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School ditches rules and loses bullies 26 January 2014Ripping up the playground rulebook is having incredible effects on children at an Auckland school.Chaos may reign at Swanson Primary School with children climbing trees, riding skateboards and playing bullrush during playtime, but surprisingly the students don’t cause bedlam, the principal says.The school is actually seeing a drop in bullying, serious injuries and vandalism, while concentration levels in class are increasing.Principal Bruce McLachlan rid the school of playtime rules as part of a successful university experiment.“We want kids to be safe and to look after them, but we end up wrapping them in cotton wool when in fact they should be able to fall over.”Letting children test themselves on a scooter during playtime could make them more aware of the dangers when getting behind the wheel of a car in high school, he said.“When you look at our playground it looks chaotic. From an adult’s perspective, it looks like kids might get hurt, but they don’t.” read more

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No new development in a name change from “Carib” to “Kalinago”

first_img 15 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Hon. Ashton Graneau. Photo credit: GIS NewsKalinago Affairs Minister Ashton Graneau says the proposal for a name change from “Carib to Kalinago” has not been given the full attention by Cabinet.Dominica’s indigenous people, the Caribs, say that they no longer want to be called or referred to as the outdated term “Carib” and are urging the Dominica Government to help facilitate the change.The Carib Council wrote to government last year requesting that the name be officially changed to “Kalinago”.However Graneau reported to the media last week, that he hopes the matter will be taken to parliament soon. “We haven’t been able to move fast on the name change. However it’s something that has been brought up before Cabinet. We have not been discussing it but you could well imagine that it will take some more effort from us,” he said.He said there has not been sufficient discussion in Cabinet to take the matter to Parliament just yet.“It’s not that Cabinet is not concerned, but we need to push more. It would have to take legislation to get a name change and this is the next stage but right now there is not sufficient discussion. I don’t believe that there is any objection from anyone in cabinet with regards to the name change. In fact some members of cabinet have been using the name,” he said.Graneau also noted that the public has been so conditioned with the word Carib; it’s hard to get it out of one’s vocabulary.He said Kalinago is the preferred term and as soon as it is enacted, it should be respected.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews No new development in a name change from “Carib” to “Kalinago” by: – September 20, 2011center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

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UCF looks to extend streak vs ECU

first_imgUCF looks to extend streak vs ECU FAB FRESHMEN: East Carolina’s Jayden Gardner, Tristen Newton and Brandon Suggs have collectively accounted for 57 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 75 percent of all Pirates points over the last five games.SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Gardner has been directly responsible for 44 percent of all East Carolina field goals over the last three games. Gardner has 23 field goals and 10 assists in those games.SLIPPING AT 75: East Carolina is 0-10 when it allows at least 75 points and 11-9 when it holds opponents to less than 75.STREAK STATS: East Carolina has lost its last three road games, scoring 65.7 points, while allowing 73.3 per game.LOOSENING UP: Central Florida’s offense has turned the ball over 14 times per game this year, but is averaging 17.2 turnovers over its last five games. Associated Press March 6, 2020center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditEast Carolina (11-19, 5-12) vs. Central Florida (15-14, 6-11)Addition Financial Arena, Orlando, Florida; Sunday, 1 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Central Florida looks for its ninth straight win in the head-to-head series over East Carolina. In its last eight wins against the Pirates, Central Florida has won by an average of 10 points. East Carolina’s last win in the series came on March 12, 2015, an 81-80 victory. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

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Barcelona’s Messi loses appeal in tax fraud trial … but unlikely to go to prison

first_img(REUTERS) – Spain’s Supreme Court yesterday rejected an appeal by Barcelona football star Lionel Messi and stood by a Catalan regional court’s 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud, court documents showed.The five-time World Player-of-the-Year is unlikely to go to prison, however.Messi and his father Jorge were found guilty by a Catalan court last July on three counts of tax fraud between 2007 and 2009 to the tune of 4.1 million euros on image rights and were also fined 2 million euros (£1.7M).The court reduced Jorge Messi’s sentence from 21 months to 15, however, for returning the defrauded amount to Spain’s tax authority.Neither Messi nor his father is expected to serve time in jail, as under Spanish law sentences less than two years can be served under probation.A court statement said Messi “unequivocally understood his obligation to pay tax on income obtained from exploiting his image rights … therefore it is not logical that he should ignore his duty to pay tax on them”.The Supreme Court’s ruling brings an end to a case which began in 2013.Messi, 29, and his father defrauded the Spanish tax office of 4.1 million euros between 2007 and 2009 by using a web of shell companies based in Belize, Switzerland and Uruguay to evade taxes on income from the player’s image rights.Messi, who has won eight La Liga titles, four King’s Cups and four Champions League crowns with Barcelona, finished top scorer in Spain this season with 37 league goals.He is set to play in the King’s Cup final next Saturday in Madrid, the last game of the domestic season.Messi is Barcelona’s all-time top scorer and their highest paid player. He is expected to sign a new contract with the Catalan club later this summer, with his current deal expiring in June 2018.Messi’s lawyer was not available for comment.Barcelona, who last year released a statement in support of Messi following his guilty sentence and launched a campaign in support of him on social media, have not yet commented on the Supreme Court’s decision.last_img read more

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Syracuse falls to No. 7 Villanova in overtime after coughing up 12-point halftime lead

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Syracuse’s celebrations were on repeat in the first half.Villanova head coach Jay Wright called two timeouts, and both welcomed the veins on Kaleb Joseph’s neck as he stood near half court. Screaming. Fists clenched.Twice Trevor Cooney hit a 3-pointer from the same spot on the left wing, and twice he lightly jogged down the sideline. Three soft beats to his chest. A sneaky smirk on his face.After Cooney penetrated toward the paint and found Chris McCullough on a perfectly-weighted pass to the opposite block, SU assistants Mike Hopkins and Gerry McNamara looked at each other and high-fived. Two minutes later, Tyler Roberson hit a midrange jumper. They high-fived again.“I thought it was the best game we’ve played all year,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “… They started to get the ball inside a little bit against us in the second half and that turned their offense around. But when they tied the game we needed a couple of big plays.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse (6-4) was 11 seconds and a successful in-bounds pass away from handing No. 7 Villanova (11-0) its first loss of the season, but it fumbled away a five-point lead and the big plays never came in a 82-77 overtime loss to the Wildcats at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday afternoon in front of 18,369.The Orange almost edged the Wildcats with a near-flawless start and escape act at the finish, but Villanova’s closing punch was big enough enough to erase a first half in which SU shot 63 percent from the field and built a 12-point halftime lead.“They’re one of the best teams we’ll play this year,” Cooney said. “… If we play like that we’re not going to lose a lot of games.”In the first half, the Orange shot 17-of-27 from the floor, 4-of-6 from 3 and assisted on 13 of its 17 field goals. Rakeem Christmas was 5-for-5 from the field for 11 points, and swished in a jumper from the top of the key. Michael Gbinije scored 11 on 5-of-6 shooting. Joseph tallied seven assists and just one turnover, after turning the ball over eight times against Louisiana Tech on Sunday.But the prolific offense didn’t erase the first-half foul trouble in Syracuse’s front court, and that worsened as the Wildcats mounted a second-half run.McCullough picked up his fourth foul 12 seconds into the second half and Gbinije tallied his third four seconds later. Suddenly, the Orange’s defense turned tentative while Villanova’s strapped up.The driving lanes that Joseph and Gbibije frequented in the first half were closed. SU’s guards couldn’t breathe, much less cleanly enter the ball into the paint. When Villanova players went up for layups, Christmas and Gbinije had to resist the temptation to block them and instead move aside.The Orange had to labor for every shot it took yet was issuing free passes on the other end, and the Wildcats climbed to within four with 4:31 to play.“I just think they made a lot of tough shots,” SU forward Tyler Roberson said of Villanova’s surge. “A lot of tough shots and a few turnovers, bad turnovers on our end.”Yet the wheels didn’t fall off. Not yet, at least.With a blaring blend of “Let’s go Orange” and “Let’s go Nova” chants all but shaking the Wells Fargo Center, Gbinije drove down the left lane and had a layup attempt pinned against the backboard by Josh Hart.The refs called goaltending and Syracuse’s lead stretched to four.Then Pinkston drew a Christmas foul and laid the ball in for two. His free throw made it a one-point game. And after Christmas finished a three-point play and Pinkston traveled on the other end, Cooney knifed through the Wildcats defense before finding Gbinije on the baseline before Dylan Ennis fouled him on the way up.The same team that smugly celebrated throughout the first half now trudged into SU’s final timeout — sweat soaking their orange jerseys, a three-point cushion on the scoreboard and 20 seconds separating them from a win capable of highlighting an up-and-down start to the season.But that win never came. Syracuse threw away the lead in the final seconds of regulation. The Wildcats tied the game with seconds remaining. Then the hosts had more starters and more left in the tank to outrun the Orange in the extra period.By the end of the game, McCullough, Christmas and Gbinije were all sitting on the bench with five fouls. Cooney was being spoon fed the ball, despite being blanketed by Hart. By the time Cooney’s last 3-pointer clanged off the rim the Orange trailed by five and didn’t have a fighting chance in a game it once had in hand.“Going into this game, a lot of people were saying, ‘Oh, you should handle them,’” Villanova head coach Jay Wright said. “And I said, ‘Syracuse-Villanova has never been anything but what we just saw.’” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 20, 2014 at 3:58 pm Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

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Film screening panel highlights gender disparity in STEM

first_imgAlmost 40 percent of the freshman class at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering are women. The rest of the world, however, isn’t nearly as close to equality in tech industries. Panelists discussed this lack of equal representation after a screening of the documentary CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap at the Ray Stark Family Theatre on Wednesday.The film traced the history of women in U.S. tech industries and the gradual decline of women graduates in mathematics in the 1980s. The panel featured Robin Hauser Reynolds, the director of the documentary, Viterbi professors Shirin Laor-Raz Salemnia, Trina Gregory and Rob Parke and Karen Wilkins-Mickey, senior manager of inclusion strategies at Expedia, Inc. The panelists talked about their personal experiences with sexism and gender disparity in the workspace.“When the film first came out, I was so happy that someone was finally showing things that occur daily in the workspace,” Shirin Laor-Raz Salemnia said. “When I come out and say it, I’m just one person … But when you’re watching a movie about it, it becomes something much greater.” Some students feel that though efforts have been made to encourage women to join computer science, the disparity between genders here on campus is still an issue.“I just came from a class where there were probably four girls in a class of like 35 students,” said Nandhini Sivam, a sophomore majoring in computer science. “There’s definitely a gap and it’s closing. I know that it’s closing, because we have like three clubs on campus: Women in Computing, Girls in Tech and [Society for Women Engineers], so it’s definitely closing but not quite there yet.”Other students feel that the lack of diversity in engineering is not just a social issue, but could potentially prevent coding from progressing.“I’m a firm believer that if you have diversity of people in a field, you also have a diversity of approaches and ideas that can come out,” said Adam Espinoza, a sophomore majoring in computer science and business administration. “ [A greater] representation of women and POC can provide insights and possible solutions to common problems … because to minorities, the injustices are more profound, so minorities are more likely to fix things through the fields that they’re engaged in.”CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap was created in order to explore the lack of diversity within coding and portray it as something engaging, creative and rewarding, according to the film’s website. This feature film hopes that by exposing audiences to girls who code, the fear of joining the male-dominated technology industry will dissipate.“It’s not something that’s hard to do,” Sivam said. “It’s a matter of exposure and what’s portrayed in public media. There’s a lot more guys: male CEOs of these big companies, and you don’t really see women computing in the news; There’s never really a breakthrough that’s publicized as a woman figuring it out.”Viterbi consists of 13.5 percent female faculty, 1.5 percent below the national average at engineering schools, said Amy Blumenthal, a spokesperson for Viterbi. However, the school is implementing programs locally and nationwide in order to even out the gender gap. These efforts include the creation of the Institute of Engineering Community and Cultural Competence, also known as IEC3, which encourages girls from K-12 to cultivate an interest in code. Last year, Dean of Viterbi Yannis C. Yortsos spearheaded an effort targeted at the White House to encourage deans from engineering schools to commit to diversity. More than 170 deans have signed this pledge at this point. The school has also made an effort to get a TV show made about a female engineer background. “We’re really changing the model,” Laor-Raz Salamenia said. “Here at USC, we’re very adamant about getting everyone into engineering…It shouldn’t be an issue of gender. We don’t live in a bubble of girls only, boys only.”last_img read more

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Smarkets appoints Strive to drive Social Media refresh

first_img Smarkets gains green light to enter Swedish market July 28, 2020 Related Articles Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Bakhshi and Shaddick launch ‘Art of the Possible’ podcast tracking US 2020 developments August 10, 2020 Share Submit Dan Levy – SmarketsOnline betting exchange Smarkets, has appointed London based sports marketing agency Strive Sponsorship as its social media lead, seeking to enhance its brand profile and content through Twitter, Facebook, YouTube verticals.Strive a specialist agency in engaging sports audiences, has been tasked with developing content-rich and brand enhancing campaigns for Smarkets, supporting the firm’s ongoing and future marketing initiatives.Dan Levy Head of Partnerships and Content at Smarkets, detailed that Strive had been appointed as Social Media lead, following a rigorous tender process, with Smarkets seeking to refresh its social profile.“Our business is built on the best technology, fairest prices, and a thorough understanding of the markets we operate in; we were looking for an agency that would match our desire for quality, informed, sports-betting content.  Strive was the standout candidate, impressing us with their in-depth knowledge of sports, and dedication, and proved the unanimous choice” Levy detailed on the appointment of strive.Malph Minns – StriveLed by seasoned sponsorship and entertainment executive Malph Minns (Managing Director), Strive has worked on sports coverage and high exposure campaigns for Guinness, British Airways, Team Sky and 888. Backing Smarkets initiatives, Malph Minns declared:“Smarkets audience is smart and sophisticated, and therefore they expect informative, specialist and topical insight to support decision making when betting. We look forward to applying our specialist sports knowledge to further enrich the customer experience.”last_img read more

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Projected Week 13 DraftKings ownership percentage, NFL DFS advice

first_imgMORE WEEK 13 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup BuilderNFL Week 13 DFS Ownership: Tight EndEric Ebron ($4,200) seemed like he would glide past quarter-owned and until mid-week injury concerns threw more uncertainty into the mix. If there’s good news on his health heading into Sunday morning, you can probably book him for double-digit owned at least. … Travis Kelce ($7,000) should be his typical chalky self even when priced way above the field.Kyle Rudolph ($3,600) had a very quiet season until a recent uptick. Over the past two weeks, Rudolph ranks fourth in air yards among TEs on this slate, becomes a viable punt if you’re chancing it with an Ebron/Kelce/Gronk fade. The upcoming Sunday NFL DFS slate provides more clearly stackable games than last week, and this certainly could affect DraftKings roster rates. We get four afternoon ET games with Vegas point totals north of 54, compared to none last Sunday. To help account for dramatic weekly shifts, we’ll reference UFCollective ownership projections. Diversifying can be key in analyzing players with upside for daily fantasy football tournaments and GPPs.My musings on ownership themes for NFL Week 13, specifically games on the DraftKings Sunday featured slate. Week 13 Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | KickerNFL Week 13 DFS Ownership: QuarterbackCam Newton ($6,600)  and  Patrick Mahomes II ($7,600) figure to pace ownership at a quarterback position that should be relatively flat in distribution. KC gets the highest implied total on the slate by a significant margin, though Newton could potentially draw more shares due to lower cost and trip to fantasy gold mine Tampa. Matt Ryan ($5,600) should get the fade against the Ravens No. 1 pass D by various metrics even though Atlanta’s ceiling at home in the dome remains interesting. …  Andrew Luck ($5,800)  could also head for contrarian stud status in visiting a formerly great Jags defense. WEEK 13 DFS CASH LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKingsNFL Week 13 DFS Ownership: Running BackUFCollective projects a flock to pay up for the two premiums, Todd Gurley ($9,300) and Christian McCaffrey ($8,800). They may well pull ahead of the pack and into the chalk — except now I’ll update with Spencer Ware ($4,000) shares likely going through the roof — while Gurley faces the No. 1 per-carry defense over the past three games and CMC just saw a $900 price bump.Carlos Hyde ($3,300) presents an interesting case study for a dirt-cheap player in an offense where everyone’s struggled to run this year. Leonard Fournette (suspended) has only averaged 3.5 per carry on the season. But at Hyde’s price, double-digit roster rate could be in the cards. … Nick Chubb ($7,000) smashed again but now sees a $700 bump and a tough run D, which could push people away.WEEK 13 DFS GPP LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKingsNFL Week 13 DFS Ownership: Wide ReceiverWith Sammy Watkins injured for a matchup with the bottom per-attempt pass defense, the stars align for Tyreek Hill ($9,100) to be the chalk play at WR despite the highest WR cost by $900. UFCollective projects him high up along with Robert Woods ($6,900) and others in their range … People will also count on the DeAndre Hopkins ($8,200) rebound spot, though he could also avoid the chalkiest tiers.Lack of pass volume will keep the masses off Seattle pass catchers, but Tyler Lockett ($5,800) and David Moore ($4,300) make for interesting less-rostered swings. Of receivers with more than 30 targets, Moore ranks sixth in average depth of target and fellow deep-threat Lockett ranks fourth in touchdowns.last_img read more

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Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger feels bad for MVP rival Christian Yelich after season-ending injury

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “If there was an incident that kind of happened, maybe more so. But he really can’t recount what led to the discomfort when he woke up in the morning a few days ago with the soreness,” Roberts said. “We’re really just trying to gather more information. Obviously right now with where we’re at, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense (to play him).”ALSOLeft-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu will rejoin the rotation and start Saturday in New York. Ryu will have had nine days off since his most recent start. The rotation for the three-game series with the Mets will be Clayton Kershaw on Friday, Ryu on Saturday and Walker Buehler on Sunday. …Max Muncy has been facing live pitching at the Dodgers’ training complex in Arizona the past two days and will travel to New York on Thursday to meet the team and be activated for the series against the Mets beginning Friday. Muncy has been out since Aug. 29 with a slight fracture in his right wrist.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Rich Hill, 4-1, 2.55 ERA) at Orioles (RHP Dylan Bundy, 6-13, 5.06 ERA), Thursday, 4:15 p.m. Fox/Ch. 11, 570 AM Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start center_img The 2018 MVP, Yelich finishes this season with a .329 average (third in the NL), 1.100 OPS (first in MLB) and 44 home runs (tied with Bellinger for second in the NL) – MVP-worthy numbers once again. The fact that Yelich’s season ended a few weeks early and the Brewers’ precarious postseason future, however, could impact the MVP voting – which could benefit Bellinger (or the rising candidacy of Washington’s Anthony Rendon).“I think the MVP thought has been in the back of your mind because you hear about it every game,” said Bellinger, who hears the “M-V-P” chants from Dodgers fans at home and on the road. “But I really have no idea what the voters are looking for. I don’t even know who votes so I don’t know how this affects it.”The MVP voting is conducted among members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (the same group that awarded Bellinger the NL Rookie of the Year award in 2017).Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said his first reaction after hearing of Yelich’s injury on Tuesday night was “disappointment, sadness for Christian” and he didn’t put much thought into how it might affect Bellinger’s MVP candidacy.“Cody’s still got to go out there and play and play well,” Roberts said. “If he does that, it’ll take care of itself. And if he doesn’t, that’ll take care of itself too.” BALTIMORE — Cody Bellinger spent Tuesday night celebrating with his team as the Dodgers clinched the National League West title.His counterpart with the Milwaukee Brewers and MVP rival, Christian Yelich, did not have as good a night. In his first at-bat against the Miami Marlins, Yelich fouled a ball off his right kneecap. The Westlake High product suffered a fractured kneecap and is done for the season with the Brewers sitting one game out of a wild-card playoff spot.“My first thought, honestly, was how (terrible) that is,” Bellinger said. “We’ve gotten pretty close over the years. I don’t know, man, it definitely (stinks). I don’t know how bad a fractured kneecap is beyond that (it ends Yelich’s season). I’m hoping he can rehab in the offseason and get back 100 percent for the 2020 season.”The Brewers offered no timeline on Yelich’s recovery following Tuesday’s injury. Doctors will evaluate whether surgery is required to repair the fracture. MRI FOR TURNERJustin Turner was not in the lineup again Wednesday, the third consecutive game he has missed due to pain in his left ankle. Turner can’t pinpoint when he suffered the injury and said the diagnosis for now is a sprained ligament.Turner had X-rays in Los Angeles before the Dodgers left town on this six-game trip but Roberts said Turner will have an MRI on the ankle as well, either Wednesday night or Thursday morning.“The X-rays in L.A. were inconclusive,” Roberts said. “I guess that could be taken as a good thing. But symptomatically it just doesn’t feel right.”Roberts said “if there was a game that Justin had to play, he would play” and said he was “not very concerned” about the ankle injury becoming a long-term problem.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire last_img read more

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