Guitarist Mike Gantzer Joins New Fan-Run Podcast “All In With Aqueous” For First Episode

first_imgThe relationship between a band and their fans is a sacred one. Up-and-comers Aqueous, in particular, have a truly special relationship with their fans. Recently, the Buffalo, NY quartet released a brand new live record, Element Pt. I, which consolidates the finest live cuts from their Spring 2017 tour into a two-part album. The tracks that eventually made the record—and there were a lot to choose from—were selected by the band’s fans. Guitarist Mike Gantzer spent hours digging through the tour’s recorded catalog, taking notice of the particular versions of songs that their fans loved the most.Well, any good relationship is a two-way street. Enter All In With Aqueous, a fan-run podcast started by diehard Aqueous fan Myke Menio. Says Menio, “I have been running fan-based content for Phish for over 5 years at lawnmemo.com and thought it was time to start to work on my favorite up-and-coming band. We have become great friends over the years and I always have thoughtful and intriguing conversations about music with the members of the band. After speaking with Mike Gantzer and throwing some ideas around, we decided a podcast could be perfect.” So Menio did what any fan in this position would do: he asked the questions he had always wanted answered.The series hopes to capture the fan’s perspective on the music and aims to recap some of the greatest and most memorable moments in Aqueous history. The podcast will shed light on specific songs and shows, talk about the exciting times coming up for the band, and even sit down with some of the fans that have been hanging around the steadily growing scene for years. “There are some interesting characters we plan on interviewing that should provide plenty of entertainment,” elaborates Menio. “Eventually, I plan on interviewing other musicians and people we all respect in the scene to find out their takes on Aqueous, as well. There are so many different perspectives that go into making and following a band and we hope to touch on as many as possible.”The band is fully on board with the podcast idea, and even enlisted their front of house engineer, Ryan Bress, to engineer and mix the episodes. “I was honored when Myke brought the idea of an all Aqueous-themed podcast to me,” says Gantzer. “I was really confident that he would not only do it justice, but take it to a level and depth that would give people a deeper look into the band’s roots, who we are personally, and also dive into our music in a really cool and unprecedented way.”Listen to the first episode of “All In With Aqueous” featuring an interview with Mike Gantzer below:Says Gantzer of All I With Aqueous‘s premiere episode, “It was amazing to be the guest for the podcast’s maiden voyage, and Myke came prepared with some amazing questions; it made for a situation in which I was able to reflect much deeper on the whole thing, and ultimately get much more personal with my thoughts about the band, my band mates, and even dive down the rabbit hole of memories and silliness and ups and downs in my 10 years with Aqueous that I never had before (on record) really. I’m excited for what this podcast will yield in the future as Myke brings different guests and band mates into the mix!”All future episodes of All In With Aqueous will be available here.[Cover Photo via Bill McAlaine]last_img read more

England pair win Major Champions titles

first_img Tags: elite golf, England squads, performance England teenage internationals Conor Gough and Annabell Fuller pulled off a national double when they won the individual titles at the Major Champions Invitational at Bella Collina in Florida.Gough was 15-under in the boys’ event, while Fuller was 11-under in the girls’ championship.The event, in its second year, was created by six-time major champion Sir Nick Faldo to give opportunities to young golfers. It was supported by 18 major winners including England’s Georgia Hall, the Women’s British Open champion.Hall was represented by a team of four: Gough (Stoke Park, BB&O), Fuller (Roehampton, Surrey) and fellow England player Lily May Humphreys (Stoke by Nayland, Essex), alongside Switzerland’s Alexis Valenzuela. Together they were runners-up in the team event, on 26-under, three behind Annika’s team.Gough, the British Boys’ Champion, shot scores of 68 65 68, playing the final five holes in two-under par to finish three clear of the USA’s Andrew Goodman. Defending champion Tom McKibbin was third on 11-under.Fuller, a Curtis Cup player, snatched a one-shot victory over Korea’s Jung-Min Hong when she birdied the last hole and her opponent bogeyed it. The 16-year-old had rounds of 68 69 68.Gough, Fuller and Humphreys are all members of England Golf national squads.Click here for more informationCaption: Annabell Fuller and Conor Gough (copyright Leaderboard Photography). 11 Mar 2019 England pair win Major Champions titles last_img read more

SA will not tolerate corruption: Zuma

first_img17 February 2012 The South African government takes the fight against crime and corruption extremely seriously, President Jacob Zuma said in his State of the Nation debate reply on Thursday, noting that the country’s Anti-Corruption Task Team is successfully tackling graft in both the public and private sectors. “We reiterate our undertaking we made in 2009 to combat crime in tender processes,” Zuma said in Parliament in Cape Town. “Our announcement about vetting supply chain personnel is one of the interventions in this regard.” Members of the opposition raised concerns on Wednesday about crime and corruption, particularly in South Africa’s public sector. Assets obtained through illicit means amounting to more than R1-billion have been forfeited by the state in the past two years.R600-million in assets seized In his reply, Zuma said the Anti-Corruption Task Team, made up of representatives from the country’s various security agencies, was currently investigating 45 corruption-related priority cases against 151 accused people, with assets in excess of R600-million having been seized. In addition, Zuma said, since the inception of the National Anti-corruption Hotline, which is managed by the Public Service Commission, 1 499 officials had been charged with misconduct and corrupt activities at national and provincial government levels. “We will not become complacent,” Zuma said. “We are increasing the number of skilled personnel in areas such as crime scene investigation, forensic analysis, finger printing and investigation, prosecutions and legal aid, which will further improve performance in this regard.” The impact of the improvements in the investigative and forensic capacity was evident in the improved detection rates for serious crimes.Cross-border crime Regarding cross-border crime, Zuma said the deployment of the South African Defence Force on South Africa’s border was “yielding results. We are clamping down on illicit economic and crime-related border activities.” On rehabilitation of prisoners, Zuma said the Department of Correctional Services had introduced electronic monitoring of offenders who had been granted parole and reintegrated in society. To promote access to justice, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development had completed additions to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein as well as constructing a new wing in the Western Cape High Court. Three new courts had been completed in the Tsakane, Ntuzuma and Kagiso townships, and construction would soon be complete on a new High Court in Limpopo province, as well as a new court in Katlehong. “We will also be starting with the construction of a new High Court in Mpumalanga, and that of new courts in Mamelodi, Port Shepstone, Dimbaza, Bityi and Plettenberg Bay,” Zuma said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Bafana slip to 1-0 loss to Norway

first_img9 January 2013Bafana Bafana went down 1-0 to Norway in Cape Town on Tuesday in a warm-up match for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. For South Africa, as has long been the case, finishing proved to be a problem.Coach Gordon Igesund, who looked frustrated at times during the match, put a positive spin on matters after the contest. “Of course I am disappointed with the loss,” he said, “but I am happy that we have shown much improvement from our previous matches.“What is important is that we are now creating a lot of chances and we are close to getting it right. We were just unlucky tonight because we could have been at least three goals in the lead at the end of the first half,” he added.‘They will learn from this experience’Looking ahead, Igesund said: “We need to use our ball possession better but that will come, come the Afcon tournament. I am glad the players made mistakes in this match and not in the tournament, so that we are able to rectify where we are going wrong. They will learn from this experience.”Captain Bongani Khumalo suggested Bafana needed to show more urgency in the opposing box, saying: “We played a good brand of football, but maybe at times we should get more ugly in the box and gamble. But these are the things we will work on.”At first, Bafana Bafana struggled to settle as they struggled to string passes together. When they did, they lacked penetration.Blocked shotAfter 15 minutes, however, the home team found a cutting edge when Reneilwe Letsholonyane picked out striker Katlego Mphela just outside the box on the right. Mphela smartly turned his marker and got off a shot that goalkeeper blocked with his right leg.Just minutes later, Siphiwe Tshabalala almost played Mphela in. The striker beat one defender, but the last man hacked the ball away to prevent Mphela getting a shot off.Norway responded with an attack of their own, but captain Tarik Elyounoussi failed to make contact with Erik Huseklepp’s dangerous cross to the far post.After a strong run, Thuso Phala fired in a cross for Mphela. The Norwegian central defenders cut it out, but the ball bounced high in the air, close to Lerato Chabangu. He went down under a challenge as the ball was scrambled behind for a corner and his claims for a penalty were brushed aside by the referee.ParriedIn the 24th minute, Bjorn Helge Riise let rip from outside the South African area with a first-time effort, forcing goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune to parry the ball to his right before collecting it at the second attempt.Just after the half-hour mark, fullback Anele Ngcongca joined in an attack and was played in by Kagisho Dikgacoi. He should have shot from close range, but instead crossed when he had ample time to shoot.Ten minutes before the break, Phala rounded the Nigerian defence on the right and sprinted in on goal. He slid a pass into the six-yard box, forcing goalkeeper Jarstein to dive and knock the ball away from his goal. It went just past Mphela and towards Letsholonyane, who nipped the ball past two defenders before it was desperately cleared it to safety by a third.GoalFive minutes from the break, Risse picked out Elyounoussi in the South African box. The Norwegian skipper broke inside, taking the ball wide of two defenders as he headed towards the middle of the box, which at the same time opened up a couple of angles for him. He left-footed shot comfortably beat Khune to his left, giving the visitors the lead.The first chance of the second half went Bafana Bafana’s way when Phala sent substitute striker Tokelo Rantie clear. Rantie’s first touch was a little heavy, however, and Jarstein was able to block the shot with his legs. Phala followed up, but his shot was stopped by one of three defenders covering the goalkeeper.In the 65th minute, Norway attacked down the right flank. There were plenty of defenders back when the low cross came in, but captain Bongani Khumalo was caught in a difficult position and the ball deflected towards Elyounoussi on the edge of the box. The Norwegian captain fired, but Khumalo put his body on the line to stop the shot.Brave saveSouth Africa surged back onto the attack. Phala was picked up with a lovely through ball, which gave him space on the right. His cross to Thulani Serero, another of the substitutes, forced Jarstein into a brave save at the feet of the South African attacker, mere metres from the goal.The home team kept pressing, forcing Norway to concede a number of corners. From one of them, the Norwegians were almost caught out when Serero was able to receive a ball to his feet deep inside the box. His strike, though, hit the body of a defender and was cleared.With only five minutes to go, Phala should have scored when the ball was cut back to him, but he fired over the crossbar from the edge of the six-yard box, raising oohs and aahs from the crowd.Norway held on to triumph 1-0 in a game that South Africa dominated. The home team deserved a goal given their control of the contest, but their finishing undid an otherwise decent performance.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Anthony Wayne members tour Sunshine facilities

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On September 20th, several Anthony Wayne FFA members took a field trip to the Sunshine facilities in Maumee. To begin the field trip, the classes toured Sunshine’s barn and greenhouse, while learning about volunteer opportunities. After the tour, the classes split up and began different activities. The Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources II and Genetics classes worked with the residents of Sunshine to build their own hydroponics systems out of gallon jugs. They will be growing basil and lettuce in these systems. Madelynn Mangold said “My favorite part was helping the residents and seeing the smiles on their faces when they knew that they were going to be able to grow their own food by hydroponics”.  The Equine & Vet Science and Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources II students cleaned horse stalls in the barn. They also painted and washed ponies to help desensitize the animals so that they are safe for the Sunshine residents. After returning to Anthony Wayne, several students worked to take apart old pallets and cut wood for Sunshine residents to use to create pallet yard art. This new collaboration has been a great opportunity for FFA members to be involved in their community while learning more about Sunshine. Kayleigh Roberts disassembled pallets for Sunshine residents to create scarecrows and snowmen pallet art. Anthony Wayne FFA members (Left to right: Madelynn Mangold, Ava Siwa, Jensen Sharp, Carley Winslow, Luke Gunn, Aubrey Armstrong) along with two Sunshine residents built hydroponic systems together. Maggie Burkett, Miranda King, Megan Eisinger and Autumn Atamanick painted a pony to help remove the sunset for Sunshine residents. FFA members took a tour of the greenhouses and raised gardens at Sunshine.last_img read more

The (not so spooky) tale of Halloween pumpkins

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On a day with no shortage of haunting pumpkins around the corner, many people may be wondering just how the largest, most terrifying of these autumn staples come to be. The answer is not nearly as spooky as the end product. A bit of late night investigation will reveal there is a fair amount of agricultural expertise behind those giant Halloween pumpkins.Even first-time growers are capable of growing pumpkins in excess of 400 pounds if the seeds are the Atlantic Giant variety, which are available at numerous garden centers and catalogs, according to Mike Estadt, educator, Ohio State University Extension.“To grow pumpkins in excess of half a ton, it all begins with superior genetics,” Estadt wrote in Growing Giant Pumpkins in the Home Garden, a new Ohioline fact sheet.Ohioline is OSU Extension’s free online information resource and can be found at ohioline.osu.edu. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.Generally speaking, some of the other things to consider when growing pumpkins, Estadt said, include the following.Site selection and planting: Each pumpkin plant should be allowed 1,000 square feet of growing space in an area that has several hours of daily sunlight and access to water, considering that pumpkins require large amounts of water.Fertilizer and lime: When planting, you’ll need to have the soil tested to determine whether lime and fertilizers are needed based on your soil requirements.Planting and space requirements: The pumpkin seeds should be planted individually in 12-inch peat pots indoors in April and can be transferred to the ground when the first true leaf is fully expanded, typically 10–14 days after seeding. Once planted outside, they can be protected from frost using row covers, or a small greenhouse.Irrigation: Pumpkins have shallow roots, so they will need to be watered slowly with at least 1 inch of water per week if the area doesn’t experience an adequate amount of rainfall.Insects and diseases: An insect and disease control program should be initiated when you transplant the pumpkin plants from the pots to the ground. This is because once a bacterial or viral infection has occurred, there is no way to stop it. And several pests are attracted to pumpkins, including striped cucumber beetles, squash bugs, and squash vie borer.Pollination: While hand pollination is the preferred method to fruit-setting, natural pollination by honey bees, squash bees, and bumble bees will also work well.Shade: Once the pumpkins get to a certain size, they need to be protected from direct sunlight. For example, you can use a bedsheet draped over the pumpkin, leaving the stem exposed.Ohio is one of the top producers of the large, carving type of pumpkins, usually ranking between third or fourth among states for pumpkin production, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, with more that 66 million pounds of pumpkin produced statewide last year.And, from a nutritional standpoint, pumpkins are an excellent, healthy food because they are low in calories, are full of potassium and antioxidants, and the seeds make excellently nutritious and tasty snacks.last_img read more

10 months ago​Sarri reiterates opinion of Chelsea as non-contenders

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Sarri reiterates opinion of Chelsea as non-contendersby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMaurizio Sarri has reiterated his opinion that Chelsea are not title contenders.While Sarri has done a decent job since replacing Antonio Conte in the summer, his team are in 4th place and 11 points off the league leaders Liverpool.He believes that is too big a gap to make up in half a season, especially as Chelsea have struggled for consistency in recent months.”No,” he said when a reporter asked if they were title contenders in his press conference. “You know very well my opinion. “From the beginning of the season there are two teams above, then there is a little gap. “City will be able to recover the gap, the title is fighting between City and Liverpool.” last_img read more

10 months agoInter Milan striker Keita Balde upset for Koulibaly

first_imgInter Milan striker Keita Balde upset for Koulibalyby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan striker Keita Balde paid tribute to Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly after victory over Empoli.Keita was stunned by the racist abuse Koulibaly suffered last week against Inter.He said, “I consider Koulibaly to be my brother: we play for the same National Team, and I tell him the things that I want to say personally on the phone. Such things most certainly should not be happening in our times: football is wonderful and doesn’t need bad moments and insults tainting it. “Football should be enjoyed, it provides hope and brings joy to children. We all have to do better and work together to create a better world.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Military calls off Alberta search after missing Cessna 172 found pilot dead

first_imgMAYERTHORPE, Alta. – The Royal Canadian Air Force says the search for a missing pilot and his Cessna 172 has ended with the discovery of the light plane and a body in a wooded area northwest of Edmonton.“The search for missing pilot Scott Schneider has ended with the discovery of his Cessna 172,” the military said in a release Thursday night.“Unfortunately, when Royal Canadian Air Force search and rescue technicians arrived on scene he was found without vital signs.”Schneider and the plane were last seen Sunday afternoon taking off from an airfield in Edson, Alta., bound for nearby Westlock.He was reported missing the following day when he failed to report for work.The military deployed Hercules aircraft and helicopters to search the rural area between the two communities.“While this is not the outcome we hoped for, we hope it brings closure to the family and friends of Mr. Schneider,” Maj. Gerry Favre, searchmaster with 1 Canadian Air Division said.“The thoughts of the entire search team are with the family right now.”The military said it found the plane after reviewing radar logs from a nearby airport.Schneider was flying alone with his dog.RCMP Cpl. Chris Warren said the aircraft was found in Lac. St. Anne County.“The RCMP attended and discovered an aircraft with extensive damage and a body at the scene” Warren said.Warren said Transport Canada and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are investigating.Warren said the family of the missing pilot has been in contact with RCMP since the plane was reported missing.The military had said the search for the plane had been hampered by smoke from wildfires in B.C. that prevented civilian aircraft from taking part.— By John Cotter in Edmontonlast_img read more

Expand The College Football Playoff

Ohio State’s national college football championship might seem to vindicate the playoff selection committee, which chose the No. 4 Buckeyes over two teams with similar resumes, No. 5 Baylor and No. 6 TCU. But there probably weren’t a lot of people in Waco or Fort Worth, Texas, celebrating the Buckeyes’ Monday night win. Instead, Baylor and TCU fans have every right to think their teams deserved the same opportunity.1The argument is particularly strong for TCU, which, after being leapfrogged in an unprecedented way in the committee’s final standings, went on to crush Mississippi 42-3 in the Peach Bowl. In fact, the Horned Frogs entered Monday with nearly the same Football Power Index rating (23.6) that Ohio State had (23.8).It has sometimes been stated — I’ve said it myself — that a four-team playoff is inherently flawed when there are five major conferences. The truth is a little more complicated than that. Sometimes a “Power 5” conference champion won’t have much of a beef with having been excluded from the playoff. In 2012, for instance, Wisconsin was the BCS representative as the Big Ten champion despite just a 4-4 conference record (and an 8-5 record overall). It was a wacky case — Ohio State and Penn State finished ahead of the Badgers but were ineligible for postseason play — but it’s not so uncommon to have an “ugly duckling” major conference champion.But pretty much every other contingency complicates the committee’s job and adds to the list of teams it might consider:Sometimes there will be an undefeated team from a “minor” conference, like Boise State.Sometimes independent Notre Dame or BYU will be undefeated or will have one loss against a strong schedule.Sometimes a second team from a power conference will have a powerful argument for being among the top four nationally. In 2011, for example, Alabama ranked No. 2 and was chosen for the BCS title game; its only loss had come against No. 1 LSU.In other words, this year wasn’t an outlier: A four-team playoff is liable to produce similar controversies more often than not. It may not be the particular controversy we had this year. But there’s liable to be some type of controversy.This is usually the point at which someone asserts the problem is infinitely regressive. With four teams in the playoff, there will always be an argument over Nos. 4 and 5. With six teams, there might be the a debate over Nos. 6 and 7. Or with 68 teams, you’ll have a fight over Nos. 68 and 69.I don’t find this case entirely convincing; you’re going to hit the point of diminishing returns eventually. In 2012, I participated in a mock NCAA basketball selection committee for media members. When filling out the last few slots in the 68-team bracket, we were presented with some incredibly unappealing options: For example, a team that went 1-6 against top 50 opponents against another that had a losing record in conference play. Neither team had a snowball’s chance in hell of becoming national champion.What you don’t want to do is exclude teams that can make a credible case for being the best team in the country. It’s hard to put this philosophy into practice, of course. In a perfect world, you could permit a flexible number of teams into the playoff. One year, a team might be so far ahead of the pack that you’d be tempted to crown it national champion and cancel the playoff. The next year, the top group might run a dozen teams deep. Unfortunately, the NCAA and our corporate overlords ESPN aren’t likely to tolerate that sort of uncertainty when they need to set schedules months or years in advance.So, we need to settle on a particular number of teams. The most important objective is to avoid “false negatives” — that is, to keep from omitting teams like Baylor and TCU, whose resumes are hard to distinguish from the teams ranked first or second in the country. The next priority is to avoid “false positives,” like a three-loss team getting into the playoff when it doesn’t belong there. It might help to break the teams into tiers:The first tier consists of undefeated teams from major (“Power 5”) conferences.2In the chart after this first bullet point, we’ve treated Notre Dame as a major conference team.The second tier includes one-loss teams from major conferences, along with undefeated teams from minor conferences.The third tier consists of two-loss teams from “Power 5” conferences and one-loss teams from other conferences.The fourth tier includes everyone else.The former BCS system, with its national championship game, seemed to be based on the hope that there would be exactly two top-tier teams. Unfortunately that almost never worked out. Only four times in the 16 years of the BCS were there exactly two major-conference undefeateds. The years in which there were three such teams, like 2004, were especially controversial. The more common problem, however, is that there was often just one of these teams or none at all.So reaching into the second tier is a necessary evil if you’re going to have any type of playoff. That being the case, I’d argue that you’d rather not have to make extremely fine distinctions within the second tier. Perhaps you’re OK omitting some one-loss teams with gross deficiencies on their resumes (like those that both played poor schedules and failed to win their conference titles). But you’d rather not have to distinguish the Baylors of the world from the Ohio States.The problem with a four-team playoff is that it will often require the committee to make exactly those distinctions, splitting the second tier right down the middle. Let’s look at some historical data. In the chart below, I’ve listed the teams since 1998 as they were ranked in the final AP poll before bowl participants were chosen. (This serves as a good proxy for how the playoff selection committee might have ranked the teams.)3You could use the BCS standings or the Coaches Poll as the reference point instead; they would lead you to pretty much the same conclusions. The teams are color-coded based on which tier they belonged to.As you can see, these tiers do a reasonable job of reflecting how poll voters think about the teams. Sometimes the tiers get mixed up around the margins, but these are usually relatively obvious cases involving teams with especially strong or weak schedules.But you can also see the problem. In an average year, there are one or two first-tier teams and four or five second-tier teams. A four-team playoff will wind up splitting the second-tier teams right down the middle.What if you’re willing to omit one-loss teams that didn’t win their conference championships? In the chart, I’ve also indicated whether a team won its conference title. (I’ve listed just one champion per major conference — the team deemed as the conference champion by the BCS in the event of ties.4In 2014, the BCS was no longer active. I consider Baylor to have been the Big 12 champion over TCU by virtue of its head-to-head victory against them. There’s special handling for teams from the former Big East conference, which no longer exists for football.5Big East teams are classified based on the conference they belong to currently. If a former Big East team ranked higher than the top team from the conference it now belongs to, it is considered the champion of its current conference. For instance, Miami is classified as the 2002 ACC champion, because it ranked ahead of the actual ACC champion that year, Florida State.) This gets you closer, but you’ll still run out of space fairly often unless you’re also willing to kick out undefeated teams from minor conferences.Besides, it’s not clear that a conference championship ought to trump everything else. It’s great when, for example, the No. 3 and No. 5 teams in the country square off in their conference championship, making it serve as a de facto play-in game. But this rarely happens. Often, the two best teams in the conference are in the same division and won’t play for the conference title. Or there are cases like 2003, when Kansas State, which had two conference losses, beat undefeated Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game. Would Kansas State really deserve to make the playoff ahead of Oklahoma? AP voters didn’t think so. (They ranked Oklahoma No. 3 and Kansas State No. 8 the next week.)What if we expand the playoff to six teams instead?Now we’re able to accommodate the clear majority of the second tier. One-loss major conference champions will just about always make it. One-loss non-champions from major conferences will make it about 80 percent of the time. Undefeated teams from minor conferences still struggle a bit, but overall this seems to strike a good balance. As a major conference team with just one loss, you’ll make the playoff unless there’s a lot working against you. With two losses, you’ll won’t make it unless you have a lot working for you. There are still some tough decisions to be made, but the committee won’t have to cleave the second tier in half, as it often will under a four-team playoff.If you expand the playoff to eight teams, you’re able to accommodate almost all of the second tier. However, about 75 percent of the additional teams you’d add with the seventh and eighth slots are from the third tier instead. This may be too tolerant, placing too little pressure on teams to perform and schedule well in the regular season.An alternative would be to include eight teams, but with automatic bids for major conference champions. (Technically you could do this under a six-team playoff, too, but it might not be advisable.6It provides for too little flexibility. What happens when in addition to the five major conference champions, there’s an excellent Notre Dame team and an undefeated Boise State? And by placing so much emphasis on the conference championship game, this system would serve to make the rest of a team’s schedule all but irrelevant.) Presumably, teams from outside of the power conferences would object to this, but you could accommodate them by guaranteeing a sixth slot to the best independent or minor conference team. That would leave two at-large positions.I’ve run the numbers on how this would work out — and it seems like another good option. By definition, we’re now including every major conference champion. While you’d have the occasional fluke conference champ like the 2012 Wisconsin team, that might be an acceptable price for reducing the subjectivity in the process. Non-champion teams from major conferences would sometimes make the playoff but would have a lot of pressure to schedule well and perform well. The majority of one-loss teams from major conferences would make it, but they’d be at risk if they fail to win their conferences. And taking a second loss would knock a team out the vast majority of the time.No system is going to end the debates; people still argue about which teams ought to be No. 12 seeds in the NCAA hoops tourney so they can lose to Kentucky in the Sweet 16. But expanding the football playoff to six teams — or to eight teams with some automatic bids — would do a better job of rewarding the most deserving teams while preserving the importance of the regular season. It would help to ensure the most important decisions of the college football season happen on the field and not in a conference room. read more

The Rams Wont Get As Much From LA As The Lakers And

The source of an NFL team’s fortune looks a lot different than what fills the coffers for MLB, NBA and NHL teams. While 83 percent of the average team’s revenue in those sports comes from sources other than national TV deals — sources largely tied up in local earnings such as gate receipts and regional sports networks (more on those later) — that figure is only 46 percent for the average NFL club. Thus, financially, it matters less where an NFL team is located, because the team is going to get billions anyway from national revenue-sharing arrangements.1The NFL’s total revenue from national TV rights is a sum of deals with five networks: CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and the NFL Network, plus a contract with DirecTV. Disclosure: FiveThirtyEight is owned by ESPN.This flattening of large-market revenue happens in other ways across all pro sports, such as the shared revenue brought in by licensing and merchandise (hats, jerseys, pagan blood contracts with FanKings), which insidery estimates put at approximately $3 billion annually — another $87 million or so per year per team after the league takes its 10 percent cut — and which is shared equally among 31 NFL teams. (The Cowboys are the only team that has an individual licensing and merchandising deal, because of course they are.)Comparing the Rams’ situation to those of teams in the NBA, NHL and MLB, all of which have lucrative regional TV deals that the NFL can’t tap into, reveals how little the Rams gain in television money by moving to Los Angeles. Specifically, we can zoom in to the revenue from Los Angeles teams’ TV contracts to see how much money the Lakers, Dodgers, Angels, Clippers, Kings and Ducks are pulling in from regional contracts: After years of speculation over which NFL team would be the first to surrender to Hollywood’s siren call, the inevitable finally happened: The league’s owners voted this week to allow the Rams to move from St. Louis to Los Angeles. In his attempt to justify the move, Rams owner Stan Kroenke made a lot of claims about the St. Louis area. He believed, or at least said, his team would be “on the road to financial ruin” if it stayed in the Gateway City because of what he alleged were poor economic prospects for the metro area, a declining population and various other local factors. The kabuki was unconvincing.Kroenke’s arguments rang hollow for a number of reasons, but his silly obsession with the drawbacks of the St. Louis area holds a major logical flaw: The Rams play in the only major pro league where local revenue takes a backseat to the revenue generated by shared, national television contracts. Regional sports networks (RSNs) have been all the rage for a while now, and the profits teams haul in by selling their cable rights — or, better yet, starting their own team-operated channels — have fueled the ballooning revenues in other leagues. In LA alone, the Lakers inked an RSN deal worth an average of $200 million a year,2Hence the figure we list above, a 20-year average from their contract with Time Warner Cable. and the Dodgers dropped jaws when it was announced their RSN contract would net $334 million per year in revenue. Even the Clippers, who come in well behind the Lakers, recently turned down a $60 million per year local deal, presumably because they’re holding out for something more lucrative.If you’re keeping score at home, that’s 60 percent more TV dollars than the average NFL team rakes in annually. And since the NFL does its television business on a strictly national basis, the Rams can’t unleash the power of an RSN on the eyeballs of the nation’s second-biggest media market.Kroenke would of course argue that the financial benefit comes from attendance — St. Louis was dead last in the NFL this season, and has floated around the bottom three during this decade. But even then, it’s not as though the Rams were always a draw in LA, as the Los Angeles Times noted in a 1994 game story titled “Attendance Is Not Exactly Peachy,” as just 32,969 fans turned out for a 14-12 snoozer against the Cardinals. (This was the “announced” attendance, which is definitionally lower than the actual attendance. Anaheim Stadium’s football capacity was 69,008.) The Rams were last in the league in attendance in 1994, their last year in Los Angeles.So Kroenke gains little in the way of media money by uprooting the Rams, and the benefits to the gate are far from certain once we look to LA’s not-that-distant history as a football town. What then does he gain by fistfighting St. Louis and burning every bridge on his way out of Missouri? One way to make sense of this is to look away from league revenue or fan interest and shift our attention downward, to Stan Kroenke’s pockets. Holy Cross economics professor Victor Matheson told the International Business Times that economists generally expect the Rams’ valuation to rise by at least $500 million with the move to LA. read more

UEFA announces disciplinary proceedings against Liverpool Roma

first_imgUEFA has announced that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Liverpool and Roma following the commotion at their Champions League semi-final first leg at Anfield.Commotion started outside Anfield minutes before kick-off in the first leg of the tie on April 24, with Liverpool fan Sean Cox left in a critical condition following the incident.Based on the incidents, Liverpool have been charged with setting off fireworks and throwing objects while both clubs have been charged for crowd disturbancesdivock 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…Ahead of the second leg, Merseyside Police confirmed that they had not received any reports of disturbances between Liverpool and Roma fans in the Italian capital in the lead up to kick-off according to SkysportsThis case is being handled by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body and will be dealt with on May 31. Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp’s side face Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League on Saturday in Kyiv after beating Roma 7-6 on aggregate.last_img read more

Diego Simeone set to agree Atletico Madrid contract renewal

first_imgAthletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has agreed a contract renewal at Atletico Madrid which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2021.Simeone who has led the club to a Champions League final has his current contract set to expire in 2020 but Diario AS report via Football Espana an agreement has been reached by both sides for an extension.According to the report, Simeone’s sister and agent Natalia have negotiated a fresh deal which will increase the Coach’s salary, the Argentine currently earns €2m and is said to be the third highest paid manager within world football.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Athletico Madrid have been impressive since Simeone took over from Gregorio Manzano in 2011. He has won a La Liga title and has played in several Champions League knockout stages.Atleti are currently five points behind Barcelona in the Spanish league standings and are still competing in the UEFA champions league round of 16.last_img read more

Undiagnosed thyroid increases infertility risk

first_imgOver 20 per cent women in India live with an undiagnosed thyroid problem and do not even realise that it is the cause of various health issues including infertility, health experts have said. Thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland in the neck that produces thyroid hormones that help regulate the human body’s energy use. Sometimes the thyroid makes too much or too little of these hormones. When thyroid hormone production drops (hypothyroidism), the body’s processes slow down and change. On the other hand, overactive levels of the hormone (hyperthyroidism) can speed up the body’s functions. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHypothyroidism or an underactive thyroid could make women unable to conceive. Low levels of thyroid hormone can interfere with ovulation, which impairs fertility, the experts said. “Thyroid is a very common problem especially post 25 years of age and women are four times more prone to thyroid disorders than men,” experts said. “Undiagnosed and untreated thyroid disease can be a cause for infertility or frequent miscarriage.” Infertility symptoms can include disturbed menstrual cycle, heavy and less frequent periods, low basal body temperature and difficulty in conceiving. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveLow thyroid levels, which make the ovaries less able to produce progesterone, also lead to symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), affecting about 70 per cent of women. An undiagnosed thyroid problem could also be the cause of other health issues including symptoms such as weight gain, fatigue, constipation, muscle and joint aches, sluggishness, intolerance towards cold weather, abnormal and irregular periods and sleeplessness, among others. “Infertility is a major health threat due to thyroid and many other conditions that are often the direct result of undiagnosed and untreated thyroid conditions,” explained experts. “In order to lead a healthy life I would recommend that all patients who recognize any of these symptoms should go for a TSH test,” experts noted. Hyperthyroidism can be treated in many ways such as TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test, chest X-ray, T4 or thyroxin test. However, a doctor chooses the line of treatment on the basis of a number of variables like the underlying cause of hyperthyroidism, the age of the patient, the size of the thyroid gland and the presence of coexisting medical illnesses. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including getting proper diagnosis, weight loss, ample sleep, de-stressing, regular exercise, not ignoring early symptoms and an adequate diet are essential.last_img read more

The number of kids who struggle with thoughts of s

first_imgThe number of kids who struggle with thoughts of suicide or who attempt to kill themselves is rising. New research, published Wednesday in Pediatrics, finds children ages 5 to 17 visited children’s hospitals for suicidal thoughts or attempts about twice as often in 2015 as in 2008.The study found kids of all ages are affected though increases were greatest for older adolescents. Lead author Gregory Plemmons, a pediatrician and researcher at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., says the study results confirmed what he had been seeing at the hospital.He says he hopes clinicians and families take note. “The No. 1 thing to take home is that it’s important to talk about this and important to ask about it,” he says.The findings line up with past data showing a steady increase in teen suicide over the past decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last year that a drop in adolescent suicide in the 1990s and early 2000s reversed course in 2008, though it has not yet reached peak levels seen in the 1980s. It’s not clear what has contributed to the increase, but the study noted the 2008 financial crisis may be one factor.Plemmons and his co-researchers examined billing data from 2008 to 2015 from a database of 49 children’s hospitals across the U.S. They included all emergency department encounters, stays for observation and inpatient hospitalizations at those hospitals. However, community hospitals were not included.The researchers turned up 115,856 visits for suicidal ideation or attempts, during the seven-year period. Such visits represented 0.7 percent of total children’s hospital visits in 2008, but by 2015 had increased to 1.8 percent of all visits. More than half the visits required at least one night of hospitalization, and nearly 1 in 7 required intensive care.Older teens were more likely to end up in the hospital and had the greater increase in hospital visits. About half of suicide-related hospital visits for the time studied were from teens ages 15 to 17, but 12- to 14-year-olds closely trailed them, making up 37 percent of visits. Children ages 5 to 11 made up the remaining 13 percent.One of the study’s most striking findings was a seasonal trend in hospital visits. Throughout the years, visits peaked in midfall and midspring and fell to the lowest point in the summer. “We knew there was an association with school seasons, but actually seeing that mapped out was surprising,” says Plemmons. It suggests a link with school pressures. “It really speaks to the stress and the strain at school,” says Dr. Robert Dicker, associate director of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, N.Y. “Kids appear to be under much more academic success to achieve and their perception of falling short.”Dicker, who was not involved in the study, noted possible influences from the media, particularly social media.Plemmons also drew attention to social media’s influence. “You’re becoming more disconnected and not having relationships with real people, and at the same time, you’re being fed a false distortion of what reality is, where everything looks great onscreen,” he says.Cyberbullying and sexting, he adds, could also be risk factors. “These kids have to deal with pressures that we didn’t deal with.”Other possible contributors noted in the study included earlier puberty in girls, since reaching puberty is a risk factor for suicide. Girls made up two-thirds of the hospital visits in the study period.But none of these possibilities is definitive. “This type of study is very good at revealing trends but cannot address causality,” says Dr. Laurel Williams, chief of psychiatry at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Despite being the third-leading cause of death in adolescents, suicide is still relatively rare, making it harder to study causes, she says. But it is important to screen for depression and anxiety, she says. Her institution also uses validated screening tools to screen adolescents and is exploring teleconsultation strategies to help pediatricians manage cases if they feel underprepared or uncomfortable. “We know there are a lot of patients still out there who have clinical depression who are not accessing care,” Plemmons says, adding that it’s important for adults to identify resources in their area for struggling teens. Parents can start with their child’s primary care doctor.But the most important first step is one anyone can take.”The current best method for identifying risk is to ask,” Williams says. “Asking a young person how they are feeling, not just how they are doing, is essential. We need to give young people the time and space to talk about how they are feeling. This involves developing closer relationships over time, not something you can scramble at the last minute or only in moments of crisis.”Plemmons also emphasized the importance of talking to adolescents about the issue. “There’s still a huge stigma and anything you can do to destigmatize it helps,” he says, adding that a fear still exists among some pediatricians and parents that discussing suicide may suggest it to adolescents. “We know from literature that that’s not the case,” Plemmons says. “Talking about it can sometimes help reduce the risk.” If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting 741741. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2031/IMG14849.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more

The Welsh governments decision to close its indep

first_imgThe Welsh government’s decision to close its independent living grant scheme and pass the funding to local authorities could see cuts to the support packages of hundreds of disabled people, new research suggests.Disabled campaigners say that information released by local authorities in Wales has created “extreme cause for concern” about the transition process, which is seeing funding from the interim Welsh Independent Living Grant (WILG) passed to the 22 councils.WILG was set up by the Welsh government – with UK government funding – as a short-term measure to support former recipients of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) when ILF was closed in June 2015.But the Welsh government is now closing WILG and by April next year the 22 councils will be solely responsible for meeting the support needs of all former ILF-recipients in Wales.The Welsh government’s own estimates, released to Disability News Service (DNS) last night (Wednesday), suggest that about 200 former WILG-recipients will see their support packages cut by next April.Members of the Save WILG campaign, led by former ILF-recipient Nathan Lee Davies (pictured), submitted freedom of information requests to all 22 Welsh councils earlier this year, and they say the responses proved they were right to be concerned that the transition process would lead to many former ILF-users seeing their support packages cut.Few of the councils were willing to provide detailed information about how the process of re-assessing the needs of the former ILF-recipients in their areas would affect their support packages.But some of the local authorities admitted that a significant proportion of those currently receiving support through the WILG have already had their support packages cut.In Wrexham, Davies’ home local authority, the council said it had re-assessed less than a third of former ILF-users but had already cut the support of 18 of them, increasing support for just seven, and leaving one package unchanged.Monmouthshire council had cut four of 19 packages, Conwy had reduced two of 12 – although the vast majority had still to be assessed – while Caerphilly had reduced four of 29, Merthyr Tydfil had reduced 15 per cent, and both Carmarthenshire and Rhondda councils had cut 10 per cent of support packages.About a third of the councils – including Pembrokeshire, Gwynedd, Anglesey, Cardiff and Blaenau Gwent – failed to say how many support packages had been cut.But some local authorities did produce more encouraging answers, with Powys council saying the reassessment process had seen it increase the support packages of 59 of 62 former ILF-users.Although Port Talbot council had reviewed less than a third of service-users, half had had their packages increased, and the other half had seen them stay at the same level, while Bridgend decided that all but one former ILF-recipient would continue to receive the same support package.There were also repeated warnings from the local authorities that they could not promise that support packages would not be cut in the future, with Cardiff council warning that “no guarantees as to the future are possible with any funding arrangement”.Asked if it could guarantee that WILF recipients would have their care packages ring-fenced from all future austerity cuts forced onto local authorities, both Merthyr Tydfil and Port Talbot replied with just one word: “No.”Huw Irranca-Davies, the Welsh government’s minister for social care, has previously pledged that no former ILF-users would lose out in the transition process.But a Welsh government spokesman said that its most recent monitoring of the transition had found about 100 of 580 WILG-recipients were having their support “provided in a different manner than previously”*, while 130 were receiving more support.As about 1,300 people are due to go through the transition, this suggests that about 200 former WILG-users will eventually see their packages cut.He insisted that the government was committed to ensuring that all disabled people are “fully supported to live independently in their communities”.And he said that Irranca-Davies had visited both Powys and Wrexham councils this week to “see at first hand the work they have been undertaking” and “will be speaking to other authorities about this over the next few weeks”.The government spokesman said: “He will also be asking authorities to undertake a deep dive of a sample of cases where there have been significant changes in the type of support people are receiving, to establish the reasons for this and ensure they are receiving the appropriate support they require to live independently.“This is in addition to the ongoing monitoring of the programme, and an additional independent evaluation which has been commissioned by the minister.”The spokesman claimed that the “feedback from disabled people” on the transition programme had been “positive”.He said: “Together with our partners in local government and the third sector, we will continue to closely monitor the process and the individual outcomes of the transition from the ILF to the person-centred and co-produced approach to independent living in Wales.”But Miranda Evans, policy and programmes manager for Disability Wales, said her organisation was “extremely concerned that disabled people with high support requirements are having their hours of care reduced when transferring over to direct payments”. She said: “In a number of cases people are losing their ‘socialising’ hours, which is of great concern. “This vital support enables people to play a part in their community, volunteer with a local group and get involved in political life. “Without this necessary support disabled people will become isolated, disengaged and unable to leave their home.”Disability Wales has called for an “urgent review” of the Welsh government’s policy and investigations into the differences between how local authorities are applying it, which she said showed “the further development of a postcode lottery”.She added: “We remain concerned that funding will be absorbed by social services budgets and not be directed to those who need it: disabled people with high support requirements.”Davies said the Welsh government’s comments showed that “they simply refuse to see the evidence that is staring them in the face”.He said: “Yet again the Welsh government seems to think of former ILF recipients as a privileged bunch.“This is not the case at all, as we are disabled people with high care and support needs who were guaranteed a lifetime of adequate support under the old ILF system.“They do not deserve to be made to feel like a hindrance by the Welsh government.”He said the conclusions that can be drawn from the freedom of information responses were “very worrying indeed” and show “a shocking lack of consistency between local authorities, the development of a ‘postcode lottery’, the lack of an adequate complaints procedure for former ILF recipients and an alarming lack of security, or guarantees, for the future”. Davies is determined to persuade the Welsh government to keep the current system, which allows former ILF-recipients some security by receiving funding from three different “pots”: WILG, local authorities and their own personal contributions.He said: “The responses reflect why we started the campaign three years ago and give weight to our belief that the tripartite system of care needs to be maintained.“Disabled people with high care and support needs simply cannot rely on cash-strapped local authorities to provide the levels of care that they need. “One of my biggest concerns is that even the local authorities who have increased a majority of care packages cannot guarantee that these packages will remain at the same levels in future years.“It is a concern that these generous increases may only be put in place for a year, while the local authorities sharpen their axes for further cuts once the campaign is over.” He added: “The Welsh government now need to listen to the voices that have supported our campaign – assembly members, MPs, Disability Labour, Jeremy Corbyn, shadow chancellor John McDonnell, celebrities such as Ken Loach and most importantly their own members who passed a motion calling on them to #SaveWILG at the Welsh Labour conference in April 2018.” *The Welsh government press office was unable to confirm by 1pm today that this means that their support hours have been reduced A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more