Who gains from swap of sparring partners?

first_imgView comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBRISBANE, Australia-—Whoever gained in an unintentional swap of sparring partners between Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn will be known Sunday.George Kambosos Jr. is an unbeaten Australian prospect who helped Pacquiao in his prepartions in the Philippines while Czar Amonsot is a Filipino veteran who now lives in Australia and served as Horn’s chief sparring partner in the closing stages of training camp.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LSU title parade draws massive crowds LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Ancajas ready for war vs Japanese foe Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ Having felt Pacquiao’s speed and power, Kambosos (12-0 with six knockouts) readily picked the 11-time world champion to beat his compatriot, who said that Kambosos should have at least informed him that he’s going over to the Pacquiao camp.The 31-year-old Amonsot, who owns a 34-3-3 record, earlier said that Horn stands a good chance of wresting Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization welterweight crown.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Boxer Jeff Horn trains in a gym in Brisbane, Australia, Monday, June 26, 2017. Horn is preparing for his WBO welterweight world boxing title bout against Filipino Manny Pacquiao on Sunday, July 2. (Photo by JOHN PYE / AP)Horn and his chief trainer, Glenn Rushton, was all praises for Amonsot, a southpaw like Pacquiao.While no one will be able to exactly copy Pacquiao’s moves and style, Horn insisted that the Boholano was able to provide him with constant pressure throughout their 12-round sparring sessions at Rushton’s gym inside his mansion at Stretton. Amonsot has gone unbeaten since losing to Michael Katsidis in 2007 for the WBO lightweight title.He’s on an 18-fight winning run and is deemed capable of making another world title run.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Johnson’s rant has sullied the investigative process against these BHS teachers

first_imgDear Editor,I refer to Mr Ruel Johnson’s letter in Stabroek News of 25/11/2017: ‘There has been an apparent absence of any clear process of dealing with the complaints of BHS students’.To my mind, Mr Johnson’s allegations and rants at every level — at the level of the school, the Ministry of Education, and the Police — ought to fall early, based on his own doing. He has sullied the investigative process, and helped support the suspicion that he has a personal interest in pursuing this matter. How else can one explain his incessant tirades since he first broke the story on Friday, 17th November 2017, and his lack of a mandate to pursue this issue?Further, Mr Jackson’s alleged wrong-doing is said to have been covered up by the present and immediate past heads of the school’s administration. Without evidence, I smell libel and slander against those heads. It appears to me that Mr Johnson feels he can say and do as he pleases without consequence.Indeed, if I were any of those persons, I would surely seek legal advice to address Mr Johnson’s allegations against me.As for the person at the centre of this imbroglio, Coen Jackson, from what has been told to me, Mr Jackson has a Diploma in Communication and BSc. in Business Management from the University of Guyana. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Bradford (UK), and has been an outstanding teacher of Economics and Financial Services at The Bishops’ High School for over a decade, without a single degrading accusation or complaint lodged against him. For this reason and more, he should be accorded the right to due process and consideration.Yours truly,K. Anthonylast_img read more

Nimba Security Council Upset With Community Watch Forum

first_imgNimba County Security Council headed by Superintendent Fong Zuagele has distanced itself from activities of the Community Watch Forum (CWF) for its failure to help the police and other security agencies to contain violence that brought Ganta to a standstill on September 30.The decision to sideline the CWF was reached on October 6 in a meeting held in Ganta where a cross-section of local security personnel, along with other authorities discussed issues affecting the county as part of their usual routine.“For now, we will not work with the CWF in Nimba until we can review its activities,” Supt. Zuagele vowed.The CWF is a community based civilian security working to enhance the activities of national security by providing information that poses threat to the community and the state at large.But it was discovered that during the riot in Ganta recently, some CWF members were seen actively demonstrating, and not only that, some of them were suspected of looting, which characterized the demonstration. On September 22, two CWF members were reportedly detained by the police for their alleged failure to assist them in their investigation in connection with the death of a motorcyclist who was discovered with suspected mutilated parts in Blohn, Saclepea Mah District.Supt. Fong Zuagele meanwhile lashed out on the various community radio stations in Ganta for what he termed as, “exacerbating the violence when those stations provided live broadcast of voices of those suspected of killing the motorcyclist.”According to Supt. Zuagele, the early broadcast of the voice of suspect Bill Lawrence during the day of the demonstration undermined and further increased the level of violence by making the teeming crowd to become more angry and violent.Although, there was no penalty attached to his allegation against the media houses, he warned that the media should be able to exercise some level of professionalism in their duties by taking into consideration the level of security implications that the report might cause.There are three community radio stations in Ganta: they are Radio Kehghemahn (RKFM), Voice of Gompa, and Hot FM, but these stations are yet to make any comment since Supt. Zuagele expressed his disappointment in their respective reportage of the September 30 Ganta incident.However, CWF operations manager, David Mahn has defended the CWF’s action for not containing the situation, because, “If officers of the national security can run away from the demonstrators, then what can a civilian security unit without anything do to stop such a huge crowd?”In another development, six persons have been arrested in Gbar Gwehlay Town for their connection in the alleged killing of a seven-year old girl who went missing on August 7, 2015.The girl was found dead with missing parts after a weak of intensive search for her.Upon the discovery of the girl’s corpse, the community requested a witch doctor to identify those involved in the killing and as a result the six persons were identified for allegedly carrying out the killing.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

We second that

first_imgThe best thing to happen to these finals would be for them to mercifully end tonight and spare us anymore thrilling games with scores in the low 70s. Then ABC can go back to broadcasting its “Desperate Housewives” stars on the show they’re supposed to be seen. The kind that actually get ratings. This series is so devoid of entertainment, of high-caliber basketball, that the Spurs won Tuesday night with perhaps their most exciting player, Manu Ginobili, failing to make a single field goal. That leaves them one victory from their fourth title, which leads us to at least the twinkling of debate. It will give the Spurs one more title in the past 10 years than the Lakers. Wake up, snap out of that NBA Finals stupor. Show some life, some vague thread of interest. What these Finals need, besides something remotely resembling exciting basketball, is some controversy. Something to get the juices flowing, to divide the masses. Naturally, neither San Antonio nor Cleveland is capable of providing it. We are all witnesses to the dullest finals ever. The closest thing to a personality anyone on the Spurs and Cavs has is Drew Gooden’s hair. Anyway, pretty sure that’s hair. So simple math dictates that the Spurs be proclaimed the best team of our current modern era. Now I completely understand anyone making this argument, I’m just not buying it. The Spurs are efficient, methodical, play excellent defense and excel within the cozy confines of Gregg Popovich’s offense. Yeah, by comparison they can make a snappy game of checkers look thrilling, but they are consistent and reliable as a mortgage payment, and you get points for that. But when the Lakers were the Lakers, back when Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal feigned at getting along enough for those three consecutive championships, they were clearly better than the Spurs. The Kobe-Shaq Lakers met the Spurs in the playoffs four times, winning three times. The 2001 Lakers – one of the great, underrated NBA champions – swept the Spurs in four games. Now I realize this may not rate up there with concerns over whether the mayor will be happy in his new digs, or Paris in hers, or Dale Jr. with his, but it’s monstrously more interesting than watching Anderson Varejao painfully try to put up an off-balanced shot with the game on the line. It’s easy to downplay the Spurs’ greatness, because they can be agonizingly difficult to watch. I don’t know, dinner with the mother-in-law or watching the Spurs? But they have a truly great player in Tim Duncan, and two not far behind in Tony Parker, and honest, Ginobili. They have nice role players. They are an excellent team, who besides the Lakers, have only last season’s playoff loss to the Mavs to blemish their postseason resume. Yet if you were to put the Spurs at their absolute peak against the Kobe-Shaq Lakers at theirs, the nod has to go to Jerry Buss and the Dysfunctionals. The greatness of those Lakers teams has been overshadowed by the soap opera that always followed them to town, and remarkably, remains still. It’s easy to get sidetracked by the Shaq-Kobe feud, the outrageous comments, delayed surgeries, arrests, trade demands and general circus that was those Lakers. But that was a truly special team, a team that had the greatest superstar duo still at the peak of their powers in NBA history. A team with excellent role players and one of the game’s best coaches. And that’s why they usually handled the Spurs. Actually made them look bad in 2001. The Lakers and Spurs were typically each other’s biggest obstacle in getting to the finals. There was the Portland team in 2000 and the Sacramento team in 2002, but the biggest battle for the Lakers was usually the Spurs. Going really, really far out on a limb here and assuming the Spurs capture this year’s finals, that will mean either the Spurs or Lakers have won seven of the past nine championships. The real battles take place in the West. The NBA’s second-best team is left somewhere along road of the champion’s march through the playoffs. This year, the Phoenix Suns were the best team the Spurs met in the playoffs, and provided the only truly interesting series. When the Suns checked out, so did fan interest. LeBron James is a wondrous player, but he is hardly rising to the moment. Can I get a witness? Right now, the Cavs don’t look like they could even make the playoffs in the West. People tuned into the finals in record numbers when Michael Jordan was leading the Bulls in the ’90s not because of the intriguing championship matchup – Chicago never had to beat a truly great team for the title – but because they realized they were watching a special player. Now there is only a veteran, talented Spurs team systematically having its way with a one-trick team slipping in the spotlight. Maybe the Cavs will grow. Maybe not. But the Spurs are who they are. The second-best team of our time. Steve Dilbeck’s column appears in the Daily News four times a week. stephen.dilbeck@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgBy Darren Boyle in Dublin: The famous Sandhouse Hotel in Rossnowlagh has been sold for the reserve price of €650,000 today as a distressed property.The hotel, in which former British Prime Minister Tony Blair spent many summer holidays, was sold to current manager Paul Diver when it went under the auctioneer’s hammer at the Shelbourne Hotel.The bidding, which opened at €600,000, lasted just a few seconds before Mr Diver snapped it up. Mr Diver, who has managed the hotel for the past 20 years said “I just can’t believe it. It’s a total adrenaline rush. It’s been a long, long road but we’ve made it.”When asked if he was surprised by the lack of interest in the 55 bedroom hotel, Mr Diver quipped: “No, I was delighted”There were a couple of bids on the hotel before it closed at €650,000.The hotel has been owned by the local Britton family for more than 50 years and had a number of VIP guests over the years including Woody Allen and then wife Mia Farrow.   FAMOUS DONEGAL HOTEL SOLD FOR RESERVE PRICE OF €650,000 – TO ITS MANAGER! was last modified: March 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:RossnowlaghSANDHOUSE HOTELlast_img read more

Franz Beckenbauer under investigation for alleged corruption over 2006 World Cup

first_imgFranz Beckenbauer is facing a criminal investigation in Switzerland over allegations of financial malpractice in Germany’s successful bid to host the 2006 World Cup.The Attorney General of Switzerland named Beckenbauer, a World Cup winner as a player and manager with West Germany, as one of four men facing criminal proceedings.The four are Beckenbauer, former German football association presidents Wolfgang Niersbach and Theo Zwanziger, and former general secretary Horst Rudolf Schmidt. All four were members of Germany’s World Cup organising committee, with Beckenbauer its president.A statement from the prosecutor said: “The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland has opened criminal proceedings in connection with the German Football Association (Deutscher Fussball- Bund (DFB)).“The suspects were members of the executive board of the organising committee for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.“The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland opened criminal proceedings on 6 November 2015. The proceedings relate in particular to allegations of fraud, criminal mismanagement, money laundering and misappropriation.“The suspects in the criminal proceedings are: Horst Rudolf Schmidt. Theo Zwanziger. Franz Beckenbauer. Wolfgang Niersbach.”Beckenbauer, 70, was implicated in an investigation commissioned by the German football association (DFB) into the alleged buying of votes to ensure Germany won the rights to stage the World Cup.That investigation said that funds from an account Beckenbauer had jointly held later appeared in a Qatar account owned by the former FIFA executive committee member Mohamed bin Hammam.The Qatari was banned for life from all football-related activity in 2011 after being found guilty of bribery in relation to that year’s FIFA presidential election.The DFB-commissioned report into the 2006 World Cup bid was conducted by law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.It concluded a payment of 6.7million euros (£5.6million) from the DFB to Swiss-based world governing body FIFA in April 2005 could not be ruled out.Beckenbauer has admitted that the payment was a ”mistake”, but has strenuously denied that the money was used to buy votes.The report’s authors concluded that a lack of evidence meant it could not be confirmed the payment had been used to obtain votes.Beckenbauer travelled the world to gain support for Germany’s bid, which was up against rival campaigns from England, South Africa, Morocco and Brazil. Brazil withdrew from the running days before the vote was held in July 2000.Germany beat South Africa by 12 votes to 11 to secure the tournament, after Oceania delegate Charlie Dempsey, who was expected to vote for South Africa and has since died, abstained at the last minute.The Attorney General of Switzerland’s statement added: “The investigations focus on the joint financing of a gala event, initially at the cost of seven million euros (£5.9million), later reduced to 6.7million euros. It is suspected that the suspects knew that this sum was not being used to fund the gala event, but instead to repay a debt that was not owed by the DFB.“In particular, it is suspected that the suspects wilfully misled their fellow members of the executive board of the organising committee for the 2006 World Cup.“This was presumably done by the use of false pretences or concealment of the truth, thus inducing the other committee members to act in a manner that caused DFB a financial loss.“Swiss jurisdiction in the proceedings is based on the fact that certain of the alleged criminal acts were carried out in Switzerland, which is also the suspected place of unlawful enrichment.“In close co-ordination and co-operation with the competent authorities in Austria and Germany and with the support of the Federal Office of Police (fedpol), searches of premises or searches on a co-operative basis for the collection of evidence were carried out in eight separate locations at the same time today.“In addition, various suspects were questioned by or on behalf of the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland.” 1 Franz Beckenbauer last_img read more

The costliest mistakes Premier League clubs made in the summer transfer window

first_img 7 7 7 7 Fernando Llorente (Tottenham Hotspur) – Llorente was never signed to compete with Harry Kane for the centre forward role at Spurs, though they still paid around £15m to bring him to north London. He was rather brilliant for Swansea in 2016-17, and was expected to provide back-up for Kane when called upon. Llorente has failed to do that, having looked a shadow of his former self in the opening half of the season. He has featured in just 137 minutes of Premier League football, equating to £109,489 spent for every minute of league football played. The January transfer window opens in just a few weeks, and clubs are already getting prepared to sign and sell players when 2018 rolls around.Given another transfer window starts soon, it is worth looking back at the summer window and the best and worst deals made prior to its closing in September.There were some superb signings completed over the summer, with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Alvaro Morata and Kyle Walker all excelling for their new clubs.But what about the players who have NOT made a success of their transfers? Click the right arrow, above, to see seven players who have proven to be costly mistakes for Premier League teams… Nikola Vlasic (Everton) – A £10m signing completed on deadline day, Everton wrapped up the deal for winger Vlasic after he impressed playing against the Toffees in the Europa League. He has since shown the potential to be a star, though has not had the instant impact it was hoped he would have at Goodison Park. He has scored twice in Europe, but has found the Premier League tough to deal with – and has played only 305 minutes of top-flight football. This equates to Everton spending £32,786 for every minute of Premier League football Vlasic has played this season. Danny Drinkwater (Chelsea) – It seems unfair to criticise Drinkwater too much, considering he has suffered from consistent injuries since arriving at Stamford Bridge. However, it should be taken into account that the midfielder has played just 237 minutes of Premier League football in 2017-18 despite costing Chelsea £35m. He has certainly not been a bad signing, but Chelsea’s spend of £146,679 per minute played is hardly a positive. 7 Jairo Riedewald (Crystal Palace) – click the right arrow to see other costliest transfer mistakes – A £7.9m signing from Ajax, Riedewald was meant to be one of the key signings of Frank de Boer’s revolution at Selhurst Park. Since his transfer over the summer, the 21-year-old has played 129 minutes of Premier League football, meaning Palace paid £61,240 for every minute in which he has featured this term. The only game he started was the Eagles’ 3-0 defeat to Huddersfield on the opening day, and the sacking of De Boer has put a real dent in his career plans. Davy Klaassen (Everton) – One of the players brought to Everton to take part in Ronald Koeman’s revolution, Klaassen has been one of the biggest flops of the Premier League season. He cost the Toffees £23.6m, but does not look like a player worth even 10 per cent of that fee. The Netherlands international, 24, has turned out for just 190 minutes of action, meaning Everton have paid £124,210 for every 60 seconds of his service. Given his lack of game time since Sam Allardyce was appointed manager, it seems remarkably likely Klaassen could be leaving Goodison Park in January. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) – It was such a shame that one of Europe’s most exciting attacking players from 2016-17 decided to move to a team where he would be nothing more than a bench player. Silva has struggled to break into Pep Guardiola’s exhilarating side ahead of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Leroy Sane or Raheem Sterling, and when he has played he has not looked overly impressive. His lack of game time means he cannot get into a run of good form, and he has only completed 90 minutes on two occasions. This is not a great return on a £43m signing. He has played 309 minutes of Premier League football in 2017-18, meaning City spent £139,158 for every minute in which he has featured. 7 Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) – During his time at Manchester City, there were constant discussions as to just how good Iheanacho, the Nigeria forward, could become. He was compared with Man United starlets Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, but the 21-year-old has fallen off the radar since his move to Leicester. He has started only two league games, and has failed to score a single goal in the 2017-18 Premier League. In fact, he has only had three shots this season! Not a great return for a £25m player. Leicester spent £97,656 for every minute Iheanacho has played this season. 7last_img read more

West Nile hits more birds in A.V.

first_imgThe virus was confirmed most recently in a chicken in a “sentinel” flock set out near 15th Street West and Avenue I to detect mosquito-borne diseases, and in two dead crows, one found near Avenue K and 10th Street West and one near Avenue K and 30th Street East. So far this year, five residents of Los Angeles County have been confirmed as infected with West Nile, but only one became ill enough to be hospitalized. Statewide, more than 170 people have been identified as infected and two have died – a decline from last year at this time, when nearly 600 people had been infected. Nineteen Californians died last year. The decline may be due to people taking steps to avoid mosquito bites or to efforts to kill mosquitoes and prevent them from breeding, Mellor said. Studies have differed over whether people are becoming more resistant to the virus. Since the virus first turned up in the Antelope Valley in 2003, it has sickened and killed birds and horses, but so far no people, officials said. LANCASTER – Three more birds have been confirmed as infected with the West Nile virus in Lancaster, mosquito-control officials said. The finds raise to eight the number of birds found with the mosquito-borne virus since spring in the Antelope Valley, but the nearest human cases have been in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys. “We hope we can get by again without any, but eventually there’s going to be a human case. We do as much as we can but there’s no way to eliminate all mosquitoes,” Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District entomologist Karen Mellor said. The virus is likely to remain a potential threat until about Halloween, when temperatures drop enough to end the mosquito season, she said. This year the virus was detected in May in central Lancaster and in June in central Palmdale, both times in flocks of chickens kept by the mosquito-control district to detect mosquito-borne diseases, and in a dead starling in August in west Palmdale.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

WIAA state football championship preview: Diverse rushing attack fuels Spencer/Columbus offense

first_imgRockets have more than 4,200 yards rushing this seasonBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSPENCER — There are not many, if any, rushing attacks like the one Spencer/Columbus Catholic possesses.The Rockets have five ball carriers that have at least 400 yards rushing this season, contributing to an offense that has amassed more than 4,200 yards on the ground in 13 games.That powerful running game has propelled the Rockets to a perfect 13-0 record and into the WIAA Division 5 state championship game, where they will take on Amherst (13-0) at 4 p.m. Thursday at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.Led by sophomore running back Hunter Luepke (1,212 yards, 24 touchdowns) and junior Noah Zastrow (1,088 yards, eight TDs), the Rockets employ a diverse attack that leaves opponents wondering who is going to get the ball next.Senior backs Hunter Hildebrandt (559 yards, five TDs) and Jonny Tomke (415 yards, seven TDs) and quarterback Calvin Lenz (401 yards, eight TDs) have added to the ground game that has accounted for 82 percent of the team’s offense.“It really keeps everyone fresh,” Hildebrandt said of the diverse rushing attack. “We aren’t going to put up the big (individual) numbers. They don’t know who is going to get the ball, and everyone one of us can run the ball just as good as the next person. It’s really an advantage for us.”Luepke and Zastrow have had the majority of the big plays in the running game, and Tomke spells each in a reserve role. Hildebrandt tends to be the guy plowing up the middle, and a lot of the plays are set up so that Lenz could keep the ball as well.“They don’t know who’s getting the ball, and it’s really hard for the defense to key on one guy,” Luepke said. “We can go on to the next, and going through the lineup like that has been really effective against the defenses.”The depth of ball carriers has been helpful on defense as well for Spencer/Columbus. Many of the Rockets play both sides of the ball, so being able to have a diverse set of backs has been beneficial throughout the game.“We talk about having horizontal balance, stretching a team horizontally across the field by being able to attack different gaps with different types of plays and different types of running backs,” Spencer/Columbus coach Jason Gorst said. “It allows us to stay fresh and allows us to get a guy off the field and rest up for defense a little bit without missing a beat on offense.”Gorst said he and his coaching staff made a point of getting as many people as possible involved so that the Rockets could create the depth they knew they would need as the season rolled on.“We created that depth early in camp, where instead of going first-team, second-team, we tried to split into two equal teams,” Gorst said. “We had two quarterbacks and six running backs handling the ball every single day and working against each other. Doing it that way creates some depth rather than your first team taking the bulk of the reps and your second team getting what’s left over.”(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)For viewers who cannot the attend the WIAA Division 5 State Football Championship Game between the Amherst Falcons and Spencer/Columbus Catholic Rockets, the game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Wisconsin on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m. The game will also “be streamed live on Fox Sports Go through your cable provider authentication,” according to the WIAA website.The following link will help you find the right television channel based on your provider: foxsports.com/wisconsin/story/fox-sports-wisconsin-channel-finder-121713.WIAA Division 5 State Football Championship GameWho: Spencer/Columbus Catholic Rockets (13-0) versus Amherst Falcons (13-0)When: 4 p.m. ThursdayWhere: Camp Randall Stadium, MadisonHow SC got there: Level 1, def. New Glarus/Monticello 54-8; Level 2, def. Waterloo 43-16; Level 3, def. Stratford 30-15; Level 4, def. Shoreland Lutheran 50-7.How Amherst got there: Level 1, def. New Holstein 49-12; Level 2, def. Winnebago Lutheran 47-0; Level 3, def. Southern Door 48-27; Level 4, def. Arcadia 42-21.Notes (from WIAA): Last year’s runner-up Amherst will make its third appearance in the title game, having now advanced to the title game in three of the last four seasons. The Falcons won the title their first experience in the state final in 2012. The Falcons won the Central Wisconsin 8 Conference title this season. … The Spencer/Columbus Catholic co-op program is making its first state finals appearance. Prior to the two schools joining forces, Spencer advanced to the Division 5 final and placed runner-up in 1982. The Rockets are the champions of the Cloverbelt Conference.Radio: WOSQ-FM 92.3 and wdlbwosq.com.TV: Fox Sports Wisconsin.last_img read more

Are The Kids Voting? (And Why Web Users Should Care)

first_imgTags:#NYT#Trends#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… With Election Day upon us, one segment of the U.S. population is under heavy scrutiny: the youth voters. Will this typically apathetic group of voters actually turn out at the polls? Will Gen Y show us that they’re not just all talk? For obvious reasons, politically, the actions of this group of voters will have big impacts on today’s election. But their actions (or inactions) will also have further impacts on the web and tech, as well. Gen Y Is *So* DifferentGeneration Y, also known as the millennials, are the young adults composed of the children of Boomers, Generation Jones, and some Gen X’ers. They’re the biggest generation since the Boomers now and will eventually outpace them in numbers. There has been much scrutiny over this generation over the past couple of years as the first set of Gen Y’ers began to enter the business world. The tech-savviness of these “digital natives,” as they’re called, has some corporations scrambling to adapt their systems to the incoming masses of these plugged in, always-on multitaskers. Consultants who specialize in Gen Y are being brought in to teach the older execs what to expect from the new hires, how to motivate them, how to retain them, etc. It’s almost as if the Gen Y’ers were some sort of alien creature that business world was completely unprepared for. We recently ran down a list of reasons why Gen Y is different from the rest of us. Besides the obvious connection to technology, they also have unique perspectives on marketing, media, the workplace, and society…at least, that’s what the pundits tell us.On paper, the millennials sound like a revolutionary generation dead set on changing the status quo. Their insubordination at work is only due to their lack of buy in – “Generation Why” always need to know “why” something’s being done. Their brand loyalty is completely up for sale – they’re quick to move to the next big thing. They’ve cut back on TV viewing so they can listen to music or play video games. They’re socially conscious and think they’re a force to be reckoned with in politics. Oh yes, surely these kids are different.    …Or Are They? But unbeknownst to them, Gen Y is about to be put to the test. Simply put, they’re going to be watched closely to see if they show up at the polls. Will they turn out in record numbers? Will the pundits be proven right? Will Gen Y change the world? The truth is…well, we hope so. But let’s be honest here – while the youth turnout will likely be higher than in 2004’s election thanks to some savvy web policking and the clear differences between the candidates making the choice easier, we’re probably not going to see record numbers. The highest youth turnout ever was 55%, recorded in 1972. If we match that number or go higher, then we know we have a true force of change on our hands. If we don’t, then we’re going to have to face facts: it may be back to business as usual. If the pundits have, in fact, hyped Gen Y a bit beyond what they deserve, then this young generation may be less-ground shaking when it comes to the other aspects of their personalities and behaviors, too. People could start to think, “hmmm, maybe they aren’t that different after all.”The Future Web Will Be Built By Us…All Of Us If big business takes a step back and realizes that Gen Y isn’t this devastatingly different type of employee, if marketers realize they can catch their attention using more standard methods, if media companies think that Gen Y will happily buy music wrapped in DRM, then the tech world could feel the impacts. Here in the the tech industry, a lot of folks have been counting on Gen Y to lead the way when it comes to change. Concepts like Enterprise 2.0, social media marketing, Twitter for customer service…these are all movements that have been, at least in part, designed to address the needs of these new, young digital natives. If this “record-breaking” generation doesn’t vote (read: doesn’t care), then we may have to face the truth: the kids are alright, but they’re still just kids…and maybe they’re not as different as we once thought. Maybe they aren’t going to guide us to the new world of web 3.0 and cloud computing all on their own. Maybe we’ll find the way ourselves…all of us, together. We may have to realize that the true force of change that’s happening both online and off is the same as it ever was: early adopters enthusiastically adopt a product or service and, over time, it trickles down to the rest of the mainstream. This isn’t a revolution, it’s just par for the course, and it’s nowhere near as exciting as a brigade of digitally adept youth who stormed the polls iPhones in hand ready to change the world. Of course, we’re still hoping for the revolution.  Image credits: miss karen sarah perez 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more