Mack outlasts Hoopa, advances to semifinal round

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first_imgAJ Stubbs scored a team high 18 points, 12 of which came in the second half, and the McKinleyville Panthers outlasted the Hoopa Warriors 80-72 to win its first-round Logger Classic game, Thursday night at Jay Willard Gymnasium.With Thursday’s win the Panthers (4-3) advance to the semifinal round of the Logger Classic where they will face Dougherty Valley (5-1) today at 8:30 p.m.“I thought we matched their intensity tonight, which is something I didn’t think we did as good a job of the first …last_img


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first_img14 July 2011 South African hospitality group Singita Game Reserves is now firmly at the top of the industry after walking off with the honours in the 2011 US Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards readers’ survey. Singita’s safari hotels and lodges were rated against top competition from around the world. Its Grumeti Reserves, situated close to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, came in at number one on Travel + Leisure World’s list of 100 top hotels. Also, Singita’s flagship Sabi Sand, located within the greater boundaries of the world-famous Kruger National Park, was ranked at number two. Sabi Sand features Singita’s original lodges, Singita Ebony and Singita Boulders, as well as the Singita Castleton, an exclusive-use facility. As if this wasn’t enough, the Singita Kruger National Park, overlooking the N’wanetsi River in the park’s northern region, rounded off the honours for the group by taking the 39th spot on the list, and was also named the best Hotel Spa in Africa and the Middle East. The Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards are given to top hotels, destinations, airlines, cruises, outfitters and transportation companies in the world. The winners are chosen by readers in a survey where they are rated on a scale of one to five, with five being excellent. The winners of this year’s survey, the 16th edition, were announced on 7 July on US television channel NBC’s Today Show. They were due to receive their awards at a ceremony in Los Angeles on 14 July.Practising modern conservation Singita Reserves’ chief marketing officer, Lindy Rousseau, said: “Singita today manages and is responsible for 570 000 acres in Africa. We operate ten lodges in four destinations in three countries.” The group practises so-called modern conservation, said Rossouw. She described the concept as “a finely tuned relationship between wildlife, local communities and tourism”. Singita is committed to tourism that delivers a high value but leaves a low impact on the environment, meaning that habitats are sensitively managed. As a result, animal populations are thriving in Singita areas. As an example, said Roussouw, a mere eight years ago hardly an animal was seen in Grumeti, but today it boasts the most prolific game populations in East Africa. “We spend more on wildlife projects and community development than anyone else,” said Rousseau. She expressed her gratitude at the honour of being voted a world leader by some of the most discerning travellers to be found anywhere.African splendour The results of the survey attest to the splendour of Africa’s natural scenery, the attraction of its great hospitability, and the enchantment it leaves on those who have travelled and stayed there. Singita describes the impact of its destinations on guests as “nothing short of life changing”. The group’s luxury lodges can be found in South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. In South Africa, the Singita Ebony and Singita Boulders lie within the world’s best leopard viewing area, while the Singita Castleton, a private six-roomed villa, is situated close to one of the most frequented waterholes in the Kruger National Park. Guests can spot the Big Five – lion; leopard; rhino; elephant and buffalo – at these locations. In Tanzania, home of the world’s best hotel; millions of wildebeest can be seen during the migration season as the hotel is located on a prime viewing site along the animals’ annual route. In Zimbabwe, Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve is a haven for endangered species like the black rhino. The reserve has a vast collection of baobab trees and offers breathtaking views of the Malilangwe Dam. Rousseau said: “When it comes to hotels, the new world order is very different from just five years ago. Today it is about authenticity, integrity and being real. I think this is why more and more guests identify with what we are doing.” First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more


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first_imgBe sure to follow Touch Football WA on their social media pages as well: The event is the first school event hosted by Touch Football WA in recent years and it is hoped that the event will grow in coming years into a series tournament as well as providing more schools the opportunity to be a part of Touch Football in Western Australia. For more information about the event, please visit the Touch Football WA and event websites: The inaugural WA ‘Be Active’ Super School Series will be held on Friday, 12 April at Curtin University. www.facebook.com/touchfootballwa www.schoolstouch.com.au www.touchfootballwa.com.au Teams from across Perth and surrounding areas will compete in the one day Mixed event. www.twitter.com/touchfootballwa Related LinksSuper School Serieslast_img


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first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Spain U21 coach De la Fuente happy with attitude of Barcelona whiz Ansu Fatiby Carlos Volcano10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona attacker Ansu Fati could debut with Spain’s Under-21 side against Montenegro on Tuesday.But his national team coach Luis de la Fuente doesn’t want to single the player out.The Barcelona forward replaced Carles Perez in the La Rojita squad, after the latter withdrew due to injury.”[Ansu Fati] was very calm when he arrived and wants to enjoy his football like the others,” De la Fuente told MARCA. “There are players who make a difference immediately, he is not the only case, but he has various qualities for his age and youth.”He has many chances to improve but we have to be cautious.”He is just starting out and we have to help him.”Ansu’s situation is the same as [Iker] Muniain’s in his day.”We have to treat him normally.” last_img read more


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first_imgCALGARY – The association that represents Canadian oil and gas drilling companies says it expects “muted stability” for the industry in 2018 despite recent strengthening in oil prices.The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors is calling for 6,138 wells to be drilled in its 2018 forecast, an increase of just 107 from the number expected to be drilled this year.It says the Canadian rig fleet is expected to shrink by 19 to a total of 615 next year as drilling contractors continue to struggle to find capital needed to keep older equipment running and reinvest in replacement rigs.Last month, the Petroleum Services Association of Canada said it also expects a slight recovery in drilling in Canada in 2018 versus this year but the count will still be 30 per cent lower than in 2014 when oil prices peaked at more than US$100 per barrel.New York-traded crude closed at US$56.42 per barrel on Monday, up from lows of less than US$43 in June.Alberta government-owned lender ATB Financial said Monday the energy sector has “stabilized” and will enjoy a modest rebound in activity next year, helping fuel 3.9 per cent provincial economic growth.last_img read more


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first_imgU.S. stocks remained volatile Monday as the market recovered from sharp losses in morning trading to end with modest gains. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost as much as 507 points in early trading before ending with a gain of 34.On Monday:The S&P 500 index picked up 4.64 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,637.72.The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged up 34.31 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 24,423.26.The Nasdaq composite rose 51.27 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 7,020.52.The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks slid 4.99 per cent, or 0.3 per cent, to 1,443.09.For the year:The S&P 500 is down 35.89 points, or 1.3 per cent.The Dow is down 295.96 points, or 1.2 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 117.13 points, or 1.7 per cent.The Russell 2000 is down 92.42 points, or 6 per cent.The Associated Presslast_img read more


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first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The provincial government wants to make B.C. drivers pay ICBC premiums that more fairly reflect the risk they represent on the roads.ICBC‘s current rate structure is more than 30 years old. It is built around ensuring the vehicle rather than the driver and allows discounts to drivers despite multiple crashes.The structure has resulted in British Columbians with crash-free, clean driving records subsidizing bad drivers, including those with multiple accidents. B.C. Attorney General David Eby explained the submission ICBC is making to the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) will include revenue-neutral proposals aimed at levelling that playing field. “We want to modernize ICBC so that British Columbians pay according to their crash history, driving records and level of risk, and take responsibility for their driving habits,” said Eby.  “It’s only fair.”“Right now, the system is broken. A driver with no crashes could be paying the same premium as a driver with three at-fault crashes in a year. We heard from British Columbians that their insurance rates need to be fair and we agree. Good drivers shouldn’t have to continue paying more to cover the costs for those who cause crashes or present a higher risk on our roads.”The proposed changes align with the feedback the government received from nearly 35,000 British Columbians on how to make insurance fair. Proposed changes to basic insurance include: Moving to a driver-based model, so that at-fault crashes are tied to the driver and not the person who owns the vehicle.Increasing insurance discounts for drivers with up to 40 years of driving experience, up from the current limit of nine years.New discounts available for vehicles with original, manufacturer-installed automatic emergency braking technology and for vehicles driven less than 5,000 kilometres per year.Basic insurance discounts for inexperienced drivers will be adjusted to better reflect their risk.At-fault crashes will have a larger impact on the premium a driver pays.Rate classes and territories data will be updated for the first time in more than 10 years to reflect significant changes in traffic density, population growth and changes in the urban infrastructure.An increase to the Driver Penalty Point (DPP) and Driver Risk Premium (DRP) programs of 20% in fall 2018 and 20% in fall 2019, as previously announced.“The changes we are proposing are the most significant updates to how ICBC‘s basic insurance premiums are set in more than 30 years,” said ICBC’s Board Chair Joy MacPhail. “When British Columbians were asked for their feedback on this topic, one message came out loud and clear, lower-risk drivers shouldn’t be paying the same as some high-risk drivers.”As part of these changes, ICBC is proposing a “transition cap” that limits how much the premium can change annually based on a customer’s driving record and at-fault crash history. Most customers will fully transition to their new basic premium within three years under the proposed changes.The B.C. government has directed ICBC to file an application with the BCUC by Aug. 15, 2018. Subject to approval, the changes would come into effect September 2019. Separately, the government has also directed ICBC to move the timing of its basic insurance rate application to the BCUC from late August to December to align any rate change with the other product changes already announced.last_img read more


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first_imgPakistan unsurprisingly occupies a predominant place on our foreign policy turf for the reason that our approach to this hostile neighbour is impacted not only by India’s strategic partnership with the US but also by the state of our bilateral relations with Russia and China and the consistent stand India had taken against terror in spite of the uncertainties that had lately cropped up around the ‘war on terror’. In the context of the political narrative that the opposition in India has generated in the aftermath of India’s recent air strike on the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) camp at Balakot in Pakistan — wherein the virtues of talking to a ‘neighbour’ are invoked — our policymakers need to make it clear that India’s problem is with the deep state of Pakistan, not with the people of that country. India-Pakistan relations are not about ‘people-to-people contact’ anymore, linked as they are to the challenge of dealing with a regime under the effective control of a hostile army that gave no space to the people’s voice. In any case, substantial chunks of the population there are now either under the influence of Islamic fundamentalists and the hardened Ulema or are swayed by the anti-India tirade of the extremely communal elite that had entrenched itself in the body politic of that country. The anti-India legacy of Partition is kept alive by them, particularly after the creation of Bangladesh, and this sustains the overriding hold of the Pakistan army as the ‘saviour’ of their country. What is truly alarming from India’s point of view is that the firm collaboration existing between the army and the Islamic militants in Pakistan has now acquired domestic legitimacy in that country. This has enabled Pakistan’s rulers to survive the criticism of the democratic world against Pakistan for providing safe havens to terrorists across the Islamic spectrum — ranging from the Taliban-Al Qaeda combine to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), JeM and the Hizbul Mujahideen — as also the American pressure on the Pakistan Army not to play a duplicitous role on the Afghan front. Pakistan is shrewdly aware of its geopolitical importance for the US, Russia and China and is deftly positioning itself as a helping hand for them. American President Donald Trump wants Pakistan to facilitate the American pull-out from Afghanistan, the oldest theatre of the ‘war on terror’, and smoothen the path of restoration of a peaceful regime there even with the participation of Taliban in that experiment. Russia and China want Pakistan on their side in the matter of keeping their own Muslim lands insulated from external instigation from Islamic extremists. In the Cold War era, Pakistan operating through Afghanistan as a Western ally caused faith-based insurgency to grow in Uzbekistan and Xinjiang. Pakistan is watching the Afghan scene with smugness over the fact of some levers being in its hands and is prepared to go along with the US initiatives in Afghanistan provided India was kept out of the frame there. India has to watch out for Pakistan trying to use whatever support it can muster for building a case for resumption of the India-Pakistan dialogue. Playing the underdog, Pakistan has cleverly asked China to give up its technical objection to the UN move against Masood Azhar in return for a guarantee of ‘de-escalation’ from India. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a display of cussedness that is easily traceable to his army, responded to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi’s message of greetings on Pakistan Day in a way that speaks for itself. Modi’s message had conveyed India’s hope that the two countries would work for creating a climate free of terrorism but Imran’s reply abstained from making any mention of terror emanating from his soil and blandly asked for resumption of dialogue to discuss the ‘core issue’ of Jammu and Kashmir and other matters. Pakistan is brazening out the situation of potential isolation it finds itself in after the Indian air strike at Balakot received validation from the world community — Pakistan’s plea that the militant outfits were not under its control gave a moral justification to the Indian operation. None of this, however, is keeping Pakistan from relentlessly trying to get India to climb down from its declared policy that ‘terror and talks do not go together’. It would be prudent for India’s strategic planners to presume that the advantage India presently has over Pakistan is not static and that a combination of factors already seen on the horizon will tend to bail out Pakistan on the issue of cross border terrorism against India. Pakistan’s deep state cannot be pressured beyond a point to sever its political links with forces within the country that used the call of ‘defence of Islam’ or jihad to fight an identified enemy, since in Islam the faith embraces the entire life of the individual — personal, social and political. Also, a major source of sustenance for Pakistan is the implied support it will always get in the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) led by Saudi Arabia which runs on the philosophy that ‘Quran was the best Constitution’ and does not regard a democratic state as being any better than an Islamic state. The secular character of the Indian state has not come in the way of Imran Khan’s regime trying to fish in the troubled waters of our domestic politics in the run-up to the general election here. Imran Khan has again insinuated that the Modi regime was not resuming talks with Pakistan because of electoral politics. If Pakistan gets a strategic advantage in Afghanistan it will use it against India. The US policymakers are not doing much to keep India as a stakeholder in the future set up of Afghanistan. American negotiator Zalmay Khalizad has been talking to the Taliban behind the back of Ashraf Ghani’s regime with which India has a good equation. The Taliban is not prepared to have anything to do with the legitimate Afghan government and is keeping up the pressure of violence to dictate terms in the negotiations. The US may pull out of Afghanistan on a half-baked deal which will benefit Pakistan, not India. Our defences on the western front will have to be strengthened to deal with an escalated proxy offensive of Pakistan in Kashmir in case the Pakistan-supported Taliban get into a position of power in Afghanistan. In the situation obtaining after the Balakot episode, Pakistan is shifting the onus for initiating a conventional war onto India without at the same time relaxing on its planned covert offensive in Kashmir to keep what it calls the ‘core issue’ between India and Pakistan in the focus of the world attention. In the mean time, it is hoping that after its wishy-washy attempts to show that action was being taken against the LeT and JeM, international opinion would gravitate towards the idea of resumption of India-Pakistan talks. Pakistan’s deep state is now too involved and collusive towards Islamic militants of all shades to give up on them as instruments of state policy. India is exposed to the unceasing attempts of Pakistan to exploit India’s domestic scene for spreading radicalisation here. India is rightly going ahead with its plans of modernising its defence forces and building capacities in missile and space technologies but the lasting threat nearer home is from the enlarging faith-based militancy emanating from the large Muslim world around us. The values of democracy in India need to be protected against the subversive violence whipped up in the name of religion and beamed at us from across the borders. This long-range threat to our security should be kept above party politics. (The writer is a former Director, Intelligence Bureau. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more


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first_imgNew Delhi: Japan’s Softbank is reportedly looking to make a $2-3 billion investment in India’s fastest-growing telecom firm Reliance Jio as billionaire Mukesh Ambani looks to deleverage business by selling stakes. This comes on the back of reports of Saudi giant Aramco in discussions to buy a 25 per cent stake in Reliance Industries’ refining and petrochemical business for $10-15 billion. “Softbank has long been seen as a potential investor in Jio,” JPMorgan said in a research report. “For the past 2 years, our conversations with investors have highlighted expectations of Softbank investing in Jio and hence the news flow is not surprising.” It, however, remains to be seen how much money does Softbank actually put in, what the implied equity valuation is and if the e-commerce venture is included in the Jio entity. It was reported that SoftBank’s Vision fund is currently undertaking due diligence to buy a stake in Jio Infocomm, which in September 2016 launched pure play fourth-generation or 4G technology-based telecom services and within a span of two years have become India’s third largest telecom company with highest monthly subscriber additions. Both Reliance and SoftBank spokespersons declined to comment on the matter. “In our view, for a meaningful de-leveraging, investors would likely want to see an equity inflow of more than $5 billion from a single investor or a combination of investors,” JPMorgan said valuing Jio at $50 billion. It, however, put implied equity value at $25 billion. Reliance Retail was valued at an implied equity value of $35 billion.last_img read more


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Major League Baseball8/1021.4 National Basketball Association1636.1% LeaguePlayoff Teams per YearFavorite’s Average Championship Probability Hockey favorites don’t have it too badFor each of the four major North American men’s leagues, playoff field size and average pre-playoff title probability* for favorites, 2006-2018 The Stanley Cup playoffs begin today, with the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lighting entering as heavy betting favorites. And for good reason: Their regular season resume is impeccable. They earned 128 points by winning 62 games, placing them in a tie with the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings for the most regular-season wins in league history.En route to all those wins, the Bolts led the NHL in goals scored, powerplay goals scored, shooting percentage and penalty kill percentage1They finished in basically a three-way tie at the top with the Arizona Coyotes and the Columbus Blue Jackets. and finished third in save percentage. Nikita Kucherov became the first player in more than a decade to register 120 or more points, and Steven Stamkos had the most productive season of his already immensely productive career.Tampa is a balanced juggernaut, and every other team should be very afraid of it.With all that said, it must be noted that regular-season dominance hardly guarantees postseason glory in the NHL. Of the 13 teams that have won the Presidents’ Trophy since the lockout of 2004-05, just two have gone on to lift the Stanley Cup. And of the 10 regular-season winners to earn 120 or more regular-season points in league history, just four have gone on to win professional hockey’s ultimate prize.2Each of those teams played in the 1970s and were called the Montreal Canadiens.Still, NHL favorites3So defined by per-game scoring differential. haven’t had it all that bad since the lockout, especially when compared with the other three major North American men’s leagues. Only NBA favorites have had better championship odds going into the playoffs over the past 13 years. While it might not be as inevitable as, say, the Golden State Warriors winning the NBA title in 2018 (or 2017 or 2015), Tampa’s regular-season dominance suggests that it’s poised to continue this trend. The Bolts scored 103 more goals than they conceded during the regular season; the next best mark was set by the Calgary Flames, who posted a +62 goal differential. The gulf between best and second-best is immense, and it underscores Tampa’s historic regular-season greatness. And indeed, Tampa may be the NHL’s best team since the lockout. National Football League1218.7 National Hockey League1623.5 Hockey-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System (SRS), which estimates the strength of every team in the NHL,4Technically speaking, SRS measures a team’s average goal differential after adjusting for strength of schedule. reiterates just how special this Bolts group is. From 2005-06 to 2017-18, just three teams finished the regular season with an SRS better than 1, and no team eclipsed 1.2. The most recent team to do so — the 2012-13 Chicago Blackhawks — won the Stanley Cup. Tampa finished the 2018-19 regular season with an SRS of 1.21. All signs are pointing to late-spring celebrations on the Gulf Coast.Tampa’s only real concern at the moment is the health of Victor Hedman, the reigning Norris Trophy winner for the top defenseman. The Swede missed Tampa’s final three games with an “upper-body injury.” Hedman has a history of concussions, and “upper-body injury” is often NHL front-office code for concussion. The slick-skating defenseman is Tampa’s fourth-highest scorer, its power-play quarterback and the leader of a rearguard partially responsible for that gaudy goal differential. The Bolts can probably survive a first-round tilt against a slightly better-than-average Blue Jackets team without Hedman, but things might not be as easy against subsequent teams.If there’s a cautionary tale for this iteration of the Bolts, it’s that Red Wings team from 1995-96: Detroit earned the second-most regular-season points in NHL history and boasted two of the league’s best offensive players (Sergei Fedorov and Steve Yzerman) and the league’s reigning Norris Trophy winner (Paul Coffey) and yet failed to advance beyond the Western Conference finals. In the NHL, history is written between April and June, not October and April. Tampa is on top of the hockey world at the moment. But that world could change significantly in a matter of weeks. * Based on a logit regression between per-game scoring differential and championships won for each league.Source: Sports-Reference.com read more