Calm Before the Cold: Warmer Weather on the Way

first_imgThe forecast map for Monday (Nov. 24) shows temperatures from 65 to 75 in yellow and from 55 to 65 in green.Ocean City will get one last taste of warm weather before Thanksgiving as temperatures climb steadily over the next three days.After reaching a high of only 37 degrees with a bitter wind on Friday, the air temperature is expected to top 65 degrees by Monday afternoon.A warming trend will see the high temperature reach 45 degrees on Saturday, 57 on Sunday and 65 on Monday.The weather will be sunny for the Earlier Than the Bird event in downtown Ocean City on Saturday. Steady rain is expected to fall on Sunday night, and the skies will start to clear on Monday.The temperatures will start to fall again after Monday. Thanksgiving day on Thursday is expected to be sunny with a high near 45 degrees.last_img read more

Basketball: Blue blood status? Badger basketball still has a ways to go

first_imgOver the past decade, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball program has been among the NCAA’s most consistent. Wisconsin has appeared in the NCAA Tournament nine times in the past 10 years, including two trips to the Final Four. Also, the Badgers are tied for the seventh most NCAA Tournament wins (18) and have made six trips to the Sweet 16. Though Wisconsin has been a model of consistency, they still aren’t regarded as one of college basketball’s “blue bloods.” The question is, why? The Badger Herald listed five reasons why the Badgers still aren’t considered in the same breadth as the nation’s elite. They still haven’t won the big oneWhile Wisconsin has been tremendously successful, particularly over the 21st century, they still haven’t been able to win a national championship. The Badgers’ haven’t won a national championship since 1941. It seemed that Wisconsin was going to end its 79-year-drought during the 2014-2015 season. Two days after knocking off undefeated Kentucky, the Badgers squared off in the national championship against Duke. Though Wisconsin controlled most of the game, they ultimately fell short 68–63 after squandering a nine-point lead with just over 13 minutes left in the second half. Though Wisconsin constantly competes for a national championship year in and year out, it’s hard to consider the program a “blue-blood” until they win the big game.Men’s Basketball: Way too early Big Ten rankings for 2020-2021 basketball seasonThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team finished the season scorching hot, winning eight conference straight games that gave the Read…A regional pipeline of recruiting Don’t get me wrong, Wisconsin does a great job in the off-season of finding players that fit their system, but to play devil’s advocate, they struggle securing commitments from blue-chip prospects. According to 247 Sports, Wisconsin’s last five-star commitment was Sam Dekker. Also, UW currently only has two players on their roster that were ranked in 247’s top 100 recruiting rankings per class — Ben Carlson and Nate Reuvers. Historic programs like Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky seem to reload with talent each year, as the Wildcats have commitments from six players ranked in the top 100 in their 2020 class. Though Wisconsin stockpiles talent, it’s difficult to consider them a blue-blood when they struggle to grab the “can’t miss” prospect.A smaller pool of NBA playersFormer Badger great and 2014-2015 National Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky is currently the only Badger playing in the NBA today. Kaminsky and his counterpart Dekker were the last two players selected in the first round of the NBA Draft in 2015. There hasn’t been a Badger selected in the draft since Dekker and Kaminsky. Contrarily, blue-blood programs seem to reload each year with NBA talent. While Wisconsin’s team normally consists of upperclassmen, blue-blood programs tend to heap their rosters with one-and-done McDonald’s All-Americans. Wisconsin’s struggle to produce NBA talent makes it difficult to mention the program in the same breath as blue-bloods who consistently produce franchise-altering players.Men’s Basketball: Constructing Wisconsin’s team for 21st centuryWhile the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team was robbed of a potential deep NCAA Tournament run in the 2019-2020 Read…Lack of prime time games To be a blue-blood, a team has to always be in the spotlight. Yes, Wisconsin does play in the Big Ten and is regarded as one of the best conferences in the country, but they aren’t scheduled in as many prime time slots as the other elite basketball programs. For example, ESPN’s “College Gameday” is a program that travels to venues across the country previewing the week’s top game. In the show’s 15-year history, the Badgers have only been featured twice, while Duke and North Carolina have appeared a record 24 times. The lack of prime time exposure makes it difficult for Wisconsin to showcase their tremendous campus and fanbase, things that they could pitch to recruits. Being away from the spotlight also makes it difficult to associate Wisconsin as a top-tier program. Their program tradition isn’t on the same levelLooking at iconic programs like Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and Kansas, all programs have sustained decades of success. Up until the 21st century, Wisconsin struggled. From 1980-2000, the Badgers only appeared in four NCAA Tournaments and only reached one Final Four. Over that time, Wisconsin also endured a 13-year drought without participating in March Madness. To be considered one of the nation’s elite, a program must sustain success for a long time. Though the Badgers have had a great run during the 21st century, they need to continue to build off their recent success to be considered a blue-blood. If Wisconsin continues to win pivotal games, they can continue to build up their program’s tradition. Men’s Basketball: Could Badgers really have captured 2020 national title?In a strange, unofficial end to the 2020 Wisconsin men’s basketball season, ESPN’s Basketball Power Index christened the Badgers as Read…During the 21st century, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team has been one of the nation’s most consistent. Though the Badgers have consistently competed for conference and national championships, the program still has a way to go to be considered a “blue-blood” program.last_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau Centennial on Town Hall Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentAt the close of World War I, Ohio farmers organized to preserve their livelihoods and lifestyles. In 1919, they gave birth to the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. And since its origin, Farm Bureau has gone on to significantly shape the culture and economy of the Buckeye state. On this edition of Town Hall Ohio, celebrate the centennial of the state’s largest and most influential farm and food organization and hear from and about its leaders, its accomplishments and its plans for the future.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer in classic Wimbledon final

first_imgNovak Djokovic of Serbia kisses the winners trophy after defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland in their men’s singles final tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London on July 6, 2014. ReutersNovak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title and denied Roger Federer his record eighth by outlasting the Swiss player in five sets  on Sunday.Djokovic wasted a 5-2 lead, and a match point, in the fourth set but held on for a 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4 Centre Court victory that returned the Serbian player to the No. 1 ranking. It was Djokovic’s seventh Grand Slam title and broke a streak of three consecutive losses in major finals and in five of his past six.In the last set, Djokovic broke in the final game with the help of four mistakes by Federer to seal the win.After the players met at the net, Djokovic went to the middle of the court, knelt down and plucked out a piece of grass and ate it, similar to what he did in 2011 when he won his first title here.Trailing 5-4 in the fourth set, Federer double-faulted to make it 30-30. He then put a backhand into the net to set up a championship point for Djokovic.The 32-year-old Federer then hit a serve that was ruled out, but he challenged it and the Hawk-Eye replay showed that it hit the line for an ace – one of his 29 in the match. Federer went on to break in the next game before forcing a fifth set.advertisement”I was hoping that Roger was going to miss the first serve, but that didn’t happen,” Djokovic said. “It rarely happens. That’s why he has 17 Grand Slams and he’s been the most successful player ever, because in important moments, he comes up with his best shots and top game.”Djokovic said it was difficult to stay focused heading into a deciding set.”Of course, after dropping a fourth set, it wasn’t easy to regroup and compose myself and find that necessary energy to win the fifth,” Djokovic said. “I don’t know how I managed to do it.”Federer said it was an “amazing” match.”You know going into a match with Novak, it’s always going to be tough,” Federer said. “Sometimes rough physically, because we play athletic points. I can only say congratulations today.”Djokovic had 27 unforced errors in the match while Federer had 29. Djokovic broke Federer four times while Federer converted three of his seven break points.There had been only one service break through the first three sets before a string of three straight in the fourth as Djokovic took a 4-2 lead before holding serve again.Djokovic returns to the top ranking for the first time since last September, taking over from Rafael Nadal, who lost in the fourth round here.The Serbian player first rose to No. 1 when he won Wimbledon in 2011, although he was already guaranteed of securing the top ranking even before beating Nadal in that final.Djokovic fell awkwardly in the first game of the second set and called for a trainer immediately after he broke Federer’s serve to take a 2-1 lead. The trainer worked on Djokovic’s left ankle.Djokovic again called for the trainer after the third game of the final set to have his right calf worked on.Federer led 3-0 in the first-set tiebreaker but later had three unforced backhand errors to let Djokovic back into it and had to save a set point when the Serb hit a backhand into the net.Watching Sunday’s final from the Royal Box were Prince William and his wife Kate, David Beckham and actors Bradley Cooper, Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Hemsworth.last_img read more

Arsene Wenger hopes to issue statement with win over Paris Saint-Germain

first_imgArsene Wenger has urged Arsenal to send a statement out to their European rivals with a victory over French champions Paris St Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday.Wenger, whose team have been eliminated at the last-16 stage for the past six seasons, said the competition was more open this year, citing Manchester City’s 3-1 defeat of Barcelona in the last round of fixtures as an example. (Also read: Champions League: Arsene Wenger urges Arsenal to finish the job against PSG)”When you play at home against a big team, you want to win. It sends a statement out,” the Frenchman told a news conference.”I think we are ready to compete. We saw Man City winning against Barcelona. We have an opportunity to show it against Paris St Germain.”Arsenal are tied on 10 points with PSG but lead Group A on goal difference, with both teams already through to the knockout stages.Beating PSG would put Arsenal in prime position to finish as group leaders and avoid being drawn against other pool winners in the round of 16.”I feel guilty when we finish second and have a difficult tie,” Wenger added.”Let’s finish first and at least we have the advantage to play the second game at home. If we do win it, it would mean we’ve done the job until the end in a convincing way.”last_img read more

Saskatchewan man to be sentenced on charges related to Amber Alert

first_imgNORTH BATTLEFORD, Sask. — A lawyer for a man who stole a running SUV with a disabled girl in the back seat wants him sentenced to no more than two years in jail.The Crown is asking a Saskatchewan judge to hand 19-year old Johnathan Gunville three years in prison.Gunville has pleaded guilty to several charges, including theft of a vehicle and abandoning a child.The six-year-old girl had been left in the back of her parents’ Mercedes when it was taken last September from outside a North Battleford strip mall.RCMP issued an Amber Alert for the girl, who is autistic, epileptic and non-verbal, and she was found 14 hours later still in the vehicle a few kilometres away.Gunville is to be sentenced Feb. 20. (CJNB)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

THE 17TH ANNUAL ACTRA AWARDS IN TORONTO NOMINEES

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Female Voice:Emilie-Claire Barlow as Courtney in Total DramaRama, “Sharing is Caring” (Fresh TV)Lilly Bartlam as Gwen in Total DramaRama, “Aquarium for a Dream” (Fresh TV)Julie Lemieux as Grandma Steak in Cupcake & Dino: General Services, “Mozoko” (Cupcake and Dinosaur Productions Inc.)Bryn McAuley as Shirley Squirrley in Top Wing, “Shirley’s Sleepover Adventure” (9 Story Media Group)Ana Sani as Piper Willowbrook in Mysticons, “The Edge of Two Morrows” (Corus Entertainment) Seán Cullen Cory Doran Mark Forward Mark Little Joseph Motiki Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Male Voice:Seán Cullen as Mayor Shelbourne in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, “Now You See Him” (DHX Media)Cory Doran as Captain Dilly in Top Wing, “Cap’n Dilly’s Dance Party” (9 Story Media Group)Mark Forward as Hugo in Cupcake & Dino: General Services, “Hu’s the Boss” (Cupcake and Dinosaur Productions Inc.)Mark Little as Dino in Cupcake & Dino: General Services, “My Life in Radio (Stinks!)” (Cupcake and Dinosaur Productions Inc.)Joseph Motiki as Pedro in Hotel Transylvania, “Bandages of Brothers” (Corus Entertainment) Anne with an E Baroness Von Sketch Show Kim’s Convenience Schitt’s Creek Workin’ Moms Advertisement Nominees for the Members’ Choice Series Ensemble award:Anne with an E (Northwood Anne)Baroness Von Sketch Show (Frantic Films)Kim’s Convenience (Thunderbird Entertainment)Schitt’s Creek (Not a Real Company)Workin’ Moms (Workin’ Moms Productions) Rick Parker Sue Parker ACTRA Toronto Stunt Awards will be presented to stunt performers and animal wranglers Rick Parker and Sue Parker.Jayne EastwoodThe sketch troupe Women Fully Clothed will present their fellow member Jayne Eastwood with the 2019 Award of Excellence. Sugith Varughese Sean Jones The show will be written by Sugith Varughese and feature Juno Award-winning soul singer Sean Jones as well as onstage DJ hey! dw.“It is fitting, during this extraordinary time when women’s voices are fighting to be heard, that ACTRA Toronto is splitting the voice award into female and male categories,” says President Theresa Tova. “Voice Co-Chair Linda Ballantyne was a powerful advocate for this change. It’s only fair to give female voice performers more recognition.” Tova further notes, “It is wonderful to see repeat nominees: Emilie-Claire Barlow, Lilly Bartlam, Seán Cullen, Cory Doran, Julie Lemieux, Bryn McAuley and Gord Rand.”ACTRA Toronto is the largest organization within ACTRA, representing over 15,000 of Canada’s 25,000 professional performers working in recorded media in Canada. As an advocate for Canadian culture since 1943, ACTRA is a member-driven union that continues to secure rights and respect for the work of professional performers. Advertisementcenter_img TORONTO – ACTRA Toronto is excited to announce the nominees for the 17th Annual ACTRA Awards in Toronto. The ACTRA Awards in Toronto will take place at The Carlu on Saturday, February 23, 2019. Tantoo Cardinal Katie Douglas Deborah Kimmett Amybeth McNulty Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Female:Tantoo Cardinal as Mary Birchbark in Falls Around Her (Baswewe Films)Katie Douglas as Lisa in Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey (Cineflix)Deborah Kimmett as Patty in Keep Coming Back! (The Company You Keep)Amybeth McNulty as Anne in Anne with an E, “The Determining Acts of Her Life” (Northwood Anne)Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah as Millicent in Maternal (Off2Kali Productions) Dalmar Abuzeid Vladimir Cubrt Jeremy Ferdman Stephen McHattie Gord Rand Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Male: Dalmar Abuzeid as Sebastian ‘Bash’ Lacroix in Anne with an E, “Struggling Against the Perception of Facts” (Northwood Anne)Vladimir Cubrt as Donnie Marchuk in Luba (Purple Pants Productions)Jeremy Ferdman as Richie in Robbery (Pagemaster Entertainment)Stephen McHattie as Gus Power in Crown and Anchor (Crown and Anchor Films)Gord Rand as Jim in Man Running (Man Running Ltd.) Emilie-Claire Barlow Lilly Bartlam Julie Lemieux Bryn McAuley Ana Sani Advertisement Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

For Decades Relievers Pitched Better Than Starters Not Anymore

Over the years, bullpens have eroded the workloads of starting pitchers. This season, relievers have accounted for the greatest share of pitching workload in Major League Baseball history: They have completed 41.1 percent of total innings through Wednesday, up from last year’s record of 40 percent. There are a variety of reasons for this trend, including teams becoming more aware of how starting pitchers tend to do worse each time through the opposing lineup and the increasing specialization of the sport.For more than 40 years, relievers had outperformed starters on a per-inning basis. But this season, through Wednesday, starters’ ERA is 0.02 points lower than that of relievers. Starters have not posted an ERA superior to that of relievers since 1973, but that gap has shrunk rapidly, and this year it could be potentially erased. As recently as 2012, the overall ERA of relievers was half a run better than that of starting pitchers.Perhaps this suggests that the sport has reached the limits of bullpenning and specialization — there are too many relievers employed. Through Tuesday, 492 different pitchers who primarily serve in relief have appeared in games this season.1At least 90 percent of games pitched as relievers. That already breaks the record set last season (488) and is up from 381 relievers in 2010 and 297 in 1998, the first season that MLB had 30 teams.This change in personnel may explain relievers’ decline in performance the first time through opposing lineups, relative to starting pitchers, a trend that Ben Clemens at FanGraphs documented in May and has continued into the summer. For the first time this century, starters have been better than relievers in their first time through the order in back-to-back seasons. Craig Edwards, also of FanGraphs, found there have been more low-leverage innings this year and poorer performance within them,2According to Leverage Index (LI), which is a measure of the relative “pressure” a player has faced. speaking to less meaningful baseball and more poor teams. Those innings have presumably been pitched by lesser relievers, diluting the group’s overall performance. There have been fewer meaningful innings this season — and also a greater volume of lesser-skilled relievers.A key decision for managers in today’s game is deciding whether to stick with a starter a third time through the lineup or to use the bullpen. And the gap between starters in that position and relievers has shrunk to its lowest level since 2005, as relievers have an advantage of only 49 points of opponent OPS this season compared with a 64-point edge last season and a century-high, 88-point difference in 2007, according to Baseball-Reference.com.Another reason for the convergence between starters and relievers is that starting pitchers are gaining relative skill. For the first time in the pitch-tracking era, which dates to 2007, the average fastball velocity of starting pitchers (93.3 mph) is less than 1 mph (0.8 mph) slower than that of relievers (94.1 mph). In 2012, relievers’ average fastballs were 1.7 mph faster than those of starters, and the difference has generally been shrinking since. Relievers’ overall fastball velocity has even declined this season, for the first time since 2008. Moreover, starters so far in 2019 have posted a higher difference between their strikeout rate and walk rate (14.5 percentage points) than relievers (13.9 percentage points). This is the first time starters have had a greater difference than relievers in the two rates since 1986.New technology is also allowing pitchers to improve the efficiency of their pitches. Starting pitchers also generally have a greater variety of pitches — and better command — than relievers, which is arguably one reason why they are starting pitchers and not relievers. If starters close the velocity gap, where relievers have traditionally held an advantage, they are closing a significant portion of the performance divide.Perhaps the game has swung too far in favor of relievers. Managers might want to wait a little longer on that call to the bullpen, or at least consider whom they are calling upon.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Jamaica Finance Minister reiterates call for Banks to lower interest rates

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 20, 2017 – Kingston – Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, has reiterated his appeal for financial institutions to provide low-interest funds to the productive sector.  He said that for business innovation to strive, money loaned to the sector should not be at more than seven and eight per cent.Mr. Shaw, who was delivering the keynote address at the launch of the May Pen Business Improvement District (BID) in Clarendon on Wednesday (November 15), said the Government is committed to ensuring that “cheaper money” reaches the business community.   He noted that Jamaica was able to raise US$1 billion on its most recent foray into the international capital markets at 4.5 per cent and five per cent rates of interest, which was used to liquidate a number of high-interest loans.  He informed that the Government was initially looking to source US$300 million, but, due to the improved management of the economy, up to US$3 billion was on offer.“If the Government can borrow on the international capital markets at 4.5 and five per cent, it means that we must be able to deliver money to the private sector at less than 10 per cent,” the Minister contended.BID is an initiative of the Clarendon Municipal Corporation to manage the town’s growth thrust.   The BID is also an economic development tool that brings together business leaders, the Corporation, and other stakeholders to craft solutions for the district.Release: JIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more