By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Ema Fehrenbach and Ellie Fehrenbach made their season-debuts Saturday and made a statement, leading the Marshfield girls basketball team to a 54-44 nonconference win over Superior at The Boson Company Fieldhouse at Marshfield High School.Ema Fehrenbach, a sophomore, scored a career-high 20 points, and Ellie Fehrenbach, a senior, had nine points and nine rebounds for the Tigers (6-1).Ellie Kummer added 14 points for Marshfield.The Tigers trailed 24-21 at halftime before a 17-9 run in the third quarter pushed them ahead by five. Marshfield then closed out the win against the team that knocked it out of the WIAA Division 1 playoffs a year ago.Alyssa Correll led Superior (3-3) with 17 points.Marshfield plays a nonconference game at Bay Port (5-1) on Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 54, Spartans 44Superior 14 10 9 11 – 44Marshfield 9 12 17 16 – 54SUPERIOR (44): Mackenzie Kmecik 5, Malley O’Brien 7, Ellie Leadstrom 8, Alyssa Correll 17, MaryLynne Leadstrom 6. Record: 3-3.MARSHFIELD (54): Makayla Scheuer 2, Caitlin Michaelis 4, Ellie Kummer 14, Ema Fehrenbach 20, Ellie Fehrenbach 9, Hannah Meverden 6. Record: 6-1.
Man Utd boss Solskjaer: What I can teach Rashfordby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has no doubts about the potential of Marcus Rashford.Solskjaer wants to teach the England striker how to become a fox in the box after he struggled for goals under predecessor Jose Mourinho. He said: “I think Marcus has got his own motivation to become the best player he can be.“He has got far more than I did in terms of his physical attributes, his pace, his strength and striking the ball from outside the box. But maybe I can give him a little bit of the nous I had inside the box. I'm talking about the little moves you make to get free, that little bit of calmness in front of goal."Marcus is only 21. He's still learning. The most important thing I can see is to just settle him down in front of goal.“I've seen him rush a few finishes. He thinks 'I've got to get a shot off early' when sometimes you just need to pass it past the keeper. I always say that the goal never moves. So I am really looking forward to working with him." About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea tracking PSV prospect Mohamed Ihattarenby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are tracking PSV Eindhoven prospect Mohamed Ihattaren.The 17 year-old has been a revelation for PSV Eindhoven this season, scoring one goal and producing three assists in seven appearances in the Eredivisie.Calciomercato.com says the teen is attracting interest from Chelsea.Ihattaren is tied to PSV until 2022.Chelsea, dependent on appeal, cannot buy new players until next summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The regularisation and registration of handcarts supports public order. Each handcart operator has to pay a registration fee of $3,000 per year to operate in the Corporate Area. Story Highlights 500 handcarts have now been registered, up from 426 at the end of the initial process. Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Angela Brown Burke, says she is pleased with the level of compliance among handcart operators, registering with the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC).Following an extension to November 8, which was granted to some handcart owners and operators who were unable to meet the KSAC’s deadline for registration, a total of 500 handcarts have now been registered, up from 426 at the end of the initial process.Each handcart operator has to pay a registration fee of $3,000 per year to operate in the Corporate Area.Addressing the monthly KSAC Council meeting at its Church Street chambers, in downtown Kingston on November 12, Mayor Brown Burke thanked the handcart operators, media, police, the Vendors’ Association and the customers who have endorsed the Corporation’s efforts to have handcart operations regularised.“I want to thank them for doing that, because what that meant was that on Monday morning (November 11), there were many more handcart (operators) who came because they were losing out on business. That’s the kind of joined-up approach we need if we are to succeed as a people,” she said.She thanked customers who, over the weekend, insisted that they would not use handcarts that were not registered.Pointing to the benefits of the regularisation and registration of handcarts, Mayor Brown Burke said it supports public order, as it allows individuals to easily identify handcart operators in the event of any mishaps.“If you put your goods on a handcart and the person disappears with it, you have a registration number. If they damage your vehicle, if they run over your foot, whatever it is, we have a means of identifying that handcart operator,” she noted.She further pointed out that it also allows for a separation of legal operators from those who are operating illegally, and assured that as long as handcart owners and operators are not breaking any laws, they need not worry about the police seizing their carts.The decision to register handcarts followed months of discussion among the KSAC, police and handcart owners and operators.This move became necessary due to the challenges that were being faced in the market district stemming from the rapid growth of the hundreds of handcarts operating in the area and negatively impacting pedestrian and vehicular traffic, often without regard for the safety of pedestrians, and against many traffic regulations.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says there is “no rift” between Jamaica and its traditional partners in security cooperation.“Our efforts continue to be strong and friendly, based on mutual respect. There are issues which arise, as there must between any sovereign nations, and we work them out,” she said in the Senate on Friday (September 21).The Minister was speaking on the Emergency Powers (No. 2) (Continuance) (No.3) Resolution, 2018, to extend the State of Public Emergency in the St. Catherine North Police Division until January 2, 2019.“We have new partnerships. As we stated at the very start of our tenure, that part of our foreign policy is to not only deepen and strengthen existing partnerships, but to work on building new partnerships, and those are under way with several partners,” she said.Senator Johnson Smith, who is also Leader of Government Business, said foreign policy will be guided by “our national development policies, so where it is that security is one of the two highest priorities of this Government, then certainly our cooperative efforts with other countries will also include security”.“This is not at the exclusion or even at the reduction of cooperation with our traditional partners; it is about building additional partnerships,” the Minister said.All 19 members who were present voted in favour of the extension of the State of Public Emergency. Two members were absent.The security measure is slated to end on October 2.
“We can do better,” said Whidden, “I will be the first one to tell you before my injury when I was an able-bodied person I didn’t look at the fact there was no ramp at the hot springs, I had a different perspective at the time. Now that has changed and now as a person in a wheelchair this is how I perceive things and now does my family and people close to me and they see it. Unless it has affected your life it does not bother most people.”Whidden wants to bring light to inclusion in a positive and responsible way, by creating conversation and inspiring people to make small changes around your life to create inclusion for all people that live in communities.To view and sign the petition; CLICK HERE Whidden admits it was not until his injury that his perspective changed regarding access to the therapeutic benefits of Liard as he shares that he does not have safe access to the springs. Whidden goes on to share wheelchair users have sore tight muscles due to sitting in their chairs all day, up to 10 – 12 hours and the benefits of the natural mineral springs cannot be utilized if you cannot get to them.Lack of inclusion to Liard gave birth to creating a petition to see that access for all people to the hot springs would be a reality. As stairs are a means of entry for abled bodied persons, a ramp enables inclusivity for all people. In 2015 an upgrade to the springs never included access for all persons by way of a ramp.Perspective and inclusion became the highlights of conversation as Whidden described how his perspective changed from being an able-bodied person to a person that relies on a wheelchair and how inclusion can be based on opportunity through access.Being fully apart of the experience and being able to engage and create memories are some of the benefits to inclusion, being unable to move independently can happen from injury and affect anyone. To be sat on the sidelines and not be able to participate with the family such as getting into the water on a family vacation is disappointing and isolating.Whidden’s goal is for Liard to be universally assessable so all people can get in and out of the water easily and safely. He shares he is not interested in taking no for an answer and that it is not an option as he is passionate about this.The petition that is posted online has received over 2,000 signatures, Whidden also intends on making hard copies of the petition to place at campgrounds in the area. He understands this is an isolated area yet it is also a Provincial Park where people with disabilities are given free access. FORT NELSON, B.C. – Local Tanner Whidden wants inclusion for all people at Liard Hot Springs and has created a petition to create safe access for all.Whidden became wheelchair bound in July 2017 after two 10 hour surgeries to remove tumours off of his spinal cord and following up with 28 rounds of radiation.Born and raised in Fort Nelson, Whidden spent many summers on the Alaska Hwy with his father who worked on road construction and therefore spent a lot of time at Liard Hot Springs.
Islamabad: Pakistan and the IMF are set to sign a USD 6-8 billion bailout package, Finance Minister Asad Umar has announced, as the cash-strapped country tries to wriggle out from a severe balance-of-payments crisis that threatens to cripple its economy. He said the International Monetary Fund package would ease off pressure from the country's dwindling foreign reserves. "We have reached an agreement and all the major issues have been settled and documented," Umar told a meeting of the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue on Monday after a visit to the US. External account pressure reduced Pakistan's international reserves to USD 6.6 billion by mid-January 2019, but with short-term financing from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and China, foreign reserves increased to USD 10.5 billion at the end of March. Also Read - Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalUmar said that an IMF mission will visit Islamabad during the last week of April, which is when the bailout package amount will be finalised, Pakistani media reported. The finance minister later told journalists that the bailout package with the IMF had been "agreed upon in writing and we have an agreement on all policy matters." These matters included exchange rate, fiscal deficit, energy, public finance and public sector entities, he said. Umar said the exact size of the fund programme had not be concluded, adding that it would be between USD 6 billion and USD 8 billion. Also Read - Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostHe said major flows would then come from the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) that had been blocked in the pipeline owing to insufficient import cover and the absence of IMF umbrella. He said Pakistan's financing gap was around USD 15 billion while USD 7-8 billion from the World Bank, USD 6-8 billion from the IMF and ADB would be available while the process for launch of international bonds had already been started.
New Delhi: Two persons died and three persons were injured after they went inside a septic tank in Prem Nagar area of Rohini district on Tuesday. Police identified the deceased as Ganesh Shah (35) and Deepak (20). They were residents of Bhagya Vihar area. Chief Fire Officer (DFS) Atul Garg said that they received a call around 2.20 pm about the incident and three fire tenders were rushed to the spot. "Two persons died and three were critically injured. It took two hours to complete the operation," said Atul Garg. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Rohini) SD Mishra told Millennium Post that from last five years the pit was not opened.
GAMES3 POINT PERC.2 POINT PERC.GAME SCORERECORDWIN PERC. Source: basketball-reference.com There can be no diminishing the accomplishments of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who came back from a 3-1 series deficit to end the Golden State Warriors’ reign as NBA champions. King James deserves every accolade he receives — and I’m sure he’ll have words for the doubters who didn’t think this was possible. Like me.I’ve been bullish on the Warriors for a while now. Early in the season, I wrote about Stephen Curry’s ability to handle virtually any shooting burden before I even knew that he was a legitimate threat from 30 feet. My operating theory was that Curry should take more and more and more 3-pointers. In the final game of the season, he had 14 attempts (yay!) but made only four (oops).Teams with recent championship experience tend to be money in the playoffs, and this Warriors squad seemed not to be affected much by the strength of their opponents — both of which should have made the team bigger favorites than even our models suggested. So when the winningest team in NBA history needed to win only two of five (and then one of three) games against a team it had beaten all four times they played this season — by an average of 22 points — I felt pretty good about my position. I was wrong.The Warriors ended up losing as many games in the playoffs as they did in the regular season, finishing with a particularly un-GOATish 7-7 stretch against Oklahoma City and Cleveland. Although a 14-game break-even stretch doesn’t sound horrible, it would be highly improbable for a team that won 90 percent of its games, as the Warriors had with Curry playing. Of course, the Thunder and Cavaliers were stronger than the Warriors’ typical opponents (the Warriors did go 5-0 against them during the regular season, and remember they crushed strong opponents as easily as weak ones throughout the season), though this is partly offset by the Warriors’ home-court advantage.A result like that 7-7 raises questions: Have the Warriors been solved? Is Curry unable to carry an offense single-handedly after all, or was his run of bad form because of something else, like a lingering injury? From an empirical standpoint, this bizarre end to the season doesn’t tell us as much as we would like, but it does hold a few insights.Although Curry’s performance in the playoffs clearly regressed from his in the regular season, why that happened is unclear. There are, however, reasons to believe it was more than simply a run of bad shooting luck, but not something as dim as the Golden State model succumbing to playoff basketball. Since his first injury, in Game 1 against the Houston Rockets, Curry hasn’t really been Curry. He’s struggled to turn the corner on defenders on his way to the rim, and he’s had a troubling turnover rate, which may have happened (in part) because he found himself with unfamiliar passing lanes after being unable to create his usual space. Curry’s dropoff was also evident in his shooting weeks ago, and it hasn’t improved. Since his return, Curry has been worse in virtually every significant metric — even compared to his pre-injury performance against the same opponents: Game Score is an imperfect metric for combining box score stats, but in this case, it gets the job done. Pre-injury, Curry performed better against his playoff opponents this season than he did against a typical team.1“Pre-injury, playoff opponents” includes regular-season games against the Rockets, Blazers, Thunder and Cavaliers and Game 1 of the Warriors’ playoff series against the Rockets. “Post-injury” includes Game 4 against the Rockets and beyond. Moreover, he performed similarly against all four squads.Looking at the bottom line: The Warriors went 10-7 with Curry playing after his first injury. Again, although that doesn’t look dramatic, the likelihood of it happening by chance alone can be quite slim: For a team that wins 90 percent of games, the chances of losing seven of 17 are around 1 in 10,000. At 80 percent, they’re around 1 in 100, and at 70 percent, they’re around 1 in 10.2Based on a binomial calculation assuming that the Warriors were as good as their record, that their odds of winning were the same in each game, and that each game’s outcome is independent of the others. Note that these would not be great assumptions for making a precise calculation but are fine for a first cut, particularly with a Warriors team that for most of the season — did I mention? — didn’t seem to care much who they were playing.Also, when the Warriors lost three games to the Thunder (before going on to win the series), it seemed unremarkable — in part because it was in line with the tendency of teams that are good at winning also being good at winning playoff series. But now that the Warriors have lost four games to the Cavs, those results corroborate each other, suggesting that the Warriors weren’t just running badly, but that there was something systematically awry.3By Game 7 of the Finals, sportsbooks appeared to have this pegged, with most putting Golden State around -180, which would be absurdly low under normal circumstances.A 1-in-10 phenomenon is well within the range of stuff that happens in sports every day, and even 1-in-10,000 phenomena still happen. But the question isn’t whether the Warriors’ dreary finish was unlikely, but, given its unlikeliness, what is the most likely explanation. Did the Warriors just get unlucky? Are they — gasp — anti-clutch? Did two teams suddenly figure them out? Or was Curry’s injury a bigger factor than he let on?As usual, when something crazy happens, there can be many causes. A few Warriors may have performed poorly in the clutch. Teams may have “figured them out” to some degree. And they may have gotten a little unlucky. But those are the sorts of things that all teams have had to deal with historically, and teams as good as the Warriors haven’t broken overnight. More importantly, for the Warriors to pin this on fortune alone would require luck so profoundly bad that they’d be dodging falling pianos. That’s good news for Warriors’ fans. It means that, should they be able to heal what’s ailing them — such as a lingering injury to the league MVP — winning more championships still depends on fairly predictable outcomes rather than cruel turns of chance.At the very least, revolutionaries have good reasons to be hopeful that next season will continue where this season seemed destined to go rather than where it ended up. Pre-injury, non-playoff opponents44.8%56.5%24.361-789.7% Post-injury Steph played worse, won less Pre-injury, playoff opponents49.656.625.811-191.7 Post-injury39.348.517.110-758.8 VIDEO: The greatness of LeBron James
2017Cleveland1321Minnesota15011405-95 2010Denver1401San Francisco14181409-91 YEARDESIGNATED AWAYELODESIGNATED HOMEELOHARMONIC MEAN+/- AVERAGE The NFL will take over London for the 18th time — and the 11th consecutive year — this weekend when the Baltimore Ravens take on veteran overseas travelers the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium. The game will be the first of four set in England this season, the most that have been played in a calendar year.For the NFL, the additional game — there have been three in London each of the past three seasons — represents a concerted effort to expand the popularity and global reach of its brand.1The NFL will also return to Mexico City this season. For the British, it’s another chance to watch lousy football.It’s no secret that the teams that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has sent have been overwhelmingly bad — and we aren’t just talking about the Jaguars. According to FiveThirtyEight’s pre-game Elo ratings, the harmonic mean of both teams’ ratings — a balanced measure of matchup quality that can better detect when both teams in a game are either good or bad — has been below average in 13 of the 17 games played in London.2Compared with 1500, roughly the rating of an average NFL team. On top of that, all four games to be played in London this year will be below average, according to the team’s current Elo ratings. 2007New York Giants13Miami103✓ 2012New England1678St. Louis1393152222 2013San Francisco1642Jacksonville12461417-83 2015Detroit1432Kansas City15141472-28 2015New York Jets1478Miami14491463-37 2016Washington1509Cincinnati1525151717 2007N.Y. Giants1553Miami13581449-51 London NFL games have been consistently below averageThe harmonic mean of the Elo ratings of the teams in each matchup compared with 1500, roughly the rating of an average NFL team 2010Denver16San Francisco248✓ 2013Pittsburgh27Minnesota347✓ 2014Miami38Oakland1424 2017Arizona1529L.A. Rams14181471-29 2015New York Jets27Miami1413 2011Chicago1543Tampa Bay1527153535 2017New Orleans1460Miami15191489-11 2014Dallas31Jacksonville1714 2013San Francisco42Jacksonville1032 2009New England35Tampa Bay728 2015Buffalo1512Jacksonville13101404-96 2016New York Giants17L.A. Rams107✓ 2014Dallas1557Jacksonville12981416-84 Ten of the 17 games — or 59 percent — have been decided by one score. That might not sound so thrilling, but just 35 percent of all NFL games played since 2007 have been decided by 8 points or fewer. One of last year’s London games was so tightly matched, no one won it. (Fortunately for Cincinnati and Washington, they were playing in the one NFL location where fans are content with a tie.)Low-quality games usually lead to drops in attendance toward the end of the season. Not in London, though. All but two games have attracted a crowd of more than 80,000, with the highest NFL London crowd at 84,488 — for last year’s tie at Wembley. To put that in context, that average draw would have been the second-highest home attendance of any team in the league last season (behind only the Dallas Cowboys).As Goodell continues to push some of his most mediocre teams onto the international scene, it turns out that they’re rewarding fans with some of the league’s most competitive play. All 2017 games are based on Elo ratings before Week 3. 2014Detroit22Atlanta211✓ 2009New England1630Tampa Bay13751492-8 YEARDESIGNATED AWAYPOINTSDESIGNATED HOMEPOINTSPOINT DIFFWON BY ONE SCORE 2008San Diego32New Orleans375✓ Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 2017Baltimore1539Jacksonville13961464-36 2013Pittsburgh1448Minnesota14771462-38 2011Chicago24Tampa Bay186✓ 2015Detroit10Kansas City4535 2016Indianapolis27Jacksonville303✓ The Jaguars are a big part of this, of course. Jacksonville has played in London four times, and the Elo rating of each of those four Jaguar teams ranks in the bottom five (among all 34 teams). Joining them in that bottom five are the 2014 Oakland Raiders. And it turns out that the Raiders’ game against the Miami Dolphins that year was the worst London matchup so far based on our Elo ratings. That game was so dreary that those Raiders, who fell to 0-4 after losing to Miami, fired their coach, Dennis Allen, not long after their plane touched down in the U.S. Perhaps by no coincidence, the Dolphins coach that year, Joe Philbin, would be fired the next season after starting 1-3. Philbin’s last game would be a loss to the Jets … in London.But not every game played in London has been between NFL bottom feeders — sometimes a good team makes the trip (and, sure, plays a bottom feeder). The Brits have experienced Tom Brady and the New England Patriots twice, as well as the San Francisco 49ers the season after their latest Super Bowl appearance. But if you remove those three teams, the average London team,3Based on the harmonic mean. including this year’s Ravens and Jags, has an Elo rating of 1444. That’s roughly on par with this year’s 0-2 Cincinnati Bengals.NFL fans will generally tune in regardless of who is playing. So perhaps the NFL’s intention was that the consistently poor quality of opponents would be scratched out by competitive, exciting contests. If that’s the case, the plan is generally working. 2016Washington27Cincinnati270✓ 2008San Diego1600New Orleans1470153232 2014Detroit1541Atlanta14051470-30 2014Miami1449Oakland13271385-115 2016Indianapolis1469Jacksonville13501407-93 2016N.Y. Giants1466L.A. Rams14811473-27 2012New England45St. Louis Rams738 Blowout or bustThe point differential for regular-season NFL games played in London 2015Buffalo31Jacksonville343✓