December 8

Binghamton Boys and Girls Club reopens with new precautions

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton Boys and Girls Club is bustling once again, opening its doors for summer programming. Executive Director Marybeth Smith says staff is ready to welcome kids and has been preparing for this week. There are also fewer group activities for kids to participate in. This year, the summer program is filled with about 50 kids, a much lower number than usual, which helps with social distancing efforts. Despite the changes, staff say it’s important to give kids some normalcy after so much was taken from them earlier this year. Kids will get close to the same club experience they’ve had in the past but with new precautions in place. “They all have masks, they all have shields, they all have different places where they can go and they can’t go in the building,” said Smith. For more information on the Binghamton Boys and Girls Club, click here.center_img “Everything is more individual. Again, trying to make it as fun as we can, but they had to learn everything new. The staff hasn’t been used to planning like that. It was much easier to go in the gym and play kickball or play baseball, but we’re not doing that right now,” said Smith. Upon entry, children and staff will have their temperature taken and answer a few screening questions. The Boys and Girls Club hopes to provide a safe space not only for the kids’ physical health, but for their mental health too. “They need to see the familiar faces, they need to know that we are still here for them. They need to know that we care about them, and we love them, and they need to feel safe,” said Smith. “They need a place. We’re their home away from home, and they haven’t been with us since March 16th. I remember the day. So they need to be here,” said Smith. “One day they’re going to school, and they’re coming here after school, the next day there’s no place for them to go.” “We have so many great staff members who are really learning all the new guidelines, all the restrictions, and this is a very, very safe place right now,” she said.last_img read more

August 14

Fantasy Injury Updates: DeVante Parker, Adam Thielen, DJ Chark, more impact Week 15 WR rankings

first_imgWEEK 15 NON-PPR RANKINGS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerDeVante Parker concussion updateParker was concussed in Week 14, but he made it out to the practice field Wednesday in a no-contact jersey (as did Albert Wilson, who was also concussed last Sunday). Parker will still need to clear concussion protocol to play in Week 15 against the Giants. Parker will remain in concussion protocol through the end of the week, head coach Brian Flores told reporters.Parker’s a fantasy starter if he’s active Sunday, but if he’s not, Isaiah Ford (who had nine targets in Week 14) and Allen Hurns (who had eight) will battle for Miami’s top receiver spo t We’d give the slight edge to Hurns since he has the better NFL pedigree. If Wilson made it back but not Parker, Wilson would also be in play as a PPR option.MORE WEEK 15: Sleepers | Busts | Start ’em, sit ’emAdam Thielen injury newsThielen (hamstring) was back at Vikings practice in a limited capacity Wednesday, and he was reportedly “closer to game speed” on Thursday. That bodes well for his chances of playing Sunday in the late-afternoon time slot against the Chargers, although we’ve seen Thielen make it back to practice before eventually being ruled out with an apparent setback already this season.Hamstrings are tricky business, but it looks like Thielen should make it back on the field Sunday (although whether he plays a full allotment of snaps is anyone’s guess). If Thielen plays, you have to start him in fantasy against the Chargers. An activated Thielen knocks tight end Kyle Rudolph firmly out of fantasy starter territory.WEEK 15 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endDJ Chark injury updateChark (foot) was called “week-to-week” a few days ago by the Jaguars, so his absence from Wednesday’s practice was no surprise. He’s not expected to practice Thursday, either. Jacksonville has no reason to push it with its prized young receiver, so unless Chark makes it back to the practice field this week, expect him to miss out on Sunday against the Raiders.Oakland is a great matchup for WRs, so if Chark plays, you can start him with confidence. His absence creates a void that can be filled by Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley, both of whom fit as WR3/FLEX plays for Week 15 if Chark is out. Keelan Cole is also in play for deep-league owners looking for a big-play threat.WEEK 15 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPIs T.Y. Hilton playing in Week 15?Hilton (calf) hasn’t spoked confidently about his own chances of returning this season, and the Colts are still referring to him as “week-to-week” with only three weeks left in the regular season. Hilton already suffered one apparent setback to this injury, so unless there’s some practice activity from him, don’t expect a return. Surprisingly, though, Hilton is returning to practice Thursday.Parris Campbell (foot) has been ruled out for the season for Indianapolis, so Zach Pascal and Marcus Johnson look likely to close out the season as the Colts’ top two wideouts. The Saints are a sneaky good matchup for that pair Monday night, although both have occasionally thrown up duds in decent spots before. With each coming off a good Week 14, Pascal and to a lesser extent Johnson are in play as WR3/FLEX options if Hilton is out.MORE WEEK 15:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff tipsWill Fuller V hamstring injury updateFuller (hamstring) was limited in Thursday’s practice after missing Week 14 despite being limited in practice all of last week. The Texans play a near must-win game against the Titans on Sunday at 1 p.m ET. Week 15 WR rankings are in flux as we wait on a number of big-name wideouts to either return to health or be ruled out. There are the new injuries from Week 14, namely DeVante Parker and DJ Chark, to worry about. There are also the usual culprits: Will Fuller, T.Y. Hilton, Adam Thielen and JuJu Smith-Schuster. All are talented enough to make an impact on the fantasy playoffs if they can be active in Week 15, but either way, start ’em, sit ’em decisions will not be easy this week.For injury updates on banged-up RBs Josh Jacobs, Jordan Howard, Derrick Henry and more, go here; for news on injured TEs Evan Engram, Jared Cook, Greg Olsen and more, click here; for the latest on Jameis Winston, go here. Follow us on Twitter for more news and updates @SN_Fantasy. It’s always tricky to trust hamstrings, even if Fuller is ruled active, but there’s no denying what his big-play ability could do for a fantasy lineup if he’s healthy. He’s at worst a boom-or-bust FLEX play if active. Kenny Stills would continue to get Fuller’s snaps if he remains out.Is JuJu Smith-Schuster playing Week 15?Smith-Schuster (knee) was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice but limited on Thursday for Pittsburgh, his first time on the practice field since being injured in Week 11. The Steelers host the Bills on Sunday Night Football in Week 15.Assuming JuJu plays, he’ll get a heavy dose of Tre’Davious White that leaves him floundering in WR3/FLEX territory with some serious risk. A Smith-Schuster return also makes it so you can’t really start Diontae Johnson or James Washington in what could be a messy passing game.last_img read more

August 13

Mourinho has harsh words for Mkhitaryan

first_imgMkhitaryan last started for United, and turned in a lacklustre display, in the defeat against Chelsea at the start of the month and, Mourinho explained, that was the final straw for the manager.“I was not happy with his last performances,” said Mourinho. “And I am not talking about one or two. I am talking about three, four or five. He started this season very well and after that, step by step, he was disappearing.“His performance level — in terms of goalscoring, assists, high pressing, receiving the ball high up the pitch, bringing the team with him as a number 10 — were decreasing step by step.“And there was a time that was enough. The others, they work to have a chance. Everybody works to have a chance so it’s as simple as that.”Mkhitaryan has endured a torrid time at Old Trafford since his arrival in a £26 million ($35 million, 29 million euros) deal from Borussia Dortmund in 2016.He found himself banished from Mourinho’s league line-up for well over two months early last season after a dismal display in their 2-1 derby defeat to City.Positive disruption of the day – children have taken over my Facebook page to close off the week for World Children’s Day #KidsTakeover— Henrikh Mkhitaryan (@HenrikhMkh) November 24, 2017 Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho has offered a scathing analysis of Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s drop in form as the Manchester United manager explained why the midfielder has been exiled from his squad recently.The Armenian is expected to be recalled to the matchday squad for Saturday’s Premier League game with Brighton after being out of contention altogether for the past two games. But he appeared to have won over his biggest critic — Mourinho — with some impressive performances as United won the Europa League and clinched Champions League football.– Forwards left out –Mkhitaryan has not been the only creative or attacking player to come in for criticism from the United manager, with Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and others left out at various times due to dips in form.And Mourinho believes that despite trailing only neighbours City in the Premier League goalscoring charts, his players are not scoring enough, with French international Martial singled out as an example of a player who has responded well to being left out.“The team that excites me is the team that, after five chances, is winning 4-0,” he said. “That’s the team that excites me.The latest issue of #InsideUnited is out now!Get your copy:— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 14, 2017“I think we had an improvement with Martial, scoring more goals than last season, that is why he’s playing more minutes.”Ultimately, the United manager also believes that the healthy size of his squad, and the competition for places, is good news even if it means he will face questions about players being left out.“All positions are open,” he said. “The last couple of matches Mkhitaryan was out and other players had the opportunity to play that normally Mkhitaryan has.”“There are only 11 plus seven (substitutes),” he added. “When you have a chance and the performance is not what I expect, it’s normal. You have to perform.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

August 12

Executive Order Closes Miami-Dade Beaches for 4th of July Weekend

first_imgIndependence Day will go on without a “splash” this year in at least one South Florida county. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez signed an emergency order on Friday closing all county beaches beginning July 3.A restriction of any gatherings and parades of more than 50 people is also part of that emergency order. The mayor says he made the decision after speaking to the county’s public health experts.“As we continue to see more COVID-19 positive test results among young adults and rising hospitalizations, I have decided that the only prudent thing to do to tamp down this recent uptick is to crack down on recreational activities that put our overall community at higher risk,” the mayor said in a statement.He continued, “I have been seeing too many businesses and people ignoring these lifesaving rules. If people are not going to be responsible and protect themselves and others from this pandemic, then the government is forced to step in and restore common sense to save lives.”last_img read more

December 18

IDC funding approval near all-time high

first_imgMoving toward riskier investments Meer attributed the low jobs figures to some clients having cancelled their applications for finance with the onset of the recession, and to lower than expected uptake in distressed funding – with only R1.4-billion of the R6.1-billion allocated for distressed firms being taken up. Jobs target missed Support for manufacturing The IDC continues to hold significant shareholding in various companies, including fertliser company Foskor, where it holds a 59% stake, Hulett Aluminium (30%) and Mozambican smelter Mozal (24%). Source: BuaNews However, the IDC was running several promotional workshops and activities to boost the awareness of this funding. The IDC also approved R34-million to help abalone farms in the Western Cape to expand and allow black entrepreneurs to acquire a stake in the business. 21 October 2010 However, Meer said that setting up wind farms created very little jobs, so it was important that South Africa began manufacturing technologies for renewable energy, rather than importing these. Over a third of IDC’s total investments went into the capital-intensive mining sector, with the highest number of loans going to the agro-processing sector and to businesses in the trade, catering and accommodation sector. Financing suppliers A further R292-million in funding was approved to companies in the clothing sector to improve their competitiveness, which was expected to save or create 2 100 jobs. Briefing Parliament’s economic development portfolio committee in Cape Town this week, IDC executive Shakeel Meer said that R4.8-billion was disbursed last year, just short of the record R10.8-billion of 2008/09. These included R45-million to woman-owned business in upgrading commuter rail coaches and R30-million to a company manufacturing ducting for the Medupi power station. South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) approved R9.4-billion in funding in 2009/10, helping to save or create some 19 300 jobs as the country recovered from its first recession in 17 years. The 19 300 jobs created fell below the IDC’s target of 37 745 jobs, despite 9 651 of these being created in rural areas – above the target of 8 554 jobs targeted for rural areas. The IDC was also increasing its focus on green investments, targeting projects in wind and solar power, energy management and recycling. Among these were 11 wind projects, three concentrated solar power and four solar voltaic projects. Impairments increased from 10.2% in the 2006 financial year to 16.3% in the last financial year, in line with the IDC’s move towards riskier investments. Meer said the IDC last year approved R376-million to vehicle component and transport equipment manufacturers, which was expected to save 1 500 jobs. About two-thirds of loans went the way of Gauteng province, with about five percent of loans to the rest of the country. Operations in the Free State benefited from the least number of loans. Among its other funding commitments, the IDC was focusing on financing suppliers of rail equipment for the Passenger Rail Agency (Prasa) and Transnet, as well as suppliers to Eskom’s build programmes. Among its other results, the IDC funded 124 small and medium-sized businesses and approved R1.8-billion to fund businesses in other African countries.last_img read more

December 9

Defeating Your Confirmation Bias

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now We seek information that confirms our existing beliefs while avoiding information that conflicts with what we believe to be true. This confirmation bias is a governor on your growth as well as your ability to take another person’s perspective, a good part of what makes up emotional intelligence, or empathy. Most of the time we don’t recognize that we eliminate the ideas and beliefs that make us uncomfortable, stunting our growth and making us less effective than we might be otherwise.One of the benefits of law school is that you must prepare to argue both sides of a case. You are taught to look at the issue from both sides, taking the opposing view into account. This is a good starting point for overcoming your confirmation bias.Let’s say you have some affinity for a particular political belief. You spend time on Facebook arguing with other people with conflicting views (sadly, and mostly to your detriment, as no minds are changed – surely not your own). You scour the Internet seeking information that confirms you are correct and allows you to prove the other person’s opinion is incorrect. Getting past your confirmation bias would begin with understanding why someone else believes what they believe and what truth is contained in their viewpoint . Instead of looking at only what confirms your view, you would look at what conflicts with it to gain a greater understanding and greater knowledge.Maybe you believe the old prospecting methods are dead, that no one should pick up the phone and interrupt another human being at work, and that sales should only begin with inbound marketing, where a prospect expresses the desire to have you help them do something different. So, you search the internet for evidence that you are right, that you shouldn’t have to dial the phone, and that your leads should come to you ready to buy. This may be what you want to be true because it would make selling easier. Defeating your confirmation bias would require that you explore other objective facts, subjective experiences, and opinions that might, like the example of political beliefs, expose you to some truth that might benefit you by deepening your understanding.When another belief or opinion or objective piece of data causes you to feel uncomfortable because it conflicts with what you believe, that information is worth exploring. The more uncomfortable something makes you, the greater opportunity there is for growth, development, and understanding other people’s perspectives.What if what you know is only a partial truth? What if there are other partial truths that might provide you with a greater perspective?last_img read more

September 28

The Brewers Pitcher Switcheroo May Be Coming Soon To A Game Near

The Milwaukee Brewers challenged traditional position labels all season. They’ve helped push bullpenning forward in the postseason. They’ve been the most forward-thinking club this October in part out of necessity, entering the playoffs with one of the weaker starting rotations in the field.But they’ve never been more radical than they were early in Wednesday afternoon’s Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell stepped out of the visiting dugout at Dodger Stadium and pulled left-handed Brewers starter Wade Miley after he had faced only one Los Angeles batter, the left-handed-hitting Cody Bellinger. Miley was replaced by right-hander Brandon Woodruff, who has limited right-handed batters to a .199 average over the course of his career. It was a premeditated plan, something of a surprise attack, against one of the heaviest platoon teams in the league. While the short-term results did not work in the Brewers’ favor — the Dodgers won 5-2 to take a 3-2 lead in the series — the strategy’s long-term ramifications could be far-reaching. In a season of openers and bullpenning, managers might now have to think more deeply about how much they want to bet on that day’s listed opposing starting pitcher working deep into the game. (Especially if that listed starting pitcher isn’t an ace.) Platoon-heavy lineups are more vulnerable. And game-planning might become more complicated as starting pitcher designations become increasingly less relevant.“Look, they’re trying to get matchups, we’re trying to get matchups,” Counsell said after the game. “They’re a very tough team to get matchups against.”When he takes the mound Friday as the Game 6 starter, Miley will become the first pitcher to start consecutive postseason games since 1930, according to MLB.“It’s not my job to question it. We’re trying to get to the World Series,” Miley told reporters. “This is the strategic side of it. I was in. Everybody bought in.”The Brewers have thrown 75⅔ innings this postseason, but only 26⅔ (35 percent) have been logged by their starting pitchers, distressing traditionalists. Milwaukee’s upside-down approach became extreme Wednesday.It is baseball tradition that teams announce their starting pitching assignments days in advance, even in the playoffs. (Imagine an NFL team announcing its personnel plans in advance of a game.) And because the starting pitcher is typically expected to absorb the lion’s share of innings in any particular game — well, at least until this season of “the opener” — opposing managers often try to create as many favorable matchups as possible within their lineup cards.What has become a common part of daily game-planning — trying to gain platoon advantage against a starting pitcher — might be in jeopardy, particularly in high-stakes games.Because of the angle pitches travel toward home plate and the way pitches break, batters tend to perform better against opposite-handed pitchers. That is, right-handed batters typically perform better against left-handed pitchers and vice versa, gaining what’s known as a platoon advantage. The Dodgers ranked ninth out of 30 Major League teams in platoon advantage, owning it in 57.3 percent of plate appearances.Consider how differently the Dodgers constructed their lineups in this series based on the handedness of the opposing starting pitcher. In Game 3 against right-handed Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin, Dodger manager Dave Roberts penciled in Yasmani Grandal, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig as right-handed-pitching mashers. They were replaced in the lineup Wednesday against the left-handed Miley with David Freese, Chris Taylor and Austin Barnes.The Dodgers were weaker this season facing left-handed pitching than right-handed pitching. They produced .324 on-base and .409 slugging marks against left-handed starters with 101 weighted runs created plus1Weighted runs created plus, or wRC+, adjusts for park and league scoring environments. A mark of 100 is league average. compared with .337 on-base and .458 slugging marks against righties with a 117 wRC+, which ranked second in the game .By starting a left-hander, the Brewers were able to keep some of the Dodgers’ strongest bats against right-handed pitchers out of the game temporarily — though Puig and Pederson eventually entered and combined for four at-bats.Moreover, against the left-handed Miley, the Dodgers featured a weaker defensive lineup. Max Muncy switched from first (where he most often plays) to second base to accommodate Freese at first, forcing Enrique Hernandez from second base to right field, where he replaced Puig. Puig is credited with 24 defensive runs saved over the past two years in right field, ranking second only to Boston’s Mookie Betts.The Dodgers responded with a number of in-game substitutions.In the top of the fourth, Pederson replaced Freese and went to left field. Bellinger switched from center to right, Muncy moved from second to first, and Taylor moved from left to center. Hernandez switched from right to second before he was replaced by a pinch-hitting Puig in the sixth inning, sending Bellinger back to center and Taylor to second. After Brian Dozier pinch-hit for Pederson in the seventh, he took over second, and Taylor went back to left field.Ultimately, Dodger lefty Clayton Kershaw pitched so well — one run allowed over seven innings — and the Dodgers did enough damage off Woodruff (three runs, two earned in 5⅓ innings) that the plan did not yield a win. But in a season of radical strategies, Milwaukee’s move could have a lasting impact. The Brewers are rethinking everything — and baseball just might follow.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

September 28

Ohio State womens soccer crashes out of Big Ten tourney with loss

Just one season removed from a berth in the 2010 NCAA College Cup — the Final Four of college soccer — Ohio State women’s soccer saw its 2011 Big Ten tournament run come crashing down Wednesday after a first-round loss to No. 2-seed Illinois. With the scored tied after 90 minutes, 1-1, No. 7-seed OSU forced the contest to penalty kicks after two scoreless overtime periods. The Illini dispatched the Buckeyes in penalty kicks, 4-2, at Northwestern’s Lakeside Field to advance. In what may have been her final game in Scarlet and Gray, OSU senior forward Paige Maxwell put the Buckeyes up, 1-0, in the 16th minute. The goal was the fourth of the year for Maxwell. Illinois outshot OSU, 8-3, in the first half and prevented the Buckeyes from getting to halftime with its slim advantage intact. Illini sophomore midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo tied the game in 41st minute with a free-kick goal. Wednesday’s match was a physical one — referee Miguel Panduro Jr. called 40 total fouls in the contest — but the bumping and tackling ended after the teams remained scoreless the second half and two 10-minute overtime sessions. The focus shifted to the penalty spot where Illinois converted all four of its kicks. Buckeyes’ senior defender Liz Sullivan and sophomore midfielder Kristen Niederhaus were denied by to secure the win for Illinois. The Buckeyes finish the 2011 Big Ten season with a 10-8-2 record. read more

September 18

Koulibaly thanks Pogbas support

first_imgThe Napoli footballer has been supported by many after he was racially abused during the match against Inter Milan on Boxing DayAfter Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly was racially abused by Internazionale Milan fans, many people have come out to support him.And one of these is Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.Pogba knows that is to be racially abused, as he played for Italian Lega Serie A side Juventus before.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….And he showed his solidarity by wearing a wristband adorned with the word “honor.”“Well done guys beautiful way to finish the year,” Pogba started the post according to The Manchester Evening News“Honour hand band for @kkoulibaly26. 2019 say NO to racism. @manchesterunited #mufc.”“Thank you my bro for the supporting! Congratulations for the goals and the victory! See you soon bro,” Koulibaly wrote on his social media.last_img read more