SCSU Men’s Basketball Sees Their Season End

first_img About Connatix V56490 SCSU’s season ends with a 14-15 overall record. 720p HD 360p The St. Cloud State men’s basketball team saw their season end Wednesday night in the opening round of the NSIC tournament with a 75-67 loss at Augustana.The Huskies led by 2 at halftime and were led in scoring for the game by Anthony Roberts with 24 points and 8 rebounds and Trevon Marshall added 18 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds.  St. Cloud Cathedral graduate Michael Schaefer led Augustana with 17 points and 8 rebounds.  Schaefer made 5 free throws down the stretch to help secure the win for the Vikings. Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip center_img About Connatix V56490 Auto (360p) 1080p HD 1/1last_img read more

Kuznetsov to make his Capitals debut tonight

first_imgEvgeny Kuznetsov is expected to make his Washington Capitals debut tonight, as announced by the Capitals twitter account.  Kuznetsov was drafted way back in 2010 and finally signed a deal with the Caps last week, that story can be found here.I am not sure what line the Caps will put Kuznetsov for tonight’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins but if I were to guess it would be the third or fourth line.  Right now it looks like Kuznetsov will be on the Caps fourth line.  The Caps plan on easing Kuznetsov into NHL action.  No doubt Kuznetsov has the talent to become a top six forward.Here is the tweet from the Capitals about Kuznetsov playing tonight. Please follow and like us:last_img read more

Nutting: Pirates had ‘step back’ in ’16, but talent is there

first_img“We have not embraced, as many teams have, that you have to go in cycles and you have to commit to five years of a bad team in a rebuilding cycle,” Nutting said Monday after addressing the team at spring training. “We believe that by infusing talent into the organization at every level we can, every way that we can, we can create a sustained, competitive team. We may be proven wrong at some point, but that’s still our target and our goal.”Nutting, the club’s principal owner since 2007, talked to the players and coaches for about 30 minutes. He touched briefly on last season, when the Pirates went 78-83 and finished third in the NL Central.“We certainly had a step back,” Nutting said. “I think 2016 was a great reminder for us of the razor-thin edge between a pretty good team and an elite team. We did not perform up to the level of talent that we had on the club.”The Pirates have never been big spenders on the free-agent market. Nutting and the front office have taken flak in Pittsburgh for the team’s payroll, which consistently ranks among the bottom third of major league clubs.“We ended up with the season we did because the team and organization underperformed (given) the level of talent that we had,” Nutting said. “I don’t think it was nearly so much that we didn’t have sufficient talent to make the run. We had some very good players who did not perform up to the expectations that we had. I really think it’s far more execution than what we put together.”Before the 2016 season, the Pirates traded veteran second baseman Neil Walker to the New York Mets for pitcher Jon Niese. The move was unpopular among many fans, as Walker is a Pittsburgh native and former first-round draft pick.In late July, closer Mark Melancon was traded for young reliever Felipe Rivero and a minor leaguer. Opening day starter Francisco Liriano was dealt a few days later.This winter, general manager Neal Huntington mulled trade offers for former National League MVP Andrew McCutchen, whose contract is up after this season.“My responsibility and the organization’s responsibility is to be able to make those types of choices,” Nutting said. “If we have the appropriate goal set of making the team better, doing what’s right for Pittsburgh, doing what’s right for the Pirates, then it allows you to make some tough decisions that you know are the right thing to do.“We did it early on in the cycle when we did any number of radically unpopular decisions that were, in my opinion, the right long-term calls but very painful in the short term. If anything, that reinforced to me that we need to have the discipline to make those kinds of decisions and also that (our) leadership team is capable of making tough but correct long-term decisions.”NOTES: Nutting declined to say whether the Pirates will discipline third baseman Jung Ho Kang, who is awaiting trial in South Korea on a charge of driving under the influence. It was Kang’s third DUI arrest. “We are absolutely disappointed that he has put himself and the organization in this circumstance,” Nutting said. . Nutting said contract extensions for Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle are “not an issue at this point.” Both are signed through this season, with club options for 2018. . Catcher Francisco Cervelli missed the past two days of workouts because of a sore right foot. Cervelli said he expects to practice on Tuesday.,“We have not embraced, as many teams have, that you have to go in cycles and you have to commit to five years of a bad team in a rebuilding cycle,” Nutting said Monday after addressing the team at spring training. “We believe that by infusing talent into the organization at every level we can, every way that we can, we can create a sustained, competitive team. We may be proven wrong at some point, but that’s still our target and our goal.”Nutting, the club’s principal owner since 2007, talked to the players and coaches for about 30 minutes. He touched briefly on last season, when the Pirates went 78-83 and finished third in the NL Central.“We certainly had a step back,” Nutting said. “I think 2016 was a great reminder for us of the razor-thin edge between a pretty good team and an elite team. We did not perform up to the level of talent that we had on the club.”The Pirates have never been big spenders on the free-agent market. Nutting and the front office have taken flak in Pittsburgh for the team’s payroll, which consistently ranks among the bottom third of major league clubs.“We ended up with the season we did because the team and organization underperformed (given) the level of talent that we had,” Nutting said. “I don’t think it was nearly so much that we didn’t have sufficient talent to make the run. We had some very good players who did not perform up to the expectations that we had. I really think it’s far more execution than what we put together.”Before the 2016 season, the Pirates traded veteran second baseman Neil Walker to the New York Mets for pitcher Jon Niese. The move was unpopular among many fans, as Walker is a Pittsburgh native and former first-round draft pick.In late July, closer Mark Melancon was traded for young reliever Felipe Rivero and a minor leaguer. Opening day starter Francisco Liriano was dealt a few days later.This winter, general manager Neal Huntington mulled trade offers for former National League MVP Andrew McCutchen, whose contract is up after this season.“My responsibility and the organization’s responsibility is to be able to make those types of choices,” Nutting said. “If we have the appropriate goal set of making the team better, doing what’s right for Pittsburgh, doing what’s right for the Pirates, then it allows you to make some tough decisions that you know are the right thing to do.“We did it early on in the cycle when we did any number of radically unpopular decisions that were, in my opinion, the right long-term calls but very painful in the short term. If anything, that reinforced to me that we need to have the discipline to make those kinds of decisions and also that (our) leadership team is capable of making tough but correct long-term decisions.”NOTES: Nutting declined to say whether the Pirates will discipline third baseman Jung Ho Kang, who is awaiting trial in South Korea on a charge of driving under the influence. It was Kang’s third DUI arrest. “We are absolutely disappointed that he has put himself and the organization in this circumstance,” Nutting said. . Nutting said contract extensions for Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle are “not an issue at this point.” Both are signed through this season, with club options for 2018. . Catcher Francisco Cervelli missed the past two days of workouts because of a sore right foot. Cervelli said he expects to practice on Tuesday. Pittsburgh Pirates’ John Jaso, second from left, works out with teammates at baseball spring training in Bradenton, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates missed the playoffs last season for the first time in four years, but that won’t cause chairman Bob Nutting to abandon the team’s steady, build-from-within approach.last_img read more

Dumped family values candidate is now putting…

first_imgDavid Barrow. By Jade LawtonLA TROBE Family First candidate David Barrow has been sensationally dumped by his party, and has…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Trio toasts food success

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Wednesday night GAA – Galway football results

first_imgFootball League Results Wednesday May 4th 2016 Division 2 Semi-FinalSt. Michaels 1-13 Micheál Breathnach 1-10 – (St. Michaels play Cortoon Shamrocks in the 2015 Division 2 League Final) John Dunne CupBarna 1-14 Killannin 1-11West GPC:Minor “A”  – Salthill/Knocknacarra 3-7 Barna 2-7Minor “B” – Carna/Caiseal/Na Piarsaigh 2-10 An Cheathru Rua 2-7Killannin 3-16 Clifden/Renvyle 2-7North GPC:Minor “A” – Annaghdown 2-16 Oranmore/Maree 2-12Corofin 1-7 Kilkerrin/Clonberne 0-7Mountbellew/Moylough 1-10 Claregalway0-7Division 6Cortoon Shamrocks 0-10 Kilconly 1-6print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Executive Order 56 Scares Lawmaker

first_imgAs reactions to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s recent annual message on the affairs of the state continue to emerge, Nimba County District #8 lawmaker Larry P. Younquoi has expressed fear that the President’s silence on the rubber industry may leave ordinary Liberians out of jobs.Expressing the concern in an interview with the Daily Observer yesterday at his Capitol Building office in Monrovia, Rep. Younquoi said thousands of Liberians depend on the rubber industry for jobs, but the moratorium placed on it under Executive Order #56 has given Firestone the monopoly to determine the price of rubber as the sole buyer.Consequently, said the Nimba lawmaker, the price of the commodity has dropped leaving farmers and others who could employ underprivileged Liberians without the financial strength to do so.He contends that President William R. Tolbert, Jr. during his regime, created the Liberia Rubber Development Unit by statute, and National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL) Chairman, Gyude Bryant by an act of the Legislature created the Liberia Rubber Development Authority (LRDA) by statute.According to Rep. Younquoi, it is incoherent for an agency created by statute to be placed under a moratorium by an executive order, giving one company the monopoly to do rubber business in the absence of competition.He said the President would have done better by strengthening the existing institution in this environment where legislature exists instead of issuing Executive Order #56, which gets the Rubber Brokers Union out of business and leaves Firestone with the monopoly to purchase.Rep. Younquoi also recalled that in 2004 there was an LRDA act making the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia (RPAL) ineffective, but the RPAL is still operating and collecting US$2.50 from farmers.He disclosed that his complaints are currently on the desk of the House Speaker, and there is a need to discuss them in order to strengthen the LRDA.He said unemployment has the propensity to cause confusion in a country, adding that with the prevailing conditions in the rubber sector, government needs to discuss the problems in order to bring some “serenity” to the rubber sector.The lawmaker reiterated that as a result of the Executive Order, those who once competed in buying rubber are no longer doing so, making references to Weala and other groups that have become dormant because of the moratorium.Rep. Younquoi further argued that monopoly given Firestone under the Executive Order #56 will allow the American company to under declare its revenue which will consequently lead to under declaring taxes due to government.He said setting an independent regulatory body and allowing competition in purchasing the commodity will allow more revenues to be generated for the government.On the question of whether the lawmaker’s plea is meant for protection of his rubber farm, he rejected the idea that he was advocating in his own interest as a rubber farmer.Rep. Younquoi disclosed that his rubber does not reach production stage until seven years. Rather, he is seeking the interest of the Liberian people, for which he claims he has received awards from many citizen groups.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New natural gas producer members back $3 million gas clean tech program

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – An industry-sponsored fund designed to help develop clean technology using Canadian natural gas is launching a $3-million call for project proposals.The Natural Gas Innovation Fund says the call for applications, with a February deadline, is being made possible by the addition of seven western Canadian natural gas producers to a membership previously made up of six natural gas utilities.The new members include the Canadian branches of two partners in the proposed $40-billion West Coast LNG Canada project: Royal Dutch Shell and Petronas; along with Canada’s largest natural gas producer, Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.- Advertisement -Fund managing director John Adams says the new program will target projects in the upstream or producing part of the industry, making up to $1 million available per project to cover as much as 25 per cent of its eligible expenses.Adams says the fund, created by the Canadian Gas Association, has over the past two years issued about $9 million to projects focused on energy efficiency.The fund is also announcing a partnership with federal, Alberta and British Columbia governments to collaborate and consider co-funding successful applicants with projects that deliver significant greenhouse gas emission reductions.Advertisement The upstream fund members were introduced at an event at the Calgary Petroleum Club on Wednesday.“As a producer of natural gas, we’re big believers in the need for affordable, clean energy for all people worldwide,” said CEO Mark Fitzgerald of Petronas Energy Canada Ltd. in a statement.“In an age where technology has become the catalyst for exponential advancements in our industry, we’re excited to be involved in the Natural Gas Innovation Fund which pursues diversity of thought and provides a platform for sharing solutions.”last_img read more

Defiant Qatar to announce 10 new routes

first_imgQatar’s Boeing 777-300ER lands in Canberra. Photo: Qatar/© Kurt Ams Qatar Airways plans to open a further 10 new routes this year as it continues to expand its network in defiance of a blockade of its home base by Gulf neighbours.Qatar chief executive Akbar Al Baker revealed the plans Monday after the launch of airline’s latest new route to the Australian capital of Canberra and said the airline would begin revealing names from next month.The new destinations are in addition to a slew of routes already announced for 2018 and which include  Pattaya, Thailand; Penang, Malaysia;  Thessaloniki and Mykonos, Greece ;  and Cardiff, Wales.Al Baker vowed last year to continue to expand Qatar’s network after  Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic ties and reduced access in what he labelled an illegal and unprecedented blockade.The 2018 expansion comes after the airline opened 11 new routes in 2017, most of them after the blockade of Qatar. It also began expanding frequencies to some of those destinations.Qatar new routesQatar chief executive Akbar Al Baker. Photo: Steve CreedyThe blockade has not significantly affected the airline’s routes to Europe and Australia, where Al Baker estimates it adds 10 to 15 minutes flying time.But it has taken its toll on the Qatar’s bottom line and he told reporters in Canberra  it was poised to announce a loss.This comes after Qatar produced its best annual results in its history in 2017 with a $US5414m profit, up 21.7 percent on the previous year.“Qatar Airways will announce a loss because I lost mature destinations,’’ Al Baker said, noting the mature routes were being replaced with growth destinations such as Canberra that would not immediately make money.“This is a long-term investment and a commitment,’’ he added.However, the Qatar chief said his nation’s adversaries had failed to achieve what they wanted from the blockade – regime change – and reiterated his vow that “Qatar Airways will keep on growing, we’ll keep on expanding”.“And the Qatari people will always stand one inch higher with pride, dignity and, of course, safeguarding our sovereignty,” he saidQatar was launched in 1997 with five old planes with an average fleet age of more than 22 years.  Under Al Baker, it  has grown to be one of the world’s top airlines serving more than 150 destinations across six continents.It now has 200 aircraft and an average fleet age of less than five years and more than 350 aircraft on order with Airbus and Boeing with a total catalogue price of $US92 billion. It will be the  global launch customer of the A350-1000 when it  gets the first of 37 aircraft on February 20.New innovations include  “superfast” inflight internet and Al Baker said it was developing other products “which will again be a first in the industry”.The Qatar chief also revealed the airline was working on a variation  of its impressive Qsuite to install in its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and Airbus A380 superjumbos.The airline showcased the business class suite on its Canberra inaugural and expects to have it on the route regularly by June.Read our review of QsuiteIt currently has the Qsuite on 14 of its 56 Boeing 777s and it will be featured on four new aircraft to be delivered this year.There is a retrofit program to add it to existing B777s that Al Baker said would take 18 months to complete.But he said it would not be installed on the airlines A380s because of the curvature of the fuselage on the superjumbo’s upper deck or on its B787-9s because this would require the seat to be narrowed.Instead, it is developing a new suite for the 787s which would have full privacy and would “not be very far away from the Qsuite” but would not allow four seats to be joined to create a “quad” family area.“And then they will be retrofitted into the A380,’’ Al Baker  said “So the A380 product will again by upgraded to full privacy.”Al Baker believes other airlines will find it difficult to build a business class seat that is better  than Qatar’s Qsuite, which rivals some airlines’ first class product.Asked if business class seating had reached ts zenith, he said: “I really think that there will be no room anymore for improvement.“The only improvement will be in technology, in how much you can digitise a product and how lightweight you can make it.‘You know these seats are not very light and we always endeavour to have a product that is lighter on an aeroplane.‘For example, the modified Qsuite that we are now looking at for our 777-X program will be at least 22 percent lighter than the current Qsuite.“So in that way we are going to keep on improving but within the same envelope.”He expected that other airlines would try to catch up in terms of seating but argued they would be unable to match Qatar’s culture of attention to detail and commitment by its staff.On the airline’s plans for  Canberra, Al Baker said Qatar would look at the possibility of building a five-star hotel in the city if it could get land cheaply enough.“We see the potential for more five-star room nights and Qatar Airways would like to bring one of the top brands to Canberra if we have been given appropriate real estate,’’ he said. “But, of course, I’m not going to write a big check for that real estate.’’Al Baker said the airline was unable to fly direct from Canberra because the runway was not long enough to allow a fully-laden Boeing 777-300ER carrying enough fuel for the long flight to Doha to take off.The airline had calculated the runway length would need to be minimum 4300m, he said.Asked whether he would like to see non-stop Canberra-Doha flights, he  said: “Why not? We will look at every opportunity we have to fly direct because Qatar Airways’ strategy is always to fly point-to-point directly without going through busy or congested hubs anywhere in the network.’’This is only Canberra Airport’s second international service and the first coming from as far away as the Middle East.Airport boss Stephen Byron said the question of lengthening the runway could be addressed as part of the airport’s long-term master planning.Steve Creedy travelled to Canberra as a guest of Qatar Airways.last_img read more

Browster Is Gone, But Are Web Previews Here To Stay?

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Snap – preview technology for web sites and blogsThe makers of the Snap search engine recentlyreleased a site preview technology that allows bloggers and webmasters to turn onpreviews for any link on their site. Unlike Cooliris, Snap’s technology is powered byJavaScript that sits inside the page. To activate it, bloggers and webmasters need topaste a small chunk of code into their pages. Also unlike Cooliris, Snap shows a smallerpreview when the user moves the mouse over any link. TechCrunch recently added Snap previews and we sawquite a few readers complain about it getting in the way. Personally, I like the Coolorissolution better – since it requires an additional gesture to get the preview. Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManusLast week it wasreported that Browster, one of the firstcompanies to deliver previews of web pages, is done. Browster drew a lot of attention in2005 and was backed by a 6M first round from Advanced Technology Ventures, VanguardVentures, First Round Capital, and individual investors.Browster delivered previews of web pages (before clicking on a link) via a browserplug-in. Cooliris and Snap are companies doing similar things. But the questionof whether previews are actually a good – and viable – idea is still up in the air.Therefore in this post we look at various kinds of Web previews and decide if the conceptis here to stay, or will it go down with the Browster ship.What is a value of a preview?The basic idea behind previews is simple: they save you a click. Instead of clickingon a link to see the content, you can get a preview of the page using a gesture –typically a mouseover. Assuming you can decide if the page is interesting or not based onthe preview, you can save a click and more importantly the page load. The big assumption is thatthe preview is useful, which is not always the case. For instance a thumbnail preview maybe useful if you already know the look and feel of the site, but otherwise you can’treally tell what you are looking at. This is because scaling the snapshot of a page downto a thumbnail results in a substantial loss of information. As we will see below,Cooliris and Snap are using different techniques to avoid this problem.Netflix solves the problem in a different way.Instead of showing you a scaled version of the page, Netflix shows you a synopsis of themovie when you mouse over its link. For movies, this works really well – and it wouldwork well for many other things, like books, music albums and electronics. So it’s toobad that other sites do not do this.Netflix previewCooliris – the preview extension for FirefoxCooliris, one of the Firefox recommendedextensions, offers great quality previews. It works by popping up a little blue square whena user moves their mouse over a link. If the user clicks on the square, a preview of thelink comes up. The secret of Cooliris is its simplicity. Firstly, the previews shownare almost the size of the actual page. Secondly, the previews are not images, but actualpages loaded into an iframe and overlayed on top of the current page. While thisseemingly would be the same as loading the page in another tab, it definitely feelslighter. What helps is that we do not need to close the tab, because once we click awaythe preview disappears. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#search#web Sphere – blog search previews on steroidsTechCrunch also features a completely different kind of preview – dynamic blog searchresults from the blog search engine called Sphere[Ed: this is coming soon to R/WW too]. What Sphere does is very impressive, butperhaps what’s even more impressive is how it presents the results. In a way, Sphere’ssolution is similar to Netflix because it only shows a subset of information. Thisstrategy allows Sphere to generate an intelligent preview of the search results. Acombination of speed and excellent visualization makes this type of preview verycompelling. Monetizing previewsSince quite a few companies are doing previews, we need to understand their benefit.It seems that current preview makers fall into three major categories:Deliver advertising with previews (Browster)Use previews to drive traffic to the site (Snap, Sphere)Enhance user experience on the site (Netflix)The companies listed under the second and third bullets do not concern themselves withmonetization via preview, since they make money in a different way. For the companiesthat choose the preview to be their core business, some form of advertising must be inplace.What Browster used to do in the past was replace the advertisements from the pageswith their own. This made some publishers very angry. Altering the content of web pages is certainly a risky business and spellslawsuits. Augmenting the previews with context sensitive ads, outside the preview frame,seems to be cleaner – but it requires a heavier back-end engine and could cause delays,which would be deadly.Since Browster is out of the game now, it does not need to address this problem. Theircompetitor Cooliris looks to be a university project and so far they do not show anyconcern about making money. If they become serious about monetizing this technology, itwill be interesting to see what route they will take.ConclusionSo in the end we have to ask: Are previews a good idea? We think the answeris: Yes! If done right (and this is a big if), then previews can greatly enhance ouronline experience and save us a lot of time over the long run. Saving one click at a time will make usmore productive and will save us minutes every day. And since there are incentives forcompanies to deliver preview technologies, we expect to see more developments in the nearfuture. So: Browster is dead, long live previews. But let us know what you think aboutpreviews and tell us your favorite ones. Related Posts alex iskold 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more