Rebelution will be performing in Costa Rica for the first time ever with local reggae sensation Ojo de Buey at the first annual Reggae to the Rescue this summer. Sponsored by Arizona Iced Tea, the day-long event is going down July 16th, and will take place at Patrons Bar and Grill which is located in downtown Dominical near the shores of the Pacific, alongside some of the most consistent waves in Central America.The goal of this benefit concert is to use the positive vibes of reggae music to foster a community that will help raise funds for Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, a non-profit organization, so they can expand their facilities and hire much needed staff. 100% of the funds raised from the event will be donated!Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary first opened its doors to distressed animals in December 2014. They ascribe to the philosophy “Rescue Rehab and Release” and have re-introduced over 100 monkeys, toucans, sloths and other exotic animals back into nature. “Everyday we see more and more animals that have been injured or displaced. Our staff is working around the clock to care for and rehabilitate the animals that are brought to us. With over 100 animals currently at the sanctuary, and more coming everyday, it is our mission to provide care for every single animal that comes to us. We are continually expanding the facilities and growing our team to handle the demands, but we need your help in order to make our mission a reality,” explains Executive Director Tom Rademacher in a press release. More information about Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary can be found here.Check it out!Reggae to the Rescue will be in the middle of Rebelution’s “Falling Into Place” tour, which kicks off at historic Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado on June 6th. The trek takes the band across the US for twenty-six dates, finally ending in Missoula, Montana on August 20th, before they head over to Costa Rica for what is sure to be one of their most special shows to date. Find out more on the band’s website.Hailing from San José, Costa Rica, Ojo de Buey has made their name in the scene by providing the earthiest of reggae vibes to Central America, also performing alongside some of the nation’s leading acts, like Rebelution and Dirty Dozen on the stages of North Coast Music Festival.Hosting Rebelution and Ojo de Buey for this benefit concert is only the beginning of Reggae to the Rescue’s efforts! Tickets are currently on sale for $25 USD here, with a limited number of VIP tickets available as well. Whether you’re already in Costa Rica, plan to visit there, or have always wanted to, now might be a really great time to make the plans. For a good cause!
TEAM Coco’s cyclist Jamual John made an impressive return to Guyana’s circuit by comfortably winning the feature 35-lap Schoolboys and Invitational Race of the 9th Annual Rainforest Waters 11-race cycling meet, which was held at the inner circuit of the National Park yesterday.Returning to these shores after his lengthy sojourn on the USA circuits, John told Chronicle Sport that his experience overseas and training have helped him to improve a lot.This he noted, made him confident and he backed himself to win the race from the outset. John, who led from the start, fended off a stern challenge from Michael Anthony in the final sprint home.“I knew I could sit back for the majority of the race because I improved considerably in sprinting and I backed myself in the final stretch to the finish line,” John revealed.John took the race in one hour 22 minutes 35 seconds and was followed to the line by Anthony, while Team Evolution’s Paul De Nobrega settled for third.Meanwhile Adealie Hodge, Paul Cho-Wee-Nam, Kemuel Moses, Christopher ‘Chicken Legs’ Griffith and Marcus Keiler finished fourth to eight places in that order.Of the eight ‘primes’ on offer, John and De Nobrega carted off three each while Anthony and Hodge had one apiece.In the Juveniles 10-lap race, David Hicks triumphed over Sherwin Sampson to take first place in 25 minutes 20 seconds while copping the two sprint prizes.Meanwhile in the Veterans Over-50, Kennard Lovell copped first place ahead of Linden Blackman.In the U-50 Veterans 5-lap race, Nigel London took top honours in 11 minutes 31.52 seconds while Jaikaran Sookhai and Kwame Ridley were second and third respectively.
Submitted by The City of OlympiaThe 37th Annual Olympia Toy Run motorcycle parade is this Saturday, December 6. Motorcyclists will assemble at South Sound Center beginning at 10:00 a.m. The Run starts at 1:00 p.m., and winds its way from South Sound Center along Pacific Avenue to State Avenue, through downtown Olympia to Deschutes Parkway, ending at Marathon Park.Sponsored by the Olympia Toy Run Coalition, the event attracts nearly ten thousand motorcyclists. Spectators are welcome to gather on sidewalks along the route. The Run may last up to two hours while motorcyclists travel from the South Sound Center to Marathon Park. Motorists should expect travel delays. Intercity Transit has also issued a detour alert for several of its routes: http://www.intercitytransit.com.Information and the route map are posted on the Coalition’s website: http://olytoyrun.com/. According to its website, the Olympia Toy Run “brings motorcyclists together for a very worthy purpose: the joy of a child receiving a gift at Christmas. All the toys and money are donated to the Salvation Army for distribution to needy kids through its Toy ‘n Joy Shop.” Facebook17Tweet0Pin0
Gary Hooper’s goal five minutes before half-time means QPR trail at the interval at Hillsborough.David Jones’ scuffed shot ricocheted into the path of Hooper and the striker, played onside by Niko Hamalainen, slotted past Alex Smithies.Sheffield Wednesday had gone close when Fernando Forestieri headed a 21st-minute corner towards Daniel Pudil, who volleyed against the bar from close range.Tjaronn Chery had a couple of early efforts for Rangers, both of which were saved by stand-in keeper Cameron Dawson, who was given his full debut for the Owls after Kieran Westwood was ruled out with a back injury.Conor Washington did find the net after being found by Ben Gladwin’s cross but the goal was rightly disallowed for a clear foul on Jack Hunt.Hamalainen and the fit-again Gladwin started in place of the injured Joel Lynch and Jordan Cousins respectively.Gladwin has been booked, as has fellow R’s midfielder Ariel Borysiuk.QPR: Smithies, Perch, Onuoha, Caulker, Hamalainen, Borysiuk, Luongo, Gladwin, Chery, Washington, Sylla.Subs: Ingram, Wszolek, Polter, El Khayati, Shodipo, Henry, Kakay.Click here for the latest QPR transfer gossipClick here for today’s QPR quiz Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Two fossil discoveries are generating a lot of news from a single bone. The first is a dinosaur hip. The second is a human finger. How much weight can a single bone carry?Australian tyrannosaur: The tyrannosaurid dinosaurs had a distinctive hip bone. Live Science cast any doubt on the claims: “it’s still a hypothesis that will need to be backed up by further research.” Nevertheless, Science Daily was confident that “This find has major significance for our knowledge of how this group of dinosaurs evolved.”Finger pointing: What does a pinky finger bone in Siberia say? A lot, according to the science media. National Geographic claims it represents a new kind of human. The BBC News gave the bone a name right out of Hollywood: X-Woman. Because mitochondrial DNA was extracted from her 40,000 year old cells, X-Woman can now tell her amazing story of having evolved in Africa and migrating to the far reaches of Asia. This migration, the scientists tell us, was separate from the other hypothesized migrations of human ancestors and represents a whole new chapter in human evolution. Science Daily announced, “New Human Species Discovered.” One finger yielded a tribe of “previously unknown hominins,” the headline blared. PhysOrg called it a new branch on the human family tree, but did include some doubts about the interpretations. The doubts are drowned out by shouts of overconfidence: “As shown by a detailed analysis of the mitochondrial genome, these hominins shared a common ancestor with modern humans and Neanderthals about 1.0 million years ago,” Science Daily told its readers. “In addition, the age of the fossil suggests that these unknown people in Southern Siberia lived close in time and space with Neanderthals as well as with modern humans.” Some of the reporters are even ready to tell the relationship of X-Woman and her people to the hobbits of Indonesia – all based on a single pinky finger.Scientists used to respect “evidential modesty.” They used to restrict their interpretations to observable facts, and check each other’s extrapolations via a culture of peer pressure that discouraged unwarranted assertions. As Colin Macilwain pointed out last month (02/18/2010), a weekly routine has grown in science reporting that “converts original scientific findings, via a production line of embargoed press releases from journals and universities, into a steady stream of largely uncritical stories.”You thought it was just the cosmologists who had gone stark raving mad (03/19/2010). Evolutionists and their lackeys in the news are completely out of control. If this keeps up, they will lose what little credibility they have left. The strong evidence for design is being completely ignored, and the tiniest finger bone that gives the Darwin storytellers something to yack about for the media gets front page coverage, especially if it “sheds light on evolution” by one black-light photon aimed at empty space. It’s disgraceful. Who will shame them back to the founding principles of science? Who will hold their feet to the fire of logical integrity? Who will remind them of the reasonable limits of evidential modesty? We can’t do it alone. Join the Dragnet campaign: tell a scientist, “Just the Facts, Please!”(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest USDA extended the deadline to May 17 from May 1 for agricultural producers to certify 2018 crop production for payments through the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), which helps producers who have been significantly affected by foreign tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional exports. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) extended the deadline because heavy rainfall and snowfall have delayed harvests in many parts of the country, preventing producers from certifying acres.Payments will be issued only if eligible producers certify before the updated May 17 deadline. The MFP provides payments to producers of corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans, wheat, dairy, hogs, fresh sweet cherries and shelled almonds. FSA will issue payments based on the producer’s certified total production of the MFP commodity multiplied by the MFP rate for that specific commodity.“Trade issues, coupled with low commodity prices and recovery from natural disasters, have definitely impacted the bottom line for many agricultural producers,” said Richard Fordyce, FSA administrator. “The MFP payments provide short-term relief from retaliatory tariffs to supplement the traditional farm safety net, helping agricultural producers through these difficult times. Weather conditions this fall, winter and early spring have blocked many producers from completing harvest of their crops, and we want to make sure producers who want to finalize their MFP application have an opportunity.”Producers can certify production by contacting their local FSA office or through farmers.gov. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue launched the trade mitigation program to assist farmers suffering from damage because of unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. FSA implemented MFP in September 2018 as a relief strategy to protect agricultural producers while the Administration works on free, fair and reciprocal trade deals to open more markets to help American farmers compete globally. To date, more than $8.3 billion has been paid to nearly 600,000 applicants.The MFP is established under the statutory authority of the Commodity Credit Corporation Charter Act and is administered by FSA.
On these lists you’ll find all the old standbys but probably some surprises, too. Kyle Lowry’s performance last year put him the 97th percentile, well within the mark we’d expect to find for the best player on a championship-caliber team. The Toronto Raptors team around him just wasn’t up to that level.You’ll also notice that four members of the San Antonio Spurs appear on these lists, while just one member of the Miami Heat does: LeBron James. The Heat were something of an outlier last season as Dwyane Wade, the team’s second-best player, had an SPM that placed him in the 82nd percentile, more than a standard deviation less than the average second-best player on finals teams. In fact the average SPM percentile rank of the Heat’s three best players last season — James, Wade and Mario Chalmers — was just 82. On only six of the 40 finals teams in this sample did the three players have a lower average mark. By comparison, the average SPM percentile rank of the Spurs’ three best players last season was 92nd.Which brings us to the 2004 Pistons, the championship team often acknowledged as lacking a transcendent star. But this perception is a misconception. No players on the team were dominant individual scorers, sure, but the Pistons’ best players performed at levels of elite stardom. Their three best players that season — Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace and Chauncey Billups — had SPM marks that placed them in the 95th, 95th and 92nd percentiles, respectively. In fact, the average of the trio’s SPM percentiles that season ranks higher than that of all but five of the 40 teams in this sample. The 2004 Pistons may have been starless in terms of the subjective ways we define the term, but by objective measures of performance, they had as much star power as nearly any championship-caliber team of the last 20 years.This should bring hope to teams like the Warriors, Grizzlies, Raptors and Wizards. We may not see Andrew Bogut, Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, Kyle Lowry or John Wall as the kind of stars who can help lead a team to the finals. But each has been at or near that level of production in the past. If the teams around them can provide the necessary support, the fact that they aren’t dominating scorers or sneaker-selling heroes won’t stop them from winning championships. You need stars to win championships. It’s one of the oldest pieces of NBA conventional wisdom, and every year it’s validated as another star leads his team to the title. So far this year the Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards may hold some of the top spots in each conference while seemingly lacking the celestial requirements for championship contention. But at some point they’ll be overtaken by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs or Los Angeles Clippers.It’s an idea that gains more credence every time an NBA analyst trots it out. Bill Simmons asks, “Can you win an NBA Championship if Carmelo Anthony is your best player?” Jeff Caplan wonders if a team “lacking a legit superstar” like the Grizzlies or the Indiana Pacers can really win it all. NBA.com roundtables lead off with questions like, “Can a team win it all nowadays without an MVP-type superstar?” The starless 2004 Detroit Pistons are often acknowledged as the exception that proves the rule.What we do know for sure is that it takes an elite team performance to win a championship, and elite teams are usually (but not always) driven by elite players. The problem is that there is no objective definition of what makes somebody a suitable enough star to win championships. Dwyane Wade didn’t have the experience to lead his team to a title … until he did just that in the 2006 NBA Finals. After his playoff struggles in 2006 and 2007, Dirk Nowitzki clearly couldn’t help his team break through … until he did in the 2011 finals. Often we don’t recognize the players who meet our imagined championship threshold until the second before they cross it.But the data — the data holds some answers. We can use it to look at the rosters of teams that made the finals and better understand just how good their best players were. Using Statistical Plus-Minus — an estimated measure of a player’s value in points per 100 possessions relative to the league average — I looked at where each finals player ranked, relative to the league, in the season his team made the finals.The table at left covers the past 20 seasons and shows the average, minimum and maximum SPM percentile for the first, second and third-best players on finals teams.That bottom row is not the fabled 2004 Pistons. It’s the 1999 New York Knicks, who made their way to the finals as an eight seed during the lockout-shortened season. Only two other finals teams over the past 20 seasons had their best player rank below the 90th percentile in SPM — the 2010 Boston Celtics and the 2000 Indiana Pacers.So the best teams are indeed almost always driven by the best players. But who are those players? Let’s use last season as an example. The table below shows SPM percentile ranks from 2013-14. The table is color-coded, separating the players into two groups: those who are within one standard deviation of the average for the best players on NBA Finals teams for the 1994-95 through 2013-14 seasons, and those who just missed the cut.1Percentile ranks are for players who played at least 115 minutes, a pool of about 200 players per season.
It may be long overdue, but it appears that the NFL has finally learned to stop worrying and love the two-point conversion. Or at least that’s the leaguewide trend through four weeks in 2018.Three full seasons have passed since the league moved its extra-point distance to the 15-yard-line, making kickers boot the ball 33 yards for a PAT instead of the old, nearly automatic 20-yard distance. But head coaches seem to be embracing the trade-off between kicking and going for two more than ever this season. After they eschewed the extra point 14 times on Sunday, coaches have now gone for it after 11.8 percent of their touchdowns so far,1Through Sunday’s games. which (according to Pro-Football-Reference.com) is the highest rate for the first four weeks of any NFL season since the 1970 AFL merger.That continues a trend that has been generally building since that 2015 rule change, and it reverses a slight downturn from 2017: Perhaps this is partly a knee-jerk reaction to the special-teams carnage on display in Week 2, when NFL kickers missed 19 total kicks between field goals and extra points. (Although it should be noted that, on the whole, kickers have made 95.3 percent of their extra-point tries this season, which is right in line with the past couple years — and an improvement over their 94.4 percent mark from 2015, the first year at the new distance.)But maybe a better explanation is the fact that two-point conversions are working really, really well so far this year. When teams go for two, they’ve gotten into the end zone 63.2 percent of the time, which easily tops the success rates from any other season since 2006.2The first season of ESPN’s detailed play-by-play data. Remember that if the baseline accuracy rate for a regular extra-point is roughly 95 percent, a two-point conversion needs to succeed only 47.5 percent of the time to break even. So at 63 percent, the decision to go for two practically becomes a no-brainer!Of course, sustaining that 63 percent conversion rate will be pretty much impossible going forward. Prior to 2018, the league hadn’t even cracked 50 percent in any season since 2012. But the way in which teams are finding the end zone on conversions might offer some path toward sustainability. Two-point passes are being converted at a rate of 56 percent, up from their post-2005 average of 45 percent. And an even bigger leap has happened on runs, albeit in a small sample of 11 plays: 82 percent of two-point rushing attempts have found paydirt this year, way up from the historical average of 54 percent.Statheads have been saying for years that running in short-yardage situations is more effective than passing, and teams across the league have been proving that decisively this season, whether lined up on the 2-yard line after a touchdown or just in the course of regular play. In what Football Outsiders defines as “power” situations — third or fourth down, with 2 or fewer yards to go — runners are picking up the first down (or touchdown) 75 percent of the time this year, 6 percentage points more than their previous high going back to 2006. And although they haven’t figured into many two-point conversions yet in 2018,3Dallas’s Dak Prescott is the only QB to try a two-point run this year. quarterbacks are driving much of that short-yardage success, picking up the first down more than 96 percent of the time when rushing in power situations this season. (Some teams, like the Saints with Taysom Hill, are employing certain QBs as rushing specialists, which could add intrigue to conversion tries down the line.)Throw in gadget plays like Cleveland’s co-opted “Philly Special” during the Browns’ Week 3 win over the Jets, and teams may be only scratching the surface of their potential on two-point conversions early this season. After a few years of tinkering under the new rules — and perhaps a newfound willingness to accept perceived risks, following the influence of aggressive play-callers such as the Eagles’ Doug Pederson — coaches are finally starting to see the benefits that a second point after a TD can bring. Who knows? Maybe it won’t be long before we have to retrain ourselves to count in increments of eight, not seven, while doing the mental math of football.Check out our latest NFL predictions.
Ohio State football redshirt junior defensive end Darius Slade has transferred from the program, and defensive tackle Dylan Thompson is no longer on scholarship, coach Urban Meyer announced Monday.Rated as high as the No. 30 strong-side defensive end by 247Sports as a senior in high school, Slade missed all of the 2016 season after suffering a lower leg injury in camp last fall. Thompson, a four-star high school prospect, has battled injuries during his college career. He redshirted the 2014 season after a knee injury in fall camp, and had a quiet 2015 campaign due to his rehabilitation.“He’s not on scholarship right now,” Meyer said. “He was ineligible last year so he’s to be determined.”Ohio State is now under the NCAA’s 85-scholarship limit for the 2017 season.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Update – Service has been restored as of 12:40pm Original Post: The outage started at 8:27am, today. The outage was caused by a cut fiber cable, according to ACS. Alaska Communications is currently experiencing an internet and phone outage in Kenai and North Kenai. Crews are working to restore service. Updates will be posted as soon as they are made available.