Fishing supplies are provided for those who register for tomorrow’s Learn to Fish Kids Day, sponsored by the North Peace Rod and Gun Club, Trojan Safety, Prospect Park Auto Body, and Backcountry. Children registered must be accompanied by an adult, though they are not required to participate.They’ll be able to put their new fishing skills to use the next day at the Father’s Day Fishing Derby, which will also take place at CharlieLakeRotaryPark.- Advertisement -The derby will run from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.Prizes and giveaways will be handed out after the event.
27 May 2013It was a day filled more with song and dance than with speeches as Africans gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Saturday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the African Union (AU) and its forerunner, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).The many milestones in the continental body’s history were celebrated across Africa, but Ethiopia was a fitting stage for the main golden jubilee. It was here that the OAU was born in 1963, giving hope to many African countries which at the time were still battling against colonialism and apartheid.Interspersed with short messages of support from leaders including former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda, AU Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, the audience was treated to a programme of African traditional performances and cultural items.The spectacular show was put together by South African choreographer Somizi Mhlongo.A 10-minute video paid tribute to the late Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who died last year. Zenawi has been widely praised as the person who led Ethiopia’s transformation from a poverty-stricken country to one of the fastest growing economies in the region.Guests in attendance included heads of state, former presidents, diplomats and foreign representatives. South African President Jacob Zuma was present, accompanied by International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.On the streets, people waved their flags and painted their cars with African flags, while AU member country flags were displayed outside hotels and bars.Inside the huge hall where the celebrations were held, speakers stressed the need for unity and intensified efforts to render the continent free from poverty, conflict and disease.“We pledge to free our continent from malnutrition, unemployment, poverty and disease,” said AU Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. “Let us march towards a continent that is at peace with itself,” she said, urging Africans to be part of the solutions to the continent’s problems.The two-day AU Heads of State summit, which started on Sunday, is set to approve the so-called Vision 2063 strategy, which seeks to achieve an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa by the year 2063.“Unemployment and poverty are still the main challenges confronting our continent, and with the 2063 vision in mind, we call on our people to ensure we rise to attain that vision,” said Dlamini Zuma.Kaunda challenged those at the helm of the continent’s politics to emulate the vision of past leaders, who founded the OAU as a vehicle to end the continent’s dependence on foreign powers.“We must be able to resolve conflicts that occur on our continent and deal with them amicably where they occur. The continent has made some strides, but for Africa to prosper, we have to solve our current problems. You are Africa’s hope.”Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn reminded his counterparts that the anniversary should not be a “self-congratulatory” platform but a moment to reflect on the successes of the past while at the same time looking for ways to respond to the challenges of the day.“We should approach these challenges with confidence knowing that we can succeed like those who came before us,” he said.South African President Jacob Zuma reminded Africa’s leaders that efforts had to be intensified to reform the governing global order.“While we rightfully celebrate the 50th anniversary, we are cognisant of the challenges we face. The road ahead to attain peace, stability and prosperity on the African continent for all her peoples is still arduous.“This calls on all leaders of the continent to sharpen their resolve and through the African Union, raise our collective voices, and confront the challenges presented by the current global dispensation.”Source: SAnews.gov.za
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TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Isco leaves Chelsea disappointed with contract anticsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid midfielder Isco is pricing himself out of a move to Chelsea.The Sun says a last-minute demand for higher wages may have ended Chelsea’s hopes of landing £75million Real Madrid midfielder Isco in January.The Stamford Bridge side had been hopeful of securing the Spaniard’s signature, only for late interest from Paris Saint-Germain to lead the player’s representatives to ask for a bigger wage packet.The Spanish playmaker has found himself on the periphery of the first team under new boss Santiago Solari, and has been linked with several Premier League sides. The Blues were happy to pay wages of £250,000 a week to the wantaway Spain international, plus agents’ fees of 10% plus a signing bonus.Yet the late demands convinced the Chelsea hierarchy that Isco was more interested in the money than playing for the FA Cup winners.
Napoli coach Ancelotti: We beat Liverpool with the long ball!by Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti was delighted with his players for victory over Champions League opponents Liverpool.Dries Mertens converted a penalty and Fernando Llorente made the most of a Virgil van Dijk error at the Stadio San Paolo for a 2-0 result.“It’s always tough against Liverpool, from the first minute to the last. We had to sacrifice ourselves, but without losing our identity,” Ancelotti told Sky Sport Italia.“We tried a bit too hard to play it out from the back and lost some dangerous balls, while they were aggressive in their pressing.“The game was always in the balance, but I particularly appreciated the way we defended with the basics when it was still 0-0 and that’s what allowed us to have those late chances.“I want to see a team that believes in itself and its quality. I really liked the way we played when we weren’t in control. Llorente helped out, the players were tired and the first goal was from a long ball – which isn’t our usual approach, but it’s not an insult to do that sometimes. This team must know how to do everything.“We brought in important players who improve the quality level of the squad and have different characteristics to what we had before. I have to keep them motivated and that’s not easy, especially when UEFA still have this rule forcing you to keep a short bench and it’s painful sending players to the stands.”He added: “We felt confident on the second goal, it was near the end and we were a goal up. You can press high at times, not at others, it’s about maintaining your identity and also being able to do everything. I liked our quality, but also how we played ‘ugly’ when we needed to.“I asked Giovanni Di Lorenzo how many Champions League games he’d played before and he said none. Oh well, it wasn’t bad! The same goes for Alex Meret, that was his debut, as well.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
There was 1:49 on the clock, and the Washington Capitals and the Anaheim Ducks were tied, with two goals apiece. Both could have used the two points a win would bring: The Capitals were in a tight battle with the New York Rangers, the New York Islanders and the Pittsburgh Penguins for control of the Metropolitan division, and the Ducks could further extend their Pacific division lead.But rather than try to score the game-winner, neither team took a shot on goal in the final 1:49, content to let the Feb. 6 game go to overtime, when both teams would be guaranteed at least one point.1The Capitals won the game in Washington in a shootout.Francois Beauchemin, a Ducks defender who was on the ice for much of the final 1:49, admitted that going to OT — where the winner gets two points and the loser one — is the primary goal late in tie games. “We won’t take as many offensive chances as we would if we were down one goal or tied at the end of the second period,” he said. “We talk about it [with the coaches].”Todd Reirden, a retired defender who played for four NHL teams and now oversees the blueliners as a Caps assistant coach, agreed. ” ‘Sit back, play defense, make sure we get a point’ would never be words that I use, but certainly, you get that far into a game and as a coach you want to leave with something,” he said. “With the parity in the league right now, the importance of getting points on a nightly basis has become more of a focus of not just our team, but other teams as well.”Since 2010, the Caps have played 125 games that were tied at the end of regulation, including a remarkable 28 during the 2013-14 season. That number puts them, fittingly, in a tie with the Islanders, atop the league. Those two teams are not alone in their quest for extra hockey, however; 25 percent of games this season (through Tuesday) have reached overtime. If that number stands, it will be the highest yearly percentage of overtime games in the league’s history.At the end of tie games, teams across the league don’t play to win — they play not to lose.It wasn’t always this way. For most of the NHL’s history and through the 1998-99 season, a team earned two points for a win in regulation or overtime, zero points for a loss, and one point for a tie. But in 2005, the NHL mandated shootouts at the end of overtime, which prompted a change in the point structure. Now, the winner would get two points and the overtime loser one. (From 1999 to 2005, the loser of an overtime game also received a point, but matches could also finish tied, with each squad earning a point.) By and large, the new structure encourages teams in tie games to try to play for overtime, where the total number of points awarded to the teams increases by 50 percent (three vs. two).In today’s NHL, overtime frequently benefits both teams, which is why teams that are tied often holster their sticks. Take a look at this chart, which shows the expected goal (EG) rate per minute2Expected goals (EGs) are calculated by tallying the goal probabilities of each unblocked shot attempt, where the goal probabilities are estimated by using shot distance and location in logistic regression models of goal outcomes (yes/no). For more information, see this set of slides from Carnegie Mellon Ph.D. student Sam Ventura’s recent presentation at February’s Ottawa hockey analytics conference.The data includes all games from the beginning of the 2007-08 season through Feb. 1 of 2015. EGs per tied-game minute were calculated by dividing the total number of EGs from when the game was tied during each one-minute interval by the total number of tied-game seconds in that interval, with that result multiplied by 60. A corresponding process was used to estimate the EG rate for one-goal games. To prevent our results from being skewed, we dropped any shot in the last three minutes that occurred with a pulled goalie. The lines have been smoothed using a Loess smoother. over the course of an NHL contest. EGs use shot distance and location from the NHL’s play-by-play data to estimate the number of goals that we expect the two teams to combine for during each minute of play. There’s something different about that third period.The expected goal output is nearly identical between tied games and one-goal games from the 15th through 55th minutes of the game. But for the last five minutes, the number of EGs rises for one-goal games and drops for tied games.3You may also notice the higher number of EGs in the second period, relative to the first and third. This can be accounted for by a longer line change in the second period, among other reasons.At the end of a tie game, benches shorten, and coaches change their behavior. Reirden, for example, says he is loath to send out a defenseman who might take an unnecessary risk, preferring a guy he knows will stay home and limit the opposition’s attacking chances, even if that means sacrificing a shot at getting a goal.It’s tempting to say, meh, more overtime equals more fun. Fans love it — it’s free hockey after all. And four-on-four, sudden-death free hockey at that. Perhaps relatedly, league revenue has skyrocketed since the 2004 lockout, reportedly reaching an all-time high of $3.7 billion in 2014.But more overtime leads to a radically different game. For starters, the number of overtime games increases as the season advances; the postseason chase makes teams desperate to take advantage of the extra point available.Take a look at this chart, which shows the overtime rates in the league’s old and new point systems by the day of the season in which the game was played.4Data is from 1990 to 1999 for the old point system and 2005-current for the new. The lines are smoothed using quadratic splines, assuming a binomial distribution for the number of OT games on each date. We dropped the lockout-shortened 1995 and 2013 seasons for this graph and accounted for Olympic years by subtracting off the number of days that teams were given for a break. (The shaded regions represent 95 percent confidence intervals for the smoothed lines.)While overtime rates have been consistently higher in the current point system, the late-season change is dramatic. Roughly two-thirds of the way through the season, OT rates spike; in the old system, without the loser point, rates plummeted late in the season. Spring is now the NHL’s overtime season.The other way the game changes: Nonconference games become a lot more passive for both teams. The flip side of that is that teams try to win more often against in-conference teams.“You have the mindset that you don’t want to have shared points, especially against teams in your own conference and more specifically against teams in your own division,” Reirden said.The data shows that, during tied games, teams’ expected goals are higher during conference games than out-of-conference ones. The largest differences in aggressiveness between in-conference and out-of-conference games occur at the end of tied games, when overtime is imminent. This suggests that teams are satisfied to receive at least one point when playing a nonconference opponent but are more likely to try to win in regulation against a team with whom they are competing for a playoff spot.If you corner people who work in the NHL, they’ll admit that teams cater their behavior and offensive aggressiveness based on a variety of seemingly unintended incentives. “There is a lot more strategy at the end of the games than I remember,” Reirden said.5We would be remiss if we didn’t point out that academics have covered how the rule changes have affected strategy; see published work from, for example, Jason Abrevaya (2004) and, yes, Lopez (2013) in the Journal of Sports Economics. The game is changing — but is it for the better? The NHL considered the merits of alternative point systems as far back as when it instituted the new one. But nothing has come of it. Much like players in a tie game late in the third period, the league seems uninterested in altering the status quo.
Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop attempts to drive on Penn State junior forward Josh Reaves in the first half of Ohio State’s game against Penn State on March 2. Penn State won 69-68. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNEW YORK — Once again, Penn State gave Ohio State a heartbreaking loss in the final seconds.With less than 30 seconds remaining and his team leading by one, redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop turned the ball over while driving to give Penn State possession. The Nittany Lions slowly worked their way up the court, milking the clock until sophomore guard Tony Carr found wide-open junior guard Josh Reaves under the basket, who dunked to give Penn State a 69-68 lead with 3.1 seconds remaining. Junior guard C.J. Jackson took one last shot with less than a second to go, but it was well off the mark and seventh-seeded Penn State beat second-seeded Ohio State 69-68 to eliminate the Buckeyes in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament in Madison Square Garden and earn its third win of the season against the Buckeyes. “Give them credit. They made a few more plays,” head coach Chris Holtmann said. “We didn’t guard the last action very well but when you have a guy you’re trying to take account for like Carr that happens.”Bates-Diop took over the game with nearly six minutes left. After rebounding his own shot and scoring to bring the Buckeyes to within three points, he blocked a shot by sophomore guard Tony Carr, snagged the defensive rebound and hit a 3 on the other end to tie the game at 57. Redshirt senior guard Kam Williams and Carr traded 3s after that to keep the game tied at 60. A layup from sophomore forward Andre Wesson put the Buckeyes ahead 64-62 with just under four minutes remaining. Bates-Diop hit a mid-range jumper to give his team a 66-62 lead, but that was followed by a dunk from Penn State’s senior forward Julian Moore. Bates-Diop responded with a layup to bring the score to 68-64 with 1:49 remaining, but his team could not maintain the two-possession lead. An early dunk from Penn State sophomore forward Lamar Stevens spurred a 12-0 Nittany Lion run to go up 12-4 while Ohio State went on a five-minute scoring drought with 13:05 left. The Buckeyes had a similar fate and responded with a 16-3 run with 8:15 remaining in the half to bring the score to 20-15 in favor of Ohio State.Both Carr and Bates-Diop finished with 25 points. The Nittany Lions finished the game with 39 rebounds compared to 33 from the Buckeyes. Senior forward Jae’Sean Tate said that the offensive rebounds they gave up in the second half was detrimental to the Buckeyes. “We just gotta be — in the future we’ve got to lock down on the offensive end. I think we did, on the defensive end, we did a great job of making them take tough shots, but we gave them one-on-one chance and that’s where it hurt us,” Tate said.After a devastating end to its Big Ten Tournament play, Ohio State must now look forward and prepare for the NCAA tournament despite the emotions involved with this loss.“They should be angry and disappointed. Not in their effort, I thought their effort was good, but in the result,” Holtmann said.
This year’s Tamana Winter Carnival 2014 was hosted by the British High Commissioner, His Excellency James Bevan and his wife Lady Bevan British High Commission in the Capital on December 17. The carnival was inaugurated by the High Commissioner’s wife, Lady Bevan, Sumira Bassi (wife of Commissioner of Police, Delhi), Shahnaz Husain, Neelam Pratap Rudy , Harsh Mahajan (Chairperson, Tamana) and Shayama Chona (President Tamana). Special needs students of Tamana and the EWS students of the Reverse Integration programme presented a cultural programme at the ceremony. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The association between Britain and Tamana is very old. The first branch of Tamana- Tamana Special School was inaugurated by the Late Lady Diana, the Princess of Wales and the foundation stone was laid down by the then High Commissioner of Britain, Sir David Goodall.These Bazaars are organised for creating awareness about the cause of disabled and promoting social integration of the disabled. The carnival showcases the products developed by the special needs individuals and provides a platform for marketing the products. Institutions/NGOs working in the similar field and small time entrepreneur from all over India are invited to exhibit and sell their products in the Carnival. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe product range includes the latest and top of the line footwear, bags, apparel, jewellery, home decor, home linen, kids wear. The carnival is also an attempt towards fund raising. The proceeds of this year’s carnival will be used for up-gradation of the Skill development Centre.Over the years Tamana’s winter carnival has become the most awaited and talked about event of Delhi Winters. Thousands of visitors enjoy leisurely shopping and dining in the winter sun. This year’s Carnival had participation of 142 vendors and NGOs exhibiting and selling high end products. Some of the NGOs were Manzil, Mahil Udyog Kendra, Sasha Association and Family Service Trust. Two student artists of Tamana, Jitin and Kunal also showcased their paintings. The food court had participation from renowned restaurants of Delhi like Kylin, Moets, Red Mango, Sugar Cube, Ooh La La. To provide the mothers a hassle free shopping experience there were also children activity center managed by Moglys Gurukul.