were in a prime position to earn its first national tournament bid since 2016.However, without any control over whether a tournament bid was in his team’s future, there was a level of anticipation as the names on the bracket were being read.“I felt really good about our chances coming into today, but your destiny is in the hands of a committee. So you are not 100 percent, you don’t feel great,” Beals said. “So, when you see your name up on the board, a pretty good fist pump went out and then I went into immediate competitive mode.”Ohio State will travel to Greenville, North Carolina, as a No. 3 seed to take on No. 2 South Carolina in the regional round of the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes will join No. 1 East Carolina and No. 4 University of North Carolina Wilmington in the Greenville regional.Right-handed pitcher Seth Kinker said there was a collective excitement between him and his teammates when Ohio State’s name popped up on the bracket.“There were a lot of different projections and you look at those projections and you don’t really know where you are going to go,” Kinker said. “Then you finally see it and you are like yeah, that is satisfying and now you can take the weight off your shoulders.”After losing in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament to Purdue, the Buckeyes, much like their 2016 conference tournament run, eliminated both Iowa and Michigan in the loser’s bracket before eventually falling to the Golden Gophers in the semifinals.Even though the team came out of Omaha without a conference championship, the mentality stays the same for Ohio State heading into its regional.“After we lost our last game in the Big Ten Tournament, [Beals] said, ‘Look, this season is over now. This is a start of a new season,’” senior infielder Noah McGowan said. “Everyone is starting out 0-0 basically and the goal is to end your season with a win, so that is our mindset going into the regional.”McGowan said the two wins against the Hawkeyes and the Wolverines created a belief in the Ohio State locker room that they can play with anyone in the nation, a confidence that whichever team the Buckeyes face in the NCAA tournament will be one they can keep up with.That is where Beals’ mind went as soon as he saw his team’s name on the screen. Amidst the cheers and celebration by his players and coaches, Ohio State’s head coach delegated game plans to each of his assistant coaches for the potential opponents in the regional.For Beals, he is excited to be in the NCAA tournament. Now, he knows he and his team have a job to do.“We are certainly very, very happy to be in the tournament, but, make no mistake about it, we are going to East Carolina to win a regional,” Beals said. “That’s our mission.”No. 3 Ohio State will open up tournament play at 2 p.m. Friday against No. 2 South Carolina. read more

Sampdoria director returns to work after health scare

first_imgWalter Sabatini has returned to his role at Sampdoria after being rushed to hospital in September with breathing problemsThe 63-year-old sustained some very serious respiratory problems, due to being a regular smoker, and was rushed into hospital in September.But Sabatini is now fully recovered and ready to get back into his role as director of football at Sampdoria after suspending his “relationship with cigarettes”.“The doctors have won, so, for now, I’ve suspended my relationship with cigarettes,” Sabatini told Il Secolo XIX.“I’m fine and the worst is behind me. I can’t express myself fully, but I feel good and I’m happy to be back.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“It’s been a tough few months for me, both in the hospital and at home, and I certainly missed working on the field.“For now don’t ask me about the transfer market. We’ll have the chance to talk about it in the next few days.”Sabatini formerly played as a midfielder during his playing days for the likes of Perugia, AS Roma and Parma.Meanwhile, Sampdoria will return to action from the winter break this Saturday against AC Milan in a Coppa Italia last-16 match.last_img read more

Where Google Misses the Mark for Premium Publishers

first_imgI love Google. I believe it to be one of the greatest American businesses ever launched. For the last dozen years, I have been a partner as well as competitor to Google. I have seen firsthand the incredible breadth of engineering talent and resources they bring to the market. As a publisher, I was a long-time customer of syndicated Google search advertising as well as embedded, contextual text advertising.Google is brilliant at serving and monetizing text advertising. Whether done on the search result page or via contextual mapping to page level content into a dedicated module, these are solutions that no publisher can directly offer. These are solutions based on mapping scale of advertisers to scale of potential keywords, something no individual publisher can possibly replicate. The money generated from these placements is incremental and does not compete with the publishers’ own direct efforts to sell a similar product.Display is a different ballgame. A premium publisher’s core business is in selling a high-value display placement into their curated environment at a premium price. While programmatic buying is surely challenging the value of this model, it still represents a significant market with hundreds of top-tier brand marketers placing value on the age-old premise of the right ad delivered to the right individual in the right environment. Google’s core display product undercuts this model in damaging ways. Google will serve what its algorithm perceives to be the best possible ad at that given moment. It does not discern the appropriateness of the ad content itself or the economics involved. This often defaults to the lowest common denominator served into a premium display position—a text ad, from a direct response marketer, sold for less than 10 percent of what the publishers’ direct sales force is trying (and succeeding ) to get for that same inventory.This is particularly damaging in emerging areas like mobile. Because most premium publishers don’t sell their mobile inventory yet, you often see Google text ads appearing in prime display mobile real estate. Because many of these publishers are using DFP as their first party ad server, Google wisely makes it very easy for them to automate their Adsense backfill.Here is the prime example. This is a screen shot of The New York Times mobile home page from a few months back. The NYT has not sold this position so it defaults to a backfill solution from Google. This is what served: Now I’m an old digital guy and still view the home page of the NYT as a very premium buy. I see top 50 brands paying top dollar to get that position. Google has done a great service to the Counseling Anxiety in Miami advertiser. I wonder if they even know they owned the homepage of the NYT. For the NYT, this is a horrible result. Never mind the poor quality of the ad content and how that sullies the environment for the reader; I’m not sure how their sales team can go to market selling the exclusivity of the placement to their top-brand advertising partners when this is what’s running there.So what can you do if you’re a premium publisher with lots of unsold inventory?1. Put the right resources in place to sell it yourself, and in the way it needs to be sold—as a high-value, high-impact display unit.2. Work with specialist networks that focus on premium inventory and premium brands.3. If you’re going to backfill, do it via an SSP (Pubmatic, Rubicon, or even AdMeld, which Google owns), where more competition for the inventory should produce better ads and better economics.4. If you’re going to just run Google ads, then have somebody at the switch watching to make sure there are minimum standards of ad content quality and yield.Don’t get me wrong; Google is a great and critical partner to the publisher and would be the first to point out they give the publisher control to manage their inventory. The reality is that most publishers don’t have the resources to do this, so they default to something that in the long run undermines their business.    Be smart. Protect the premium value of your brand and inventory.last_img read more

CHAMBER CORNER Learn About Wilmingtons Partners In Rehab Physical Therapy

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce profiles a different member in the local media each week.  In this week’s “Chamber Corner,” the Chamber is spotlighting Partners In Rehab Physical Therapy, located on Concord Street in Wilmington.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPHOTOS: Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber Of Commerce Welcomes Partners In Rehab PT To WilmingtonIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Meet Assunta Perez Of DaMore LawIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Align Credit Union’s Student AccountsIn “Business”last_img read more

5 awarded Begum Rokeya Padak 2018

first_imgFive people received prestigious Begum Rokeya Padak 2018 on Sunday in recognition of their outstanding contributions to society and women empowerment, reports UNB.The awardees are Zinnatun Nesa Talukder, professor Zohra Anis, Shila Roy, Rauma Chowdhury (posthumous) and Rokeya Begum (posthumous).Prime minister Sheikh Hasina handed over the medals weighing 25 grams of 18-karat gold, cheques of Tk 200,000 and certificates among the winners and their family members at a programme held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the capital.The children and women affairs ministry organised the programme with state minister Meher Afroze Chumki in the chair. Ministry secretary Nasima Begum read out the citations.The government introduced the award in 1995 after the name of Begum Rokeya, a pioneer of women’s liberation movement in the undivided Bengal.Begum Rokeya was a leading feminist writer and social worker during the early 20th century and famous for her efforts to establish gender equality and ensure female education.last_img read more