CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The only Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division teams that have yet to appear in the league’s championship game are Pittsburgh and Virginia.Pitt leads the Coastal right now.Virginia sits alone in second place.Go figure. There’s Coastal chaos, again.While the Atlantic Division has a clear frontrunner — Clemson, which can lock up its fourth consecutive berth in the ACC title game if it wins at Boston College on Saturday night — the Coastal is what seems to be its annual mess. Pitt is alone in first at 4-1, and Virginia is a half-game back of the Panthers at 4-2. If Pitt beats Virginia Tech on Saturday the Panthers will grab total division control of the race; if the Hokies win, there will be a three-way tie atop the division with two games left.“I’m not even starting to try to do any kind of math regarding the Coastal,” Miami coach Mark Richt said.Here’s the easy math: If Pitt beats Virginia Tech and then tops either Wake Forest or Miami, the Panthers win the Coastal.If the Hokies win this weekend, grab your calculators and tiebreaker rule breakdowns because there will be a three-way tie with two games left — and potentially two teams just one game back in the loss column behind that logjam. But the Panthers will not be obsessing about the importance of this weekend’s game against the Hokies from a Coastal perspective.“I’m not going to address it,” Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said. “There’s still a bunch of hungry teams sitting below us. Doesn’t really matter. I know they read on Twitter, all that stuff. I guess I don’t have to address it. I’m going to address what we need to take care of, is the business at hand. All that doesn’t matter if we don’t do what we need to.”This will be the 12th time in 14 seasons of ACC divisional play that the Coastal champ has lost at least one league game. There’s been a two- or three-league-loss champion of the Coastal five times in that span.A three-way Coastal tie at 5-3 this season? It’s possible if Pitt loses this weekend. Technically, so is a four-way tie at 5-3, but that would require Duke winning out — and Clemson is one of the three teams left on the Blue Devils’ schedule, so that seems unlikely at best. Reigning Coastal champ Miami could still get to 5-3, and if they get into the right tiebreaker the Hurricanes somehow have ways to win the division.Virginia is taking the week off from ACC play. The Cavaliers play host to Liberty this week in their home finale, and Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall insisted he’s not thinking about Coastal permutations.He acknowledged that there’s a two-game “fight to the end” awaiting in the Coastal after this week, and that was as far as he went.“Having said that, I really won’t address anything other than the Liberty game going forward,” Mendenhall said. “That’s what I’ve shared with the team. Now our focus is to play the best football we can this week with that being our only focus.”Pittsburgh and Virginia are the latest examples of teams that seemed to come from nowhere and announce themselves as serious contenders for a spot in the conference title game.Neither team got a single Coastal first-place vote out of 148 ballots cast in the ACC preseason poll, and Virginia could be the second team in the last six years to be picked last but end up winning the division. Duke pulled that off in 2013.“We haven’t done anything yet,” Narduzzi said. “We really haven’t done anything. We got a long way to go. … Premature victories are no good. We’re not looking for one, either.”If Pitt or Virginia wins the Coastal, it’ll mark a sixth different school winning the division in the last six years. Meanwhile, in the Atlantic it’s been either Florida State or Clemson as division champ in every season since 2009 — and the Tigers seem very poised to have that streak reach 10 years and counting.Richt thinks the Coastal is in a cycle where experience matters, and some years some teams just don’t have enough of that.“No one has jumped out in regard to out-recruiting, out-developing the other group,” Richt said. “That’s what we want to become. We want to become that team.”___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 In this Oct. 13, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi calls a play during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
By John BurtonASBURY PARK – The message of support for the shore, delivered under a rainy sky on a renovated city boardwalk by President Barack Obama and Gov. Chris Christie this week, was a welcome one.President Barack Obama speaks to a crowd on the Asbury Park boardwalk.The Tuesday, May 28, event “had the feeling of a rock concert,” said restaurateur and musician Tim McLoone. “There were thousands of people waiting. ” It was a concert, with Christie serving as the opening act “and then the star of the show comes out and does a 12-minute act.”The president and governor’s appearance “really means a lot to the Jersey Shore, not just to Asbury Park,” said Asbury Mayor Ed Johnson. “It really lifted the spirits of the citizens here and the Jersey Shore.”Area residents needed their spirits lifted as they continue to recover and rebound from the effects of Super Storm Sandy seven months ago.The speeches, delivered by the two leaders, were to let people know that much of the area is available for them to visit, vacation and enjoy; that lives are returning to normalcy – maybe slowly, but surely. As Obama told residents, the federal government continues “to have your back.”The president’s message was welcomed. “As the weather worsened, there were moments when we were waiting for the president, but the enthusiasm of the crowds never waned,” Johnson said. “It just grew and grew.”Vin Gopal, the Monmouth County Democratic chairman, said 3,500 tickets were distributed prior to the event with maybe another 500 waiting for a chance to attend on the boardwalk in front of Convention Hall.There were Republicans, Democrats and independents on hand, with elected officials from both sides of the aisle represented, Johnson said.People reach out to try and shake the hand of President Barack Obama during his Tuesday, May 28, visit to Asbury Park.“It was more than a return to the Jersey Shore to see how we’re doing, it was to recommit to resources of the federal government to the rebuilding of the area,” said the mayor.The event also was an affirmation to those in Oklahoma suffering from a devastating tornado. It was to tell them “that while times are hard right now, the disaster is terrible, you will stand again,” Johnson saidAssemblywomen Caroline Casagrande and Mary Pat Angelini, Republicans representing the 11th Legislative District, which includes the city, were invited with other area officials to participate to meet Obama.“It was very brief, but we were grateful he was able to come to Asbury Park to highlight the progress the Jersey Shore has made and we’re open for business,” Casagrande said.“I think it was important for the president to come and say the Jersey Shore is open for business, because that news clip made it on the next 24-to-48 hour news cycle to thousands of news channels, thousands of radio stations, websites throughout the country,” Gopal said.“We really couldn’t have paid for that for that kind of advertisement. It was fantastic,” Casagrande noted.The event highlighted the message that visitors should come to the shore “and patronize our businesses and bring that revenue that so many of these towns rely on,” Red Bank Borough Councilman Edward Zipprich said.The significance of the event loomed large for McLoone, as Christie and Obama were standing in front of his McLoone’s Asbury Grille on the boardwalk.“Having the governor and the president literally standing in front of my restaurant in Asbury Park, that’s not a bad thing,” he said.It has been a tough rebound for his business. It was damaged by the storm and business has been building slowing following a terrible first quarter this year, he said. “This is going to help a lot, to get this national exposure.”On the political side, McLoone said he was glad to see the two men, with differing political beliefs standing side by side. “It really did feel bipartisan,” he said. “I felt good about that and I think I can believe both of those men.”
Tags: Diego KiizaEmmanuel OkwiJoseph OwinoJuma Balinyapolice fcSteven Bengovipers scYoung Africans SC Balinya at his unveiling on Saturday. (PHOTOS/AGENCIES)DAR ES SALAAM – Juma Balinya has completed a move from Police FC to Tanzanian giants Yanga Africans SC.He is also understood to have inked a two year deal at the 27 time-record Tanzanian Premier League champions.He was unveiled by the club on Saturday afternoon.”I am Balinya Juma from Uganda. I’m glad to be here in Tanzania. It’s an honor to play for Yanga Sports Club. Said Balinya at his unveiling.Balinya has been poised for a big break after putting up an outstanding performance in the 2018/19 StarTimes Uganda Premier League season.The midfielder-turn forward finished the season as top scorer, scoring 19 goals for Police FC.He was part of the Uganda Cranes team that participated in the 2019 COSAFA Cup in South Africa.Balinya was part of the Cranes team that took part in the 2019 COSAFA.KCCA FC and Wakiso Giants have been linked to the striker in the past weeks but he has decided to move to Tanzania.He has previously played for Vipers, A.S Port in Djibouti, the now defunct Lweza FC before joining Police two years ago.Balinya will now join Emmanuel Okwi, Diego Hamis Kiiza, Joseph Owino and Steven Bengo as some of the Ugandans to have featured for Yanga Africans.Comments
4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… A more simplified approach to learning music comes in the form of FourChords, a Finnish guitar tutorial app for iOS that recently went live globally. Very much designed for beginners, FourChords has a dead-simple interface that boils popular songs down into digestible chunks. It starts by naming the main chords used, diagramming how to form them and letting the user play back a sample to hear what each chord sounds like. Once familiar with them, you can play along with the song as the app flows through each chord in a Guitar Hero-style timeline that stays in sync with the music. It’s a lovely-looking and intuitive app. Like SoundSlice, FourChords adds a visual element to the process of learning an individual song that makes the whole experience easier. For the already musically-inclined, tools like this can make a world of difference. What’s far more interesting, though, is how this technology opens things up and makes learning music accessible to more people. What used to require a pre-existing, serious interest and steep hourly fees can now be casually explored from one’s couch on a smartphone or tablet. The ubiquity of mobile devices and broadband combine with innovative interface design and programming prowess to fundamentally change the way human beings learn music. This not only democratizes a once specialized craft, but will inevitably lead to the creation of more of it. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Music will never be the same. But you knew that. You see it everyday when you share a playlist from Spotify or Songza, comment on a SoundCloud waveform or discover an artist who, as it turns out, got their start not in some Brooklyn dive bar, but on YouTube. Both the creation and distribution of music have been radically altered by technology.So too has the way people learn how to play it. This revolution is still young. As neat as some of this stuff is, innovation in music education is just beginning to heat up, and a handful of recent apps point to a future where learning music is easier, more accessible and even fun.That technology is changing music education isn’t exactly breaking news. Music lessons come installed with GarageBand on every new Mac and app stores are overflowing with portable software that teaches music theory and guitar chords. Earlier this year, the New York Times ran a feature detailing how music teachers are using Skype and other digital communication tools to interface with students regardless of their physical location, a phenomenon that opens up new possibilities for teachers and learners alike. Meanwhile, sites like Coursera and Berklee Music offer comprehensive university-level classes in everything from songwriting to record production.Sheet Music & Guitar Tabs Get A Digital MakeoverEven the guitar tablature, long a mainstay of any musician’s brower bookmarks, is getting re-imagined for the 21st Century. SoundSlice is an innovative Web app that mashes those old-fashioned, text-based guitar tabs up with YouTube videos so budding guitarists can learn songs in time with the music. It’s brilliant. SoundSlice’s cross-platform-friendly UI not only layers a crucial visual and sonic element on top of guitar tabs, but it lets you slow the video down and loop specific parts, making it easier to learn songs. Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… SoundSlice is the brainchild of Adrian Holovaty, creator of the Django Web development framework, as well as the hyperlocal data journalism outfit Everyblock. After selling his Knight Foundation-funded news startup to MSNBC in 2009, Holovaty turned his attention to other projects. “For years, I’d spend hours transcribing stuff, either on paper or in ugly text files,” says Holovaty. “Then I’d come back to it later and have to re-listen to the music to make sense of my own tab. I started to think, it would be so much easier to learn if the tab were synced with the original audio.”The project has only been live for two weeks, so it’s still in its early stages. It’s up to users to annotate YouTube videos with guitar tabs, which anybody is free to do. One of Holovaty’s top priorities at the moment is adding more collaborative editing features. YouTube and text-based guitar tabs are already both established tools for self-taught musicians, so merging them together makes total sense. Another newly launched music-learning aide is Chromatik, a Web app that lets musicians import and manage sheet music. Pages can be digitally annotated and highlighted and students can record their practice sessions for their teachers to review. Chromatik’s killer feature is probably its iPad app, which brings the same functionality to tablets that are easy to prop up on a music stand and carry around. john paul titlow Tags:#education#edutech#music#YouTube
Pelicans: Guard/forward Tony Allen did not play, leaving the Pelicans without the services of six players. Gentry said Allen was pulled for rest. … Though he leads the league in charges taken with five, Cousins had two offensive fouls in the first quarter. … Forward Cheick Diallo, who has shuffled between the Pelicans and the G-League since being drafted last season, looked sharp off the bench with nine points and six rebounds. And impressive they were. Cousins had 35 points and 15 rebounds and Davis added 25 points and 10 rebounds to help the Pelicans beat the Clippers 111-103 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Jrue Holiday had eight assists for New Orleans, half of the total assists generated by the entire Clippers team. The Pelicans also overcame 23 turnovers. Cousins lost the ball eight times — two on offensive fouls — and Holiday had seven turnovers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBlake Griffin led the Clippers with 27 points, but it came on 9-of-27 shooting. DeAndre Jordan has 12 points and 14 rebounds. The Clippers were held to 41 percent from the floor, while the Pelicans shot 54 percent.“We tried to keep DeAndre off the board and keep Blake Griffin off the paint,” Davis. By and large, the Pelicans succeeded.The game would likely have been a blowout were it not for the Pelicans turnovers, which kept the Clippers within striking distance until the final minutes.“What’s that stuff? Stickum,” said Cousins when asked what he wanted to do to curb his turnovers. “”I am the main culprit of the turnovers right now. I had eight of them. I have to do a better job of taking care of the ball, make better decisions. Luckily the turnovers didn’t affect us tonight because we got the win. It shows what kind of team we can be if we would take care of the ball”Cousins and Davis were too much for the Clippers, particularly an artful fadeaway jumper by Cousins from 15 feet with 8 minutes left that put the Pelicans up by 10. Almost 2 minutes later, Cousins ripped down a rebound and launched a coast-to-coast pass to Davis for a dunk.“We the amigos,” cracked Cousins after the game.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) tries to get past New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23). APNEW ORLEANS — Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers summed up DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis before the New Orleans big men overpowered his Clippers.“Their versatility, their size, their skill level. Two bigs that are that skilled, who can handle the ball, shoot the ball, pass the ball, dribble the ball, you know, block shots,” Rivers before the game. “Other than that, there’s not much that’s impressive.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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We didn’t execute down the stretch,” Doc Rivers said. “We came out of a timeout and had horrible execution.”RONDO’S RETURNPoint guard Rajon Rondo, the Pelicans’ major offseason free-agent acquisition, is a week to 10 days from making his regular season debut.“He’s close to doing it and everything seems to be going along fine,” coach Alvin Gentry said. “We’re not trying to push the issue at all.”DOC’S DIAGNOSISClippers coach Doc Rivers said his view that too many fouls are being called this year is, in essence, a structural issue with the league.“This day and time, they look at each other wrong, it’s a foul. I don’t know how they even play against each other anymore. It’s so difficult,” he said. “I don’t even blame the officials. 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Australia captain Aaron Finch led from the front and struck a world T20 record 172 off just 76 deliveries to help his team thrash Zimbabwe by 100 tuns in the T20I tri-series on Tuesday.Finch’s score was record for the highest individual score in T20 international cricket, bettering the previous best of 156 which he himself had set five years ago against England in Southampton.Finch struck 10 sixes and 16 boundaries to power Australia to 229/2 in 20 overs. Along with the individual score, he was part of a record-breaking 223-run first-wicket stand with D’Arcy Short, who made 46.The previous best was the 171-run unbroken stand between New Zealand’s Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson against Pakistan in Hamilton more than two years ago.Zimbabwe struggled for the second straight match and were restricted to 129/9. Andrew Tye took 3/12 and Ashton Agar picked up 2/16.”Yeah, it was nice to get a few in the middle, and break the record. Could’ve started better with the ball, so I thought we could’ve been more polished in the field.”I thought using the spinners was the right move on the surface. Short was good too, but we bowled well in the middle overs. This innings is right up there. They don’t happen very often, so very pleased with it,” man-of-the-match Finch said at the post-match presentation.Finch tore into the Zimbabwe bowling attack on Tuesday with all of the bowlers conceding over 9 runs per over except for Tendai Chisoro, who managed to give away just 19 runs from his four overs.Blessing Muzarabani was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts as he managed to dismiss Short and Finch in the final over of the innings.advertisementAustralia, who crushed Pakistan in their first game on Monday, top the table with 4 points followed by Pakistan and Zimbabwe.(With AP inputs)
Bayern Munich maintaining contact with Man City attacker Leroy Saneby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich are maintaining contact with Manchester City attacker Leroy Sane.Bayern were eager to sign Sane over the summer – before he suffered a knee injury in the Community Shield. The German giants, at that point, pulled back.However, contact has been maintained between the two parties.BILD says Sane’s representative David Gardner has just met with agent Giovanni Branchini, who also acts as an advisor to Bayern.The summit was held to assure Sane that Bayern remain keen – with Gardner also delivering an update on the player’s rehab. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
COQUITLAM, B.C. — B.C. Premier John Horgan announced today that parents with children enrolled in licensed childcare will start seeing savings of up to $350 a month next month.The child care fee reduction is available to families with children up to kindergarten age, who go to licensed child care and whose providers opt in. To date, providers have applied for fee reductions for more than 18,000 children, and more providers are opting in to savings for families every day. The fee reduction will result in savings of:$350 per month for each child in group infant and toddler care.$200 per month for each child in family infant and toddler care.$100 per month for each child in group care for children aged three years to kindergarten.$60 per month for each child in family care for children aged three years to kindergarten.“Parents in every corner of B.C. will start seeing their child care bills go down next month,” said Premier Horgan. “These fee reductions will offer families relief, and help people, particularly women, return to work. No one should be forced to choose between child care and other family needs.” In order to maximize the number of families receiving benefits next month, the government has extended the deadline for child care providers to opt in to April’s fee reduction until April 20th. After that date, providers can sign up for savings for future months at any time.However, not all childcare providers will be able to drop their fees starting next week. Adam Reaburn, owner of the Wiggle and Giggles Daycare in Fort St. John as well as Energeticcity.ca and 100.1 Moose FM, said that fees at his daycare will not be reduced April 1st. Reaburn explained that his Daycare has applied for the Childcare Fee Reduction Program, but the B.C. Government has not confirmed if the daycare has been approved to participate. He added and he doesn’t expect to hear anything before Easter, but that if Wiggles and Giggles is approved, the fee reduction would be applied to future bills.“Parents have been left to struggle with rising child care costs for too long,” said Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy. “The child care fee reduction is the first step toward bringing down sky-high child care costs so that families can get ahead.”The child care fee reduction will help providers to keep their program competitive with other programs in their community. Those who choose to participate will receive an increase of 10 percent on top of their individual base funding to support operational expenses.
“The lights mean exactly the same thing as the traffic lights”, says Cindy Dettling, Safe Stop Coordinator. “If you approach an intersection and the lights turn amber, you slow down and prepare to stop, the rules for the bus lights are the same”.Safe Stop is inviting residents to stop by to look at the school buses and talk to the drivers.Dettling shares, there is a draw for a chance to win prizes which include concert tickets and gift cards.A big thank you to Moose FM, Canada Safeway, First Truck, Holiday Inn & Suites and the Encana Events Centre, for making Safe Stop a great experience. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – In celebration of Safe Stop Day residents are welcomed to come to participate at the Safe Stop event at the Canada Safeway parking lot.On Wednesday, September 25th, from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm School 60 PAC will be hosting a BBQ with burgers and beverages by donation with all funds going back to the PAC.Safe Stop is a day dedicated to educating and reminding drivers to keep students safe by slowing down for the flashing amber lights and stopping for the flashing red lights on the back of yellow school buses.
Using your smartphone to relax and pass time may be associated with negative feelings, lack of control and a reduced sense of purpose in life, a study warns. The study, published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, is the first to thoroughly evaluate how smartphone use is associated with measures of subjective and psychological wellbeing. Researchers at Deakin University in Australia showed habitual smartphone use and entertainment use – to relax, escape and pass time – were the best predictors of lower wellbeing. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe survey of over 500 students found problematic smartphone use was associated with feelings of negative emotions, lack of control, a reduced sense of purpose in life, and a ability to resist social pressure. “There’s a constant stream of news and entertainment in our life now, and if that content is not necessarily positive it might be contributing to technological overload or techno-exhaustion,” said lead researcher Sharon Horwood from Deakin’s School of Psychology. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”While there has been some analysis of smartphone use and subjective wellbeing, this study goes into much greater depth,” Horwood said in a statement. Past research has examined wellbeing in terms of life satisfaction and whether people tend to experience more positive emotions than negative emotions. “This research offers a more complete picture of what makes the ‘good life’ including positive social relationships, a sense of personal growth, autonomy, and having a sense of control over one’s life,” Horwood said. “While we found that smartphone use is unrelated to people’s overall life satisfaction, it is associated with mood and these broader indicators of human flourishing,” she said. “Wellbeing is about feeling satisfied with your life, managing day-to-day activities, and positive relationships. We found that problematic smartphone use impacts all those things,” he said. Horwood said there are four main areas of wellbeing which negatively related to problematic smartphone use. These included how much control people felt they had over their use, whether smartphone use interferes with a person’s day-to-day life, whether the phone gets in the way of positive relationships with others, and whether smart phone use was a panacea for boredom and lack of personal growth. “The question is, does using your smartphone in a problematic way lower wellbeing, or is someone whose wellbeing is low for other reasons more likely to turn to their smartphone for comfort, distraction, or perhaps escapism?” she said. However, Horwood said it was important to note her study showed smartphone use was not all bad. “For what we term ‘communication use’ – calls and text messages – we found a slight positive association with wellbeing,” she said. The next step in research is to drill down into the impact of smartphone use on children’s social and emotional wellbeing.