Circ highway plan clears major environmental hurdle

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation learned today that the US Army Corps of Engineers determined that the Agency’s preferred alternative for the next phase of the Chittenden County Circumferential Highway (Circ) passes environmental muster. If all goes as planned, the construction on the Williston phase of the Circ could begin in 2013. VTrans did not say what the total cost might be.The Corps of Engineers determined that the so-called Circ A/B Boulevard is the Least Environmentally Damaging Practicable Alternative (LEDPA) for the purpose of satisfying a key federal milestone known as the Section 404 Water Quality permit process. VTrans applied for this permit in 2007 in conjunction with the issuance of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement, which evaluated not only the Circ A/B Boulevard but other roadway alternatives as well.‘The Corps of Engineer’s determination is a key decision because the Corps cannot issue a water-quality permit unless it first determines that a proposed project is the least environmentally damaging of the practicable alternatives,’ said VTrans Secretary David Dill. ‘The Corps’ acceptance of our LEDPA recommendation is a significant hurdle that we are glad to have cleared.  Our goal is to have our 404 Permit and Federal Highway’s Record of Decision in hand this year.’VTrans and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in July 2008 identified the A/B Corridor, which requires that a new exit be built along Interstate 89, as the Circ’s preferred alternative.  Since that time, VTrans and FHWA officials have been engaged in an intense cooperative effort with the Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources to permit the corridor as a new roadway.As a result of these discussions, the original Circ alternative that called for construction of a limited access highway with a 50 mph speed limit was modified to a 40 mph, four-lane boulevard-style roadway with at-grade intersections and a raised median. In addition, the modified Circ A/B Corridor includes a minor shift in alignment to minimize impacts to wetlands and vernal pools, as well as increased bridging of streams to minimize other impacts to both water quality and wildlife habitat.To compensate for the unavoidable impacts of the Circ A/B Corridor, VTrans has proposed a mitigation plan that includes the protection of nearly 500 acres of wetland and wildlife habitat.With the LEDPA in hand, VTrans can now issue its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Circ-Williston project, identifying the Circ A/B Boulevard as the Preferred Alternative. A 30-day public comment period follows the issuance of the FEIS, after which Federal Highway officials will issue their Record of Decision.  The Record of Decision is FHWA’s formal decision document under the National Environmental Policy Act.Other permits are needed before construction can begin.  VTrans hopes to complete design and permitting work such that construction could begin in 2013. Source: VTrans. 7.7.2010last_img read more

PREMIUM197 companies secure cheap gas prices, contracts to be signed in May

first_imgIndonesia gas-prices certain-industries 197-companies Energy-Mineral-Resources-Ministry Kadin IPA-Indonesian-Petroleum-Association Jokowi Topics : One hundred and ninety-seven companies will buy gas at US$6 per million British thermal units (mmbtu), below the $8 per mmbtu market average, as promised by a Presidential Regulation issued in 2016.The Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ministry issued a decree on April 13 stipulating that the companies, which fall within seven gas-reliant industries, are to prepare gas purchasing contracts with their respective government-assigned suppliers within one month.The 197 companies, among others, include five fertilizer producers, 46 petrochemical companies, 56 steel companies, 59 ceramics producers, 16 glassware companies, six glove producers and nine oleochemical companies.“So there is progress, but hopefully, there won’t be bureaucratic hurdles,” said Johnny Darmawan, vice chairman for oil and industry at the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (K… Forgot Password ? Facebook Log in with your social account Google Linkedin LOG INDon’t have an account? Register herelast_img read more

Shoplifting suspects sought by Dawson Creek RCMP

first_imgThese women alleged were involved in multiple instances of shoplifting in late December and early January.Anyone with more information on this case is asked to contact Dawson Creek RCMP. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — The RCMP detachment in Dawson Creek is seeking multiple suspects in a number of robberies that took place over December and January.The businesses that were allegedly stolen from were not disclosed by RCMP, but they are in Dawson Creek.The RCMP says attempts to identify these suspects have been unsuccessful.- Advertisement –Photo by Dawson Creek RCMP Photo by Dawson Creek RCMPThis woman is alleged to have shoplifted in late December.suspects 2Photo by Dawson Creek RCMPAdvertisementlast_img

Judge Sachs honoured in NY

first_imgPoster for an address Judge Albie Sachs gave on same-sex marriage to the University of Chicago’s Human Rights Programme in 2006Janine ErasmusJustice Albie Sachs, who spent five decades of his life fighting for freedom and democracy in South Africa, will be honoured on 17 March by Shared Interest, a leading social investment fund based in New York.At the company’s annual awards gala Sachs will receive recognition for his fight for social and economic justice and human rights in South Africa.Also to be honoured for their commitment to economic democracy and development in South Africa are US leaders Debra Lee of Black Entertainment Television Networks (BET), Nadine Hack of beCause Global Consulting, and Jerry Dunfey of the Global Citizens Circle.A young freedom fighterBorn in 1935, Albert Louis Sachs began his career in 1956 as a civil rights advocate, defending those charged under South Africa’s apartheid laws. Many of his clients faced the death penalty, and Sachs himself was harassed by security forces, being banned and twice detained in solitary confinement.In 1966 Sachs went into exile in England, where he continued to study law, and then Mozambique. He spent 11 years in each country but, as a member of the African National Congress (ANC) liberation movement, did not escape the watchful eye of the South African security forces. In 1988 Sachs was almost killed by a bomb planted in his car by South African agents. The blast took most of his right arm and the sight in one eye, but didn’t manage to stop his work.In 1990 the ANC and other anti-apartheid organisations were unbanned in South Africa, and Sachs returned home. He served on the Constitutional Committee and the National Executive of the ANC, and played an important role in the negotiations between the apartheid government and the ANC that led to South Africa becoming a constitutional democracy.The supreme law of South AfricaSachs is currently a justice of South Africa’s Constitutional Court. Established in 1994, the Constitutional Court deals with matters that fall under the jurisdiction of the Constitution, the supreme law of South Africa. The court does not make judgements of innocence or guilt – those are for the ordinary courts to decide – but instead interprets the Constitution and applies it to matters of dispute.Sachs was appointed to the court by former president Nelson Mandela. He has been instrumental in a number of important decisions, most notably that on same-sex marriage. Here the court overthrew the current statutory definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman, saying that this definition was a violation of the Constitution’s general mandate of equal rights, more specifically of its mandate against discrimination based on sexual orientation.Sachs has also been a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s International Bioethics Committee, and helped draft the International Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights.In 2006 President Thabo Mbeki awarded Sachs the Order of Luthuli, bestowed on South Africans who have made a meaningful contribution to the struggle for democracy, human rights, nation-building, justice and peace, and conflict resolution.Working to empower the entrepreneurShared Interest believes South Africa to be a model of economic justice, and works to help the country’s disadvantaged communities uplift themselves. It facilitates finance for people wanting to start businesses or buy homes, builds partnerships with US-based individuals and companies interested in investing in South Africa, and works with organisations to promote and recognise women as the primary drivers of development in communities.Its core belief is that supporting income-generating activities leads to economically sustainable communities. To this end the company has since 1994 helped more than 1-million disadvantaged South Africans, 75% of them women.Shared Interest’s South African partner, the Thembani International Guarantee Fund, provides guarantees for bank loans to community development financial institutions. In this way banks are encouraged to extend credit to these institutions, which serve those who do not have bank accounts. This gives South African entrepreneurs the opportunity to get small businesses off the ground and also contributes to the building of housing and social facilities in communities.Supporting South Africa’s democratic developmentThe US companies to be honoured have also played a role in South Africa’s democratic development. BET, a cable network targeting young African Americans, as far back as 1994 organised a Mandela Freedom Fund Telethon to support South Africa’s change to a democratic government. The company has remained active in the country, taking on work such as coordinating and marketing the first Durban Jazz Festival in 2001. BET content is also licensed to satellite television provider DStv in South Africa.BeCause Global Consulting specialises in cause-related marketing and corporate citizenship. The company helped Sachs raise funds to buy and commission the art collection of Constitution Hill, the home of the Constitutional Court. Here beCause worked with Artists for a New South Africa in Los Angeles and South Africa Partners, which promotes partnerships between the US and South Africa.Sachs was a friend of the late exiled South African artist Gerard Sekoto, and many of the artist’s drawings are held in the court’s collection.Also to receive an award is Jerry Dunfey of the Global Citizens’ Circle, which attempts to resolve conflict situations by bringing together groups of concerned individuals – students, businessmen, clerics, educators and activists – in programmes and discussions. The organisation has worked in South Africa, Northern Ireland, Cuba and Israel, as well as in Boston, New York, Washington, DC, and Atlanta.Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and former anti-apartheid activist Albertina Sisulu serve on the Global Citizens’ Circle advisory board, as did the late activist Beyers Naudé.In October 2007 Shared Interest honoured Tutu during a gala dinner with the theme of “From one touch – a million ripples”. A well-loved figure both in South Africa and abroad, Tutu has been an inspirational – and often outspoken – campaigner for better values in society. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his fight against racial injustice in his homeland, and chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Committee in the mid-1990s. He is also honorary chair of Shared Interest’s board of directors.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] linksJudge Albie SachsShared InterestSouth Africa’s ConstitutionThe Constitutional CourtThe Presidency – national ordersThe Desmond Tutu Peace FoundationUnescolast_img read more

Developing a marketing strategy approach

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCFor the last 8 years the price of December corn on the last trading day of November has always been lower than the last trading day of October. Corn closed at $3.63 on Halloween.On the other hand, for the last 8 years January beans on the last trading day of November were higher for 3 years, lower for 3 years and the same for 2 years. January beans were $8.52 on Oct. 31. My marketing strategy approachI try to maintain a flexible marketing strategy that maximizes profit potential and minimizes risk. This means that some of my trades are most profitable if the market stays sideways, especially if there is a lot of rationale for minimal price movement in the short or long-term. Like all farmers, I’m most profitable if the market rallies above breakeven price points, and I always want that to happen. Unfortunately, there can be long periods of time where the market doesn’t rally above breakeven points. That’s why being open to alternative trade opportunities can be beneficial. Still, while I’m open to alternative solutions, it’s very important that for each trade I must fully understand any potential outcome and be willing to accept any result.All four trades below were put on when different factors were affecting the market. In the end, I collected 65 cents of premium on 10% of my production, or 6.5 cents on all of my corn. While none of these trades allowed me to get additional sales in place, I’m satisfied with the final outcome.Reader’s note: I believe in being fully transparent with my trade outcomes, which I think provides a better foundation for understanding and considering alternative opportunities. Still, the amount of detail can be overwhelming for those just wanting an overview. For those wanting a more summarized approach, just read the sections titled “What Happened” and “What Does This Mean”. Trade 1: Corn straddlesOn 1/18/18, when Dec corn was $3.85 covering potentially 10% of 2018 production, I sold a $3.70 straddle (where I sell both the put and call for the same price), bought a $3.50 put and collected a total of 38 cents premium for the trade. The options expired on the Friday after ThanksgivingThen on 2/9/18, when Dec corn was $3.93 covering potentially another 10% of 2018 production, I sold a $3.90 straddle, bought another $3.50 put, and collected a total of 44 cents premium to place the trade. The options expired on the Friday after Thanksgiving What does this mean?If corn is below $3.57 on 11/23/18, I won’t sell any corn with these trades. However, I still get to keep some of the premium. At most I’ll make 30 cents of premium, if prices are $3.56. At worst I’ll make 20 cents of premium if prices fall below $3.50, but on only 10% of my production.If corn is above $4.20 on 11/23/18, I have to sell 20% of my 2018 production for $4.20. If corn is $3.57 to $4.20, then I get a value of more than what corn prices were at when I put the second set of options in place. For instance, if futures prices are $3.70, then I would get $4.30 for my corn. If the futures price is $3.90, then I would get $4.50 but on only 10% of production. What happened?Corn was trading at $3.60 on Friday, as the options were about to expire, I bought back the $3.70 and $3.90 puts for 10 cents and 30 cents respectively. I had to buy the options back because otherwise I would have been long corn, which as a producer I didn’t want to have happen. I let both call options and the $3.50 put options all expire worthless.In the end, I collected 42 cents total for both trades on 10% of my production that I will later add to my “pot of premium” on a future trade:28 cents on the 1st trade (i.e. 38 cents collected – 10 cents to buy put back = 28 cents profit)14 cents on the 2nd trade (44 cents collected – 30 cents to buy put back = 14 cents profit).I could have sold corn for the $3.60 Dec futures right before the market closed and with the premium I would have received $4.02 on 10% of my production. But, as mentioned above, historically November prices are the season’s low and market information suggests some upside potential is possible right now. So, I decided to wait to sell. Trade 2: Sold corn callOn 10/2/18 when Dec corn was near $3.68 I sold a Dec $3.70 call for 8 cents expiring 11/23/18 on 10% of my ’18 production. What does that mean?If corn is trading below the strike price when this option expires I keep the 8-cent premium and add it to another trade later. If corn is trading above the strike price when this option expires, I have to sell corn for the strike price PLUS I keep the premium. This means a price of $3.78 on Dec futures. My trade thoughts and rationale on 10/2/18Since I still need to sell some of my remaining ’18 corn, but I don’t want to sell $3.68 Dec futures, this trade allows me to get values higher than where they were on that today. If the market stays sideways, I keep the 8-cent premiums. There isn’t a downside protection with these trades, but that isn’t the goal for this trade. What happened?The market closed below $3.70, so the call expired worthless and I kept the 8 cents to put in my “pot of premium” for a later trade. Trade 3: Sold corn straddleOn 10/2/18 when Dec corn was around $3.68, I sold a Dec $3.65 straddle (selling both a put and call) collecting 20 cents total on 10% of my 2018 production. What does this mean?If Dec corn is $3.65 on 11/23/18 I keep all of the 20 cents. For every penny corn is below $3.65 I get less premium until $3.45. For every penny higher than $3.65 I get less premium until $3.85. At $3.85 or higher I have to make a corn sale at $3.65 against Dec futures, but I still get to keep the 20 cents, so it’s like selling $3.85 At $3.45 or lower, I have to buy corn sales back or simply take a loss on the trade.My Trade Thoughts And Rationale from 10/2/18With current production forecasts I think corn prices will stay sideways, and this trade is most profitable if it does. However, if the market drops significantly I’m not protected from losing money or may have to buy some corn back, but that’s not my goal with this trade. With what I know today, I still want the market to rally and will be happy with a $3.85 sold price, because I have several other trades working that need prices above $3.85. I’m comfortable with any market outcome with this trade. What Happened?On 11/19/18 the market was $3.64. I bought back the put portion of the straddle for 3 cents, but left the call in place hoping for a rally back above $3.65 on Friday and forcing me into a sale. In the end, the market closed under $3.65, so I didn’t make a sale, but I kept 16 cents after commissions from the trade to add to my “pot of premium.” Trade 4: Sold straddleOn 10/18/18 when Dec corn was around $3.70, I sold a December $3.80 straddle (selling both a put and call) and collecting just over 16 cents total on 10% of my 2018 production.What does this mean?If Dec corn is $3.80 on 11/23/18, I keep all of the 16 cents. For every penny corn is below $3.80 I get less premium penny for penny until $3.64. For every penny higher than $3.80 I get less premium penny for penny until $3.96. At $3.96 or higher I have to make a corn sale at $3.80 against Dec futures, but I still get to keep the 16 cents, so it’s like selling $3.96. At $3.64 or lower I have buy corn sales back or simply take a loss on this trade. My trade thoughts and rationale from 10/18/18This trade is once again most profitable in a sideways market, which I think is the most likely scenario right now. If the market does nothing through 11/23/18, I’ll profit similar to the trade above. With what I know today, I would be happy to sell corn for $3.96, even if prices exceed this amount in a month. I’m a little concerned with the downside risk but, it’s the middle of harvest and historically once harvest is over, and grain is stored, there is usually a modest price recovery. What happened?Like the last 8 years, November prices are trending lower than late October prices. On 11/19/18 when corn was $3.64, I bought back the put for 16 cents and left the call open, not expecting prices to get back to $3.80 by Friday. After commissions, I lost 1 cent, so the trade was basically a wash. Combined results and overviewTrade 1 = +42 cents on 10%
Trade 2 = +8 cents on 10%
Trade 3 = +16 cents on 10%
Trade 4 = -1 cent on 10%
Total profit = 65 cents on 10% of production after commissions.Knowing what I know today, I’m happy I made 65 cents of premium on 10% of my production, or 6.5 cents on ALL of my production. I made some low risk trades that allowed me to profit in a disappointing market. Until October I never risked more than 20% of my ‘18 production in sideways type of trades. Once more was known about the size of the crop I added more sideways type of trades based upon the information I had at the time. This allows me to make a little extra profit until we hit profitable levels again. Or if we don’t, this “pot of premium” might help me get to profitable levels.Once again, considering alternative solutions and including trades in my grain marketing strategy that take into consideration all market scenarios (i.e. up, down and sideways), was a good decision that help reduce my farm operation’s risk while maximizing my profit potential. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more

Raise the Stakes in Your Action Scenes with a Pulse-Pumping Soundtrack

first_imgThrowing your actor out of helicopter is just the beginning. Add more “oomph” to your stunt sequences and action scenes in post with Royalty-Free Music.Whether you’re capturing a choreographed fist fight, a high-speed car chase, or a fast-paced gun battle, planning and shooting stunt sequences and action scenes is an exciting endeavor. Of course, while an afternoon spent filming a brawl on a moving speedboat is sure to be a highlight of your production schedule, a lot of the real thrills are created in post. Obviously an airtight edit and some bone-crushing foley work are vital to a mind-blowing stunt sequence, but don’t sleep on the intensity and momentum offered by a killer soundtrack.Let’s take a look at two examples of how music (like the songs on the playlist below) can add energy, atmosphere, and intensity to action-packed stunt scenes.Atmospheric Action SoundtracksThe stunt-dense opening scene of Christopher Nolan’s revered The Dark Knight wouldn’t be nearly as, well, cool without Hans Zimmer’s score. The tension-rich composition creates undertones of dread that accentuate the moment-by-moment risks of the heist unfolding on screen.The score uses steady clock-like rhythms to speak to the precision required to pull off a bank robbery, but the music suggests more than a stopwatch. The song serves as an ominously ticking bomb timer that’s counting down to the Joker’s arrival as an explosively unstable new threat. This is the sound of time running out for Gotham City.With its urgent staccato pulse and discordant swells, Zimmer’s music builds drama in a familiar cinematic scenario — a bank robbery — while playing up the uncertainty that’s inherent when menaced by faceless gun-toting chaos-goons. It’s purposeful and motivated, but it’s still atmospheric.Lorne Balfe’s score for Mission: Impossible – Fallout’s rooftop chase, on the other hand, is present to the point of practically participating in the scene. The score is wound tightly around the Tom Cruise action on screen, matching it move for move.This music is about can-do characters and the million-dollar faces who play them. Accordingly, the human element is upfront from the very first measures of the score in the form of isolated, furiously pounded hand drums; the percussionists are working just as hard as the heroes.The music moves with the edit, bouncing between moods as the situation evolves and jumping between different themes that work together like the specialists on Ethan Hunt’s team. Each new seemingly impossible challenge Cruise’s crew encounters is accompanied by an appropriately intense stakes-raising shift in dynamics.Just like the scene In The Dark Knight — and like every good thriller, really — a ticking clock is in play in Fallout’s rooftop set piece. But unlike The Dark Knight’s “audio symbolism,” this is an actual race against time.Mission: Possible – Go Big with Action AssetsNow that you’ve checked out two blockbuster approaches to using music in action scenes and stunt sequences, make your next video project’s action-packed moments even more intense. Our pals at Shutterstock hired their very own Chuck-Norris-Adjacent professional stuntman to help them shoot a fight scene. Give it a watch above to pick up a few pointers, and then give a listen to the playlist below. The mix is packed with royalty-free tracks that were hand-picked to complement your most jaw-dropping action footage, and each is available in perpetuity with a simple $49 Standard License.Cover image via Mooshny.Header image via FrameStockFootages.Playlist header image via Stas Ponomarencko.Your search for the best royalty-free music ends here. Check out these additional playlists.Power Up Your Gaming Videos and Twitch Streams with Royalty-Free MusicFuel Your Audience’s Fears with Eerie Royalty-Free MusicKeep Your Customers Engaged with the Right Royalty-Free Hold MusicSaddle Up With This Royalty-Free Playlist for WesternsGet More Laughs With Royalty-Free Comedy Trackslast_img read more

Woman chided for 4th child dies in labour

first_imgA pregnant woman who was chided by the Shahjahanpur district magistrate for conceiving a fourth child died during labour on Saturday.In a video that went viral on Friday, Rekha, a resident of Singha village in the district’s Mirzapur area, was seen complaining to DM Indra Vikram Singh against the government hospital administration for not admitting her. In turn, Mr. Singh derided her for expecting her fourth child. “Tumhe sharm nahin aati (Don’t you feel ashamed),” the official was heard saying. When the local media approached him for a comment, Mr. Singh is reported to have said that he didn’t believe in answering impromptu questions.On Saturday, Rekha passed away during labour. Her family members claimed that despite the DM’s intervention, no doctor had come to see her after she was admitted at the government hospital. “She felt disheartened and said that she should be taken out of the hospital,” said the woman’s brother-in-law Mukesh.Pooja Pandey, the spokesperson for Pandit Ram Prasad Bismil Memorial Hospital is reported to have told local journalists that the pregnant woman hadn’t visited the hospital to get admitted. The hospital, however, had admitted her after the DM intervened. Ms. Pandey is reported to have asserted that as per the woman’s ultrasound report the delivery was due on August 28 and that as she was anaemic, the hospital had asked her family members to arrange for blood. However, the relatives had insisted on taking her away and the hospital had allowed it after taking a written statement, Ms. Pandey reportedly claimed. The hospital administration had constituted an inquiry committee to look into the claims of the family members, she had added.On Saturday, Mr. Kumar asserted through a video message that he had only sought to advise the woman, who he claimed had taken it ‘in the right spirit’.Family members and local leaders have demanded action against the district magistrate for showing ‘insensitivity’ towards a woman.last_img read more

3 Filipino boxers in SEA Games finals; Suarez crashes

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The match was very close with both fighters trading strong punches in the first round. But that was until the taller Thai felt Suarez’s power and started using his longer arms to fend off the Filipino attacks.Bautista, the defending champion, lost steam against Tanes Ong Junta of Thailand to yield another unanimous decision. LATEST STORIES Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH duo enter semis in squash women’s doubles “It was tough, Very tough. He took the fight to me,” said Marvin, who is making his debut for the national team after serving in the British Army team.Fernandez had Nat Siek Nin of Cambodia under control the whole time, using his vaunted punching might that saw his foe getting a standing eight count.But tainting their wins were the defeats suffered by Ian Clark Bautista in flyweight and two-time champ Charly Suarez in light welter.“It’s not my time. I give it to him,” said Suarez, visibly upset over the split decision loss to Wuttichai Masuk of Thailand.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program “I want a clear victory. I want to avenge my teammates who lost here by questionable decisions,” said Marcial in Filipino.Mario Fernandez and John Nobel Tupas Marvin also turned in convincing decision wins in bantamweight and light heavyweight categories, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutcenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines sent three boxers to the finals, led by a spectacular stoppage win by an emotional Eumir Felix Marcial in the middleweight division Tuesday night in the Southeast Asian Games.Marcial didn’t hide his tears when he faced reporters after stopping Malaysia’s Indran AlRama Krishnan in the first round using his pet left hand.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Tupas via UD— Marc Anthony Reyes (@marcreyesINQ) August 22, 2017 UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Bovada Released Odds For 58 Different Programs To Win The NCAA Tournament

first_imgTwitter/@UConnTwitter/@UConnWe haven’t quite reached the post-season in college basketball, but the bold bettor can now put down money on 58 different teams to win the upcoming NCAA Tournament. As one would expect, Kentucky is a heavy favorite at even odds, while Duke, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Virginia round out the top five. If you believe heavily in recent tournament history, defending national champion UConn is down at 150/1. Memphis, Minnesota, and Vanderbilt share the highest available odds at 1000/1 each. Here is the full list, via Bovada.ncaatodds1ncaatodds2last_img

At Least Phil Jackson Didnt Leave The Knicks In Ruins

Naturally, that surplus is made possible by the nature of the rookie scale, which artificially depresses pay for young players, but even going only by the real and projected value, this group of young players has been and will be worth far more than the veterans Jackson acquired. And the value isn’t all tied up in Porzingis, either — Hernangomez and Ntilikina both project to produce at a high level.With Jackson on the way out, the expectation is that coach Jeff Hornacek will have the freedom to move away from Jackson’s much derided triangle offense. Dolan is teasing the idea of chasing former Denver Nuggets executive Masai Ujiri, who helped pants New York in the ill-advised trade for Anthony, and then again in the even more lopsided Andrea Bargnani deal a few seasons later when Ujiri was working for the Toronto Raptors. (Somewhat infamously, Ujiri nearly traded Toronto’s star point guard Kyle Lowry to New York before Dolan, hesitant to be humiliated by Ujiri once again, called off the trade at the 11th hour.)The Knicks, who were 80-166 under Jackson, 29.5 games under their preseason Vegas win totals, are in possession of all of their future first-round draft picks for the first time in a decade.2Hell, the last time the Knicks’ draft outlook was promising for consecutive years was 2005 and 2006, when they had back-to-back seasons with multiple first-rounders. In 2005 they drafted Channing Frye and David Lee, and traded Kurt Thomas for Quentin Richardson and the draft rights to Nate Robinson. The following season, the team drafted Renaldo Balkman and Mardy Collins. Things are looking up.And so the Knicks move on to the next stage of their development, better off than they were three seasons ago. Phil Jackson did a good job — except for the parts where he didn’t. Or perhaps he did a world-historically bad job, except for a few draft picks that went his way. It was a mixed bag, full of drama and triangles, and maybe the best thing to be said about Jackson’s Knicks is that they never managed to completely bungle the future. But in this town, that’s not nothing. It’s borderline groundbreaking. Stick around long enough and even the New York Knicks might have a bright future to sell you.VIDEO: Phil Jackson’s legacy with the Knicks isn’t all bad In just three full seasons, Phil Jackson inflicted as much psychic distress on the New York Knicks fanbase as any executive in New York’s recent, storied, terrible history. Jackson signed with the Knicks on March 18, 2014. News broke on Wednesday morning that he’s leaving.Yet the fans’ discomfort was only possible, in large part, because Jackson’s front office drafted well and unearthed talented young players. Jackson built the team of the future, and then set about imperiling it.Jackson’s exit ends several weeks of turmoil which saw him feud openly with Carmelo Anthony over his no-trade clause (which Jackson himself negotiated) and entertain trade possibilities for Kristaps Porzingis, either in earnest or to send the young star a message to fall in line. It was a messy end, but then, things have been a mess for a while now.In Jackson’s first offseason, he made the biggest decision of his tenure: re-signing Anthony to a 5-year, $124 million contract, which included a no-trade clause. He also traded Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton for then-33-year-old Jose Calderon, a handful of cap filler and a pair of second round picks. Not quite an earth-moving rebuild, but not terrible.The following season, the Knicks made a three-team deal that sent J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to Cleveland (and three straight Finals appearances), but returned three marginal players and a 2019 second-round pick. That offseason, the team drafted Porzingis with the No. 4 overall pick, and signed Robin Lopez to a 4-year, $55 million deal. The roster rounded out with peripheral free agents Arron Afflalo and Derrick Williams and a trade for Kyle O’Quinn. Then the real trouble began.In the summer of 2016, Jackson signed Joakim Noah to a 4-year, $72 million contract, and traded Lopez (and his favorable contract), rookie Jerian Grant and Calderon to the Chicago Bulls for Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday and a second round pick. Rose remained a ghost of his former self; Noah was injured, ineffective and more expensive than Lopez.Going by FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection system,1CARMELO has been updated to once again use Real Plus-Minus, though it’s now blended with Box Plus-Minus. We’ll have more details in a few days, but for now, these numbers won’t match the ones in the interactive. we can see just how badly Jackson overshot on the veterans he acquired. The seven most significant players he brought in or re-signed — Anthony, Rose, Noah, Afflalo, Courtney Lee, Lopez and Calderon — made or will make a combined $253 million from the 2014-15 season to the end of the 2019-20 season from the Knicks. Over that same time, they will have produced $134 million of value. The Knicks overpaid by half. The rookies were a different story. Jackson famously preferred Jahlil Okafor to Porzingis, but should be credited for taking a talented but risky prospect. The same goes for trading second-round pick swaps for Willy Hernangomez, a viable center of the future, provided we live long enough to see a future without Joakim Noah on the books, and signing Mindaugas Kuzminskas. And last week’s draft selection, 18-year-old Frank Ntilikina, is a risky, home-run type pick at a draft position in which Jackson could have taken safer players with lower ceilings.Using the same CARMELO method as we did for the veterans, the key Knicks rookies look far better. They project to produce $203 million by 2020, but will have been paid just shy of $43 million. read more