All is not well at FC Reno

first_imgWestern Bureau:Following their narrow escape from relegation in the 2015-16 Red Stripe Premier League, FC Reno head coach Michael Graham fired some stinging criticism at the attitude of club officials, which he says is the reason for the former champions yearly struggle to maintain a presence in the nation’s top league.Graham told The Gleaner, after his team’s 2-1 to UWI FC on Sunday, that the plan to return to being a force in local football circles and to once again battle for the title must never begin with the coach or the players.”That conversation must begin with the club’s executive. That winning mentality must start with those at the top and filter down to the coaches and the players,” he said.Reno struggleFC Reno have been in a state of flux over the past five seasons, creating a situation where they are either relegated from the league or struggling to avoid the drop, something they have successfully managed twice in successive seasons.But for Graham and Wendell Downswell, the club’s technical director, not much will change come next season if matters having to do with the club’s well-being are not addressed in the boardroom.”How can a club survive when there are no serious plans on how to do so? This is the current state of affairs at FC Reno. If it weren’t for Mr Downswell and I, we would all be thinking about the lower leagues, if any, at the moment,” stated Graham.He said acquisition of gears boots and ball, among other needed pieces of equipment necessary for the club to carry out training and match-day necessities, are all being sourced by him and Downswell, noting that they receive no help from those who hold “positions” in the club.”Yet these are some of our fiercest critics when the team fails to win. The fact is, unless issues at the executive level are fixed, the club is doomed to failure,” Graham said.”This is a case in which it shows how a club should not be managed,” added Graham.FC Reno were the first club to win three Premier League titles, the last of which came in the 1995 season during a period of dominance. They also won titles in 1990 and again in 1991.The Westmoreland-based club are also winners of three national knockout titles, Winning the now named Flow Champions Cup in 2014. But since then, they have endured two seasons of utter chaos, resulting in near relegation.last_img read more

An Oakland A’s fan favorite joins their broadcast team

first_imgCoco Crisp, the author of the “Bernie Lean” as well as one of the biggest hits in recent A’s postseason history, is back as part of the team’s broadcast team.The popular Crisp will join Ken Korach and Vince Cotroneo in the booth for 33 games this season on the A’s new flagship radio station, KTRB-860 AM. Crisp will also be utilized on their new TuneIn channel that features 24/7 A’s coverage, anchored by Chris Townsend.He’s bringing the Bernie Lean back to Oakland. Welcome back @Coco_Crisp as …last_img

Klay Thompson, Kevon Looney out vs. Philadelphia

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!PHILADELPHIA — Amid the Warriors’ quest to minimize any ailments or fatigue their core players toward the end of the regular season, both Klay Thompson (right knee soreness) and Kevon Looney (right pelvic soreness) will sit out when the Warriors (43-19) visit the Philadelphia 76ers (40-22) in a nationally televised game on Saturday.Warriors coach Steve Kerr …last_img

Bumgarner hits two-run shot, gives up grand slam in loss to Dodgers

first_img“Tha … LOS ANGELES–There are details that paint a rosy picture of the way Tuesday’s game unfolded for the Giants.Madison Bumgarner hit a two-run home run and did not allow any earned runs in a six-inning stint against the Dodgers.Then there are the details that tell a much more complete story.In a brutal third inning in the Giants’ 6-5 loss, Bumgarner committed an error, walked the pitcher without throwing a strike and served up a two-out grand slam to Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger.last_img

SA family planning above average: UN

first_img15 November 2012 Nearly two-thirds of South African women aged 15-49 are making use of modern contraceptives – in line with the average level for developed countries, and three times the average for sub-Saharan Africa – according to the State of World Population 2012 report published by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Wednesday.Contraception ‘an essential human right’ The report describes access to family planning – crucially including girls’ and women’s access to contraception – as an essential human right that not only supports other basic human rights, but also unlocks huge rewards for economic development. “Making voluntary family planning available to everyone in developing countries would reduce costs for maternal and newborn health care by US$11.3-billion annually,” the UNFPA said in a statement accompanying the release of the report on Wednesday. The UNFPA cited a recent study predicting that if Nigeria’s fertility rate fell by just one child per woman in the next 20 years, the country’s economy would grow by at least $30-billion. And the benefits, according to the UNFPA, are not just economic. The report finds that the costs of ignoring the right to family planning include poverty, exclusion, poor health and gender inequality. “Failing to meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents and young people in Malawi, for example, contributed to high rates of unintended pregnancy and HIV. In the United States, the report showed that teenage motherhood reduces a girl’s chances of obtaining a high school diploma by up to 10 percent.”Reproductive health: South Africa’s figures Figures given in the report show that 60% of South African women aged between 15 and 49 make use of modern contraception, compared to averages of 20% for sub-Saharan Africa, 57% for the world, and 60% for the world’s more developed regions. South Africa’s “unmet need for family planning”, according to the report, stands at 14%, compared to averages of 25% for sub-Saharan Africa and 12% for the world. “Unmet need for family planning” is a measure of the number of sexually active women who would prefer to delay having a child but are not using any method of contraception. South Africa’s adolescent birth rate (per 1 000 women aged 15-19), which represents the risk of falling pregnant for adolescent women, stands at 54, slightly higher than the global average of 49 and less than half the sub-Saharan average of 120. The country also fares well for rate of births attending by skilled health workers, according to the report, with a rate of 91% well above the global average of 70% and nearly double the sub-Saharan average of 47%Human rights-based health care Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, speaking at one of the Africa events marking the launch of the UNFPA report in Cape Town on Wednesday, said South Africa was committed to a human rights-based approach to the provision of health care. “We also recognise the significant impact of strengthening family planning, particularly in the context of climate change, sustainable development and poverty education.” Dlamini said South Africa was proud of the progress it was making in implementing the International Conference on Population Development programme of action, but acknowledged that there were still challenges. “[These include that] a considerable proportion of women in the world are still unable to exercise their sexual health and reproductive rights. Many still lack access to reproductive health and information,” Dlamini said. “They are victims of gender-based and sexual violence, which makes them vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and Aids. This harms their health and denies them opportunities of a better life for themselves and their families.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Ohio’s Crop Progress – October 13th, 2015

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Corn and soybean harvest is progressing rapidly, as conditions were ideal for harvest. There were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending October 11th according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. Moisture content of corn and soybeans have been ideal due to the normal fall temperatures and below average precipitation making harvest go very smoothly, and giving crops time to dry out. Despite a difficult early season, producers appear very happy with the yields they are seeing on their crops, most are noting average to excellent yields. Tillage has continued where harvest is complete.View the complete report herelast_img

All You Need to Know About Money…Fits on a What?

first_imgBy Carol ChurchThis post is part of an ongoing series to support our annual upcoming three-day learning event. The Personal Finance Virtual Learning Event will be held June 5-7 and this year will focus on the soft skills financial professionals need to effectively meet the needs of their clients and students. Learn more and register for sessions here.Financial professionals have a difficult job. It sometimes feels like there is so much information to get out there…and so much misinformation to combat. To add to the problem, few Americans possess a great deal of financial literacy, and math literacy also is a challenge for many. At times, it may feel like we are not making much headway in our efforts to help people live a more financially sound life.With all this in mind, what would you say if someone told you that most, or all, of the principles of sound financial management could fit on a single index card? If you haven’t heard about this, it’s the principle behind a book by Harold Pollack, a professor of public policy who said off-handedly in an interview that all the financial advice most people really need could be written on an index card and was available for free. When people started asking for this (at that point, nonexistent) card, Pollack actually made one. Over time, he’s refined his “index card” principles a bit more.Though this idea may sound gimmicky, I recently listened to a podcast featuring an interview with Pollack and was favorably impressed. So–could distilling financial management down to “bite size” work for you and those you serve?The original “index card” principles were:Max out your employer retirement fund.Save 10-20% of what you earn.Pay your credit balance in full monthly.Don’t buy individual stocks. Buy cheap mutual funds instead.Make sure your financial advisor follows the fiduciary standard.Watch the fees on funds you invest in.Put lots of money into savings account with tax advantages, like Roth IRAs and 529s.Support the social safety net, which helps those who need it.These brief and generally sound tips could be pretty useful to many. However, any savvy reader will notice that these ideas seem to mostly apply to higher-income Americans. After all, millions of people out there wouldn’t recognize a mutual fund if one bit them on the leg, and are not in a place to save 20% of their income.Pollack received criticism along these lines, so he got some advice from financial experts and added another “card” focused on budgeting. It includes the following general principles:Wait till the time is right to buy a house.Don’t bother with credit card rewards programs.Increase your insurance deductibles.Pay cash whenever possible.Buy used cars.Research before you buy.Track and analyze your spending.Spend wisely when it comes to entertainment.An additional “card” Pollack developed offered yet more tips, such as “Don’t take financial advice from celebrities,” “Use your income tax return wisely,” and “Make financial goals that you want to meet.”So. Do these tips sound familiar? Perhaps a bit basic? That might be because those of us in the financial field have heard most of them many times.However, there is a powerful appeal to the idea of “this is all you need to know” and “it will fit on this tiny piece of paper.” (Even if it’s actually several tiny pieces of paper.)Simplifying complex concepts is almost always a good idea, as is taking time to focus on the major “take-home messages” you want to impart. Though the concepts you are trying to teach may not fit on one card, the financial “index card” concept may be useful to communicators, who can take it and modify it to fit their needs.If you’re interested in learning more about Pollack’s idea, the book is called “The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to be Complicated.”References:Arnold, C. (2016). Can the best financial tips fit on an index card?Friedman, Z. (2017). 9 Simple Money Rules All On 1 Index Card.Klein, E. (2013). This 4×6 index card has all the financial advice you’ll ever need.Pollack, H. (2017). Ways to tame your finances.last_img read more

Houdini 14: Visual Effects and Animation on Steroids

first_imgAhead of the product release in January 2015, a new demo shows off the insane capabilities of Houdini 14.If you’re not already familiar, Houdini is a professional VFX/modeling/animation application designed to give users the ability to create amazingly realistic effects in less render time that it would take in similar 3D programs. With multiple options in the compositing, animation and modeling space, Houdini 14 is one contender worth checking out.The video outlines a few of the new features that will be included in the next update, Houdini 14:As you can see from the video there are a lot of great features to get excited about including:Position Based DynamicsSand SimulatorsWire SimulationEfficient StackingSoft Body DynamicsBead StackingCloth DynamicsUpdated UINew AnimatorCustom Python PanelsPre-selection HighlightingGroup SelectionMantra RenderArtist Controlled Grooming toolsCrowd DynamicsPricing and AvailabilityHoudini 14 will be released in January of 2015. In the meantime you can download either a free trial of Houdini FX or a free non-commercial version called Houdini Apprentice.Are you excited about Houdini 14? Share in the comments below.Resources:New Features in Houdini 14 – SideFXSneak Peak at Houdini 14 – Lester Bankslast_img read more

‘Bharat Bandh’ over SC/ST Act: MP remains largely peaceful amid tight security arrangements

first_imgBhopal, Sep 6 (PTI) Most private schools and petrol pumps in Madhya Pradesh remained closed Thursday, while markets and business establishments in parts of the state were shut in view of a ‘Bharat Bandh’ call given by some groups against the amendments in the SC/ST Act.Police said the bandh has been observed in a peaceful manner with no reports of violence or clashes so far.The state government has imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 in all the districts of the state ans security has been tightened as a precautionary measure.The bandh has been called against the parliament amendment to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act after some of its provisions were read down by the Supreme Court, which was construed as its dilution.Majority of private schools in the state remained shut, while in several districts including Bhind, Shivpuri and Gwalior, the local administration declared a holiday for educational institutions as a precautionary measure. Petrol pumps across the state have also been kept shut.Brahma Samagam Sawarna Jankalyan Sangathan’s national president Dharmendra Sharma said about 150 organisations of upper castes and OBCs are participating in the bandh.The bandh is effective in almost the entire state, especially Katni, Vidisha, Sehore, Dewas, Indore, Gwalior, Jhabua, Chhattarpur, Mandsaur, Sagar, Ujjain and other cities, he said.In Chhindwara, the Lok Sabha constituency of Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath, markets remained shut.”Local residents wore black clothes in protest and business establishments remained shut,” Vyapari Sangh president Mahesh Chandak said.advertisementChhindwara Superintendent of Police (SP) Atul Singh said, “Police were deployed in large numbers as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident.”Several people in Gwalior, Bhopal and other cities were seen sporting caps with ‘Main hoon mai ka lal’ (I am my mother’s son) written on them. These words apparently referred to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s past statement- ‘Hamare rahte koi mai ka lal aarakshan khatam nahi kar sakta’ (No one can dare to end reservation as long as I am the chief minister). Meanwhile, Chouhan appealed to the people saying, “Madhya Pradesh is an island of peace. I pray that we all progress and no one should try to disrupt peace in the state. I am available for everyone…for each citizen.” “The door of the chief minister and his heart is open for all. I appeal to everyone to ensure that law and order situation remains peaceful in the state and if there is anything they want to say, they should say it in a peaceful manner,” he said. Inspector General of Police (Intelligence) Makrand Deuskar had told reporters Wednesday that the administration in most of the districts have clamped prohibitory orders under CrPC section 144 in view of proposed bandh Thursday. He said 34 companies of special armed force (SAF) have been deployed in different districts across the state. Earlier this year, the apex court had removed the strict provision of mandatory arrests under the Act. This decision had triggered nationwide protests by Scheduled Castes organisations, forcing the Centre to bring an amendment to the Act during the Monsoon Session to overrule the SC order.The Gwalior-Chambal region in Madhya Pradesh had witnessed a large-scale violence on 2 April this year during the ‘Bharat bandh’ called by Dalit groups. Now, the upper caste organisations are staging protests against the amendments to the Act. PTI MAS ADU NP TIRTIRlast_img read more

Traditional Indigenous food cart drawing big crowds in Edmonton

first_imgAPTN National NewsA little food cart is making a big splash in downtown Edmonton.It’s drawing large crowds during lunch hour with traditional Indigenous foods.APTN’s Keith Laboucan hit the streets and has this story.Klaboucan@aptn.caTwitter: @KLaboucanlast_img